What is Hormonal Imbalance?
Hormonal imbalances occur when there is too much or too little of a hormone in the bloodstream. Because of their essential role in the body, even small hormonal imbalances can cause side effects throughout the body.
Hormones are chemicals that are produced by glands in the endocrine system. Hormones travel through the bloodstream to the tissues and organs, delivering messages that tell the organs what to do and when to do it.
What you should know
Men also experience natural periods of hormonal imbalance during their lifetime. Natural causes of hormonal imbalances in men include:
Men are also at risk of developing different hormonal imbalances than women because they have different endocrine organs and cycles. Medical conditions causing hormonal imbalances in men include:
- prostate cancer
- hypogonadism (low testosterone)
Symptoms of hormonal imbalances in men include:
- reduced sex drive
- erectile dysfunction (ED)
- low sperm count
- reduced muscle mass
- reduced body hair growth
- over-development of breast tissue
- breast tenderness
This decline in testosterone can lead to symptoms such as a lack of energy and fatigue, mood changes, osteoporosis, hair loss and muscle weakness. High oestrogen in males may results in symptoms such as prostate cancer, tiredness, infertility, and emotional issues.
Treatment options for men with hormonal imbalances include Testosterone medications. Gels and patches containing testosterone can help reduce symptoms of hypogonadism and other conditions that cause low levels of testosterone, such as delayed or stunted puberty.