ASK DR. ELIJAH
Q: How Can I tell when my hormones are out of whack?
A: Hormones are a hot topic and I hear this question so much; especially in my family medicine practice.
I often hear people at their whit’s end feeling very confused and questioning: Doc…are my hormones out of whack or am I losing it?
Now, if you were in my office, I’d run some tests and check important levels to determine the root cause and whether or not it’s your hormones that are making you feel out of whack (or if there’s something else going on).
However, there are signs to look for when it comes to hormone imbalance, so let’s take a look…
Signs + Symptoms Your Hormones Are Out of Whack
When your body displays certain signs + symptoms, you may not correlate those to a hormone imbalance. In fact, it’s at those times when people – especially women – overlook their hormonal health.
Thankfully, a simple symptom checker can help you decipher if what you’re feeling is potentially related to hormones.
Mood Changes: Irritability, Anxiety, Nervousness, Depression
Decreased Mental Ability: Memory Loss, Confusion, Loss of Focus
Hot Flashes / Night Sweats
Weight Gain: Bloating, Excessive Belly Fat, Inability to Lose Weight
Decreased Sex Drive, Vaginal Dryness
Sleep Problems: Can’t Stay Asleep / Can’t Fall Asleep
Cold Hands & Feet / Always Cold
Hair Loss / Breakage
Dry, Wrinkled Skin
Did you find yourself relating to these symptoms?
If so, let’s look at some happy hormone options…
Happy Hormone Options
Fortunately — if you do feel like it’s your hormones that are making you feel out of whack — we live in a world, now, with so many options to help with happy hormones.
1. Speak with Your Doctor
The best way to find out if it’s your hormones that have you feeling whacky is to talk with your doctor. They can go over your symptoms and run proper tests to help you gain clarity around your health.
2. Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BioTE®)
At our Southern Colorado Clinic location in Pueblo, Colorado, we love the hormone optimization of plant-based, BioTE® Hormone Pellet therapy.
These non-synthetic pellets, “…are tiny, custom-compounded therapies for symptoms that stem from hormonal imbalances. This therapy keeps hormone levels consistent through the day and avoids rollercoaster-like effects from orally administered or topically administered hormones. The pellets BioTE uses contains bio-identical hormones, derived from natural sources. The pellets contain hormones identical to the ones found in the human body. Studies have shown that bio-identical hormones have fewer side effects than synthetic hormones.” – BioTE®
3. Check Your Stress (And overall lifestyle)
The stress hormone cortisol can impact so many aspects of our daily life. From lowering immune function, increased risk for depression and even lower life expectancy – stress can wreak havoc to our adrenal glands and hormones in particular.
A combination of healthy lifestyle choices like physical activity, nourishing food, connection with friends and family and self-care can all positively influence the control that stress has – or doesn’t have – in your life.
I’ve seen so many people experience hormonal imbalance — including myself — and it can absolutely make you question yourself.
Keep in mind these signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance, as well as your options for happy hormones and know that there’s light at the end of that whacky hormonal tunnel!