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Hormone Balancing

Osteopathic Center for Healing

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physicians located in Rockville, MD

If you’re experiencing weight gain, fatigue, and constipation but aren’t finding relief from supplements and diet, your hormones could be to blame. Neil Spiegel, DO, provides a wide range of osteopathic services, including hormone balancing, at his practice, Osteopathic Center for Healing in Rockville, Maryland. To learn how hormone balancing could restore your health, call Osteopathic Center for Healing or schedule an appointment online today.

Hormone Balancing Q & A

What role do hormones play in the body?

Your hormones play a significant role in your overall health. They act as messengers within your system and control each of your bodily functions, including your reproductive system, immune system, and metabolic system. Hormones can even affect the healing of brain trauma.

Hormones that may become unbalanced include:

  • Progesterone — associated with female reproduction
  • Melatonin — involved with internal circadian rhythms and sleep
  • Thyroid — controls your metabolism (how your body uses energy)
  • Testosterone — a male sex hormone that’s also present in women
  • Estrogen — a female reproductive hormone that’s also present in men
  • DHEA — a hormone that produces other hormones including testosterone and estrogen

What causes hormone imbalance?

Hormone imbalance is often due to aging. As women reach their later reproductive years and eventually enter menopause around age 50, their bodies produce less progesterone and estrogen. Men also produce less testosterone as they grow older.

In addition to aging, hormone imbalance can also be due to:

  • Diabetes
  • Injury or trauma
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Some medications
  • Stress or unbalanced lifestyle

Both men and women can experience hormonal imbalance during their lives.

What are the symptoms of hormone imbalance?

Hormone imbalance can cause a wide range of symptoms, a few of which include:

  • Fatigue
  • Infertility
  • Skin issues
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Mood swings
  • Endometriosis
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Chronic joint pain
  • Sleeping more than normal
  • Decreased exercise tolerance
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

It’s also common to experience changes in libido when your hormones are imbalanced.

What can I expect from hormone balancing?

At Osteopathic Center for Healing, Dr. Spiegel has more than 25 years’ experience helping men and women restore their hormonal balance.

During your appointment, Dr. Spiegel performs a physical examination and reviews your symptoms while learning about your personal and family medical history. To identify hormones that might be unbalanced, Dr. Spiegel might recommend a hormone screening blood test to check their levels. This test usually evaluates:

  • TSH
  • DHEA
  • Estradiol
  • Progesterone
  • Free T3 and T4
  • PSA (men only)
  • IGF-1 (a growth hormone)
  • Testosterone and free testosterone

Based on the diagnosis, Dr. Spiegel develops an integrated strategy to restore balance that might include diet and exercise, bio-identical hormones, supplements, and stress management.

If you think you may be suffering from hormonal imbalance, call Osteopathic Center for Healing or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about whole-body approaches to restore your health.