Hormone imbalances are estimated to affect 80% of women at some point in their lives. Hormone imbalances can cause a variety of symptoms including abdominal bloating, skin breakouts, abnormal periods, severe pelvic cramping, weight gain/loss, hair growth/loss, sexual dysfunction, poor sleep, anxiety, and depression, to name a few. Imbalances most often manifest as an overabundance or decline in estrogen and/or progesterone, however other hormone systems can also develop abnormalities, including glands of the thyroid, adrenals, and pancreas. These issues can be caused by poor nutrition, immune system dysfunction, or routine aging resulting in the onset of menopause. At Horizons Health & Wellness, we provide hormone balancing and specialize in making sure our patients feel confident and comfortable with managing their changing bodies.
How Do I Balance My Hormones?
Most hormone levels decline over time, especially estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. By contrast, cortisol (an adrenal hormone responsible for managing stress and immune system function) as well as insulin (a pancreatic hormone important for energy regulation) both increase over time. While these changes occur with natural aging, women often report symptoms of depression, fatigue, weight gain, and insomnia due to these shifting hormones. Simple ways to improve these symptoms include getting enough sleep, managing stress, exercising, and eating lots of fiber. When you come to our Bridgewater location, Dr. Aslami will assess your needs and provide you with the best care possible.
What is Hormone Balancing?
Hormone balancing means restoring your hormones to their optimal levels. At Horizons Health & Wellness, we specialize in using hormone therapy and other approaches to rebalance your hormones. Hormone therapy is a procedure that involves taking oral, topical, or injectable medications, or having a long-lasting implant that gradually releases carefully measured quantities of the appropriate hormone into your body. You can opt to have traditional synthetic hormone therapy or bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). There are many factors to consider when deciding which approach is best for you, and the medical team at Horizons Health & Wellness can help guide you with your decision-making.
What Are the Symptoms of Hormone Irregularity?
Symptoms of hormone imbalances vary greatly, depending on which hormones are involved and whether your levels are too high or too low. Perimenopause, for instance, begins when a woman’s levels of estrogen and progesterone fall in her mid to late 40s. Perimenopause causes symptoms such as mood swings, acne, irregular periods, low libido, painful sex due to vaginal atrophy, and hot flashes. A common hormone imbalance in men is low testosterone, which can cause loss of muscle mass, poor energy, and sexual health problems.
A condition like hypothyroidism, which develops when your body doesn’t have enough thyroid hormone, can cause weight gain, chronic fatigue, hair loss, and depression. In contrast, too much thyroid hormone causes hyperthyroidism, which can cause palpitations, weight loss, and hyperactivity.
Common Causes of Hormone Imbalance:
- Being overweight or obese
- Poor diet
- Autoimmune conditions
- Taking birth control pills
- Benign and cancerous tumors
- Inherited diseases
- Exposure to toxins
Hormone Balancing in Bridgewater, MA
At Horizons Health & Wellness, we put our patients’ needs first. If you are struggling with symptoms of fatigue, irritability, or cramps, we can provide you with the treatment and guidance you need to feel better. Request a visit by calling (508) 807-0634 or filling out the form below to get in touch in Bridgewater, MA today.