When you’re struggling with hormonal imbalance-related symptoms, relief can seem like a dream that won’t come true. These crucial chemical messengers have a major impact on your physical and emotional well-being.
When your hormones are out of whack, it can feel like you’re a stranger in your own body. Fortunately, you don’t have to simply put up with hormone imbalance symptoms as your new normal.
At The Riegel Center in Plano, Texas, Dr. Christopher J. Riegel and our expert team offer a full scope of hormone replacement therapy solutions for women as well as men. Using bioidentical hormones, which share the same molecular structure as your body’s own hormones, we specialize in identifying and addressing hormonal imbalances to help our patients optimize their health and wellness.
Read on as we discuss some of the most common signs of hormonal imbalance. If you’re struggling with any of these symptoms, it’s wise to schedule a hormone evaluation.
1. Unexplained weight gain
One of the most common signs of hormonal imbalance is a sudden and unexplained change in weight. If you find that you're gaining weight without any significant changes to your diet or lifestyle, you could be living with a hormonal imbalance.
Thyroid hormones, insulin, estrogen, and testosterone all have an impact on how your body metabolizes food and stores fat, as well as the overall management of your weight. If there's an imbalance in any of these hormones, it could lead to unexplained weight gain.
More commonly, the waist starts to expand when hormones are imbalanced.
At The Riegel Center, we can test your hormone levels and determine if a hormonal imbalance is contributing to your weight changes. If it is, we can help you navigate the steps to rebalance your hormone levels and regain control of your weight.
2. Feeling tired or rundown
Many people with hormonal imbalance report feeling persistently tired despite getting plenty of sleep. You may wake up feeling groggy, and needing to rely more on your morning coffee to get you going for the day.
Hormones play a crucial role in energy production, and feeling tired is often one of the first signs that your hormones may be out of whack. If you find yourself constantly tired or struggling to make it through the day despite getting enough sleep, it may be time to get your hormone levels checked.
3. Uncharacteristic mood changes
Changes in mood are incredibly common in people with hormonal imbalance. From irritability, anger, and anxiety to low mood and just plain feeling off, hormones can wreak havoc on how you feel from one day to the next.
Both women and men are vulnerable to negative impacts on mental and psychological health when hormones are imbalanced. If you’ve been uncharacteristically out of sorts, a hormone evaluation may provide answers.
4. Persistent sleep difficulties
Whether you fall asleep fast, then wake up a few hours later and have trouble getting back to sleep, or you toss and turn all night, sleep problems are often a telltale sign of hormonal imbalance.
Sex hormones regulate other hormones that play an important role in your circadian rhythms, or your sleep/wake cycle. When your hormones are balanced you feel adequately awake, motivated and alert during the day. When they’re out of balance, unexplained sleep difficulties are often one of the first signs. Hormone replacement therapy can restore your sleep quality.
5. Decreased libido or sex drive
A sudden drop in your sex drive could be an indication of a hormonal imbalance.
Hormonal imbalance is a common but often overlooked cause of decreased libido. Changes in hormone levels, particularly estrogen and testosterone, can lead to a decline in sexual desire. The good news is, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can restore your sex drive and a healthy sex life.
Hormone therapy replenishes the exact hormones your body needs, restoring balance and reigniting the spark in your sexual health. Under the expert care at The Riegel Center, a personalized treatment plan designed to address your unique needs can help you regain your vigor.
Schedule your hormone evaluation today
It's essential not to ignore possible warning signs of hormonal imbalance, as early detection and intervention can prevent potential complications. At The Riegel Center, we do more than identify and treat hormonal imbalances — we also educate and empower our patients to better understand their bodies.
We’re committed to working with you, providing expert guidance and an individually tailored treatment plan to restore your hormonal health and improve your quality of life. To get started, call our Plano, Texas office and schedule a consultation. We can help you feel like your vibrant self again!