Your body has more than 50 different types of hormones, which are specialized chemicals that control different functions. All these hormones work together, influencing essential processes from digestion to sexual health.
Hormone levels fluctuate from day to day and throughout your lifetime. But sometimes, hormone levels can change too much — and prolonged hormone imbalance can affect your health in a number of ways.
When your hormones are out of balance, you might not feel your best. The good news is that hormone replacement therapy could restore balance, boost energy levels, and help you feel like your old self again.
Stuart Shoengold, MD, and our team at the Center for Female and Male Sexual Medicine are trained in recognizing the signs of hormone imbalance, and we’re proud to help patients address the symptoms that hormone imbalance often brings.
Find out if your symptoms could mean you have a hormonal imbalance and how you can find relief.
Recognizing the signs of hormone imbalance
Your hormone levels never stay exactly the same all the time. It’s normal for hormone levels to vary, but getting older often means that certain hormone levels drop significantly.
Hormones that get too low can trigger some unpleasant symptoms in both women and men, and those symptoms may worsen the longer your hormones remain out of balance. Some of the most common signs of hormone imbalance in both sexes include:
- Low libido
- Memory loss or difficulty concentrating
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
Not everyone with a hormone imbalance experiences every symptom. Depending on the imbalance you have, some symptoms may be more noticeable than others.
Symptoms of hormone imbalance in women
Estrogen and progesterone are the two main hormones responsible for female sexual characteristics. These hormones naturally decline when women enter perimenopause and menopause, and these changes can trigger some specific symptoms in women.
Along with the symptoms above, women with hormone imbalance may also experience:
- Hot flashes and night sweats
- Pain with sexual intercourse
- Vaginal dryness
These symptoms are very common, and they often indicate low estrogen levels.
Symptoms of hormone imbalance in men
Testosterone is the main hormone responsible for male sexual characteristics. Testosterone levels naturally decline with age, and some men find that some specific symptoms develop if testosterone levels drop too low.
Some other symptoms that men may experience include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Gynecomastia (increased male breast tissue)
- Hair loss
- Loss of muscle mass
- Sleep apnea
Erectile dysfunction in particular is one of the most common side effects of low testosterone in men.
Relieving your symptoms with hormone replacement therapy
If any of the symptoms above sound familiar, your hormones could be out of balance. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Shoengold to get a hormone evaluation and find out what’s behind your symptoms.
We review your symptoms and your medical history to determine if you’re a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy. If you’re living with severe symptoms that interfere with your daily life, we might recommend trying hormone replacement therapy.
There are a lot of options when it comes to taking hormone therapy. Dr. Shoengold develops a customized plan for you that generally contains the lowest possible dose of hormones to relieve your symptoms.
Replacement hormones are available in skin patches, topical creams and gels, oral pills, pellet implants, and more. The best delivery method for you depends on your symptoms and the type of hormone therapy you need.
While you’re taking hormone therapy, Dr. Shoengold and our team monitor your health. We adjust your treatment plan as needed to keep you feeling your best.
Stop suffering from the symptoms of hormone imbalance. Find out if you’re a candidate for hormone replacement therapy at the Center for Female and Male Sexual Medicine. Call our office in Millburn, New Jersey, at 973-218-9400 or book online now.