Hormone Imbalance Treatment in New York
Hormone Imbalances Negatively Affect Fertility
Hormone balance is extremely important if you seek a healthy body and mind. Any imbalance can cause serious consequences for women – especially when it comes to her fertility. There are a few different types of hormonal imbalances that cause irregular menstruation, and trigger infertility issues that make it difficult to become pregnant.
Symptoms of a Hormone Imbalance
It depends on which type of hormone imbalance you have, but there are a number of signs to look out for when dealing with a hormone imbalance:
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Trouble sleeping
- Chronic acne
- Memory loss
- Vaginal dryness
- Stomach issues
- Decreased libido
- Breast changes
- Constant fatigue
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, more commonly known as PCOS, is a type of hormonal imbalance that brings about irregular ovulation, elevated testosterone levels that can result in extra hair growth and acne, and ovaries with multiple small cysts. Affecting 5 to 10 percent of women, PCOS can be diagnosed by a physician through her symptoms, blood tests, and ultrasound. Women with hormonal imbalances caused by PCOS are at risk for high cholesterol, insulin resistance, diabetes and high blood pressure. Weight reduction techniques and medications can help alleviate these symptoms.
High thyroid levels, known as hyperthyroidism, and low thyroid levels – or hypothyroidism – can cause irregular ovulation and result in an irregular menstrual cycle. A simple blood test can be performed to diagnose this hormone imbalance. Treatments typically result in the return of ovulation. Even though it can be harder for a woman to achieve a successful pregnancy if the is diagnosis of a thyroid disorder is missed, it also can negatively impact a woman’s developing baby. Needless to say, it’s important to diagnose and treat it as soon as possible.
Prolactin disorders are another form of a hormonal imbalance that prevents ovulation from occurring. While prolactin disorders are usually diagnosed by a simple blood test, an imaging study of the brain is required to rule out the presence of a growth, which could create high levels of prolactin. Medication is given to lower the prolactin levels, and commonly results in the return of ovulation and can prevent further growth of the tumor if present..
Hypothalamic disorders are caused by an incorrect signal from the brain centers – both the hypothalamus and pituitary. Normal brain signals can be altered for a number of reasons, but most of these include excessive exercising that can result in female athlete triad syndrome (menstrual disturbances, decreased bone mineral density possibly resulting in osteoporosis, and energy imbalances possibly with eating disorders). A discussion and evaluation with your doctor can help clarify what is creating the imbalance, and what can be done to bring about ovulation and fertility once again.
At Reproductive Specialists of New York, we want nothing more than to see our patients overcome their hormone imbalance issues and beat fertility troubles. Please contact us by requesting an appointment online, so we can help you as soon as possible.