Hormone imbalances affect many systems throughout your body. In Bloomingdale, Illinois, The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness offers bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to rebalance your hormones and restore your well-being. If you’re a woman going through menopause or a man affected by andropause, call the Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness today or book an appointment online.

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What is a hormone imbalance?

Hormones are chemicals made by various glands in your body. Hormonal imbalances occur when there’s too much or too little of a hormone in your bloodstream.

Hormones regulate most major bodily processes, from growth and development to metabolism and reproduction. Because of their vital role, even a small hormonal imbalance can significantly affect your health.

What hormone imbalance am I most likely to get?

The sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are those most likely to be unbalanced. Both men and women’s production of these hormones falls as they age, a process that can start as early as your mid-20s.

Women experience a considerable drop in estrogen and progesterone during menopause when the reproductive stage of their lives comes to an end. Many men have a similar problem with a low level of testosterone, a condition called andropause.

These common hormone imbalances tend to happen in middle age, with many of the effects lasting as you grow older.

What symptoms does a hormone imbalance cause?

Hormone imbalance symptoms in women include:

  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Weight gain
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritability and brain fog
  • Anxiousness
  • Mood swings
  • Low mood
  • Uncomfortable intercourse

Men suffer many of the same problems. Other issues they face include losing muscle mass, increased body fat (especially around the waist), and a lack of sex drive.

Both men and women also lose bone mass. Their blood sugar and cholesterol levels are likely to go up as well, increasing the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

How is a hormone imbalance treated?

The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness uses BioTE® bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). These custom-compounded pellets are about the size of a grain of rice and contain testosterone and estrogen that are slowly absorbed into your bloodstream.

BioTE hormones are identical to those already present in your body, unlike artificial hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The pellets go under the skin on your buttock. They release a constant stream of hormones as your body needs them. Once inserted, the pellets dissolve so slowly that they need replacing only every 4-6 months.

Call The Center for Integrative and Functional Health and Wellness today to learn how you can benefit from BioTE treatment for a hormone imbalance. You can also book an appointment online.