Do I have a hormone imbalance?

Hormone imbalance is common
Many people experience symptoms that suggest a hormone imbalance.

There are over 50 types of hormones in the human body which make up the endocrine system. We rely on hormones working well for so many aspects of our health, from sexual function to mood and energy levels to reproductive health to blood sugar, blood pressure, metabolism and more.

So when a patient calls us asking about hormone imbalance testing, we have to start from the beginning to understand the cause and the best next steps.

The likelihood is that you’ve experienced a change of some kind such as weight loss or gain, mood change, energy change, hair loss, erectile dysfunction or many other symptoms caused by changes in your hormones.

The thing with many symptoms caused by hormone imbalances is that they can also be caused by other conditions, so we always need to start with knowing more about your history and general health. Let’s take tiredness as an example. It’s totally understandable to equate tiredness with having a hormone imbalance and thyroid dysfunction is indeed a common reason for this.

But tiredness can also be caused by anaemia, low iron, low vitamin D, diabetes, glandular fever and COVID-19, for example. So it’s really worth speaking to an experienced and friendly doctor and finding out where the best place is to begin exploring the cause of your issue.

What causes hormone imbalance?

mature woman feeling flusteredThis is another huge question because so many things impact our hormones. Age, other medical issues, stress, family history, an issue with the glands and organs that make the hormone, poor gut health, lack of sleep and so many more causes!

How can I know if I’m experiencing hormone imbalance?

The most definitive way to know if you’re experiencing hormone imbalance, which we can also describe as having too much or too little of certain hormones, is through blood testing. Which test and when (for example, women should test at certain points in their cycle if they are concerned about female hormones) can be determined in conversation with a doctor, as part of your check-up process.

What happens if my test shows a hormone imbalance?

Female doctor talking to patientThis will depend on the nature of the imbalance but most have treatment available. For example, if you have too little thyroid activity, this can be supplemented with medication. Or if you have low testosterone, there are treatment options available. You may also need a referral to a Consultant Endocrinologist.

What are the most common conditions caused by hormone imbalance?

The most common conditions we see that are caused by hormone imbalances are type II diabetes (read our guide on reversing diabetes here), polycystic ovarian syndrome, thyroid disease, infertility and obesity.

Which doctor should I see?

Many issues can be managed and treated by experienced GPs such as ours. Where things are more complex, you would likely benefit from a referral to a Consultant Endocrinologist. In our medical village here in Harley Street, we have fast-track access to many of the best endocrinologists in the country and can arrange an appointment for you if needed.

For more support and to book a consultation and testing, call us today or book online.

Leave a Comment