How do you know you might suffer from a hormone issue? Well… maybe we need to take a step back and define what even is a hormone. Hormones are regulatory substances floating around our bodies that stimulate our tissues or cells to act. Hopefully they function as designed but sometimes, due to the food we eat, weight we’ve gained, or the environment we are in, those hormones begin wreaking havoc on our system. Not because our hormones are bad but because they don’t understand what our bodies need from us. It’s kind of like rolling up to a stop sign but also seeing a yield sign and seeing someone waving you through at the same time. Your brain is saying, “uhhhhh what do I do?!?!”
Here are 8 typical symptoms that both men and women report feeling when suffering from hormone imbalances; see if you check off any these symptoms yourself:
- Foggy thinking
- Decreased or no libido
- Weight gain
- Increase in facial hair
- Depressed mood
- Food cravings
- Brittle nails
- Sleep disturbances
Why these 8 symptoms? Because they are pretty general. Let’s go back to that stop sign. Your hormones want to cruise down the road stimulating the appropriate cells or tissue to act. When it’s bedtime your cortisol levels should be decreasing and your body’s natural melatonin levels should be rising alerting your brain to start winding down for the evening and get ready for a restful night sleep. However, in our go-go world we live on caffeine, late-night binge watching, and heavy meals late evening. Hence the yield signs and the waving through the stop sign for the hormones, our bodies don’t know what to do! We are tamping down the body’s process and then wondering why we feel like crud. We do this over and over and over until the body can’t figure out when to stop and when to go anymore and then suddenly we are 35 years old and carrying around a pair of tweezers because we have surprise chin hairs popping up. Am I right, ladies? Or maybe, gentleman, you’ve never had a problem with being able to perform basically anywhere at any time but suddenly it’s just not as big of a priority anymore. Like, it’s still fun but so is TV. That is definitely your hormones talking…
Now to get into the nitty-gritty, for our healthcare membership clients, our male and female comprehensive hormone testing kits provide you with an insane amount of information including levels of estradiol (estrogen) levels (even for men), progesterone, testosterone (even for women), DHEA-sulfate, cortisol (stress hormone), and an broad complement of thyroid levels, including thyroid peroxidase antibodies.
We measure hormones using saliva and capillary blood, not serum or “blood draws.” The reason for this is because serum does not tell the whole story. When a lab draws your blood, those level reflect both free (active) hormone as well as protein-bound (inactive) hormone. When testing serum, both the active and inactive are seen together, but the inactive hormone level is not impacting how you feel. Saliva and capillary are far more accurate.
Understanding that all “normal” levels are not created equal, our team can review your symptoms to determine if there are adjustments that need to be made using bioidentical hormone therapy to optimize your health AND to allow you to feel your best. Low-normal levels sometimes need to still be treated to improve wellness.
If you are a member of our direct patient care program, call our office today at 317-300-4091 to come in for your evaluation!
We would list the prices but they vary depending on the kit so just gives us call for your personalized wellness appointment.