Most people don't give their hormones that much thought — until there is a problem. Fortunately, treatments including birth control are available to help address these imbalances.
At Habersham OBGYN in Demorest, Georgia, Dr. Thomas Hatchett, our midwife nurse practitioner Britteny Barron, and our well-trained staff can help women no matter the stage of their lives. We use innovative technology and diagnostic equipment while providing personalized and compassionate care, whether you are expecting, experiencing another health issue related to the reproductive system, such as a hormone imbalance, or are struggling with menopause symptoms.
Hormones may not get the same amount of attention as the heart, lungs, or brain but they play a crucial role in keeping us healthy and feeling good. They are created in the endocrine glands and serve as chemical messengers moving through the body, directing organs and tissues what to do. They aid in controlling a number of important functions like metabolism and reproduction. When an imbalance occurs, there is too much or not enough of a given hormone, which can lead to a variety of health issues.
Our bodies contain a number of different hormones, from the more well-known like adrenaline and insulin to others many people have never heard of. Two hormones that can cause issues for women if they become imbalanced are estrogen and progesterone.
When a woman has a hormone imbalance, she can experience a number of symptoms. They can include issues like vaginal dryness, atrophy, and low sex drive, as well as discomfort during intercourse. Hot flashes and night sweats may occur. There may also be mental and emotional changes like trouble with focus and concentration and feeling constantly anxious, stressed, or irritated. Osteoporosis and its risk of broken bones may be a problem as well.
A hormone imbalance is often the result of low estrogen or progesterone due to perimenopause or menopause. A hysterectomy can also result in this issue. Stress, being obese, and diabetes can play a role as well. Less commonly, certain kinds of cancer can cause a hormone imbalance.
Hormone levels are measured using expanded laboratory testing. Once these results are received, we create a customized treatment plan that is right for each woman's situation.
Hormonal birth control is one option for many. This can include a number of choices, including the birth control pill, patch, or shot. A vaginal ring and intrauterine device (IUD) are additional options.
Estrogen skin patches or creams or vaginal estrogen could also be recommended. Finally, some women use BioTE® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, with special pellets inserted in the hip area several times a year to release a steady stream of hormones.
If you feel you may be suffering from a hormone imbalance, call our office at 706-229-4718 for an appointment today or book one online to learn more about birth control and other options.