Many health issues come with big red flags such as chest pain for heart problems or a lump in the case of cancer. However, other medical problems like a hormone imbalance can be more subtle. Fortunately, there are signs that can indicate a problem.
Dr. Thomas Hatchett and our highly trained staff at Habersham OBGYN in Demorest, Georgia, offer a full spectrum of top-notch integrative services for all your gynecological and obstetrical needs. Whether you're looking for preventive care, have a reproductive system health issue that needs addressing, or are on the road to expanding your family, our cutting-edge facility, coupled with our personalized support, can help. We also treat hormone imbalances in both women and men.
Created in the endocrine glands, hormones are chemicals that travel through the bloodstream to instruct organs what to do. While this process is generally invisible, these messengers are crucial to most of our bodily functions including metabolism, sleep cycles, growth and development, and reproduction and sexual function. They even affect the heart rate, body temperature, mood, and stress levels. Even a small imbalance can have big repercussions throughout the body.
A hormone imbalance can result from a variety of reasons. For women, it's often brought on by perimenopause, menopause, or undergoing a hysterectomy, which can all affect their levels of estrogen or progesterone. Men may experience low testosterone due to aging, an injury, or surgery. Specific types of cancer can cause it as well. Suffering from obesity, diabetes, and/or stress can increase the risk.
A hormone imbalance can cause a wide range of symptoms. How your body reacts to an imbalance depends on which hormones or glands are affected.
Four common signs include the following:
People with a hormone imbalance may experience issues with their emotional well-being. This can take the form of everything from feeling irritable and anxious to excessively stressed.
Some individuals with a hormone imbalance may worry that their intellectual abilities are declining. However, poor focus and lack of concentration could be caused by this health problem.
A hormone imbalance can wreak havoc on intimacy in a number of ways. Low sex drive is one symptom, as is sexual dysfunction including vaginal dryness and erectile dysfunction.
Many women may think hot flashes and night sweats are a natural part of aging, but they could be a sign of a hormone imbalance.
Help is available if you're suffering from a hormone imbalance. Diagnosis involves expanded laboratory testing to evaluate your levels and then, if indicated, you can begin treatment using either a personalized BioTE® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy plan or another treatment option.
If you suspect you may have a hormone imbalance, book online or call our office at 706-229-4718 today to make an appointment and find out what treatment is right for you.