Ask Dr. Elijah | How Can I Tell When My Hormones Are Out of Whack?



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.



Symptom Checker

  • Fatigue 

  • 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


**BioTE® Medical (a bio-identical hormone replacement therapy) provides a hormonal imbalance test for women that can also help you hone in on your hormones.


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!

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How Hormones Affect Your Relationship



Does your partner remark about your hormones?

“Wow, tread lightly around her today!”

“Are your hormones raging, darling?’

“You’re acting like a crazy person!”


When you hear these words does a little part of you think, “Yes, you are exactly right – I feel all out of whack.”


Sometimes you know that it’s hormones affecting you and other times you might not even realize hormones may be the culprit of your irritability, brain fog, fatigue and a laundry list of other symptoms.


Not only can hormones disturb your way of life but think about the impression hormones can leave on your relationship (not feeling in the mood, headaches, lack of desire, up and down moods, potential weight gain, etc.)



How Hormones Impact Your Relationship


It’s probably only a half-joke when your partner refers to your mood swings and why you just can't seem to regulate your body temperature.

But these feelings can be real and can impact your life. 

So keep in mind: you're NOT a crazy person, your hormones are.


Do any of these sound familiar? 

·      Fatigue

·      Mood Changes

·      Decreased Mental Ability

·      Hot Flashes/Night Sweats

·      Weight Gain

·      Decreased Sex Drive

·      Sleep Problems

·      Always Cold

·      Hair Loss/Breakage

·      Dry Wrinkled Skin


If these symptoms are common to you, an imbalance in your hormones could be taking place.


This could also account for those times in your relationship where your mood swings took over, or you lacked intimacy and just didn't know why. 



A Treatment Option to Balance Your Hormones


Thankfully, your experience with hormone imbalance has a treatment option – BioTE.

In short, BioTE is your happy hormone helper.


What is BioTE®?

Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is a natural treatment option for patients and is delivered via pellet therapy.

Pellet Therapy comes in the forms of pellets which are placed under the skin, with little downtime, and are more natural for your body, therefore, the chance of negative interactions is lessened.


These pellets have the same structure as naturally occurring human hormones and are plant-derived and found in nature.


BioTE® Pellet Therapy:

  • More consistent with dosing versus another hormone therapy
  • More sustainable for your body; pills and creams can create an uncomfortable rollercoaster effect.
  • Studies show improvements in conditions like PMS, anxiety, osteoporosis, heart disease, menopause, and depressions.


If you’ve read the article this far, we hope you can now see some light (through your potential hormone imbalance).


Not only can your hormones improve, but other areas of your life can as well (like your relationship(s) - especially with your partner).



Next Steps

Symptoms sound familiar?

Ready for some happy hormone help?


If you’re in the Pueblo, Colorado and/or Southern Colorado region –

  • Take this quiz to find out if BHRT (bio-identical hormone replacement therapy) is right for you (and find a provider if you’re not in the Pueblo, CO area)
  • Call Dr. Elijah today 719.553.2201 to schedule an appointment
  • Or request an appointment below


Still on the fence? Check out these testimonials from real women who've experienced what BioTE® can do for you. 





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Thyroid Awareness & The Proper Functioning Of Your "Car"


What does the shape of butterflies and January have in common? 

Thyroid Awareness Month that is! 

You’ve heard us talking about all things hormones and balance this month — and your thyroid (the butterfly-shaped gland located under the Adam's apple)  — is a key player in how your hormones work together in the body. 

Your overall wellness can be directly linked to hormones and thyroid and almost 40% of people in the U.S. suffer from thyroid and hormonal imbalances.

To some of you, that 40% might not be a shocking number because you actually may feel like the functioning of your body is compromised...and the thyroid (in tandem with your hormones) could be the culprit. 



Although this gland is relatively small, it is mighty in its power! 

The thyroid gland acts like a car and just like your vehicle, it needs proper gas, maintenance and lots of TLC. 

The thyroid gland influences most of the body, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin. It also helps regulate metabolism and hormones. 

Special hormones that the thyroid regulates: 

  • TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) -- TSH speaks up when more thyroid hormone is needed
  • T4 (Thyroxine) -- the thyroid hormone that is inactive and/or used for storage
  • T3 (Triiodothyronine) -- active thyroid hormone; responsible for increased metabolic activity
  • Reverse T3 -- this thyroid hormone helps maintain balance with your metabolism 



If you're wondering what signs and symptoms to identify when it comes to thyroid imbalance, here are some to look out for: 

  • Slow thinking 
  • Stiffness and pain in joints 
  • Bags under the eyes
  • Poor sense of balance, dizziness
  • Nasal congestion
  • Yellowing of palms of hands and soles of feet
  • Depression
  • Bowel movements less than daily, or with difficulty
  • Face looks bloated
  • Difficulty losing weight, even when eating less/exercising more
  • Feel worse if a meal is missed
  • Sleep disturbances
  • PMS
  • Do not sweat much, even when exercising
  • Frequent infections
  • Headaches, often worse in morning.
  • Low sex drive
  • Feel cold more than most other people
  • Dry skin or hair and/or hair loss
  • Moody and irritable



If you're questioning right now, "Maybe it's my thyroid that's giving me trouble" -- you may not be too far off, but only a visit with your doctor can really determine that.

Keep in mind, it's just like taking your car to a qualified mechanic for a trusted diagnosis; the same thing with your thyroid functioning: speak to a healthcare professional. 

And a thyroid imbalance does not have to mean the end of the world! Options exist that include - but are not limited to - medication and therapies that can be natural (or prescribed), as well as adopting an overall healthier lifestyle that supports healthy functioning thyroid and hormone levels. 


Call Dr. Elijah (at Southern Colorado Clinic) today to start the conversation about your wellness: 719.553.2201