In many respects, hormones rule our bodies. They are responsible for regulating all the body’s metabolic functions, and when your hormones are out of balance, you will likely experience symptoms that tell you something is not right. With Long Island hormone imbalance treatments, Dr. Edward Jacobson could address the root cause of your hormone imbalance and help you make a full recovery through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.

How Hormones Become Imbalanced

The endocrine system regulates bodily activities via the creation of chemical substances known as hormones, which are produced and sent directly into the bloodstream by various glands. When working properly, the glands keep these hormones in balance.

The pituitary gland is called the master gland because it controls all other glands in the endocrine system. Other crucial glands include the thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, pancreas, and gonads—which are different in men and women.

While both men and women may suffer from hormone imbalance, the condition is more common in females. This is because various natural parts of a woman’s life are more likely to cause hormone imbalance compared to a man’s life. These include their monthly menstrual cycles, pregnancy, childbirth, nursing, and eventually perimenopause and menopause.

Hormone Imbalance Causes

Ongoing stress is a major case of hormone imbalance, but it is just as likely that the imbalance is caused by a medical condition. People with diabetes, underactive or overactive thyroid, pituitary tumors, and Cushing’s disease or Addison’s disease—which raise and lower cortisol levels, respectively—are at greater risk of hormone imbalance.

People who are overweight or extremely underweight may also experience hormone imbalance, especially those suffering from anorexia. Women taking certain forms of birth control pills are also vulnerable to hormone imbalance, as are men taking anabolic steroids.

Finally, chemical and toxin exposure can cause hormones to go awry, as can cancers of the endocrine system. Those diagnosed with cancer who have received treatment via chemotherapy or radiation may find their hormones out of sync. A particular bad allergy or infection may cause the same result.

Hormone Imbalance Symptoms

Some hormone imbalance symptoms are the same in either sex, while others are gender-specific. In women, hormone imbalance symptoms may include:

  • Acne
  • Dry skin
  • Hair loss
  • Irregular or heavy periods
  • Loss of libido
  • Osteoporosis
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss

Men suffering from hormone imbalance may experience:

  • Body hair loss
  • Breast development, or gynecomastia
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Low sperm counts
  • Reduction in muscle mass

Both sexes may find themselves dealing with insomnia, fatigue, mood swings, brain fog and blood pressure changes, but Long Island hormone imbalance treatments can help alleviate those symptoms.

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy for Hormone Imbalance

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) is not suitable for every type of hormone imbalance, but for certain types, it can relieve symptoms and make patients feel like themselves again. Bioidentical hormone therapy focuses primarily on estrogen or progesterone for women, testosterone for men and thyroid hormone for either sex.

Natural bioidentical hormones are the same on the molecular level as those secreted by the body’s own glands, and the body recognizes them as such. This means that unlike conventional hormone replacement therapy, bioidentical hormones are safe, effective, and generally come with no negative side effects.

Speaking with a Long Island Doctor About Hormone Imbalance Treatment

If you are experiencing symptoms of hormone imbalance, call Dr. Edward Jacobson today and set up a consultation. Some patients may have symptoms requiring referral to a specialist, but others may prove good candidates for bioidentical hormone therapy as part of their Long Island hormone imbalance treatment regimen.