Hormones regulate most major functions in your body, so a hormonal imbalance can cause a wide range of disruptive symptoms. The team at Gain Wellness Center in San Diego, California, treats many hormonal issues, including adrenal fatigue. To learn how you can correct a hormonal imbalance, call the office or schedule a free consultation online today.

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What is a hormonal imbalance?

Hormones are chemicals that act as molecular messengers in your body. Endocrine glands, such as the adrenals, produce hormones that travel through your bloodstream and tell various organs what to do.

Because hormones play such an important role in your body, even a small imbalance can cause noticeable signs and symptoms. Hormones control most of your bodily processes, including appetite and digestion, sleep, and sexual function.

How do I know if I have a hormonal imbalance?

Hormonal imbalances cause a vast array of symptoms that vary based on the glands and hormones affected. Common signs and symptoms of a hormonal imbalance include:

  • Weight management problems, including unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Excessive sweating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Skin problems, including dryness or rashes
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Unexplained chronic fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Digestive issues, such as bloating
  • Mood changes, such as anxiety or depression
  • Increased or decreased need to urinate
  • Thinning hair
  • Infertility

Adrenal fatigue is a collection of symptoms that may include unexplained body aches, tiredness, and sleep disturbances.

What causes hormonal imbalances?

It’s normal for hormone levels to fluctuate at various points in life, but long-term hormonal imbalances occur when one or more endocrine glands don’t function properly. Medical conditions and lifestyle factors that may cause hormonal imbalances include:

  • Chronic or excessive stress
  • Diabetes
  • Underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
  • Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
  • Too much or too little parathyroid hormone
  • Being overweight
  • Anorexia
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Endocrine gland injury
  • Cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation

Women experience hormonal imbalances during natural events throughout life, including pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause. Medical conditions that cause hormonal imbalances in women include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), ovarian cysts, and primary ovarian insufficiency.

How are hormonal imbalances diagnosed and treated?

First, the team at Gain Wellness Center performs a complete wellness evaluation, including a physical exam and medical history review. If they suspect a hormonal imbalance, they may take a sample of your blood or saliva for lab testing.

Then, they develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses your specific needs. Treatment for a hormonal imbalance may include:

  • Weight management
  • Exercising regularly
  • Eating a nutritious diet
  • Stress management
  • Cellular detoxification
  • Removing toxins from your home

Some people may benefit from hormone replacement therapy, which involves taking artificial hormones in the form of an oral, topical, or injected medication.

If you think you may have a hormonal imbalance, call Gain Wellness Center or schedule your free consultation online today.