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Hormonal Imbalance

A hormonal imbalance happens when you have too much or too little of one or more hormones. It’s a broad term that can represent many different hormone-related conditions.

Hormones are powerful signals. Having even slightly too much or too little of them can cause major changes to your body and lead to certain conditions that require treatment.

Can hormonal imbalances be treated over telehealth?

To diagnose a hormonal imbalance, blood tests can be ordered by our clinicians to any lab near you, including Quest or LabCorp. Certain hormone levels vary drastically throughout the day, so our clinicians may order other tests to measure your levels, such as a glucose tolerance test or insulin tolerance test. Other hormones vary through the menstrual cycle, so the timing of your hormone testing is important. Your clinician will discuss this with you.

The main treatment for those with lower-than-normal hormone levels is hormone replacement therapy. Oral medication (pills) or injection medication may be prescribed, depending on the hormone deficiency.

How to prevent hormonal imbalance

Although there are many variables to hormonal imbalances, there are certain things that you can do to optimize your overall health which helps to keep your hormones balanced:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Eating a balanced, healthy diet
  • Exercising regularly
  • Managing your stress
  • Getting enough quality sleep
  • Managing your chronic health conditions well (if applicable)
  • Quitting smoking or using tobacco products (if applicable)
Hormonal imbalance in the menstrual cycle

There are several hormones involved in the menstrual cycle, such as estrogen and progesterone, produced by the ovaries. A sex hormone imbalance can cause irregular periods, excess testosterone or androgens, and any of the following symptoms:

  • Acne on your face, chest and/or upper back
  • Hair loss
  • Heavy periods (bleeding lasting longer than seven days)
  • Hirsutism (excess body hair)
  • Hot flashes
  • Infertility
  • Irregular periods
  • Vaginal atrophy
  • Vaginal dryness
Hormonal imbalances can also affect your metabolism:
  • Slow heartbeat or rapid heartbeat
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea or more frequent bowel movements
  • Numbness and tingling in your hands
  • Higher-than normal blood cholesterol levels
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Being unable to tolerate cold temperatures or warm temperatures
  • Dry, coarse skin and hair
  • Thin, warm and moist skin
  • Irregular body fat distribution
  • Darkened skin in your armpit or the back and sides of your neck
  • Skin tags (small skin growths)
  • Extreme thirst and frequent urination
If you believe you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment with a physician.

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