What are the signs of hormone imbalance?
Men and women who feel “not quite right,” and whose medical evaluations suggest that nothing’s wrong, may be experiencing a hormone imbalance. If you’re fatigued, overweight, and emotionally flat, hormone disruption may be to blame. Hormones influence everything from immunity to stress to reproductive health.
Estrogen deficiency for women, which often results from aging and menopause, can cause numerous symptoms, such as:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Memory loss
- Lowered sex drive
Testosterone for men decreases as men age, leading to disruptions in the body like:
- Loss of muscle strength
- Low energy
- Erectile dysfunction
- Mood disruption
- Diminished sex drive
Progesterone decline or imbalance during the menstrual years and leading up to menopause can cause:
- Erratic or heavy, painful periods
- Uterine fibroids
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Lack of focus and concentration
Declines in melatonin, vitamin D, DHEA, thyroid hormone, and pregnenolone levels also cause problematic physical and emotional effects in the body.
What causes hormone imbalances?
For women, menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and menopause can cause drastic hormonal fluctuations. For men, as well as women, aging and nutrient deficiencies can cause hormone levels to drop.
Stress can also contribute to hormone imbalances. When you’re stressed, your body diverts attention away from normal hormone production — including the production of estrogen, testosterone and other “feel good” hormones — to produce lifesaving amounts of cortisol. The cumulative effect of stress is fatigue, weight gain, poor mood, decreased memory and overall diminished quality of life.
Some environmental factors appear to interfere with natural hormone levels, as well. Toxins such as PCBs in plastics, phthalates in body products, and BPA found in packaging disrupt women’s estrogen-progesterone balance and men’s testosterone levels.
What is hormone replacement therapy?
Hormone replacement therapy at the Sklar Center for Restorative Health uses bio-identical hormones to replenish your natural hormone levels. Hormone replacement therapy helps to level out your hormones, relieve problematic symptoms, and improve your well-being.
Proper hormone replacement therapy is not one size fits all. Hormone levels differ among people of all ages, so Dr. Sklar treats each person individually. She provides advanced testing to determine your current hormone levels, then provides hormone treatments to reestablish equilibrium.
What are bio-identical hormones?
Bio-identical hormones are derived from soy or yams. Scientists change their molecular structure in the lab to create an exact match to human hormones.
Bio-identical hormones also show promise for Alzheimer’s prevention, cardiovascular improvement, and decreased mortality.