Hormonal imbalances can upset your body's key functions, leaving you fatigued and depressed and causing many other distressing symptoms. If you have issues that could be due to a hormonal imbalance, visit Dekalb Women's Specialists to find out for sure. At their locations in Lithonia, Decatur, and Stone Mountain, Georgia, the team can assess your hormone levels and prescribe effective treatments like BioTE® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Call the office nearest you to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.
A hormonal imbalance occurs when your body is producing too much or too little of certain chemicals called hormones. An imbalance of hormones can cause a range of unpleasant and sometimes serious symptoms that could seriously affect your quality of life.
There are various organs around your body called endocrine glands that produce the different hormones your body needs.
Hormones act as messengers and play a vital role in essential body functions, including:
You only need small quantities of these hormones, but if you don't have enough, the effects can have a significant impact on your physical and mental health.
For women, perimenopause followed by menopause is an almost universal experience that happens because of a hormonal imbalance.
Perimenopause is a period that starts around your late thirties, as production of the female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone begins to slow. When you reach middle age -- usually around 50 or so -- you have such low levels of estrogen and progesterone that your periods stop for good.
This is a natural process, but the lack of estrogen and progesterone can cause some women to experience years of disturbing symptoms such as:
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.
This condition causes fatigue, weight gain, hair loss, depression, skin problems, and other symptoms that closely resemble those of perimenopause. If you have these symptoms and assume it’s due to your age, it's advisable to find out for sure by getting tested at Dekalb Women's Specialists.
Left untreated, hypothyroidism is potentially life-threatening. Fortunately, rebalancing the thyroid hormones provides an effective long-term solution to the problem.
If your body isn't making enough hormones to keep you healthy, the 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 produces naturally. 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.
The team uses BioTEⓇ Medical BHRT. BioTE takes the form of tiny pellets that your provider injects under your skin. This provides a more consistent dose of BHRT than oral medication, and you don't have to worry about remembering to take your pills.
Find out more about effective treatments for hormonal imbalance by calling Dekalb Women's Specialists or booking an appointment online.