Dr. Joseph M. Perlman Advanced Plastic Surgery Centre

It’s true. After a certain age, physical changes occur in our bodies that affect our energy level, mental sharpness, mood, physical appearance, and even our sex drive.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all come with indicator lights, like the ones in our cars, to let us know something needs fixing? And then get hooked up to a machine to diagnose and spit out a remedy?

Unfortunately, we are not there yet.

However, you would know to visit your doctor if you have chest pain, see blood in your urine or lose your balance too often. We know these symptoms are indicators that something is wrong. Right?

The same thing is true with hormone imbalance. Sometimes though, it happens so mildly over an extended period of time, that your hormones could be completely out of balance before the symptoms are obvious.

Because hormones are responsible for regulating a myriad of body functions, it is crucial that attention is paid to the slightest of signs.

When Can You Experience a Hormone Imbalance

Fluctuations in hormone levels occur during puberty, pregnancy, childbirth, and during menopause. Did you know it can also be caused by illness, medications, or even lifestyle choices?

In some instances, you can address a hormone imbalance with exercise, diet, and lifestyle changes. But if you do not see results despite the effort, it is important you visit your doctor or a hormone specialist for an evaluation.

Before you do that, let’s take a quick look at the most common telltale signs your hormone levels may be out of balance.

1. You Are Always Tired

If you struggle to get out of bed every morning, even after 8 hours of sleep, you may have a hormone imbalance. Not always, because a restless night can be caused by a myriad of factors.

A hormone imbalance can make you feel tired anytime. It is most evident if you are tired:

You might even feel tired for no apparent reason at all.

The solution:

If all the above tips fail, consult with a hormone specialist. He or she will provide options that can bring your hormones back into balance quickly and efficiently for better sleep, allowing you to wake rested and energized.

2. Hips & Belly Fat

Remember the hormone cortisol? It’s also responsible for belly fat that accumulates around your midsection. The majority of cortisol receptors are clustered there.

If cortisol levels are out of balance, you may find that you’re in a vicious cycle. You are likely suffering from high levels of stress, so you eat more, which puts you in pounds and further interrupts cortisol levels.

If you’re gaining weight around the hips, your estrogen level may be too high. You can experience irritability, tenderness in the breasts, and heavier periods.

Excess body fat produces estrogen and symptoms of PMS may increase in intensity.

The solution:

Combined with lifestyle changes, balancing your hormone levels can help you lose weight by turning off your weight gain hormone.

3. Brain Function

The physical effects of a hormone imbalance are very real and disruptive. The effects on your brain can be even more concerning. Some common symptoms you may notice include:

When your hormones are out of sync, you may feel like your mind is functioning in a fog. You can have difficulty learning new things, recalling information, trouble concentrating, and feeling mentally exhausted.

The solution:

Balancing your hormones can bring you out of the mental fog and back into clarity without the need for drugs with undesirable side effects or risk of addiction.

4. In the Bedroom

A mix of hormones interacts each day in a delicate balance that affects your libido. Women produce less progesterone when cortisol levels are low. Those levels can be interrupted by the birth of a child, menopause, some surgical procedures, and certain medications.

It can affect your ability to “get in the mood,” become sufficiently aroused, or even achieve an orgasm. Sex may also become uncomfortable or painful.

The solution:

Hormones for Full Body Rejuvenation

Your body manufactures a myriad of hormones and any number of them can affect your physical, emotional, and mental health. Depending on which of your hormones are out of balance and to what extent, you may be able to address your symptoms with lifestyle changes.

It’s important to remember that hormone replacement therapy isn’t just for menopausal women. Both men and women suffer from hormone imbalances.

Hormone therapy is an effective treatment for imbalances associated with aging, nutrition, weight management, and sexual dysfunction. It’s effective for treating some types of diseases and medical conditions.

If you are always tired, have unexplained weight gain, feel like you operating in a mental fog, or your love life is suffering, hormone therapy can help you reclaim your normal self. You’ll feel energized, mentally alert, and ready for any adventure life brings your way.

About Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

BHRT is a treatment that is safe, effective at any age, and equally beneficial for men and women. The treatment can be delivered through a small pellet about the size of a grain of rice.

It is customized to your individual needs to deliver just the right amount of hormones 24/7.

BHRT is convenient and lasts 3 to 4 in women and 6 to 7 months in men before the pellet needs to be replaced. Some studies show it can also help protect against cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis. Your vitality and energy may be restored and your love life may be rejuvenated.