Hormone balance in men and women is heavily decided by a variety of factors. While some alterations of hormone levels come with aging, they can also be caused by stress, irregular appetite/sleeping patterns, and subjection to toxic substances. At Integrative Medicine of NYC we believe that tracking your hormone levels over time will help prevent any health risks that are caused by an imbalance.

Causes of Hormonal Imbalance

Hormone Imbalance can be due to the dysfunction of certain endocrine glands, which store and release the hormones in the body. There are multiple endocrine glands in the body, some of which include the pituitary gland, adrenal gland, hypothalamus gland, etc.

Some conditions that may affect one or more of these endocrine glands/hormones are:

  • Hypoglycemia

  • Poor dietary habits

  • Severe allergic reactions

  • Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

  • Exposure to toxins (including pesticides and herbicides)

  • Tumors

  • Eating Disorders

Causes for women:

Women experience hormonal imbalance naturally through puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause, but can also experience hormone imbalance from medical conditions:

  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

  • Birth Control Medication

  • Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI)

  • Early Menopause

Causes for men:

Men may also experience hormone imbalance through certain medical conditions aside from puberty:

  • Prostate Cancer

  • Hypogonadism

Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance

The symptoms of hormonal imbalance are different for each person, as it depends on which hormone/gland is affected. In addition to this variability, symptoms may increase over time and become more frequent.

  • Weight gain/loss

  • Fluctuations in heart rate

  • Anxiety/Irritability

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Dry Skin

  • Depression

  • Fatigue

  • Appetite changes

  • Muscle weakening

  • Headaches

  • Changes in blood pressure/blood sugar

  • Increased sweating

Symptoms for women

Women may also experience the following symptoms:

  • Heavy/Irregular period

  • Breast tenderness

  • Diarrhea

  • Constipation

  • Vaginal dryness

Symptoms for Men

Men may also experience the following symptoms:

  • Reduced body hair growth

  • Breast tenderness

  • Enlargement of breast tissue

  • Low sperm count

  • Low muscle mass


Get treatment from top-rated doctors at Integrative Medicine of NYC with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

What is Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy?

BHRT is the process by which hormones in the patient’s body are replaced with hormones that are molecularly identical. These identical horomones are obtained from the chemical substances of plants that are modified in a laboratory. The hormones are then made into gels, creams, and pills that are ready to use.

BHRT is not to be confused with synthetic hormones. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a natural process. Synthetic hormones have been shown to increase risk of diseases because they are not identical to those of the human body, thus being recognized as a foreign substance.

When to use Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

BHRT is primarily used for those over 30-40+ years who have been exposed to toxins (environmental/dietary) that lower hormone levels.

Hormonal Imbalance can cause a variety of diseases, which in turn can affect your quality of life:

  • Metabolic syndrome

  • Adrenal fatigue

  • Sexual dysfunction

  • Thyroid disease

If you notice that any of the following symptoms are hindering your daily activities, then you may be a candidate for BHRT:

  • Depression/Mood swings

  • Memory loss

  • Fatigue

  • Hair loss

  • Weight gain

  • Low energy

The Benefits of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

BHRT is not the same for everyone; each prescription is made to fit the needs of the patient. For this reason, BHRT is much safer than any other hormone therapy and has more potential benefits:

  • Protects bone density

  • Decreases hot flashes

  • Decreases vaginal dryness

  • Reduced risk of depression

  • Better sleep patterns

  • Improve energy levels

  • Improve cholesterol

Adverse Effects of Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

The negative effects that may occur are temporary and depend on the remaining hormones that are unbalanced. While in the process of BHRT you may experience the following the side effects:

  • Headaches

  • Breast tenderness

  • Mood swings

  • Irritability

While it may be disappointing to experience side effects similar to those of hormone imbalance, there will likely be an absence/ huge reduction of these side effects once your hormones have reached their balance. While BHRT make take multiple sessions, it will certainly result in a better lifestyle.

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