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Hormones are responsible for so many of our body’s functions, yet we don’t always think of them when we have health problems.
Hormones are needed for metabolism, growth, reproduction, libido, as well as male and female characteristics so it is no wonder that if they become unbalanced or start declining as we age, we will suffer the consequences. Doctors can treat hormonal problems by replacing hormones through HRT, blocking certain hormones which are becoming too dominant, or by suggesting lifestyle changes which can help. If you think that a hormone imbalance could be causing your symptoms, then a simple hormone check could help you find answers.
Cortisol is needed to wake us up in the morning, but if cortisol levels stay high throughout the day and into the evening, then you might find it difficult to fall asleep at night. A cortisol saliva test taken 4 times a day could give you the answers you need.
Gaining breast tissue
Too much oestrogen in women is rare, and may lead to painful and lumpy breasts, but in men, too much oestrogen can lead to the development of ‘man boobs” or gynecomastia. A simple test can tell you if too much oestrogen is the cause.
It’s not just in adolescence that hormones can affect our mental well-being. Menopause (falling levels of oestrogen), andropause (falling levels of testosterone) and thyroid disorders can all cause anxiety and mood swings.
Thyroid hormones are responsible for governing our metabolism but sometimes our bodies just don’t make enough, leaving us lacking in the energy to do even everyday tasks. A simple thyroid test can tell you whether your thyroid gland is working properly.
There are lots of reasons why a couple can find it hard to get pregnant, but for women, one of the main causes is lack of ovulation. A simple progesterone test taken on day 21 of your cycle will tell you whether you have ovulated or not.
You can’t gain muscle
Testosterone is the hormone that is responsible for male characteristics like facial hair, a deep voice and strong muscles. If you are struggling to gain muscle in the gym, low testosterone may be to blame.
Hair where you don’t want it
Too many male hormones (androgens) in women can lead to some unwanted symptoms, like facial and body hair (hirsutism). A hormone test can establish whether too much testosterone is the cause.