10 Symptoms of a Hormone Imbalance

10 Symptoms of a Hormone Imbalance

You might not think twice about your hormones when they’re balanced and working in harmony, but when your endocrine system (and the hormones it creates) is imbalanced, it’s hard not to notice. Hormone imbalances affect both men and women, and they can wreak havoc on your physical and mental wellness.

At PRP in Philadelphia, Dr. Stuart Kauffman wants you to know that you don’t have to struggle with a hormone imbalance on your own. We’re proud to offer hormone replacement therapy, so you can feel like yourself again.

In this article, Dr. Kauffman discusses ten common symptoms of hormone imbalance and how we can help restore your normal levels.

10 signs you’re dealing with a hormone imbalance

Your hormones are chemical messengers created by your endocrine glands, and they play a role in multiple body processes and functions. Hormones regulate your metabolism and your body temperature, influence your menstrual cycle, and affect your mood and energy levels. 

Hormones are very powerful, and even the slightest variation (either too much or too little) can create noticeable symptoms for you.

Because hormones are involved in many different bodily processes, a hormone imbalance can show up in many ways. The following 10 symptoms can be signs of a hormone imbalance:

  1. Mood changes, including mood swings, depression, anxiety, and irritability 
  2. Fatigue
  3. Sexual performance issues, including vaginal dryness, low libido, and erectile dysfunction
  4. Sleep problems, including insomnia and poor quality sleep
  5. Loss of lean muscle mass
  6. Brain fog and difficulty concentrating
  7. Skin changes, including dry skin
  8. Thinning hair
  9. Hot flashes and night sweats
  10. Weight gain 

Some of these symptoms can be related to other conditions. For example, weight gain can be caused by changes in diet, and sleep problems can be caused by consuming too much caffeine before bed. The good news is that it’s easy to determine if a hormone imbalance is the source of your symptoms with a simple blood test.

What causes a hormone imbalance and how is it treated?

Stress, underlying health conditions (like hypothyroidism), and the natural aging processes are three potential causes of hormone imbalance. 

Depending on the cause of your hormone imbalance, Dr. Kauffman may suggest hormone replacement therapy. Hormone replacement therapy improves your symptoms by replacing your depleted hormones with estrogen, progesterone, adrenal hormones, DHEA, or testosterone. 

Hormone replacement therapy 一 whether it’s in the form of pellets, patches, gels, injections, or creams 一 is made from either synthetic or plant-based compounds. Dr. Kauffman carefully monitors you to make sure you receive the just-right-for-you dosage.

Customized treatment to help you find relief

There aren’t any one-size-fits-all treatment plans when it comes to hormone replacement therapy. Some individuals need hormone therapy for a short period, while others benefit from indefinite treatment. 

Dr. Kauffman also works with you to find your preferred method of therapy. Each method has its own perks. Hormone pellets, for example, are inserted just under your skin, and they release the prescribed dosage of hormones. There’s no need to mess with creams or worry about remembering to take a pill every day.

Are you concerned about your symptoms?

Although it can be overwhelming to suspect your hormones are out of balance, it’s important to remember that hormone therapy is effective, safe, and improves your quality of life. You don’t have to manage the symptoms of hormone imbalance on your own. 

To schedule your hormone replacement therapy consultation, call our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, office or request an appointment online today. 

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