Hormonal imbalance services
Hormonal balance throughout life is very important for women’s health. Some women experience hormonal imbalances. Dr. Naim offers patients throughout the Los Angeles area a hormonal test and a balanced treatment to ensure their best feelings and reduce the symptoms of hormonal changes.
The effect of hormones
Hormones affect almost all aspects of physical and mental health. These include growth, acne, sleep cycle, weight maintenance, and memory. People’s bodies produce many hormones that control the body’s function, and if a hormone is out of balance, it can significantly affect a person’s physical, emotional, and mental health. Women experience hormonal changes during menopause. Symptoms of these hormonal changes can include severe moral fluctuations, hot flashes, and insomnia. Hormonal imbalances can also result from thyroid problems and require prompt treatment.
How are hormone levels tested?
There are several different tests to assess a person’s hormone balance. The doctor will prescribe appropriate tests using the symptoms of the disease. Some tests include:
- Saliva Test: This is usually the most accurate test used to assess hormonal imbalance.
- Serum or blood test: This test compares with normal levels. Further investigations will be performed if it is lower or higher than normal.
- Follicle-stimulating hormone tests determine if a woman is going through menopause. This test is done when a woman has hot flashes, mood swings, and other menopausal symptoms.
Hormone imbalance treated
In some cases, hormone replacement therapy is recommended; in others, lifestyle changes and increased or decreased activity levels are recommended. Suppose you suffer from menopausal or premenopausal symptoms, including weight gain, insomnia, or acne. You can diagnose hormonal imbalances with the necessary tests to balance your lifestyle or hormone therapy.
Arjang Naim is an established and highly skilled physician with over 20 years of experience in obstetrics and gynecology.
He is the best ob-gyn in Los Angeles and surrounding communities. He has been practicing medicine since 2001 from two locations in Los Angeles, an office near Beverly Hills and Beverly center, and the other in Hollywood across from children’s hospitals and Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center.
After obtaining his Bachelor’s degree from UCLA, he spent four years in New York City to study medicine at the prestigious Mount Sinai School of Medicine. His residency in OB/GYN was at Maimonides Medical Center, which happens to be one of the busiest hospitals in New York.
Dr. Naim's services in hormonal imbalance
Dr. Arjang Naim helps patients from all over the greater Los Angeles area to treat hormonal imbalances; he can also help with diagnosis and treatment via telemedicine service.
Hormones are chemicals in the body that control major body functions, from digestion and hunger to reproduction and emotions. Hormones are produced by different body glands and are responsible for the body’s normal functioning.
Sometimes an imbalance occurs when one of the glands is not working properly. This can be due to a change in life, such as menopause, or a medical condition like hypothyroidism. When a woman’s hormone levels are too high or too low, her body does not function properly, and she experiences various symptoms.
Hormone Imbalance Symptoms
Regardless of age, a woman’s hormones all work together like a symphony. If one part of the orchestra is not working correctly, the melody is out of tune. Women’s hormonal imbalance symptoms are a very important issue that affects their quality of life.
All women should be aware of these symptoms of hormonal imbalance. A stressful life, poor nutrition, and lack of fitness together decrease the level of hormones in the body. Even when there is only one hormone imbalance, it may lead to symptoms of hormonal imbalance. These symptoms include:
- Low libido
- Vaginal dryness
- Foggy memory
- Premature aging
- Premature ovarian failure
What are the most common hormone imbalances?
There are many reasons you can experience hormonal imbalance, such as:
- Estrogen dominance: Estrogen dominance occurs when estrogen levels are much higher than progesterone levels. Stress, obesity, and exposure to synthetic chemicals can all increase estrogen levels and lead to heavy uterine bleeding, migraines, muscle cramps, breast tenderness, and many other uncomfortable symptoms.
- Thyroid hormone imbalance: The thyroid gland produces hormones that help regulate mood, weight, temperature, and many other bodily functions. If the thyroid has too much or too little of these hormones, it can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as weight gain or loss, fatigue, or insomnia.
- Low testosterone: A healthy balance of estrogen and testosterone is needed for the body to function properly. If the body produces too much estrogen, it causes low testosterone levels. Stress, obesity, and heavy alcohol consumption all decrease testosterone.
- Cortisol imbalance: The adrenal glands produce cortisol, which the body often secretes during stress. Too much cortisol in the system can lead to weight gain, fatigue, and increased cravings.
- Insulin imbalance: Insulin is a hormone the pancreas produces to manage sugar levels. A combination of stress and a high-sugar diet can cause an insulin imbalance that increases the risk of headaches, blurred vision, dizziness, and increased sweating.
Listen to your body and what is happening in your body. If something is unpleasant and you feel it yourself, talk to your doctor and resolve it.
Hormonal imbalance has many consequences, such as high blood pressure, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, and even cancer. It’s essential to ensure you properly identify, address, and treat these hormonal imbalances.
Did you know?
Men and women need estrogen and testosterone.
In both men and women, the body maintains a balance of testosterone and estrogen to function well. If testosterone or estrogen levels are too high or too low, it may cause different symptoms.
Symptoms of low testosterone
Low testosterone levels in men can lead to decreased libido, fatigue, weight gain, stress, and depression. It can also have a negative effect on bone density. Low testosterone has a lesser impact on women but can lead to reduced sexual function, especially after menopause.
Symptoms of high testosterone
High testosterone levels in men have fewer symptoms but can accelerate the onset of puberty. In women, high levels of testosterone can cause irregular periods, acne, excess body hair, muscle growth, and a deeper voice.
Symptoms of low estrogen
Low levels of estrogen in women can lead to brittle bones, interruptions in the menstrual cycle, decreased libido, vaginal dryness, and moodiness. In men, low estrogen can affect sperm production and sexual performance.
Symptoms of high estrogen
High estrogen levels can affect a woman’s weight, menstrual cycle, mood, sleep quality, energy level, and libido. In men, high levels of estrogen can affect sperm production and cause breast tissue growth and erectile dysfunction.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Unusually high stress
- Insufficient sleep
- Unhealthy diet
- Thyroid problems
In women, hormonal imbalances can indicate early menopause, polycystic ovary syndrome, primary ovarian failure, and even ovarian cancer. In men, hormonal imbalances can indicate any number of conditions, including prostate cancer.
Most people will experience at least one or two periods of hormonal imbalance during their lifetime. Hormonal imbalance is more common during puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, and aging. But some people experience persistent and irregular hormonal imbalances.
- Red meat
- Processed foods
- Soy and dairy products
- Eat enough protein at every meal
- Engage in regular exercise
- Maintain a moderate weight
- Take care of your gut health
- Lower your sugar intake