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.
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)
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: