Hormonal imbalances can cause a variety of physical and emotional symptoms in both men and women. These symptoms can range from mood swings, fatigue, hair loss, low libido, insomnia, and weight gain to more severe conditions such as infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and endometriosis.
Types of Hormonal Imbalances:
- Estrogen- Regulates the menstrual cycle, maintains bone density, regulates cholesterol levels.
- Low estrogen levels can cause irregular periods, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and mood swings.
- High estrogen levels can cause breast tenderness, bloating, and mood swings.
- Progesterone- Prepares the body for and to support pregnancy, maintains the uterine lining, and helps to regulate mood.
- Low progesterone levels can cause irregular periods, mood swings, and difficulty sleeping.
- High progesterone levels can cause bloating, breast tenderness, and mood swings.
- Testosterone- Plays a key role in male reproductive health, regulates muscle mass, bone density, and sex drive.
- Low testosterone levels in men can cause decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, fatigue, and depression.
- High testosterone levels in women can cause acne, excess hair growth, and menstrual irregularities.
- Cortisol- Helps the body respond to stress as well as manages blood sugar levels, regulates blood pressure and the immune system.
- Low cortisol levels can cause fatigue, weight loss, and low blood pressure.
- High cortisol levels can cause weight gain, high blood pressure, and mood swings.
- DHEA- Plays a role in the production of other hormones, including testosterone and estrogen.
- Women with low DHEA levels may experience abnormal periods, acne, mood changes, and other symptoms.
- High DHEA can cause symptoms such as excess hair growth, male hair growth patterns, hair loss, and irritability.
How can we balance hormones?
Do you experience any of the symptoms described above? You may have a hormone imbalance. The best and safest way to address a suspected imbalance is first to test the hormone levels. We can measure the levels of hormones by ordering a blood, saliva, or urine test. With the results, we can create a personalized treatment plan using nutrition, lifestyle changes, supplementation, or bio identical hormones.
If you believe you may be experiencing imbalanced hormones and would like to set up an appointment, please contact us at 603-309-2030!
Best of Health!
You Holistic Team
149 Epping Rd
Exeter NH 03833