Aging brings with it a variety of aches, pains, and other symptoms that many people figure are just the price of getting older. However, that isn't always true. In the case of a hormone imbalance, treatment is available to improve symptoms.
At Habersham OBGYN in Demorest, Georgia, Dr. Thomas Hatchett and our highly skilled staff provide personalized integrative care using the most up-to-date technology and equipment. We treat women at every stage of their lives from their teen years through pregnancy and into menopause.
Produced in the endocrine glands, hormones are chemical messengers that play an important role in a variety of the body's functions like metabolism and reproduction. Even a minor imbalance of too much or too little can wreak havoc.
For women experiencing a hormone imbalance, it's usually low estrogen or progesterone. Causes can include perimenopause, menopause or having a hysterectomy.
Men can suffer from a hormonal imbalance related to low testosterone. This can happen with aging as well as from an injury to or surgery on the testes.
Experiencing stress, being obese, and/or having diabetes can cause both genders to be more likely to suffer from a hormone imbalance as can having specific kinds of cancer.
Hormone replacement therapy can help restore a number of bodily functions to their normal state and provide relief for a variety of issues. For example:
A hormonal imbalance can contribute to everything from a low sex drive to erectile dysfunction for men and vaginal dryness for women. Bringing the hormones back into balance can help improve enjoyment in the bedroom.
Hormone replacement therapy can help reduce irritability, stress, and constant anxiety in people who are suffering from an imbalance.
Hot flashes can interrupt daily activities while night sweats can rob individuals of valuable sleep. Both can be decreased with hormone replacement therapy.
Some people with a hormone imbalance struggle to focus and concentrate, but these issues can be improved by getting the hormones balanced correctly.
Although it's invisible, bone mass can decrease when hormones are out of balance. By correcting the issue, the risk of osteoporosis and broken bones can be reduced.
Hormone levels are evaluated using expanded laboratory testing. Once results are obtained, a personalized treatment plan can be developed. A range of care options are available depending on the individual's situation, ranging from BioTE® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy to testosterone or estrogen skin patches or creams, hormonal birth control, or vaginal estrogen.
If you suspect you may have a hormone imbalance, book online or call our office at 706-229-4718 today.