While they can’t be seen or felt, hormones are hard at work in your body. Maintaining balanced hormones is key to looking and feeling your best, so you may start noticing negative changes when they become imbalanced.
If you’re struggling with imbalanced hormones, hormone replacement therapy may be the answer. Contact Novo Aesthetics Medical Spa in Ridgefield, CT, today to schedule a consultation.
What Are Hormones?
Hormones are critical to life, the way the body functions, and overall health.
Hormones are chemical “messengers” in charge of coordinating different functions in the body. They carry messages through the blood to organs, muscles, skin, and other tissues. These messages tell the target organs and tissues what to do, how to do it, and when.
A multitude of hormones exist. They are created and secreted in the endocrine system, which is composed of glands located throughout the body, including the thyroid, pituitary gland, and pancreas.
Hormones control many bodily functions, including:
- Growth and development
- Sexual function
- Sleep/wake cycle
Maintaining balanced hormones is key to feeling and looking your best. When something causes your hormones to become imbalanced, it can negatively affect your health and life.
Understanding Hormone Imbalance
A hormonal imbalance occurs when you have too little or too much of one or more vital hormones. Sometimes, even a tiny shift in the balance of your hormones can cause serious effects.
Hormone imbalance can be natural and caused by aging, but sometimes, illness and medications can produce an imbalance in your hormones. Some of the common causes of hormonal imbalance include:
- Eating disorders
- Cancers and cancer treatments
- Hormone medications, like birth control
Some hormonal imbalances are temporary and resolve themselves, but others are chronic, meaning they’re long-term. If you have a chronic hormone imbalance, you may require treatment to promote balance.
Signs and Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance
Both men and women can suffer from hormone imbalance. However, the way they exhibit signs of imbalanced hormones can vary, especially depending on which hormone(s) are imbalanced.
Common signs and symptoms of hormone imbalance in women include:
- Hair loss
- Heavy or irregular periods
- Acne on the face or body
- Decreased sex drive
- Hot flashes
- Trouble sleeping
- Mood swings
For men, some of the signs and symptoms of hormone imbalance can include:
- Decrease or loss of body hair
- Decreased libido
- Loss of bone density or muscle mass
- Gynecomastia (excess breast tissue)
- Erectile dysfunction
- Increased body fat
- Mood changes
- Brain fog
When hormones are imbalanced, it can be difficult to live life normally, especially if you’re struggling with the imbalance for a long time with no end in sight.
Bioidentical Hormones Can Help Improve Hormone Imbalance
If you suffer from hormone imbalance, bioidentical hormones may be the answer to your issues.
“Bio” refers to “life,” and “identical” is “similar in every detail.” Bioidentical hormones are especially created to mimic the hormones naturally created in the body. These processed hormones come from plants and are FDA approved for safety.
Bioidentical hormones can benefit men and women, helping promote hormonal balance, which, in turn, helps ease or eliminate the challenging symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
Common Bioidentical Hormones Used for Men and Women
Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are some of the hormones that become regularly imbalanced in the body and also happen to be some of the most commonly used bioidentical hormones.
Estrogen is one of the two female sex hormones. This hormone plays a major role in reproductive health for women, including puberty, menstrual cycle, and pregnancy. When estrogen levels drop naturally after a certain age, it leads to menopause.
Along with reproductive functions, estrogen also affects:
- Blood sugar levels
- Cholesterol levels
- Bone density
- Muscle mass
- Collagen production
- Brain function
Progesterone is the second female sex hormone. It is often referred to as the pregnancy hormone because of the significant role it plays in getting pregnant and maintaining a healthy pregnancy.
Testosterone is essential for both men and women. While many think only men produce testosterone, women also need this hormone. For men, testosterone is important for puberty and fertility. Additionally, it can affect:
- Bone density and muscle mass
- Red blood cell production
- The way the body stores fat
Women produce testosterone in much smaller amounts than men, but the hormone is crucial for several reasons, including the growth and maintenance of reproductive tissue and bone density.
What Is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, introduces bioidentical hormones into the body to help with hormone balance. BHRT is available in many forms, including:
The method of HRT that is right for you is unique to your needs and lifestyle. We can determine which would give you the most favorable results.
Hormone replacement therapy can make you feel better, allowing you to get back to your regular life without struggling with imbalanced hormones.
How Do You Know Whether HRT Is Right for You?
Bioidentical hormone replacement can benefit many types of patients. Generally, if you’re in good health and suffering from common symptoms of hormone imbalance, BHRT may be the best treatment for you.
During your consultation, we can review your medical history, current lab tests, and desired outcomes. Based on this information, we’ll determine whether hormone replacement therapy would benefit you and, if so, what method of HRT would work best for your needs.
Schedule Your BHRT Consultation Today
If you believe you may be suffering from hormone imbalance, you’re not alone. Schedule a consultation at Novo Aesthetics Medical Spa today, and we can help get you on the right path. We proudly serve clients in Ridgefield, CT.