How Do Hormone Imbalances Differ In Men And Women?
When you think of hormone imbalance, the first thing that comes to mind may be dropping estrogen levels as a woman reaches menopause. You may be surprised to learn, however, that men can also experience hormone deficiencies as a natural part of the aging process. In fact, many men and women begin to notice signs and symptoms of hormone changes as early as their 30s.
Board-certified physician and wellness expert Dr. Christy Watson and the caring team at Body Bar MD understand how frustrating these symptoms can be and are proud to offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) in both Carmel and Terre Haute, IN. Learn more about how changing hormone levels can affect men and women, and discover the exciting benefits of hormone restoration therapy.
What causes hormonal imbalance?
Hormone levels fluctuate throughout a person’s lifetime as they reach various milestones, such as puberty and menopause. For women, estrogen levels rise and fall each month with the menstrual cycle. Generally speaking, both men and women will experience a natural decline in their respective hormone levels with age, which often begins in a patient’s 30s or 40s. Additionally, certain medical conditions and lifestyle factors can also contribute to hormonal imbalance. Some of the most common causes of abnormal hormone levels or hormone changes include:
- Thyroid condition
- Underlying medical condition
- Certain medications
What are the signs of hormonal imbalance?
Because hormones play such an important role in regulating countless physiologic processes, declining hormone levels can lead to a long list of adverse side effects. The signs of hormonal imbalance can vary somewhat from person to person, though the majority of patients experience at least some of the classic symptoms of hormone changes:
Signs of hormonal imbalance in women:
- Hot flashes
- Night sweats
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
- Thinning hair
- Vaginal dryness
- Low libido
- Menstrual cycle changes
Signs of hormonal imbalance in men:
- Lack of energy
- Mood swings
- Weight changes
- Loss of muscle mass
- Hair loss
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction
In some patients, these signs and symptoms may be relatively mild or progress gradually, while other men and women experience severe side effects of hormone imbalance that interfere with their overall health and well-being. In either case, hormone replacement therapy can offer effective, reliable, and long-lasting relief.
What is bioidentical hormone replacement therapy?
Dr. Christy is proud to offer revolutionary BioTE® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy for patients experiencing hormonal imbalance related to menopause, andropause, and other conditions. Unlike traditional hormone therapy, BHRT contains plant-based hormones that are designed to closely mimic our natural hormones, allowing them to be more easily and efficiently absorbed by the body. Furthermore, BioTE – which is delivered via pellets – can be custom-compounded to meet the specific needs of each individual based on their gender, symptoms, underlying health conditions, hormone levels, and other factors.
During your initial consultation for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in Carmel or Terre Haute, Dr. Christy will take ample time to discuss your symptoms, health history, goals, and concerns. If Dr. Christy determines that you may be eligible for BHRT, you will likely have lab work done to establish your current hormone levels and select an appropriate dosage. During the treatment itself, Dr. Christy will insert the tiny BioTE pellets underneath your skin, which will deliver a consistent dose of hormones over the next 3 – 6 months. The majority of patients begin to notice a dramatic improvement in their symptoms within the first 3 – 4 weeks of BHRT, with many reporting increased energy levels, a more fulfilling sex life, and a better mood overall.
Feel more vibrant and youthful once again with bioidentical hormone replacement for men and women in Carmel, IN
Declining hormone levels are an unavoidable consequence of the aging process for both men and women, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer the unwanted side effects of hormone imbalance. With bioidentical hormone replacement therapy at both of our locations in Terre Haute and Carmel, IN, Dr. Christy can help restore normal hormone levels and give you back the confidence and control you deserve. To learn more about BHRT for men and women, call the knowledgeable team at Body Bar MD to schedule your private consultation with board-certified physician Dr. Christy Watson today!