Hormone Imbalance

Pasadena Pellet Therapy

OB/GYNs located in Pasadena, CA

Hormones work as chemical messengers that travel through your bloodstream to your tissues and organs to regulate many different biological processes. Most hormones are made in your endocrine glands and sexual organs and are extremely powerful. Problems arising from an imbalance of these hormones can be very serious, so if you want help with your hormone imbalance, call or make an appointment online or over the phone today at Pasadena Pellet Therapy in Pasadena, California.

Hormone Imbalance Q & A

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What is a hormone imbalance?

A hormone imbalance occurs in your body when it makes too much or too little of a particular hormone. The medical staff at Pasadena Pellet therapy conduct laboratory tests to measure your hormone levels. This can occur either in your endocrine glands or your sexual organs.

A hormone imbalance often occurs when your body does not respond to hormones in the proper manner. Stress and infection, as well as changes in your body's fluid and electrolyte balance, can influence your hormone levels and can lead to a hormone imbalance.

The most commonly diagnosed hormone imbalance is diabetes, with hypothyroidism as a close second. There are also many conditions — including PCOS in women and hypogonadism in men — associated with an imbalance in sex hormones.

How does a hormone imbalance affect women?

Women mainly produce the hormones estrogen and progesterone in their ovaries. However, women also produce androgens — male-like hormones such as testosterone and DHEAS — in their ovaries and adrenal glands.

When these hormones are not in balance, women can experience symptoms such as:

  • Menstrual cycle irregularities
  • Problems getting pregnant
  • Hirsutism (extra hair growth)
  • Acne
  • Alopecia (hair loss)
  • Decreased libido
  • Headaches
  • PMS
  • Hot flashes that come and go
  • Sleep disturbances
  • and many other symptoms

Estrogen is also important in the normal functioning of your uterus and breasts, and helps protect your bone health.

How does a hormone imbalance affect men?

Often referred to as low testosterone or “low T,” the symptoms of hormone imbalance in men include:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Lack of energy and fatigue

These issues often show up years before more serious health issues become evident.

If left untreated, hormone imbalance in men can lead to:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity-related illnesses

Being overweight and inactive aggravates these conditions. Overuse of alcohol, cannabis, or other medications or drugs can cause these problems also.

How are hormone imbalances treated?

Hormone imbalances first need to be diagnosed by a qualified medical professional. Commonly, these imbalances get treated in one of two ways. If you have too much of a particular hormone, it’s generally treated through the use of oral medication that controls how much hormone your body makes. However, if the problem is too little of a hormone, hormone replacement therapy can help.

If you think you have a hormone imbalance, call or make an appointment online today at Pasadena Pellet Therapy in Pasadena, California.