Hormonal Imbalance & Menopause
Hormonal disorders can wreak havoc on your life. For women, menopause and thyroid disease are the top reasons you might experience symptoms associated with a hormonal imbalance. This includes hot flashes, fatigue, depression, decreased sex drive, and weight gain.
If you believe you may be suffering from a hormone imbalance, call the OB-GYN professionals at Dekalb Women’s Specialists. We can assess your hormone levels and prescribe effective treatments that can restore hormone levels and improve your quality of life. One of our most in-demand solutions is BioTE pellet therapy, a type of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BRHT).
Hormonal Imbalance FAQs
Hormonal imbalances can upset key functioning of your body, leaving you fatigued and depressed. It can also cause many other distressing symptoms.
You have organs located in various areas of your body called endocrine glands. These glands produce different chemicals, called hormones, that your body needs. The glands release the hormones directly into your bloodstream, where the chemicals can be circulated throughout the body.
Hormones act as messengers or triggers and play a vital role in essential bodily functions, including:
- Growth and development
A hormonal imbalance occurs when your body is producing too much or too little of hormones. This imbalance can cause a range of unpleasant and sometimes serious symptoms that could seriously affect your quality of life.
For women, perimenopause followed by menopause is an almost universal experience that happens because of a hormonal imbalance. Perimenopause may begin as early as your late 30s, as production of the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone begins to slow. When you reach middle age – usually around age 50 or so – you have such low levels of estrogen and progesterone that your periods stop for good. After 12 months without a period, you are considered to be in menopause. Perimenopause and menopause are natural processes. However, the lack of estrogen and progesterone can cause years of disturbing symptoms for many women.
Another type of hormonal imbalance that's particularly common in women is thyroid disease. The most widespread form of this condition is hypothyroidism, which results in low thyroid hormone levels. Left untreated, hypothyroidism is potentially life-threatening. Fortunately, restoring your thyroid hormone balance is an effective long-term solution for this condition.
If your hormone imbalance is caused by perimenopause or menopause, you may experience years of disturbing signs and symptoms, including:
- Hot flashes, night sweats
- Mood swings
- Thinning skin and hair
- Vaginal dryness and pain during intercourse
- Memory problems
- Decreased libido
If your hormone imbalance is caused by thyroid disease, particularly hypothyroidism, you may experience the following signs and symptoms:
- Weight gain
- Hair loss
- Skin problems
If your body isn't making enough hormones to keep you healthy and functioning properly, the provider team at Dekalb Women's Specialists has a solution – in the form of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
Bioidentical hormones are plant-derived medications that exactly match the hormones your body naturally produces. Many practitioners believe they're superior to synthetic HRT, as your body is less likely to react negatively to the treatment, and the natural hormones are easier to absorb.
Our team uses BioTE medical BHRT. BioTE comes in the form of tiny pellets that are injected under the skin, typically in the hip, buttock, or thigh area. The bioidentical hormones are released slowly, over time, contributing to a more consistent hormone level in the body than with oral medication. In addition, you don't have to worry about remembering to take your pills.
While menopause is part of the natural progression of a woman’s fertility over her lifetime, the hormonal imbalance it causes can create a host of disruptive symptoms that go on for years.
In the U.S., menopause typically occurs around age 52. Menopause is defined as 12 consecutive months with no menstrual cycle or ovulation.
The only way to be sure you’re in menopause is to have a blood test to evaluate your hormone levels. In addition to a blood test, your provider will ask about your medical history and any gynecological symptoms, as well as perform a pelvic exam.
Once you’re in menopause, you can no longer become pregnant.
However, if you’re not sure whether you’re in menopause and don’t want to get pregnant, use protection during intercourse. Until menopause has been confirmed, it’s still possible for you to become pregnant.
Every woman experiences menopause differently. You may have mild or severe symptoms that affect your entire quality of life.
In the years leading up to menopause, you may experience symptoms that suggest you’re moving through the “change of life.” These symptoms can occur for a time before you’ve actually reached menopause, persisting for several years in a time, known as perimenopause.
Common symptoms of menopause include:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood changes
- Weight gain
- Low libido
- Vaginal dryness
The hormonal changes that occur in menopause also increase your risk of heart disease and osteoporosis.
It is the decrease in estrogen and progesterone production that occurs with menopause that is responsible for these symptoms.
You have options when it comes to managing any unpleasant symptoms of menopause. The doctors at Dekalb Women’s Specialists will work with you to create a customized treatment plan based on your unique health history, symptoms, and treatment goals.
Your plan may include:
- Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), including BioTE bioidentical pellet therapy
- Low-dose antidepressants to manage mood swings
- Medications to ease hot flashes
- Vaginal lubricating creams, including topical estrogen, to alleviate dryness and sexual discomfort
You may also benefit from lifestyle changes to optimize your health and wellness, including diet, exercise, and nutritional supplements.
We will also screen you for heart disease and osteoporosis, since your risk for both increases after menopause.
Hormone Replacement Therapy in Atlanta, GA
Are you experiencing hot flashes, night sweats, decreased sex drive, or other symptoms of a hormone imbalance?
Dekalb Women's Specialists has a solution that can restore your quality of life, whether it’s menopause, thyroid disease, or some other condition that has created an imbalance in your hormone levels. We offer a host of treatments, including bioidentical pellet therapy. Call Dekalb Women’s Specialists at (404) 508-2000 to find out whether hormone replacement therapy is right for you. You can also simply request an appointment now.
We are conveniently located in Decatur, Stonecrest, and Stone Mountain, Georgia, and are ready, willing, and able to serve all your OB-GYN women’s healthcare needs.