Men’s and Women’s Hormonal Health

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Hormones are our body’s messengers. Responsible for a wide array of effects on our body (involved from the earliest stages of sexual development to late stages of life), our hormonal system must be functioning optimally if we hope to feel well long-term. Here at NY Center for Integrative Medicine in Brooklyn, we offer a variety of solutions to optimize men’s and women’s hormonal health.

Why is hormonal health important?

Hormones are chemicals that your body naturally produces. They circulate via the bloodstream, helping to regulate the function of organs and tissues throughout the body. When properly balanced, hormones help you feel good and stay healthy. However, imbalanced hormones can negatively impact your mood, energy levels, sex drive, body weight, and many other aspects of health.

What are symptoms of hormonal imbalance?

There are many types of hormones, and too much or too little of any one can cause problems. The symptoms will vary depending on the type of imbalance, but some of the most common signs of hormonal trouble include:

  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Muscle weakness
  • Hair loss or thinning
  • Depression, irritability, anxiety, moodiness
  • Low sex drive
  • Pain and stiffness in the muscles or joints
  • Increased thirst and hunger
  • Rounded, puffy face
  • Increased frequency of urination
  • Fatigue
  • Generally feeling unwell

Does hormonal imbalance affect men and women differently?

Some symptoms, as mentioned above, are universal. However, hormonal imbalance generally manifests differently in males and females. Additionally, it may occur at different stages of life.

  • The most common hormone condition in men is low testosterone, known as low T. It can happen at any age, but is more common in older men. Signs of low T include decreased bone and muscle mass, slowing of body hair growth, infertility, erectile dysfunction, infertility, and difficulty concentrating.
  • Women experience significant hormonal changes through the menstrual cycle, during pregnancy, after childbirth, and at the onset of menopause. However, hormone-related problems can develop at any point in life. Common signs of female hormonal imbalance include night sweats, vaginal dryness, pain during sex, hair loss, acne, hair growth on the face or body, and menstrual irregularity.

Is hormonal imbalance treatable?

Absolutely! The solution may include bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, nutritional guidance, nutraceuticals, botanical medicine, mind-body medicine, acupuncture and more. We will begin with a comprehensive evaluation of your overall health, as well as a discussion about your symptoms, lifestyle, and unique needs. We will then work with you to develop a customized treatment plan. Give us a call today.