Hormones are most commonly understood in the reproductive context. However, hormones don’t only influence reproduction, but they also carry out instructions to organs and tissues throughout the body.
Hormones influence everything from emotional responses to the rate at which the body consumes energy to the growth and development of children.
Even reproductive hormones such as estrogen and testosterone have functions that extend beyond reproduction. For example, high testosterone in women significantly raises the risk of endometrial cancer, breast cancer, and type 2 diabetes.
Fortunately, with the help of hormone therapy, most of the complications associated with hormone imbalances are preventable. Below, we asked our specialist, Dr. John Macey, to explain when hormone therapy is recommended to women.
After chemotherapy and radiation treatments
Chemotherapy and radiation can lead to ovarian failure and premature menopause. If your cancer wasn’t sensitive to hormones, our specialist may be able to use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for the hormones that are no longer produced by your reproductive system.
After a hysterectomy
Early menopause increases the risk of heart disease and low bone mass. Therefore, many women are recommended hormone treatments after a hysterectomy.
Many women going through menopause experience hot flashes, night sweats, difficulty sleeping, and vaginal dryness. Hormone treatments can relieve these symptoms.
Not all menopausal women are good candidates for hormone replacement therapy. However, those who are may also be able to decrease their risk of osteoporosis.
When suffering from an endocrine disorder
Endocrine disorders such as diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), Cushing’s syndrome, and Addison’s disease can cause hormone imbalances.
Hormone treatments can manage the symptoms of hormone imbalances when your endocrine system is unable to produce the optimal amount of hormones.
Exposure to certain endocrine disruptors can also lead to hormone imbalances. The most significant sources of endocrine disruptors are man-made chemicals found in cleaning detergents, cosmetics, pesticides, and food additives.
Natural sources of endocrine disruptors include phytochemicals produced by plants with the purpose of deterring predators. Plant foods high in phytochemicals include soy, flax seeds, and sesame seeds.
Balance your hormones with us in Nashville, TN
With the help of pills, injections, or implants, Dr. Macey can deliver the dose of hormones you need to manage your symptoms and enjoy a worry-free life.
In women, hormones can also help prevent hair loss, promote a healthy metabolism, and boost mood. Contact us to schedule an appointment and find out if you’re a good candidate for hormone therapy.