If you bake a cake, adding too much or too little of just one ingredient can mess up your entire recipe. The same thing holds true for your hormones.
Your hormones play a vital role in your health and well-being by regulating crucial bodily processes, including your sleep cycle, reproductive cycle, appetite, metabolism, body temperature, mood, and sexual function. An overproduction or underproduction of any of your hormones—which can occur due to aging, stress, certain medical conditions (e.g., cancer, diabetes, thyroid problems, etc.), among other factors—can cause these processes to go awry. A disruption in these processes can result in symptoms that do not only affect your quality of life but can also put you at risk of developing (secondary) health problems.
In such case, it is best to see a hormone specialist, preferably an osteopathic or a naturopathic doctor, who offers unique, all-natural, and highly effective solutions to health issues like hormone imbalances. Know exactly when to seek the expertise of a hormone specialist by reading about the signs and symptoms of hormone imbalance, as outlined below.
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Women
In women, hormones, notably estrogen and progesterone, fluctuate naturally during puberty, menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and menopause. These fluctuations can cause the following symptoms, which, for many women, can be both physically and emotionally distressing:
- Unexplained fatigue
- Hair loss
- Headache and night sweats
- Hot flashes and difficulty concentrating
- Irregular periods
- Joint pain and stiffness (resulting in the development of arthritis or causing flare-ups)
- Loss of bone mass (increased risk for fractures)
- Low libido
- Mood swings
- Skin problems
- Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
- Vaginal dryness and atrophy
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Men
Low testosterone is a common and a usually age-related type of hormone imbalance in men that can also cause distressing or disruptive symptoms, such as the following:
- Anxiety or depression
- Breast enlargement (gynecomastia)
- Erectile dysfunction
- Excessive sweating
- Fluctuations in blood sugar levels
- Hair loss
- Increased body fat
- Loss of muscle and bone mass
- Low libido
- Unintentional weight loss or weight gain
Hormone Specialist in Mankato, Minnesota
If you’re in search of a trusted hormone specialist in the Mankato area in Minnesota, visit us here at Between the Bridges Healing Center for a consultation with Dr. Jeffrey Kotulski or Dr. Jodi Kunkel. Our providers, who utilize nutritional therapy and other innovative, holistic modalities, have a proven track record of helping countless people in Mankato and beyond successfully rebalance their hormones the natural way.