Created by the endocrine system, hormones are the body’s messengers, sending chemical signals to control the various processes that take place within you. Levels fluctuate naturally, but overall, hormone levels require a general balance for your good health. When hormone imbalances occur, the women’s care professionals at Suburban OB/GYN in St. Louis, Missouri, help you get back on track with several hormone therapy treatment options to meet the needs of your diagnosis. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
Given the many hormones in the body and how they interact, the signs and symptoms of hormone imbalances can vary widely. When it comes to women’s health, there are three key hormones that usually dominate. Depending on their balance in the body, they can work together or against each other.
Estrogen is the primary female hormone, which controls your development as a woman from the time of adolescence. It’s the regulator of your reproductive system, controlling your sex drive, fertility, and, at the end of your childbearing years, lack of estrogen is the instigator of menopause, as its production falls off.
Progesterone regulates your menstrual cycle and serves as a supervisor for other hormones, primarily those that govern stress and other aspects of sexuality. Progesterone even affects the quality of your sleep.
Testosterone is the main male hormone, but the female body manufactures it in small quantities. Testosterone may be responsible when you gain weight. It stimulates muscle growth, the production of body hair, and it’s the hormone primarily behind your sexual desire.
There’s no single hormone imbalance condition, and sometimes the symptoms of a particular imbalance may have another cause. Because of this range of symptoms, you’ll probably need the experience of your health care professional at Suburban OB/GYN to diagnose your imbalance through a physical exam and blood work. Hormonal imbalance symptoms can include:
As with many systems in the body, diet changes and increased exercise often provide relief from extreme symptoms by helping your body regulate itself. Your Suburban OB/GYN caregiver can help you develop an effective lifestyle management plan.
There are situations, though, when diet and exercise aren’t enough. Suburban OB/GYN offers both bioidentical and non-bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, typically offered as an oral medication, as well as topical creams and under-the-tongue dissolving medications. Patches and injections are available, too.