We all know about hormone imbalances women have during their menopause years, but did you know men can also have hormone imbalances? It’s true! At Dr. Rogers Centers in San Antonio, Texas, we treat both men and women with this common condition. We use bioidentical hormones to bring your body back into balance so you can feel like yourself again.
Hormones have the important job of telling our bodies what to do. When they’re out of whack, everything goes haywire and you definitely won’t feel like yourself. You could have too much or too little of certain hormones; even the smallest change could be enough to make you miserable. Here are six signs to watch for.
1. Weight gain and fluid retention
Most people don’t need or want to gain weight. So, if you start gaining weight for no apparent reason while you’re eating healthy and living an active lifestyle, hormones are most likely to blame. You may also retain fluid. Middle-aged women call weight gain around the middle the “menopot.” While it sounds funny, it’s definitely not a term of endearment.
2. Brain fog and trouble concentrating
We all have nights where we don’t sleep well, making it hard to concentrate or even work the next day. But if you have brain fog that never seems to lift and you have trouble concentrating on more days than you can count, you may have a hormonal imbalance.
3. Hot flashes and night sweats
This is classic menopause 101. Many women leading up to, or going through, menopause wake up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat. They also have hot flashes throughout the day which can be embarrassing if they happen at work or during a social function. They’re caused by fluctuations in estrogen or progesterone.
4. Irritability, moodiness, or depression
Men and women can start feeling moody, sad, agitated, or depressed if their hormones are imbalanced. If you try to think positively, see friends and family, and do things you enjoy, it may help a little. But if you still can’t shake it, let us know so we can help you feel better.
5. Lack of interest in sex
It’s normal to not be in the mood once in a while, but when our sex hormones are out of balance, we may lose interest in sex altogether. Women could also have vaginal dryness and pain during intercourse while men could have erectile dysfunction.
6. Fatigue that just won’t go away
If you try to sleep but can’t or if the quality of your sleep isn’t that good, hormones could be to blame. You may wake up tired every day, feel sluggish, and lose motivation. You may feel so tired that it’s hard to make it through each day. Eating healthy, exercising, and keeping your bedroom free from technology and at a cooler sleeping temperature may help. If not, it’s time to consider hormone replacement therapy to get your body back into balance.
Do any of these sound like you? If so, it’s time to make an appointment at Dr. Rogers Centers. Our hormone specialists will review your medical history, examine you, and may order blood tests to check your hormone levels. If you’re ready to feel like your old self again, make an appointment today.