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Understanding the Different Signs of Hormone Imbalance

Understanding the Different Signs of Hormone Imbalance

Hormones are chemicals often referred to as “messengers” because they’re produced in your internal organs and travel through your blood to other parts of your body where they act. 

Hormones are an integral part of your body’s functions. When your hormones are off, you experience changes — many of which are unpleasant. Are you feeling down? Are you frustrated? Do you feel off with no explanation?

If you answered yes, you may be suffering from a hormone imbalance. Naima Cheema and the health experts at Nexclin Medicine, with three locations in Georgia, provide bioidentical hormone therapy to improve your symptoms and optimize your health. These plant-based hormones are identical in structure to those produced in your body.

Read on to learn more about the signs of hormonal imbalance and when to get help.

Weight gain

Stepping on the scale only to find a higher number than you anticipated is something no one wants to experience. For both men and women, adding extra pounds without a dietary or exercise change might imply you have a hormone imbalance. 

For women, low estrogen levels experienced around menopause are a culprit for extra weight. Women experience weight gain usually around their hips and thighs, but the weight gain from menopause is usually noticed in the abdomen. 

Men experience weight gain from hormone imbalance differently. Low testosterone and elevated estrogen may lead to weight gain in men. If you’re stressed regularly, the high cortisol levels can cause fat deposition in the midriff area. 

Poor sleep

Do you wake up always feeling tired? Low hormone levels may be making it difficult for you to fall asleep and stay asleep. If you’re not feeling well-rested, chances are your workload is falling behind, and you can’t tackle the day.

Bioidentical hormone therapy is a safe and natural way to replenish your body’s hormone levels. You can take bioidentical hormones in the form of:

To help improve sleep quality, Dr. Cheema may suggest taking a progesterone replacement for women and testosterone replacement for men. 

Mood swings

You might have experienced mood swings when you were going through puberty. The constant shift from happiness to anger or sadness can be hard to deal with for both you and those around you. 

What most people don’t tell you is that the mood swings don’t stop as you get older. Low levels of testosterone in men and decreased levels of estrogen in women can also cause mood swings. 

The natural decline of estrogen and progesterone happens between the ages of 40-55 for women, as their bodies shift toward menopause. For men, testosterone production starts to decline by around 1% every year after the age of 30. 

Low libido 

You probably had no problem with your sex drive in your twenties. But as you’ve gotten older, you might notice you just never feel in the mood. 

70% of low libido cases are linked to hormonal imbalances. Women may experience a decrease in libido around pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause. Men often experience low libido as the result of decreasing testosterone levels linked to age.

While some people aren’t bothered by low libido, others wish to improve it to bring steam back into their love life. Undergoing hormone replacement therapy can help you feel desire again while strengthening the relationship between you and your partner. 

Brain fog

Trouble focusing. Difficulty remembering. Feeling disoriented. Does this sound familiar? You may be suffering from brain fog. 

Brain fog is not a medical term, but many people with a hormone imbalance complain of it. Three hormones may be to blame if your headspace isn’t clear:

When you’re not thinking clearly, this can carry over into other parts of your life, even causing depression and anxiety. Dr. Cheema can help identify the root of your brain fog before it becomes a bigger problem.

Want to know how you can get your hormones back in balance? Call 770-558-2873 or book online to inquire about hormone replacement therapy today.

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