Hormones are chemicals that transmit messages and influence nearly every function in your body, from metabolism and digestion to mood and sex drive. Humans have more than 50 different hormones, and hormone levels are constantly in flux.
It’s normal for your hormone levels to rise and fall over each day and your lifetime — but hormonal imbalance is a condition that develops when hormones get out of whack and stay that way for too long.
Since your body makes all your hormones, some common health conditions can make your cells produce too much or too little of certain hormones. Pregnancy, childbirth, the natural aging process, and menopause can send your hormone levels into a tailspin and trigger various unpleasant symptoms.
Fortunately, you can do something about it. If you feel like your hormones are out of balance, book an appointment with Daniel McDonald, MD, Marc Wilson, MD, and our team at Women’s Health Specialists in Denton, Texas.
We offer hormone optimization and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to get your hormones back on track so that you can feel like yourself again.
The telltale signs of hormonal imbalance
Most people experience hormonal imbalance at some point in their lifetimes. For women, menopause marks a dramatic drop in estrogen, progesterone, and other hormone levels.
Age naturally brings declining estrogen levels, but this shift can cause a range of bothersome symptoms for some women.
Common symptoms of hormonal imbalance include:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Low sex drive
- Mood swings
- Pain with sex
- Vaginal dryness
- Weight gain
Hormonal imbalance affects every individual differently. You may not experience every symptom listed here; some symptoms may be worse than others. The longer your hormonal imbalance goes untreated, the worse your symptoms may get.
How hormone optimization can help you
When your hormones are out of whack, you don’t feel your best. Our team is ready to help you identify what’s causing your symptoms and get you started on a treatment plan that makes a difference.
Our comprehensive hormone evaluations include a physical exam and bloodwork. We discuss your symptoms and review your medical history. If we identify an imbalance, we talk about your treatment options.
Women who are bothered by severe symptoms of hormonal imbalance may be good candidates for hormone replacement therapy. Treatment involves taking a synthetic hormone to rebalance your hormone levels and reduce your symptoms.
Hormones are available in oral pills, topical creams, skin patches, and skin pellets. The best delivery method and dosage depend on your body, your symptoms, and the type of hormonal imbalance you have.
If you choose hormone optimization, we monitor your health throughout your therapy. We work closely with you to ensure you’re getting adequate relief from your symptoms, and we may adjust your dosage if needed.
Hormone optimization can effectively reduce or even eliminate the symptoms of hormonal imbalance. So if you’re tired of feeling off, it’s time to find out if you’re a candidate. Call us at 940-202-0566 or send us a message online to learn more.