Do you suffer from symptoms such as anxiety, depression, mood swings, or a loss of libido? Have you noticed other changes such as abnormal weight gain, hair loss, or fluctuations in feeling hot or cold? These symptoms are common manifestations of hormone imbalance, a common condition among adults in middle age. Unfortunately, many people try endless other treatments for their conditions without realizing the underlying hormonal cause. At Renew Health, we go to the source of the problem with our innovative hormone therapy in Tempe, and you can see results in as little as eight weeks.
What Is a Hormone Imbalance?
Although “raging hormones” are usually associated with teenagers, our hormones play a pivotal role throughout our entire adult lives. They control our moods. They help us grow and heal. They can have an enormous impact on regulating our levels of hunger or sex drive. In extreme cases, they can even cause weight gain or anxiety and depression. Yet many people fail to make the connection between a hormone imbalance and their symptoms.
Simply put, an imbalance occurs when the endocrine system creates too little of a specific hormone or too much of another. Although the human body has several hormones it produces, some of the most important are testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. When one of these becomes imbalanced––a common scenario for adults in middle age––it can cause disruptive symptoms related to sleep, sex drive, mood, and appetite.
What Is Hormone Therapy?
This type of therapy is a scientifically-based treatment for hormone deficiencies or imbalances. During treatment at Renew Health, our medical professionals will first seek to understand the nature of the imbalance. We then gradually reintroduce the hormones that are necessary to rebalance each individual case.
How Quickly Does Hormone Therapy Work?
This form of therapy has shown incredible results; however, it is not an instantaneous miracle cure. If treatment moves too quickly, there can be negative consequences stemming from abrupt changes in a person’s hormone balance. The best successes come when endocrinologists (hormone specialists) take a gradual approach to treatment. Our specialists use the minimum dosage required, fine-tuning the balance as treatment progresses.
For Most Patients, Results Are Seen in Eight Weeks
It takes a little while for the body to absorb a hormone treatment. Even if the hormones are directly inserted into the body in the form of a pill or an injection, the body must process the new substance and adjust accordingly. Usually, patients will begin to feel noticeable results after eight weeks of treatment. As the process continues into the third and fourth months, these results will become stronger, and it may be possible to scale back the number of treatment sessions after a better balance has been achieved.
How Can You Tell if You Have a Hormone Imbalance?
Ultimately, the only way to know for sure if you have an imbalance is to get a test. Because many symptoms have overlaps with other conditions, it is not always possible to know from the symptoms alone. However, medical professionals can analyze blood or saliva samples and deduce the precise type of hormones that may be lacking.
Very often, the underlying condition of hormone imbalance goes untreated. It is estimated that nearly four in every five adults suffer from some type of imbalance, and yet many just assume this is a natural consequence of the aging process and there is nothing that can be done. Hormone treatment helps deliver a better quality of life for adults in middle age and beyond by looking more closely at the cause of the problems.
What Causes a Hormone Imbalance?
Hormonal imbalances can come from a variety of circumstances. Diet, genetics, environment, and the aging process can all play a part. In many cases, the nature of the imbalance may also be tied to a person’s sex hormones, which is why so many patients first seek treatment due to changes in libido. However, sex hormones have an impact on many facets of life, not just libido.
Common Symptoms of a Hormonal Imbalance
Although there are always exceptions to the general rule, men and women typically experience hormonal changes slightly differently.
Because women go through menopause, they will often have hormone-related challenges during this chapter of their lives. In addition, there is also the period known as perimenopause, which comes right before this happens and can contain its own challenges. Women may experience a condition called estrogen dominance, where the body produces too much estrogen and other necessary hormones become less effective as a result.
Common symptoms for women who are going through this time can include anxiety, depression, low libido, difficulty sleeping, headaches, fluctuations in weight, and “hot flashes” or difficulty with the regulation of body temperature.
Male hormone imbalance is incredibly common but also less well known. Part of the reason for this is that because men don’t go through a phase like menopause that has been studied, it hasn’t entered the popular consciousness nearly as much. It is also the case that male hormone imbalance tends to begin in the early or mid-thirties with a decline in testosterone levels. Testosterone levels in adult males over 30 usually continue to decline a little every year (researchers estimate about half a percent per year). Over the course of years and decades, this can lead to noticeable side effects.
Common symptoms for men include low libido, low motivation, chronic fatigue, mood swings, difficulty concentrating, weight gain, hair loss, and difficulty building or retaining muscle mass. More concerning, these symptoms can sometimes have secondary effects that are quite serious, including a higher risk of contracting heart disease, dementia, or Alzheimer’s disease.
How Does Hormone Therapy in Tempe Works?
There are multiples ways of introducing new hormones to a patient. Some treatments involve topical creams. Others use injections, and in some cases, oral treatments are available.
In most cases, hormones are administered in tablet form. However, the tablet is not ingested. Instead, it is inserted into an area of the skin (usually near or just above the buttocks) where it can be absorbed by the body very slowly. This allows for a timed release and leads to more careful control by your medical professional team. It also eliminates the need to remember to take a pill or apply a cream on a daily basis, resulting in a more reliable treatment.
Hormone Treatment FAQs
Can You Tell Me More About the Hormones That Are Used?
In most cases, the three hormones that are needed are estrogen, testosterone, and progesterone.
Estrogen is a vital hormone for both men and women, but it is often referred to as the female sex hormone. Overproduction of estrogen is a common scenario for women who are in or around menopause, leading to estrogen dominance. In the short term, common symptoms might be irregular menstruation, fatigue, and fluctuating weight. When estrogen becomes too elevated, it can increase the risk of a number of serious health conditions, including cancer (breast and ovarian) as well as stroke and thyroid dysfunction.
Just like estrogen is thought of as the “female sex hormone,” testosterone is often used as shorthand for the “male sex hormone.” Although there is some truth to this, it is not entirely accurate. Testosterone is a necessary hormone regardless of a patient’s sex, and a deficiency (or “low T”) can lead to a sharp decline in libido. An imbalance can also have side effects that trigger feelings of depression and anxiety.
Progesterone is also an important hormone for both men and women. It is often thought of as the calming “sleep” hormone. In women, it also plays a major role in reproduction and libido. Too much or too little of this hormone can put patients at higher risk for developing chemical dependency issues. It can also cause havoc with a person’s sleep, either leading to constant fatigue, insomnia, or both.
Will I Need to Do Hormone Treatment Indefinitely?
In many cases, hormone treatments can be a temporary process. Sometimes, the body will adjust and the endocrine system will go back to a more balanced hormonal output. However, this is not always the case, and hormone treatment is almost always a “long-term” method, lasting for months or even years.
Fortunately, once a patient begins to achieve balance, the treatment is often easier to maintain. A routine checkup every three to four months can assure that treatment is going well and that no adjustments need to be made.
What Can I Do for Low Libido?
In both men and women, this is typically due to low testosterone. This can affect sexual drive, desire, and even confidence. In women, this situation may be caused by estrogen dominance, which dilutes the effects of testosterone, and it may be a temporary concern. In men, age-related testosterone decline may benefit from ongoing treatment.
What Can I Do for Irregular Sleep?
Very often, this is the result of too much or too little progesterone. When there is too much of the hormone, it signals the brain that it’s time to sleep––even when the body is well-rested from a biological standpoint. On the other extreme, a lack of sufficient progesterone may make it difficult for the brain to believe that it’s time to sleep, even if the body desperately needs rest. Insomnia and chronic fatigue are often helped by balancing this important hormone.
What Can I Do for Mood Swings?
In many cases, this is the result of low testosterone, although it could be any hormone that is causing this. In women, estrogen dominance may coincide with mood swings. A progesterone imbalance may cause difficulty sleeping, which in turn leads to irregular moods.
How Can I Find Out More?
The first thing to do is get in touch with our staff at Renew Health! We can schedule a personal consultation, which will help us determine if this treatment is right for you. In some cases, symptoms like low libido, fatigue, or moodiness have other causes. The way to be sure is to do a simple lab test, which can definitively show if there is a lack of one or multiple hormones.
When you schedule a personal consultation with us, we’ll go over your medical history and talk about any health concerns you may have. Once we find out more information about the nature of the imbalance, we can prepare a detailed treatment plan that will restore balance to your hormones.
Schedule Your Consultation Today!
Are you ready to experience the benefits of hormone therapy in Tempe? Are you tired of trying one solution after another but only treating the superficial symptoms and not the real cause of the problem? Many people suffer from hormone imbalance without even knowing it, but you don’t have to live that way. Once you know the problem, we can treat it! Contact Renew Health in Tempe, AZ for your consultation, and see the difference our treatment can make!