Hormonal imbalance is when your body is either producing excess or lack of necessary hormones for the body. It represents the opposite of homeostasis, that is when the body is in complete harmony. Hormone therapy is needed when the body cannot achieve homeostasis and needs medical intervention.
Note that for children with growing bodies, hormones fluctuate as they enter puberty. This is not an irregular imbalance because such changes are completely natural. The same goes for when a person sustains a pregnancy or breastfeeds; the fluctuations happen to accommodate higher nutrient demands.
In adults, these hormones stabilize provided the adult is exercising regularly, getting a regular eight hours of sleep nightly, and eating a healthy diet. Imbalance becomes serious in the case that this fluctuation causes other health problems, such as chronic pain or organ damage.
How Can Age Or Medical Conditions Skew Hormonal Balance?
As the body ages, it produces fewer hormones to send messages throughout the body. This process is called somatopause. Often, somatopause will happen once people enter their late thirties and early forties.
Somatopause For Men And Women
In women, it’s called menopause because the signals affect the menstrual cycle, owing to reduced levels in estrogen and progesterone. HRT for women focuses on supplementing these levels.
Men develop andropause, which often happens when testosterone levels decrease. HRT for men directly addresses andropause with testosterone supplements.
In other cases, some medical conditions can cause the body to produce excess hormones, or scale back unnecessarily. They send the wrong signals to the glands, and the body needs assistance to correct the errors. External factors such as stress, poor diet or sleep deprivation can also lead to such deficiencies. There is a rare case where hormone levels are high but do not cause long-term problems for the body. Nevertheless, we recommend talking to your doctor about these issues.
Thyroid conditions are one such example of this; stress can cause the body to either over or underproduce. In the case of hypothyroidism, the necessary T4 is not produced sufficiently, which may require supplements. Hyperthyroidism happens when the thyroid gland does the opposite, engaging in hormone production overdrive.
What Are Symptoms Of Hormonal Imbalance?
While not all these symptoms are universal, multiple occurrences in tandem can indicate that you may need some assistance via medical supplements or injections.
- Muscle loss
- Sudden weight loss or weight gain
- Serious headaches
- Night sweats
- Hair loss
Since the symptoms are common for other reasons, like stress or genetics, they cannot diagnose an imbalance. Often, a doctor will order a blood test to review these hormone levels. They will take note of any irregularities and may schedule a follow up appointment with a specialist.
Talk With The Medical Health Institute Professionals About Hormone Replacement Therapy
The Medical Health Institute takes a lot of pride in helping patients with hormonal therapy. You can go beyond talking with your doctor by meeting specialists firsthand. Our medical professionals are trained to treat irregular estrogen and testosterone levels, as well as the regular signs of aging.
To find out more about adjusting your hormone levels with medical treatment, please reach out to us today. Let the Medical Health Institute guide your path past night sweats and hair loss so that you feel great every day.