Hormones are responsible for regulating countless bodily processes. When you have a problem with hormone production, you may feel the effects throughout your body. That’s why board-certified naturopathic physician Kirt Tyson, NMD, CPBN, FAAOPM, provides hormone replacement therapy at Balanced Health Medical Center, PLLC, in Washington, D.C. To learn more, call or use the online scheduling tool.
Hormones are chemical messengers, and they play a role in coordinating or controlling just about any bodily function you can think of. These include simple daily experiences, like feeling hungry, and complex, extended processes, including physical growth, sexual development, and mood.
When you have a hormonal imbalance, the symptoms can affect your entire body. Hormones are essential.
It’s normal for men and women to experience decreased hormone production with age. You may associate this change with menopause when women experience a drop in estrogen, but men can experience symptoms from age-related low testosterone, which is sometimes referred to as “andropause.” Also, you may experience imbalances of any hormone your body produces, not just the primary sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen).
The symptoms of a hormonal imbalance depend in part on the hormone in question, and any given hormonal imbalance can cause a wide range of symptoms. However, the following symptoms often indicate a hormonal imbalance, especially if another condition doesn’t explain them:
Your doctor may order a blood or saliva test to confirm that you do indeed have a hormonal imbalance and not another condition. If you have a hormonal imbalance, the next step may be hormone replacement therapy.
Hormone replacement therapy, as the name suggests, is a treatment that aims to restore your hormone levels by replacing your depleted hormones with synthetic analogs. With scientific advances, synthetic hormones are now nearly identical to the chemicals your body produces naturally.
You can expect to feel relief from your symptoms soon after beginning hormone replacement therapy. In addition to specific symptom relief, patients often find they feel better overall, or more like themselves, after they undergo hormone replacement therapy.
Depending on your needs and preferences, you may choose to take synthetic hormones in the form of a cream, injection, patch, gel, or a pellet that goes under your skin. Dr. Tyson aims to administer the lowest possible effective dose.
If you’re concerned you have a hormone imbalance and want to know how hormone replacement therapy can help, schedule an appointment at Balanced Health Medical Center online or over the phone.