Do you feel bloated, irritable, or just abnormally fatigued? Changes in your hormonal levels could be to blame for how you feel. While it’s perfectly normal for your hormone levels to fluctuate at different stages of your life, some health issues or medications can cause noticeable changes to these levels.
Hormones play a central role in your overall health. As a result, many signs could signify a hormonal imbalance. Most conditions that cause hormonal imbalance are treatable.
So, how do you know you have a hormonal imbalance, and what can you do about it? Adam & Eve Medical Aesthetics, serving Scottsdale, The Valley, and North Phoenix, is here to offer you the help you need. Keep reading to find out more.
What are Hormones, and What Happens When They are Imbalanced?
Hormones are chemicals secreted by endocrine system glands. They carry messages through the bloodstream to the tissues, instructing organs what to do and when to do specific body functions. Hormones help in the regulation of various body functions, such as:
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar
- Stress levels
Since hormones regulate many critical body processes, an imbalance in levels can affect many important body functions. The following are some common symptoms of hormonal imbalance in the body:
Imbalances in hormone levels can affect specific processes in the body, leading to weight gain. The following are some of these processes:
- Too few thyroid hormones can lower the metabolism rate, leading to weight gain
- For women, low levels of estrogen during menopause can lead to weight gain
- For women, hormonal imbalance due to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) can cause weight gain
Seeking medical treatment for the underlying conditions can reduce weight gain.
Do you often feel tired? Fatigue is one of the most common signs of a hormonal imbalance. High progesterone levels can make you sleepy. Deficient thyroid hormones can also drain your energy. Getting a simple blood test can measure your thyroid levels. If they are too low, your doctor will treat you for that.
It’s perfectly normal for women to have a breakout or two before their periods. But acne that won’t go away can be a symptom of a hormonal imbalance.
Most women get their periods every 21 to 35 days. That said, if you do not get your monthly periods at the same time of the month, or you miss some months, your estrogen and progesterone levels may be too high or too low. Irregular periods can also signify another underlying condition, so please talk to your doctor.
If you suddenly have problems falling asleep, you may be suffering from a hormonal imbalance. A drop in the progesterone levels could make it hard for you to fall asleep. Other hormones that aid in your sleep are adrenocorticotropic hormones.
While many health issues can trigger headaches, low estrogen levels can cause some ladies’ headaches.
The hormone Dihydrotestosterone or DHT is responsible for hair loss in both men and women. A drop in estrogen levels can lead to loss or thinning of hair. DHT, created by testosterone, shrinks hair follicles and slows hair growth. This symptom is most noticeable during pregnancy and menopause.
Hormone Therapy in Scottsdale
Adam & Eve Medical Aesthetics is a leading aesthetic services firm serving clients in Scottsdale, The Valley, and North Phoenix. Whether you are battling sleep problems, hair loss, weight loss, irregular periods, headaches, chronic acne, or fatigue, our team of highly skilled licensed doctors, nurses, and aestheticians can help you keep your hormone levels in check.
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