Your body has many different hormones working together to keep you feeling your best. Maintaining hormonal balance
is something that becomes more difficult as you age, which can lead to many common issues and symptoms related to
- Hormonal imbalance can cause:
- Mood changes
- Hot flashes
- Decreased sexual drive and sexual dysfunction
- Decreased energy
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
These are just a few of the common symptoms experienced when someone has a hormonal imbalance. By testing and
monitoring your hormone levels, you can take control of your health and identify ways to restore balance.
What are Hormones?
Hormones are chemicals in the body that work together to maintain your metabolism, energy, growth and development,
and response to stress. Hormones work as messengers - carrying signals throughout the body to perform tasks, recover
from injury, and maintain health.
Hormones are made and secreted from various glands and organs including the adrenal glands, pituitary glands,
ovaries, and testes.
Hormones are responsible for growth and development, including sexual and reproductive characteristics. Estrogen and
progesterone are the key reproductive hormones in women and testosterone is the major player in men. All three
hormones contribute to libido, fat distribution, and overall metabolism.
Women experience the symptoms of menopause when estrogen and progesterone levels start to decline. Hot flashes,
sexual function changes, brain fog, and decreased metabolism can all occur once estrogen and progesterone start to
fall. In addition to sexual function in men, testosterone plays a role in heart health and brain function.
Human Growth Hormone is responsible for assisting in healing and recovery after injury or trauma. Cortisol plays a
role in your sleep/wake cycle and gives you a boost of energy during times of stress.
What is Hormone Level Testing?
Hormone level testing means the amount of circulating hormones in your body is measured. Hormones usually tested
- Human Growth Hormone
- Thyroid Hormone
Testing is typically done by collecting a blood sample; however, saliva testing (using a cotton swab) is also done
for certain tests. You do not usually have to prepare for hormone level testing, but your doctor may request you
have testing done at a certain time of day or have you hold medications that can affect your results.
When you have your hormone levels tested, your doctor will likely test for several different hormones. Hormones
often work together, so only testing one provides an incomplete picture of your hormonal balance. Depending on your
symptoms, your doctor will probably have an idea of what hormones to test to identify the issue.
In addition to testing hormone levels, evaluating neurotransmitters as well as immune system function are all
important when it comes to correcting a hormone imbalance.
Why is Hormone Level Testing Important?
If you are experiencing symptoms and you are unsure of the cause or have tried other treatments without success –
your hormone balance may be playing a role. By identifying a hormonal imbalance, you can take steps to correct the
imbalance. Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy is a treatment that restores hormone balance to reduce
Aging is not the only thing that can create a hormonal imbalance. Certain medications and stress can cause hormone
levels to become elevated or depleted over time, causing symptoms to appear. Diagnoses such as Type I and II
Diabetes, hypo/hyperthyroidism, menopause, and hypogonadism are a few of the many conditions that contribute to
By working with a doctor in hormone level testing as well as correcting hormonal imbalances, you can start feeling
like yourself again.
Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Once your hormone levels have been evaluated and any imbalances identified, the next step is to find ways to correct
the imbalance. Since hormone production decreases as you age, supplementing with Bio-Identical Hormone
Therapy (BHRT) can help increase your hormone levels. BHRT is derived from plant sources that produce molecules
physiologically identical to the hormones found in your body.
The amount of BHRT administered is determined based on your symptoms and lab values so you have personalized dosing
Patients often feel younger, more energized, and have reduced symptoms of menopause once they start BHRT. Sex drive
for both men and women is improved, muscle mass is increased, and fat is decreased once hormone balance is
Hormone Level Testing in San Antonio, TX
Are you in the San Antonio, TX area looking for hormone level testing? The Wellness & Aesthetics Medical Center is
here for all your hormone level testing needs. During your appointment, Dr. Williams will explain the role of
restoring hormonal balance and discuss hormone level testing.
At the Wellness & Aesthetics Medical Center, you can take the first step in correcting a hormonal imbalance by
having hormone level testing. To schedule your appointment with Dr. Williams, call (210) 338-8228 or contact