Natural Balance Wellness Medical Center

Integrative & Functional Medicine & Lifestyle Preventative Medicine located in Ann Arbor, MI

Hormone balance is important at all stages of life, but it’s especially vital in patients who are dealing with menopause or thyroid problems, including autoimmune disorders like Hashimoto’s. If you’re struggling with hormone imbalances (or hormone imbalance) and just want to feel like yourself again, the experienced team at Natural Balance Wellness Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is ready to help. Book your appointment online or via phone now.

Hormones Q & A

Why does hormone imbalance happen?

The causes of hormone imbalance can vary widely, with some of the most common being:

  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Perimenopause and menopause
  • Autoimmune disorders, such as Hashimoto's thyroiditis
  • Other thyroid gland problems
  • Adrenal fatigue

Women are the most common sufferers of hormonal imbalances, but the problems can occur in men as well. No matter what caused your hormone imbalance, your doctor at Natural Balance Wellness Medical Center can help you feel better naturally.

What are the signs of hormonal imbalance?

The signs of hormone imbalance depend on the source of your hormonal issue, be it your thyroid, adrenal, or sex hormones, among others. Symptoms can include, but are not limited to:

  • Irregular periods
  • Fatigue
  • Night sweats and hot flashes
  • Mood swings or depression
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Low blood pressure
  • Skin discoloration
  • Headaches
  • Hair loss
  • Impotence, a decrease in libido, or other sexual dysfunction
  • Sugar cravings
  • Sleep disturbances

These are only some of the most common signs of hormone imbalance. Most patients who suffer from a hormone imbalance experience several or many of these symptoms at one time, and it can make life difficult or even completely miserable until you get help.

What types of hormonal imbalance can be treated?

There are myriad types of hormonal imbalances that can be treated naturally, but along with menopausal issues, two of the most common are thyroid problems and hypothalamus pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis issues. After a physical exam and a discussion of your medical history and current symptoms, your provider may order the following testing to check for these hormonal imbalances:

Thyroid problems

Blood tests to evaluate your thyroid function may include TSH, free T3, total T3, free T4, total T4, reverse T3, anti-TPO antibodies, thyroglobulin antibodies, and iron studies. An iodine challenge test may be done to see if you’re nutritionally deficient in iodine.

HPA axis issues

Blood tests may be done, including a complete blood count, metabolic panel, hemoglobin A1C, thyroid studies, cholesterol levels, fasting glucose, and fasting insulin. Your first morning urine may be evaluated to check for nutritional deficiencies, and neurotransmitter levels and a salivary cortisol/DHEA ratio may be checked.

What are bioidentical hormones?

Men and women who have sex hormone imbalances may be treated with bioidentical hormones. This type of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is created in a laboratory using all-natural plant sources. They're the closest possible thing to the hormones that your body produces naturally, and are probably best known for bringing relief from menopausal symptoms.

Plant-derived bioidentical hormones are very different than manufactured hormones, as those hormone replacements use artificial sources. Using a natural option means that you can expect fewer side effects and a much smoother course of treatment as you replenish your hormones.

How do I take bioidentical hormones?

You can take bioidentical hormones in several different ways, including orally, via pellet implants, and patches. Depending on what kind of hormone imbalance that you're dealing with, you may also benefit from dietary counseling, nutritional supplements, detoxification, and other customized treatments.

If you’re experiencing uncomfortable symptoms and think you may have a hormonal imbalance, book an appointment using the online tool here on the website or call to schedule your visit anytime.

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