What are Hormones?
Hormones are your body’s chemical messengers. Your blood carries hormones to your organs and tissues to help control things like growth, metabolism, sexual function, reproduction and even mood.
What is a Hormone Imbalance?
As we age, our hormone production often shifts. This change can cause a shortage of hormones such as progesterone and estrogen in women experiencing menopause (or even the years leading up to menopause, known as perimenopause). Testosterone levels can drop in both men and women. Men begin to lose on average 1-2% of testosterone yearly starting in their 30’s. Male menopause is called andropause.
About 80% of patients with a hormone imbalance are women and 20% are men. Women may notice hormone imbalance symptoms starting in their 30’s or 40’s. For men, the symptoms generally appear in their late 40’s or early 50’s, but sometimes as early as their 20’s and 30’s.
Symptoms in women include:
- Night sweats or hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness or discomfort during sex
- Fatigue or low energy
- Sleeping problems
- Brain fog — a confused or disorganized feeling
- Weight gain
- Changes in skin and hair
- Heart palpitations
In men, symptoms include:
- Low libido
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low or irritable mood
- Decrease in muscle strength
How Is a Hormone Imbalance Diagnosed?
Hormone levels can be evaluated by blood, urine or saliva testing. At WellnessScript, we offer all of these approaches, depending on your preference and at the recommendation of your WellnessScript clinician. And best of all, all of these tests are able to be completed in the comfort of your home.
We can also test for other hormone imbalances that might be contributing to your symptoms, such as adrenal (stress hormone) or thyroid imbalances. Finally, we offer extensive nutritional testing to fully understand how to best personalize your treatment. As with our hormone testing, all of WellnessScript’s testing options are able to be completed at home.
If I Have a Hormone Imbalance, How is it Treated?
No matter what type of hormone imbalance you have, we can create a personalized approach to help. This often involves a prescription for compounded bioidentical hormones–bioidentical because the hormones are chemically very similar to the hormones your body produces. We can create customized doses and different forms of hormones (pills or creams, for example) just for you. Because bioidentical hormones are more natural and the lowest possible doses can be used, this option for hormone treatment is generally preferred by most holistic medicine clinicians.
We’ll also partner with you to make sure your lifestyle–nutrition, exercise, sleep and stress–are addressed and supported every step of the way. If you require supplements, those can be personalized for you as well (you only take what you need!). We carry only the highest quality, physician-grade supplements and package them into convenient daily packets. Best of all, your hormones and supplements are delivered right to your home!
What Happens Next?
You’ll likely notice an improvement in your symptoms within the first couple of weeks of taking your bioidentical hormones. Many women report improvement in energy, sleep, skin quality, sex drive, memory and mood. Men may notice improved energy, mood, strength and resolution of sexual issues. If you don’t notice improvement after a couple of months, we can reassess your response and adjust doses accordingly. Because the hormones are made specifically for you, there are many doses and options available. Additional lab monitoring is individualized, but is generally recommended 1-2 times per year. Nutritional testing is generally completed about every 6 months. You and your WellnessScript clinician can discuss how long you should continue on hormones–this is personalized too!
At WellnessScript, we believe every person is unique. We don’t practice “cookie cutter medicine”, striving instead to understand your specific needs and personalizing every step of your experience.
We bring together top holistic experts and make them easily available to help solve your health issues. Our clinicians have advanced training and years of experience in uncovering the root cause, unpacking and treating problems that traditional medicine fails to address.
We believe you shouldn’t go out of your way to address your concerns so everything we do–video appointments, lab testing, supplements and compounded medications–is easily available to you, right at home.
We believe that you shouldn’t feel alone when you’re dealing with a health problem. We’ll help you navigate the process, providing support, reminders, encouragement, and relevant information along the way.