Posts for: May, 2022
Find ways to manage a hormone imbalance if this happens to you.
When we think about hormone imbalances, we often think of women. That’s because hormones can fluctuate periodically from puberty to post-menopause, and it’s important to recognize these hormonal imbalances so that you can get the treatment you need to feel your best. After all, hormonal imbalances can make us feel pretty darn miserable, and your OBGYN can help you figure out what hormones are impacted and ways to manage your symptoms.
Warning Signs of a Hormone Imbalance
Dealing with issues but not sure if it’s a hormonal imbalance? Common signs of a hormonal imbalance include,
- Chronic or severe fatigue
- Sleep problems
- Weight gain
- Anxiety and depression
- Mood swings
- Thinning hair or hair loss
- Low sex drive
- Dry skin
- Brain fog
What Can Cause a Hormone Imbalance
There are many factors at play here. Some of the common causes of hormonal imbalances include,
- Gut problems
- Mold exposure
- Poor diet
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Chronic inflammation
Everyone’s body is different, and what causes a hormone imbalance in one person might not be for someone else, so it’s essential to find a doctor who understands your unique biochemistry and what could be triggering your imbalance. An OBGYN is typically the first doctor women talk to about hormone imbalances.
How are hormonal imbalances treated?
There is no quick fix for rebalancing hormones, so it’s important to find a doctor you trust to provide you with long-term strategies and treatment options to see and maintain your results. Hormone imbalances are often treated with,
Simple changes to your daily routine can make a world of difference for hormone rebalancing. These include,
- Regular exercise
- Eating a healthy, unprocessed diet
- Getting more (and better quality) sleep
- Find outlets to manage stress
- Avoid sugar and alcohol
This is a common way to treat certain hormonal imbalances or menopause symptoms. Hormone therapy differs depending on the symptoms you’re experiencing and why you’re experiencing them. Common types of hormone therapy include,
- Vaginal estrogen
- Estrogen therapy
- Hormonal birth control
- Testosterone supplementation or therapy
- Thyroid hormone therapy
- Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy
If you are experiencing hot flashes, poor sleep, or unexplained fatigue, your hormones could be trying to tell you something. Your OBGYN can diagnose your hormone imbalance and provide you with a customized treatment plan to start feeling better, fast.
Discover simple solutions to ease menopause symptoms.
Yes, all women will go through menopause, but what women shouldn’t have to go through are night sweats, weight gain, hair loss, and other unpleasant symptoms that come along with this change in hormones. Menopause is normal, but it doesn’t mean that the problems you’re dealing with are just par for the course! An OBGYN can provide you with helpful strategies to better manage your menopause symptoms.
Signs of Menopause
With the sudden drop in estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone, it’s no surprise that this can lead to some rather unpleasant symptoms. While women often enter menopause between 45-and 54 years old, the fact is that many women experience some of these symptoms years before (this is commonly referred to as perimenopause). You may be faced with,
- Night sweats and hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness
- Decreased sexual drive
- Brain fog and memory issues
- Insomnia or poor sleep
- Mood swings
- Brittle nails and hair
- Dry skin
Managing Menopause Symptoms
Every woman has different needs, so your OBGYN will take a personalized approach to health care and provide the right strategies, interventions, and treatment options that work best for you, your health, and your lifestyle. Many women find that they can drastically improve their symptoms through simple lifestyle strategies. Some of these lifestyle changes include,
Focusing on a healthy diet: Your diet can play a critical role in your hormones and health. Eating a diet rich in sugar, salt, additives, and chemicals can wreak havoc on your hormones. Eating an unprocessed, high-fiber whole diet is key to easing symptoms. You may even want to work with a doctor to identify food allergies and sensitivities, which can often make symptoms worse.
Getting regular exercise: Add regular aerobic activity into your daily routine. Even just 30-45 minutes a day is all you need. Incorporate strength training, circuit training and
Cut back on alcohol: Alcohol can undoubtedly make hot flashes and night sweat worse, not to mention that it can also increase your risk for certain cancers, heart problems and other health issues. Alcohol can also make anxiety and depression worse, which might mean it’s time to kick the habit (or, at the very least, cut back).
Get your nightly ZZZs: Sleep is critical to good health, no matter your age; however, your hormone fluctuations may be keeping you up at night or causing you to toss and turn. This is when your OBGYN and you can sit down and point out bad habits that might be making it harder for you to get good sleep (e.g., playing on your phone) and create better sleep habits.
Your OBGYN is going to be instrumental in helping you find ways to balance hormones, whether through replacement therapy, lifestyle changes, or both. If you are experiencing symptoms of hormonal changes and you’re in your 40s, it’s a good time to chat with your OBGYN.