Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance in Men and Women
Portland Bioidentical Hormones Expert, Wade Huey, M.D. has dedicated his Portland Oregon area practice to Integrative and Functional Medicine, offering Preventative care, Anti-Aging Medicine, personalized fitness and nutrition programs, stress reduction therapies and Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. Dr. Huey believes in helping his patients prevent illness and disease as the best way to maintain health into old age, treating the patient as a whole instead of just treating one symptom at a time.
Offering Natural Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs, Wade Huey, M.D. treats both men and women for the many symptoms and conditions related to hormone decline, deficiency and decline. Hormone decline is a natural part of the aging process; however, that does not mean you need to suffer with the symptoms and conditions that may accompany it. With a custom hormone optimization program using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Dr. Huey is able to help his patients overcome the symptoms of hormone imbalance such as menopause in women and andropause in men. Hormone imbalance can also cause symptoms such as anxiety, inability to handle stress, exhaustion, fatigue, depression, weight gain, sexual dysfunction and more.
Hormones play a leading role in the daily functions of the human body. While men and women have quite different hormonal compositions, both sexes can suffer greatly when their hormones fall out of balance. Continue reading below for more information on the symptoms of hormone decline for women and men. Wade Huey, M.D. of BodyLogicMD in Portland offers Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy programs to treat symptoms such as these and many more.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Women
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) Specialist, Wade Huey, M.D. customizes hormone optimization programs that help women fight the effects of declining hormone levels and hormone imbalances. While several factors are often involved in female hormone decline, the most common factors include aging, stress, lack of sleep, and a poor diet. Despite the reason for disproportionate hormone levels, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help rebalance female hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone. These two primary hormones are responsible for thousands of actions in the female body, and in order for women to experience optimal levels of health, estrogen and progesterone must be balanced.
Sex hormones such as estrogen and progesterone work to promote vitality in the body, and when the body cannot produce adequate levels of these hormones, women may feel lethargic or tired all the time.
Disproportionate ratios of estrogen and progesterone often lead to weight gain. In cases of low estrogen, the body holds onto fat to preserve estrogen because adipose tissue contains estrogenic compounds, and low progesterone leads to water retention because it is a natural diuretic.
Estrogen dominance brought on by stress, aging, or dietary factors often promotes endometriosis. Progesterone works to counteract estrogen by inhibiting tissue growth in the breast and uterus, while estrogen promotes tissue growth in these regions of the female body.
Feeling irritable, angry, tired, bloated, achy, and hungry are common symptoms that women struggle with before their menstrual periods. Extreme premenstrual symptoms are often the result of hormonal imbalances; however, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can balance hormones and reduce premenstrual symptoms.
Degenerating levels of sex hormones often lead to a reduced desire for sexual activity, which can put a strain on intimate relationships. Replenishing hormone levels can restore the desire for sex in women and boost overall libido.
Functioning to detoxify the brain, balanced levels of estrogen can help to reduce memory loss and mental fogginess, while potentially preventing Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Increasing levels of estrogen or uneven ratios of estrogen and progesterone can promote the development of fibroids. Balancing hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may help the development of more fibroids or the enlargement of existing fibroids.
Difficulty falling or staying asleep are common challenges for women under high levels of stress or women going through perimenopause or menopause. Restoring hormone balance can help women to easily fall asleep and avoid waking up multiple times during the night.
Outbursts of anger, anxiety, or depression may develop due to hormonal imbalances; correcting and optimizing hormone levels can reduce mood swings and promote a general sense of wellbeing.
Hot Flashes & Night Sweats
Working to signal the hypothalamus, which is the body’s temperature control center, estrogen and progesterone must be at optimal levels, or the signals going to the hypothalamus may get confused. Balancing hormone levels can help women to prevent or reduce hot flashes and night sweats.
Overcoming depression can be a difficult task when hormonal imbalances are present because lower levels of hormones can reduce the presence of neurotransmitters that create feelings of contentment and calmness.
Imbalanced hormone levels can cause women to experience symptoms of sexual dysfunction which can put a damper on a woman’s enjoyment of intercourse as well as her intimate relationships. Optimizing hormone levels can help restore normal sexual function and prevent sexual dysfunction in women.
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy for Men
More men than ever before are recognizing that they have symptoms of low testosterone. Falling hormone levels typically signify that men have entered into andropause, and usually, testosterone is not the only hormone that men have out of balance. Multiple hormones, such as DHEA and cortisol may be deficient, and for this reason, Dr. Huey looks at the whole picture and does not just supplement one hormone. Through optimizing the levels of all essential hormones, men can maintain cognitive function, improve cardiac health, and reduce risk for strokes, heart attacks, and diabetes.
Blood flow is greatly affected by hormones, and if blood cannot flow smoothly because hormones are imbalanced, men may suffer from erectile dysfunction. Restoring hormonal balance may improve sexual function and reduce instances of erectile dysfunction.
Declining levels of testosterone can cause men to lose several pounds of muscle mass because testosterone plays a huge role in the development and maintaining of muscle.
Decreasing levels of testosterone often means increasing levels of estrogen, which suppresses testosterone. Lower levels of testosterone slow down metabolism and can cause body fat to accumulate.
Playing a large role in the way energy is extracted from cells, hormones that are deficient or out balance can lead to lethargy or ongoing fatigue.
Challenges falling or staying asleep can occur in men due to hormonal imbalances; restoring hormones to optimal levels can greatly reduce sleep disturbances and improve sleeping patterns.
Hot Flashes & Night Sweats
Signals going to the hypothalamus, which is the body’s temperature control center, can become disrupted when hormones are imbalanced. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can balance hormones to reduce hot flashes and night sweats.
Maintaining intimate relationships can become difficult when men encounter low libido; however, replenishing hormone levels can help to increase the sex drive.
Depression & Irritability
Commonly, men with hormonal imbalances experience depression and irritability because hormones play a role in balancing brain chemistry and influencing moods.
Dwindling levels of healthy testosterone can lead to rising levels of a particular form of testosterone that causes hair follicles to die away. Optimizing testosterone and other essential hormones can reduce hair loss and preserve hair follicles.
Less than optimal hormone levels can cause muscle atrophy, and because the urinary bladder is a muscle, its strength can become reduced with hormonal imbalances, leading to urinary issues in men.
Reduced concentration, mental fogginess, and decreased cognitive functions can all result from hormonal imbalances; restoring hormones to ideal levels can help to improve overall brain function.
As the Portland Oregon area’s premier Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Expert, Wade Huey, M.D. emphasizes a Preventative and Integrative approach to wellness as he helps his patients work towards the restoration of optimal levels of hormone balance and health. Dr. Huey is an active member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and is AMA Board Certified in Family Medicine.
To learn more about how Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can reduce the symptoms of aging and hormone imbalance as well as improve overall levels of health and wellness, contact Portland Bioidentical Hormones Expert, Wade Huey, M.D. to schedule your Bioidentical Hormones consultation today!