Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance in Men & Women

Hartford Connecticut Bioidentical Hormones Expert, Anita Petruzzelli, M.D. dedicates her Hartford area practice to Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine in order to offer her patients the very best in holistic treatment options.

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As an OBGYN, Dr. Petruzzelli has always understood the strong connection between wellness and total body health. Balanced hormones, proper diet and plenty of physical activity have always been crucial components to total wellness in Dr. Petruzzelli’s own life, and she desires to offer her patients the very best in Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy and structured fitness and nutritional programs to help them also achieve and sustain total wellness.

Treating both men and women at her Glastonbury Connecticut clinic, Anita Petruzzelli, M.D. is highly trained in treating the symptoms of male and female hormonal imbalance, dominance and deficiencies. Hormones can fall out of balance as part of the natural aging process such as during menopause or andropause, or as a result of an existing medical condition or injury.

No longer do men and women have to live with the negative effects of hormone related conditions such as weight gain, sexual dysfunction, exhaustion, depression, anxiety and stress. Using custom Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapies designed for each patient’s unique needs, Dr. Petruzzelli is able to identify and alleviate the many various conditions of hormone decline.

Hormones play a major role in daily bodily functions, and are quite different in men and women. While it is commonly known that women experience serious hormonal changes throughout life as they endure monthly menstrual cycles and eventually menopause; many do not realize that men too experience significant hormonal changes with age as well, commonly referred to andropause.

Andropause and menopause are only some of the causes of hormonal imbalance, dominance or deficiency, continue reading below to learn more about the hormone related symptoms that affect men and women which are known to be alleviated and treated with a Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Bioidentical Hormones for Women

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) Specialist, Anita Petruzzelli, M.D. customizes programs that help women fight the effects of dwindling hormone levels and imbalances. While several factors are often involved in female hormone decline, the most common factors include aging, stress, lack of sleep, and poor dietary choices. Despite the reason for disproportionate hormone levels, BHRT can rebalance female hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone. These two primary hormones are responsible for thousands of actions in the female body, and in order for women to experience optimal levels of health, estrogen and progesterone must be balanced.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) Specialist, Anita Petruzzelli, M.D. customizes programs that help women fight the effects of dwindling hormone levels and imbalances. While several factors are often involved in female hormone decline, the most common factors include aging, stress, lack of sleep, and poor dietary choices. Despite the reason for disproportionate hormone levels, BHRT can rebalance female hormones, such as estrogen and progesterone. These two primary hormones are responsible for thousands of actions in the female body, and in order for women to experience optimal levels of health, estrogen and progesterone must be balanced.

Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance in Women

Fatigue
Sex hormones such as estrogen and progesterone work to promote vitality in the body, and when the body cannot produce adequate levels of these hormones, women may feel lethargic or tired all the time. 
Weight Gain
Disproportionate ratios of estrogen and progesterone often lead to weight gain. In cases of low estrogen, the body holds onto fat to preserve estrogen because adipose tissue contains estrogenic compounds, and low progesterone leads to water retention because it is a natural diuretic.
Endometriosis
Estrogen dominance brought on by stress, aging, or dietary factors often promotes endometriosis. Progesterone works to counteract estrogen by inhibiting tissue growth in the breast and uterus, while estrogen promotes tissue growth in these regions of the female body.
Premenstrual Symptoms
Feeling irritable, angry, tired, bloated, achy, and hungry are common symptoms that women struggle with before their menstrual periods. Extreme premenstrual symptoms are often the result of hormonal imbalances; however, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can balance hormones and reduce premenstrual symptoms.
Low Libido
Degenerating levels of sex hormones often lead to a reduced desire for sexual activity, which can put a strain on intimate relationships. Replenishing hormone levels can restore the desire for sex in women and boost overall libido.
Memory Loss
Functioning to detoxify the brain, balanced levels of estrogen can help to reduce memory loss and mental fogginess, while potentially preventing Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Fibroids
Increasing levels of estrogen or uneven ratios of estrogen and progesterone can promote the development of fibroids. Balancing hormones with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may help the development of more fibroids or the enlargement of existing fibroids.
Insomnia
Difficulty falling or staying asleep are common challenges for women under high levels of stress or women going through perimenopause or menopause. Restoring hormone balance can help women to easily fall asleep and avoid waking up multiple times during the night.
Mood Swings
Outbursts of anger, anxiety, or depression may develop due to hormonal imbalances; correcting and optimizing hormone levels can reduce mood swings and promote a general sense of wellbeing.
Hot Flashes & Night Sweats
Working to signal the hypothalamus, which is the body’s temperature control center, estrogen and progesterone must be at optimal levels, or the signals going to the hypothalamus may get confused. Balancing hormone levels can help women to prevent or reduce hot flashes and night sweats.
Depression
Overcoming depression can be a difficult task when hormonal imbalances are present because lower levels of hormones can reduce the presence of neurotransmitters that create feelings of contentment and calmness.
Vaginal Dryness
Imbalanced hormone levels can cause women to experience vaginal dryness, which can put a damper on a woman’s enjoyment of intercourse. Optimizing hormone levels can help to increase vaginal secretions and return sexual function.

Bioidentical Hormones for Men

More men than ever before are recognizing that they have symptoms of low testosterone. Falling hormone levels typically signify that men have entered into andropause, and usually, testosterone is not the only hormone that men have out of balance. Multiple hormones, such as DHEA and cortisol may be deficient, and for this reason, Dr. Petruzzelli looks at the whole picture and does not just supplement one hormone. Through optimizing the levels of all essential hormones, men can maintain cognitive function, improve cardiac health, and reduce risk for strokes, heart attacks, and diabetes.

Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance in Men

Muscle Loss
Declining levels of testosterone can cause men to lose several pounds of muscle mass because testosterone plays a huge role in the development and maintaining of muscle.
Weight Gain
Decreasing levels of testosterone often means increasing levels of estrogen, which suppresses testosterone. Lower levels of testosterone slow down metabolism and can cause body fat to accumulate.

Fatigue
Playing a large role in the way energy is extracted from cells, hormones that are deficient or out balance can lead to lethargy or ongoing fatigue.
Sleep Problems
Challenges falling or staying asleep can occur in men due to hormonal imbalances; restoring hormones to optimal levels can greatly reduce sleep disturbances and improve sleeping patterns.
Gynecomastia
Growth of breast tissue in men can occur due to falling testosterone levels and rising estrogen levels; however, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy may be able to reduce gynecomastia.
Hot Flashes & Night Sweats
Signals going to the hypothalamus, which is the body’s temperature control center, can become disrupted when hormones are imbalanced. Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can balance hormones to reduce hot flashes and night sweats.
Low Libido
Maintaining intimate relationships can become difficult when men encounter low libido; however, replenishing hormone levels can help to increase the sex drive.
Depression & Irritability
Commonly, men with hormonal imbalances experience depression and irritability because hormones play a role in balancing brain chemistry and influencing moods.
Hair Loss
Dwindling levels of healthy testosterone can lead to rising levels of a particular form of testosterone that causes hair follicles to die away. Optimizing testosterone and other essential hormones can reduce hair loss and preserve hair follicles.
Erectile Dysfunction
Blood flow is greatly affected by hormones, and if blood cannot flow smoothly because hormones are imbalanced, men may suffer from erectile dysfunction. Restoring hormonal balance may improve sexual function and reduce instances of erectile dysfunction.
Urinary Problems
Less than optimal hormone levels can cause muscle atrophy, and because the urinary bladder is a muscle, its strength can become reduced with hormonal imbalances, leading to urinary issues in men.
Memory Loss
Reduced concentration, mental fogginess, and decreased cognitive functions can all result from hormonal imbalances; restoring hormones to ideal levels can help to improve overall brain function.

As the Hartford Connecticut area’s premier Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy Expert, Anita Petruzzelli, M.D. emphasizes a preventative and holistic approach to wellness, and helps patients work towards the restoration of optimal levels of health and hormone balance. Dr. Petruzzelli is an active member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and is AMA Board Certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

To learn more about how Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can reduce the symptoms of aging and improve overall health and wellness levels, contact Harford Connecticut’s Bioidentical Hormones Expert, Anita Petruzzelli, M.D. to schedule a consultation today!