Understanding How Hormones Affect Your Health

May 05, 2023

Understanding How Hormones Affect Your Health

When we think of hormones, what often comes to mind is hormone-filled times like puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. However, hormones are part of nearly every bodily function from your appetite to your sleep cycles. Hormones are chemical messengers that run through your bloodstream to other parts of your body.

Because your hormones are so vital for your health, if any one of them is out of balance, it can severely affect your body. You can experience symptoms like changes in your weight or a reduced sex drive.

While some people can easily navigate hormonal imbalances, others may find their life severely affected by it. At Refine Medical in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Heather C. Kennedy, PA-C, and the rest of our expert team want you to understand how integral hormones are to your body and health, what can happen when they’re out of balance, and what treatments we offer to correct any potential imbalances you may be experiencing. 

Understanding hormonal imbalances

It’s currently estimated that there are 50 different types of hormones in your body. Hormones are produced in your endocrine glands and are carried to your skin, organs, muscles, and other tissues. Your hormones control the following bodily processes:

  • Metabolism
  • Homeostasis
  • Growth and development
  • Sexual function
  • Reproduction
  • Sleep-wake cycle
  • Mood

Hormones also regulate your blood pressure, blood sugar, and your stress levels.

If you’re experiencing a hormonal imbalance, you can experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches or weakness
  • Constipation
  • Increased heart rate
  • Nervousness or irritability
  • Dry skin
  • Increased hunger and thirst

Men can start to experience erectile dysfunction, reduced muscle mass, and mood swings while women may have symptoms like vaginal dryness, hot flashes, and irregular bleeding. 

How hormonal imbalances are treated

Fortunately, at Refine Medical, we offer treatments for hormonal imbalances so you don’t have to live with these symptoms. One of the treatments that we offer is hormone replacement therapy (HRT). This is a treatment that restores your hormones to optimal levels by delivering supplemental hormones to your body.

The HRT treatments we use are called bioidentical hormones. They’re so similar to the ones your body produces, that your body won’t be able to tell the difference. This treatment is administered by placing a small pellet that’s about the size of a grain of rice underneath the surface of your skin. The pellet then slowly dissolves and releases the hormones into your system.

HRT works specifically for you and our team will tailor your supplemental hormones to address your body’s needs.

If you think you’re struggling with a hormonal imbalance, don’t wait to seek treatment. Our team would love to discuss your treatment options with you. To schedule an appointment with us, you can give us a call at 405-609-7369 or use our convenient online booking tool today.