Recognizing the Signs of Female Hormonal Imbalances

Hormonal imbalances are perhaps most strongly associated with menopause, although they can affect women and men of any age. The hormones are chemical messengers, and they perform many important jobs in the body. Hormones are influential for metabolism, mood, body temperature, and even the amount of calcium in the body. Given the wide range of responsibilities that hormones have, it probably isn’t surprising that there are all sorts of signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalances. The following signs and symptoms are some of the most common indicators that it might be time to consider hormone replacement therapy, which is available from Dr. Briones, who serves Mt. Kisco and the surrounding Westchester County. hormone - therapy

Weight Gain

Have you noticed that, as the years go by, it seems to be easier to gain weight and harder to lose weight? It’s true that weight loss is primarily influenced by a person’s diet and exercise habits. But if you’re having problems losing weight despite following a generally healthy lifestyle, it might be time to see a doctor about getting tested for hormonal imbalances.

Muscle Loss

Along with weight gain and difficulty losing weight, women with hormonal imbalances often notice that they’ve slowly been losing muscle mass. This is more of a problem than you might realize at first. Strong muscles are important for pain-free joints, for instance. And women who maintain muscle tone and balance later in life may be less likely to suffer a fall. If you’re at risk of osteoporosis, falling is a major concern.

Low Libido

It’s important for women to find a doctor they feel comfortable sharing personal information with. Sexual health is a significant component of overall wellness, and women with hormonal imbalances often suffer from sexual dysfunctions, such as low libido.

Fatigue

It’s normal to experience fatigue, especially if your schedule is crammed and you have problems sleeping. But if your fatigue persists for weeks or months, and cannot be explained by your lifestyle, it might be time to consult a doctor about hormone replacement therapy. Note that sleep disturbances are also a possible sign of hormonal imbalances.