As we get older our bodies naturally start to produce less hormones. For women, that means menopause, while for men, that means andropause. Women get the added bonus of no more periods, but often that perk is overshadowed by hot flashes, fatigue, and brain fog, to name a few symptoms. Men suffer from many similar symptoms as well, including muscle loss, low libido, and weight gain. Some people are able to age gracefully and enter into the new stage of their lives without so much as a hiccup. Most of us, however, aren’t so lucky. That’s why we offer hormone replacement therapy at Radiantly Healthy MD, which we’ve outlined below as a great way to address your hormone imbalance.
Is It a Hormone Imbalance?
Probably the most important step in this process is determining that you are indeed experiencing a hormone imbalance. Your age combined with your symptoms usually makes this obvious, but there are some medical conditions that can mimic the symptoms of a hormone imbalance. That’s why we use hormone testing to ensure that hormone therapy is the right choice for you. Once your results come back, we can either start you on hormone replacement therapy or begin the process of identifying what your condition is (if it isn’t a hormone imbalance).
Symptoms of a Hormone Imbalance
Regardless of whether you’re a man or a woman, all of us share symptoms when it comes to an imbalance in our hormones. Weight gain is usually the most common. Your body’s metabolism slows down as you get older, but if you’ve noticed a dramatic difference you may need hormone replacement therapy to get your body back on track.
Something that contributes to weight gain but is a symptom all on it’s own is fatigue. Feeling tired all the time can really affect your quality of life, and it can cause you to get more and more unhealthy as you exercise less and less. This contributes to weight gain and muscle loss, but it can be effectively treated if the underlying cause is an imbalance in your hormones.
Sleep problems are also common among men and women with this condition. If you have trouble falling asleep, or you are easily woken up, you may have a hormone imbalance. This is especially true if your sleep habits have changed recently. If you used to fall asleep with ease but find that this is no longer the case, it’s worth looking into.
A few more common symptoms include increased anxiety and depression, loss of libido (in men and women), hair loss, erectile dysfunction for men, and vaginal dryness for women. There are many gender-specific symptoms as well that our professionals can discuss with you.