When most people think about hormone issues, things like PMS and menopause come to mind. In reality, hormone imbalances can affect men and women and wreak havoc on the body in a number of ways.
Here at Habersham OBGYN, located in Demorest, Georgia, Dr. Thomas Hatchett, midwife Britteny Barron, and our highly trained staff provide individualized care tailored to your specific needs, whether you're a teen, in your childbearing years, or going through menopause and beyond. Whether you need a preventive exam, prenatal and obstetrics care, or treatment for a disorder such as a hormone imbalance, we are ready to help using the latest technology and practices.
Hormones are regulated by the glands of the endocrine system and are crucial to good health. They work as chemical messengers moving throughout the body to organs and tissues, and are essential in keeping the body working normally.
Hormones can get out of balance for a variety of reasons. Women can suffer from low estrogen or progesterone during perimenopause, menopause, or if they've had a hysterectomy. Men may have issues with low testosterone as they age or if they've experienced an injury to or surgery on their testes. Both genders' hormone levels can be affected by obesity, diabetes, stress, and even certain kinds of cancer.
Imbalanced hormones can wreak havoc in a number of ways. Fortunately, getting these chemical messengers back at their proper levels can help. Some examples include:
A number of sexual issues can be linked to imbalanced hormones, including a low sex drive and sexual problems like erectile dysfunction and vaginal dryness. Returning your levels to normal can help solve these challenges and increase satisfaction in the bedroom.
Hormones play a crucial role in your mental health. When they are out of whack, you may experience anything from depression and mood swings to fatigue, irritability, and trouble concentrating. Fortunately solving your hormonal imbalance can also help you feel more like yourself.
Many women realize perimenopause and other imbalances of hormonal levels can cause hot flashes. What they may not know is these same hormone imbalances can lead to osteoporosis and a greater risk of bone fractures. By properly restoring the balance, you can not only relieve unpleasant hot flashes but protect your bones, too.
If you're experiencing any of the above symptoms, you may be suffering from a hormone imbalance. We begin treatment by listening to your concerns and then conducting a thorough panel of laboratory tests to determine your specific levels. After we get the results back, we create a personalized care plan that's just right for you.
For many people, we recommend BioTE® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). This treatment uses bioidentical hormone pellets that are inserted subcutaneously two to four times during the span of a year. Over time, your body is able to absorb the hormones, and the constant administration prevents any sudden hormone surges or unpleasant side effects.
Depending on your situation, other treatment solutions could involve using testosterone or estrogen creams or skin patches, hormonal birth control, or vaginal estrogen.
If you suspect you may have an imbalance of your hormones and are seeking personalized care to restore them to their correct levels, book online today or call our office at 706-754-3997 to make an appointment.