Hormones are chemicals inside your body that communicate messages to your organs and tissues, driving their many functions. No wonder a hormone imbalance causes so many unpleasant symptoms considering how essential hormones are in how you feel and how your body functions.
Some providers prescribe medications for specific hormone-related symptoms without exploring the underlying imbalance. Instead of rushing to the simplest solution for an isolated symptom or guessing what’s going on with your health, Laika Rodriguez, ND, and Katy Hernandez, FNP, BC, provide hormone blood testing to confirm or rule out a hormone imbalance after reviewing your symptoms.
At Salem Wellness Clinic in Salem, Oregon, we specialize in hormone management using safe treatments, like diet and lifestyle changes, prescription medications, and bioidentical hormones that interact with your natural hormone receptors.
Successful treatment for a hormone imbalance starts with a detailed evaluation in our office. Watch out for these top five common signs of a hormone imbalance:
1. Sexual dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction is a common sign of an imbalance of your sex hormones. Anyone can experience low libido due to hormone fluctuations, but a low sex drive can have many causes:
Men’s sexual dysfunction
Men may experience low testosterone because of their age, medications, or high body fat. A prevalent sign of low testosterone is erectile dysfunction (ED). If you have it, you struggle to get or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual contact. Occasional ED might not pose an issue in your personal life, but persistent ED can affect your intimate relationships and self-confidence.
Women’s sexual dysfunction
Women’s sex hormones are estrogen and progesterone. Upon reaching menopause, your estrogen levels lower, which can cause sexual problems like vaginal dryness, pain during intercourse, or difficulty achieving orgasm.
Feeling burned out? Your fatigue might be linked to an underlying hormone imbalance. Numerous hormone imbalances can cause fatigue, so a blood test is used for a diagnosis.
3. Weight fluctuations
If you’re losing weight but haven’t changed anything regarding your diet or lifestyle, an imbalance of the hormones that drive metabolism might be the underlying cause. The same goes for unintentional weight gain, which can happen because of hormone imbalances like hypothyroidism. Similarly, an irregular body fat distribution can also be hormone-related.
Our naturopathic weight loss services can help you balance your weight within a healthy range. Our experts find out if a hormone imbalance is present, then recommend the appropriate treatment, including hormone management.
4. Mood changes
No matter your baseline mood, it can change based on a hormone imbalance. Are you feeling more depressed or irritable than usual? Do people around you struggle to keep pace with your mood swings? Several hormones influence your state of mind, and an imbalance can cause distinct changes in how you feel.
5. Hair and skin changes
Many hair and skin changes can happen because of an underlying hormone imbalance. You might notice:
- Darkening skin, especially under your armpits and on your neck
- Increased skin tags
- Hair coarseness and dryness
- Thin or crepey skin
- Body hair loss
Our team tests your hormones to discover if your hair or skin changes are due to a hormone imbalance or if there’s another explanation.
Correct your imbalance today
Balancing your hormones can offer peace of mind about your health. Call Salem Wellness Clinic or schedule an appointment online for hormone testing and optimization today.