Hormones Specialist

FoRM Health PDX

Regenerative Medicine & Aesthetics located in Portland, OR

Hormones are often the unsung heroes of the human body, working quietly behind the scenes to regulate numerous critical functions. When your hormones become unbalanced, the effects can be widespread, but the team at FoRM Health PDX in Portland, Oregon, can help with comprehensive testing and supplementation as needed. To explore hormone therapy in greater detail, book a consultation online or by phone today.

Hormones

Why are hormones important?

Hormones are often called the chemical messengers of the human body. They move freely throughout your bloodstream to various organs and tissues. Healthy hormones are crucial to the aging process. Hormone functions include:

  • Reproduction
  • Mood
  • Growth and development
  • Metabolism
  • Sexual function
  • Cognitive function
  • Emotional balance

Even though hormones are tiny, they pack a lot of power. Too many or too few hormones can cause serious problems.

 

How is hormonal imbalance diagnosed?

The team at FoRM Health PDX has extensive experience diagnosing hormonal imbalance. The process begins with an in-depth discussion of your symptoms, which often reveals enough information to indicate a hormonal issue. 

Lab testing can provide more insight into your hormonal balance. There are numerous tests to choose from, some of which require a blood sample and others that can be performed using a urine or saliva sample. 

 

What are some symptoms of hormonal imbalance?

Many symptoms can indicate hormonal imbalance. Both men and women might complain of:

  • Weight gain
  • Weight loss
  • Dry skin
  • Heightened sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Muscle weakness
  • Increased thirst
  • Depression
  • Increased hunger
  • Thinning hair

In women, signs of hormonal imbalance might include:

  • Mood swings
  • Premenstrual headaches
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irregular periods
  • Hot flashes
  • Excessive sweating
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Loss of libido

In men, signs of hormonal imbalance might include:

  • Excess fat and breast tissue growth
  • Brain fog
  • Infertility 
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Loss of muscle mass

If you notice any unusual changes, schedule a diagnostic exam at FoRM Health PDX to find answers and explore treatment options. 

 

What can be done to treat hormonal imbalance?

There are numerous ways to address hormonal imbalance, and your practitioner works with you to find the right path for your needs and goals. Typically, lifestyle changes including dietary improvements, stress management and regular exercise, are foundational to balancing hormones.

Supplements and herbs are safe and effective options for supporting healthy hormone levels naturally. When more support is needed, bioidentical hormone therapy is a consideration. 

Bioidentical hormone therapy involves the use of plant-based formulations which are indistinguishable from the hormones naturally produced by your body. Options include injections, topical creams and formulations that dissolve under your tongue.

If you’d like to learn more about your hormone levels and hormone therapy options, book an appointment today. Online scheduling is always available, or you’re welcome to call or stop by the office to check appointment availability.