Hormones are tiny chemical messengers in your body that play a sizable role in your health and well-being. They coordinate various body functions by carrying messages through your bloodstream to your muscles, organs, and other tissues, letting your body know what to do.
And while hormonal issues are often linked with “female issues” like menopause, it’s not uncommon for people of all sexes and genders to develop an imbalance.
At Melissa Grier, MD Women’s Healthcare in Pasadena, California, Dr. Grier, and her team treat hormone imbalances, including low testosterone in men, for restored vitality. Read on to learn more about these imbalances, including common signs and symptoms.
Why male hormone imbalances happen
Hormone imbalances can happen for a range of reasons, from emotional factors and injuries to medical conditions and aspects of aging. Potential causes of imbalanced hormones include:
- Certain medications
- Chronic stress
- Eating disorders
- Hormone therapy
- Injuries and trauma
- Restrictive diets
The body also producers fewer amounts of hormones, such as testosterone and estrogen, from middle age on. While this is normal, it can cause bothersome symptoms that range from mild to severe.
Signs of imbalanced hormones in men
Testosterone plays important roles in development, as well as your energy levels, sexual health, and physical well-being. As a result, imbalanced levels of testosterone, as well as other hormones, can greatly impact your life.
Common signs of a hormone imbalance in men include:
- Depressed or anxious moods
- Development of breast tissue
- Difficulty concentrating
- Dry skin
- Erectile dysfunction
- Facial puffiness
- Fatigue and weakness
- Hot flashes
- Joint stiffness
- Muscle aches
- Reduced libido
- Reduced muscle tone
- Sensitivity to cold or heat
- Sleep problems, such as insomnia
- Thinning hair or baldness
- Unintentional weight gain
- Weakened bones and osteoporosis
A bothersome cycle
Many of these symptoms can serve as a Catch-22 without treatment. If you’re feeling anxious or depressed, for example, you may feel less interested in pleasurable activities such as sex. Less physical intimacy with a partner can bring on additional stress or anxiety, especially if your partner’s libido continues as normal.
Similarly, fatigue can keep you from exercising — which can then increase other effects of hormone imbalance, such as weight gain and reduced muscle mass. Thankfully, this can all turn around with appropriate treatment.
What to do about male hormone imbalance
If you’ve noticed signs of hormone imbalance, Dr. Grier may talk to you about BioTE® hormone replacement therapy. This pellet therapy uses bioidentical hormones, made of natural ingredients that match those your body naturally creates.
Once implanted beneath your skin, the pellets release a steady stream of hormones to restore balanced levels. We find that these supplemental hormones can greatly reduce, or even eliminate, bothersome symptoms of imbalanced hormones, such as testosterone.
To learn more about hormone imbalance or to get the care you need, call our office or schedule an appointment with Dr. Grier through our online booking feature.