Regardless if you’re a man or a woman, when your hormones fall out of balance, it can severely affect your life. At Optimal Wellness Medical in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dr. Steve Lasater specializes in bio-identical hormone replacement therapy and can help you regain your life.
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Hormonal Imbalance Q & A
What are the signs of hormonal imbalance?
You may not immediately recognize the signs of hormone imbalance, but after time, these symptoms become problematic. In women, hormone imbalance often manifests in emotional changes, such as irritability and mood swings, as well as metabolism issues like hot flashes, night sweats, and weight gain.
Both men and women experience a range of sexual side effects caused by hormone imbalance. Low libido is common among both sexes, as is performance difficulties. Women may have extreme vaginal dryness, which leads to painful intercourse, while men experience erectile dysfunction (ED) or impotence.
In men and women, the signs of hormone imbalance may manifest as loss of muscle mass and strength, and fatigue as well as memory impairment.
What causes hormonal imbalance?
Hormonal imbalance occurs when one experiences a drop in hormones, typically the sex hormones. In women, this usually affects estrogen and progesterone — many women also experience a drop in testosterone — while men typically experience a dramatic decrease in testosterone.
Although various issues can cause hormonal imbalance, it’s often the result of aging. When women go through menopause, the time period when menstruation ceases and childbearing years end, the production of estrogen and progesterone slows.
How are hormonal imbalances treated?
At Optimal Wellness Medical, Dr. Lasater offers a comprehensive answer to hormonal imbalances. Instead of following a one-size-fits-all treatment, he develops an in-depth plan that deals with your specific issues, needs, and concerns.
In many cases, Dr. Lasater recommends bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Depending on your hormonal imbalance symptoms, he may suggest a specific type of replacement therapy, including:
- Estradiol: a form of estrogen in either a cream or implanted pellets
- Progesterone: a female sex hormone in a daily capsule
- Testosterone: the male sex hormone in cream or implanted pellets
Along with these bioidentical hormones, Dr. Lasater also includes addresses the need for antioxidant therapy, nutritional guidance, and regular exercise in your treatment plan, as these can also help reduce the symptoms of menopause and andropause — the period of male aging.
When the signs of aging start dragging you down, you may benefit from the help of Dr. Lasater. With years of experience in bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, he provides a safe and effective treatment tailored to YOUR individual needs. Call our office to schedule your initial consultation or book your appointment online.
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