Synergy Integrative Medical Clinic
Functional Medicine Specialists & Anti-Aging located in Midland, TX
Hormone imbalances don’t affect menopausal women alone. Hormone levels naturally decrease as you age and cause an increased risk for numerous health conditions, including osteoporosis, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. At Synergy Integrative Medical Clinic, Dr. Anjana Rastogi offers options to rebalance your hormone levels to help you feel healthier and happier. To find out about the many benefits of hormone replacement therapy, schedule an appointment online or by phone.
Hormone Replacement Therapy Q & A
What is a hormone imbalance?
Made by your endocrine glands, hormones are the messenger system of your body. They tell your organs and tissues what to do and are chiefly responsible for controlling reproduction and metabolism.
When your body makes too little or too much of a specific hormone, you can feel a wide range of symptoms that affect your physical and mental health.
What are the symptoms of a hormone imbalance?
Because your body’s functionality relies so much on hormones, even just a slight imbalance of hormones can trigger chronic symptoms like:
- Dry skin
- Weight gain
- Thinning hair
- Mood changes
- Vision changes
- Chronic fatigue
- Frequent urination
- Chronic constipation
- Changes in sex drive
- Muscle aches and pain
- Joint swelling and stiffness
- Increased sensitivity to heat and cold
These symptoms can mimic other medical conditions, so it’s vital that you discuss them with Dr. Rastogi to rule out underlying issues.
What are the symptoms of decreased hormones in menopause?
Women going through perimenopause, the years leading up to menopause, can also experience unique symptoms, including:
- Missed periods
- Night sweats
- Hot flashes
- Vaginal dryness
- Facial hair growth
Dr. Rastogi reviews your symptoms and medical history and may order blood work if she suspects you have a hormone imbalance.
What causes a hormone imbalance?
Besides the natural aging process, there are a number of factors that can influence decreased levels of hormones, such as:
- Injury or trauma
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Certain medications
- Cancer treatments
Dr. Rastogi can determine what’s causing your imbalance and create a comprehensive treatment plan to manage your underlying condition and rebalance your hormones.
What is involved in hormone replacement therapy?
Dr. Rastogi uses hormone pellets that replicate your body’s natural hormones. Pellets contain either testosterone therapy or estradiol, depending on your needs.
Depending on your preference, Dr. Rastogi can provide either oral medications or transdermal forms of therapy that ensure consistent delivery of hormones through the day. The transdermal pellets that Dr. Rastogi inserts into your skin are as small as a grain of rice.
The procedure involves local anesthesia to keep you comfortable. Dr. Rastogi typically inserts pellets into a small incision in your hip or your lower abdominal wall.
Delivering regular doses of hormones ensures your symptoms are well-controlled and you won’t experience up and down fluctuations that can worsen symptoms.
To learn more about restoring your body’s balance of hormones, schedule a consultation online or by phone.