Hormones are necessary biological ingredients to an individual’s ability to live––and enjoy––a healthy, active life. And when these components go out of balance, everything from muscle aches to waning sex drives can be experienced.
Hormones are needed to regulate major body functions. Because of this, even a slight imbalance can cause disruptions in:
- Heart rate
- Sleep cycles
- Reproductive cycles and lowered libido
- Mood and
- Stress levels
If you’re not sure you’re experiencing a possible hormone imbalance, here are seven signs you should be watching out for.
Fatigue – this is one of the most common symptoms of hormone imbalance. In women, excess progesterone can make you tired. In men, reduced muscle mass can cause weakness and fatigue.
Poor sleep – low progesterone and estrogen in women can cause myriad problems including night sweats and hot flashes, both playing key roles in the interruption of sleep cycles
Vaginal dryness – while it’s perfectly normal to have an occasional run-in with vaginal dryness, if your noticing prolonged dryness or irritation, you may be suffering from low estrogen. Estrogen helps keep vaginal tissue moist and, therefore, comfortable. Lower estrogen can reduce vaginal fluids and cause drying and tightness to occur.
Erectile dysfunction – an occasional experience with difficulty getting and maintaining an erection is normal. However, when a satisfactory sexual performance becomes more difficult to achieve, you could be suffering from a hormone imbalance. Low testosterone levels can have a definite impact on a man’s ability to achieve and maintain an erection.
Low libido – testosterone isn’t just a male hormone; women’s bodies make it as well. And when testosterone levels decrease (for both men and women), the desire for sex decreases as well.
Muscle aches – both men and women who suffer from hormone imbalances can also experience muscle aches, making it harder to fall, and stay, asleep.
Chronic acne – increased androgens (hormones that both men and women produce) can push oil glands into overdrive. Androgens can also affect the skin cells in and around hair follicles. When these two actions join together, pores can get clogged with oils and irritants that can cause acne breakouts.
Hormone Replacement Therapy: Restoring Hormonal Balance & Health
Whether we like it or not, our hormones can go in and out of balance––and it becomes more common as we age.
There are many ways to treat hormone imbalances. The most common is through typical HRT which replaces estrogen, progestin, and even testosterone via pills and creams.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) has long been thought of as a treatment for women whose hormones are out of balance. While this is true, it’s only half the story––because it’s just as effective in helping men as it is in women.
The problem with these treatments is that they’re usually absorbed too quickly by the body. This quick absorption can cause may side effects including, but not limited to:
- Painful, swollen breasts
- Vaginal discharge
- Skin Issues
- Urinary changes and
- Mood swings
Traditional therapies not only allowed hormones to be absorbed too rapidly, opening the door for a slew of potential side-effects, but they also relied on foreign (horse) and synthetically derived hormones that can be rejected by the human body.
Luckily, there are more natural choices that can slow down the body’s absorption of replacement hormones, easing the risk of side effects and prolonging the ability of the replacement hormones to do their work.
Bio-Identical Pellet Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) is a natural approach to the traditional pill, cream, patch, and gel-based hormone replacement therapies of previous years.
Bio-Identical HRT and testosterone hormone replacement therapies are derived from plant-based hormones that make them more natural and easy for the body to absorb and utilize. Administered through a single injection of pellets (approximately the size of a grain of rice) under the skin, this delivery system allows for slow absorption, consistent transmission of hormone therapy, and better therapeutic outcomes.
Are Bio-Identicals Right For You?
If you feel out of balance, tired, or your quality of life is suffering due to changes often found with hormone imbalances, you might want to consider having your hormone levels checked.
When your hormone levels are off, bio-identical hormone replacement therapies are a quick, effective, more tolerable option than traditional replacement therapies.
The pellets (slightly larger than a grain of rice) are injected just below the skin. Over a 3 to 5-month period, these pellets slowly dissolve, providing a consistent dose of hormones and relief from hormone imbalance triggered symptoms.
Hormones level fluctuation is a natural part of the aging process. If you’re in your 40s, 50s, and even 60s, whether you’re a woman or a man, your body may be telling you that it’s time to act!
Women may be experiencing:
- Mood Swings
- Hot flashes
- Difficulty sleeping
- Vaginal dryness
- Painful intercourse or
Or, if you’re a man dealing with:
- Mood Swings
- Loss of muscle tone
- Weight gain or
- Erectile dysfunction
A simple blood draw to check hormone levels can be done to determine if a hormone imbalance is at play and the number of pellets that need to be placed. Bonus: the procedure is quick and non-invasive.
Restore The Balance In Your Life
When it comes to aging, there are things we can do to slow down the process, and some that are out of our control. Hormone imbalances are one of those issues that can be addressed efficiently and with little disruption to our daily lives.
If you’re suffering from symptoms commonly associated with hormone imbalance, contact Matrix Age Management today and schedule a consultation to find out if Bio-Identical or Testosterone Hormone Replacement Therapy is right for you!