Hormone imbalances are a normal part of the aging process and can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms that affect everyday life. Luckily, there are many benefits that come along with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Are you questioning your symptoms and wondering how you can be happy and healthy again? There are plenty of options tailored to meet the individual needs of men and women. Here are some signs that you may need hormone replacement therapy.
Just like depression, anxiety can increase over time as your hormones begin to shift. There are three ways your hormones may affect anxiety: sex hormones, stress hormones, and stress hormones. Learning more about your body and how to manage your hormones will help with leveling out your social anxiety. Temporary fixes such as smoking, alcohol, sugar, or other substances are not recommended as a quick fix to solving any anxiety issues.
Hormones play a big role in hair loss. For men and women, the main hormone at fault is called dihydrotestosterone, known also as DHT. The imbalance of this hormone jeopardizes hair follicles. The good news is that hormone replacement therapy can be used to reduce or even restore hair loss.
Hot Flashes and Night Sweats
Hot flashes and night sweats can occur for about 30 seconds to a few minutes. According to MedicineNet, “hot flashes are a characteristic symptom of the menopausal transition (perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause) in women, but may occasionally result from other medical conditions. About 70% of women will experience hot flashes at some point in the menopausal transition.” A physical examination can help determine your hormone levels and what treatment is best.
As your hormone production decreases over time, men and women can experience symptoms of memory loss. About 65% of people with dementia are women. Memory loss can occur when hormones are out of balance so visiting a doctor to help diagnose the breakdown of signaling is important for your health.
One of the most negative symptoms you can experience is insomnia. Lack of sleep can make a normal day seem like an impossible task without any sleep. The following hormone side effects that can affect sleep are:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Brain fog
- Memory loss
When to Seek Help
How can you replenish your hormones safely and effectively? Hormone replacement therapy. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms you should consult a licensed healthcare professional.
The effects of hormone imbalance are far-reaching and can result in a mix of physical and mental health challenges. Dr. Karen Clark of Chapel Hill Gynecology has extensive experience in the field of hormone therapy. By reviewing an analysis of your hormone levels in the context of symptoms you are having, she can make recommendations regarding the best treatment. Schedule an appointment today or call (919) 960-2720.