When you think about getting your yearly check-up, you probably think about the typical visit to your doctor’s office, getting a physical and standard blood work done. Not many people think to get their hormones tested regularly, which is why many people suffer from symptoms of hormonal imbalance without ever knowing the cause.
Women have three main hormones: estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. Estrogen is the primary sex hormone and helps regulate the reproductive system. Testosterone, although commonly known as the male hormone, is produced in the ovaries and the adrenal glands in women. Testosterone helps a woman's libido and also helps women produce muscle mass and strong bones. Progesterone plays an important role in pregnancy. Together, these three hormones work together to keep a woman’s body strong and functioning properly. If these female hormones become imbalanced, it can cause a number of issues including headaches, mood changes, hot flashes, decreased sex drive, facial hair growth, weight gain and changes in sleep patterns.
For men, the main hormone is testosterone. Testosterone is an anabolic steroid and also the primary sex hormone in men. It's role is to help develop the male reproductive system as well as help promote certain male characteristics which include the ability to gain muscle, grow facial hair and have a healthy sex drive. Testosterone is what physically makes a man. If a man has low T, it can cause him to feel tired, fatigued, have low energy, and can also cause changes in sleep patterns, weight gain, low sex drive, anxiety, depression, mood swings, and loss of muscle mass.
It's important to understand your hormones and their functions. If you feel like you may be suffering from a hormonal imbalance, consult your doctor and request a test. At Physicians Age Management Centers we suggest HRT to treat hormonal related issue, and we can help you understand the benefits of hormone replacement therapy. It’s what we do every day, and our specialty. We provide our patients with a proactive, preventative approach to healthcare for an aging population focused on preservation of optimum human function and quality of life. If you’re interested in taking control of your health, take our hormone test or request a free consultation today.