Have you ever had one of those days where your thoughts seem cluttered, and focusing on tasks feels nearly impossible? At The Riegel Center located in Plano, Texas, board-certified provider Dr. Christopher J. Riegel talks to many patients who struggle with issues like these.
Our patients are often surprised to learn these feelings of mental haziness, usually called "brain fog," can be linked to their hormones. Keep reading as we explore the link between your brain and your body's careful balance of hormones.
Why hormones can become imbalanced
Hormones are chemical messengers, overseeing many of your body’s functions. From your metabolism to mood regulation, they play a pivotal role.
When these hormones fall out of balance, you're bound to notice. Rather than any one issue, multiple factors can trigger hormone imbalances.
Stress, poor nutrition, certain medications, and medical conditions like thyroid disorders can all disrupt your body's hormonal harmony. Age, too, plays a significant role.
As women approach menopause and men enter andropause, natural shifts in hormone production can occur, often bringing about a host of symptoms.
Physical symptoms of hormone imbalances
Hormone imbalances aren't just about hot flashes or mood swings—though those are certainly on the list. Some typical symptoms you might experience include:
- Fatigue, even after a full night's rest
- Unexpected weight gain or loss
- Difficulty sleeping or insomnia
- Changes in appetite or digestion
- Reduced sex drive or sexual dysfunction
- Hair thinning or loss
These physical symptoms, while distressing, often overshadow an equally important set of symptoms: the mental and emotional effects.
Other effects of hormone imbalance: Brain fog and beyond
While "brain fog" might sound vague, its impact is anything but. This mental symptom of imbalanced hormones is tangible and disruptive to your everyday life.
Brain fog describes a sense of cognitive sluggishness that can hinder your ability to think clearly, concentrate, or even recall memories effectively.
But that's not all hormone imbalances do. They can also lead to mood swings, irritability, anxiety, depression, and a reduced ability to handle stress.
For many, recognizing these as potential symptoms of hormone imbalance is the first clue as to what’s happening inside your body so you can get the help you need.
Balancing your hormones with personalized treatment
Understanding the problem is half the battle. The good news? With the right approach, it's possible to realign your hormones and say goodbye to pesky brain fog. This is where your provider's expertise at The Riegel Center comes into play.
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) has become a trusted solution in the medical world. It involves supplementing your body with the hormones it's lacking, essentially "replacing" what's missing.
Within the realm of HRT, another option garners attention: bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT).
While traditional HRT employs synthetic hormones, FDA-approved BHRT uses hormones derived from natural plant sources that molecularly match those your body produces. This bioidentical match is believed to cause fewer side effects and offer a smoother hormone transition.
To create a personalized treatment plan, your provider evaluates your symptoms, medical history, current health, and personal preferences. Whether you use traditional HRT or BHRT, the goal remains the same: restoring balance.
With the right treatment regimen, brain fog and other symptoms of hormone imbalance ease so that you can look forward to clearer days ahead.
To find out more about how you might benefit from hormone therapies or to discuss any hormonal concerns you might be experiencing, schedule an appointment online or over the phone with Dr. Riegel at The Riegel Center in Plano, Texas.