Should I Consider Hormone Therapy?
Hormones are chemical messengers in the body produced by glands, and they help regulate our body’s functions. When you have a hormonal imbalance, your body fails to retain homeostasis and your health is impacted. While there are a number of hormones working in tandem with each other to maintain your body’s optimal functioning, the most common hormones that affect how you feel include estrogen, testosterone, and thyroid hormones.
Estrogen Imbalance in Women
Estrogen is known as the female sex hormone, but it plays a much larger role in a woman’s health. A lack of estrogen does have an impact on a woman’s sexual health such as irregular periods, decreased libido, and infertility, but it can also lead to other health issues, including:
- Joint pain
- Bone loss
- Low blood pressure
- Short-term memory failure
Testosterone Imbalance in Men
Testosterone is known as the male sex hormone, and it works in men similarly to how estrogen works in women. Testosterone imbalance can cause decreased libido and erectile dysfunction. Other health concerns for men with testosterone imbalance include:
- Decreased muscle mass
- Decreased bone mass
- Increased abdominal fat
- Loss of body hair
Low Thyroid Hormone in Men & Women
Thyroid hormone plays an important role in regulating the body’s metabolic processes. Low thyroid functioning is a common culprit in weight gain, fatigue, depression and hair changes. Low thyroid hormone levels can slow your metabolism and increase your risk of heart disease. Patients with underactive thyroids often struggle to control their weight, even when following a strict diet and exercise routine.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Men and women with low hormone levels may be frustrated and dissatisfied with their lives. Depression, anxiety, and chronic fatigue can negatively impact your working and social lives. Loss of sexual desire takes a toll on many people’s personal relationships. Hormone replacement therapy using bioidentical pellet implants helps safely restore your hormone levels. Pellet implants allow for the steady, continual release of hormones, and they don’t contain any unnecessary fillers or artificial agents. Patients who undergo hormone replacement therapy find increased satisfaction and happiness in their daily lives as well as an improvement in their overall health.
For more information on hormone imbalances and pellet hormone therapy, schedule your consultation with Dr. O’Neil today. Contact our office at 951.296.1690 or fill out our online contact form for additional information.