Everyone has heard of hormones, but do you know what they do? Hormones are the chemical messengers of your body, carrying messages from your glands to your organs. Hormones have a role in all sorts of bodily processes from metabolism to your sleep cycles.
Dr. Kevin Jovanovic and Dr. Radoslav Jovanovic see many patients who have out-of-whack hormones and who don’t feel well, but have no idea why. Women are particularly susceptible to hormonal imbalances. Superior training, years of experience, and a deep understanding of how your body works means Dr. Jovanovic can help.
You probably already know that your hormones fluctuate with your cycle, and that your hormone levels change at different points in your life. But, there are a few conditions related to hormone imbalances you may not know about.
For example, diabetes is a condition of your endocrine system, which is the system that controls your hormones. Insulin is the hormone that’s out of whack with diabetes.
Hyper- and hypothyroidism are both conditions caused by hormone imbalances -- either having too much or too little thyroid hormone.
A partial list of conditions related to hormones include:
- Cushing’s syndrome
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- Metabolic syndrome X
- Addison’s disease
Not all hormone imbalances are related to serious or chronic health conditions, but even a small imbalance can cause uncomfortable symptoms.
Common symptoms of hormone imbalance
One of the things that can be confusing about a hormone imbalance is that your symptoms can seem unrelated and random. For example, both dry skin and fatigue are symptoms of hypothyroidism, but most people don’t realize the two symptoms are related.
Here are some of the common symptoms women experience when they have a hormone imbalance:
- Heavy or painful periods
- Absent or very light periods
- Hair loss
- Problems sleeping
- A feeling of fatigue
- Loss of muscle mass
- More hair growth than usual, sometimes in unusual areas
- Changes in your bowel movements
- A need to urinate more often than usual
- Unexplained weight gain or loss
How we can help
Often, hormone imbalances are temporary. Some women’s hormones get out of whack when they use certain types of birth control. If that’s a problem for you, we can help you find a birth control method that works for you. If your hormones are imbalanced because of menopause, we can help with that, too.
The first step is finding out what, exactly, is out of whack, and the second step is understanding why it’s out of whack. Usually, we can do both of those things through blood tests, an examination, and talking to you about your medical history and symptoms.
Once we know more about what’s going on with your body, we can suggest a treatment plan to get your hormones back in balance. You may need to change your diet, take a prescription medication, or make some changes to your lifestyle. We can give you guidance on all of those things.
If you suspect you may have out-of-whack hormones, schedule an appointment today.