If You Are Not In Agreement With Yourself – Check Your Hormones
We are driven by hormones. Each step and each action we do are a result of their activity. Therefore, it is good to know how they function to understand yourself better.
Hormones Affect Everything
Hormones are signaling molecules that are synthesized in organs of your body and secreted into your bloodstream. Cells with specific receptors to these hormones Catch them out from there. Everything works by the Key and Lock rule, where hormones play the role of tiny keys, which move with the blood flow and open only those locks where they fit.
Here is only a small list of processes that hormones did recently.
- Sensory perception.
- Mood, and everything that happened behind the closed toilet door.
Hormones are the key to our survival.
Female Hormones — Estrogen And Progesterone
In women, sex hormones such as estrogen and progesterone predominate. Oestrogen is responsible for most signs that make a woman a woman — development of mammary glands, feminine figure outlines, formation and regulation of the reproductive system. It is responsible for the monthly preparation of the body for a possible pregnancy. It encourages the types of behavior that are most likely to lead to this fact.
And progesterone is mostly the maternity hormone, a synonym for kind, caring, tender and comforting mother. Progesterone encourages a woman to behave in a way that helps to prepare her body for pregnancy.
Male Hormone — Testosterone
The primary male hormone is testosterone. It is fickle and capricious. For example, its level in males is confirmed by changes in age, time of the day, time of marriage and becoming parents, presence of beautiful women around, win or loss of a politician he voted for, or even a favorite football team. And even (this is not fiction) the presence of firearms around. And this is not even a complete list.
Testosterone is a powerful motivator for sexual behaviors and many maneuvers preceding it. For example, relatively high testosterone levels often push men to perform dangerous feats to grow in the eyes of a potential sexual partner. Because of the increased levels of this hormone, men think about sex so often that these thoughts make a mental background in their brains. Moreover, evolution has laid a deep meaning in this property. As we know, genes cannot be transmitted by themselves. Men with higher sexual motivation levels are more prone to trying harder to impress more women. If they succeed, they will pass more copies of their genes to the next generations than men with lower sexual motivation.
But there is a No. The male brain has a craving for caring for its offspring. And the testosterone level changes the brain from searching for a partner to parenting.
Apparently, the male destiny is not only in transferring their genes but also in creating a stable (family) couple and caring for offspring. Therefore, when a male enters a long-term relationship, his brain tells his testes to keep testosterone in check. And to decrease it even more when small children are born, which are a severe object of concern.
Of course, levels of sex hormones do not drop as low to let the man feel weak. No, the brain plays back testosterone production just enough to decrease the father of the family's interest in new alluring sexual opportunities.
This way, men and women have hormonal changes, which is good for them and us. These changes are part of the biological wisdom that we inherited from our relatives. And, therefore, there is no truth in saying that female hormones change-making women stupid or irrational, but male hormones do not.
But a severe and robust deficiency of hormones means that the endocrine system is not working correctly. These dysfunctions cause increased tiredness and drowsiness. With time there can be philosophical problems, tearfulness, touchiness. Despite this, skin and hair state worsens, nails break. There can also be a problem with fertility, etc.
For example, excess cortisol, a hormone related to stress and metabolic regulation, can cause Cushing's disease. The disease is characterized by obesity and muscle atrophy. Despite this, women start to have growing mustaches and beards related to the increased production of other hormones. Supporting complications of Cushing's disease are bone fragility that can bring osteoporosis, dysfunction of insulin sensitivity, and, as a result, diabetes development.
To overcome these symptoms, you can use a special treatment – hormonal therapy.
There Are Three Types Of Hormonal Therapies
- Replacement hormonal therapy – used in pathologies of endocrine glands. This therapy type is prescribed when the hormone is not delivered to the body (insulin in diabetes). This type of therapy is lifelong.
- Stimulating hormonal therapy – prescribed when it is needed to activate the endocrine glands. This therapy type is usually short-term and in courses.
- Blocking (inhibitory) therapy is done when the gland is very active and therapy of different types of malignancies (hormone-related). Then, the hormone-antagonist of that, which is in excess, is introduced. This type is not as effective when given on its own.
Can males experience a hormonal disbalance?
When talking about hormonal disbalance in males, this usually increases androgen levels, progestogens, and estrogens. It is not correct to think that such disbalance is more often seen in females. The undiscovered hormonal problem in males will, in time, bring about serious diseases: obesity, heart pathologies, and impotence.
5 Main Reasons For Hormonal Dysfunction In Males
A Male's primary sex hormone is testosterone. Its average concentrations support the development of secondary sexual characteristics, activity, good potency.
The following reasons for hormonal dysfunction are identified in males.
- Inherited diseases. This includes genetic diseases and disfunction of the intrauterine development caused by problems with maternal health, radiation, intake of "harmful" medications by mother, alcohol, or other toxins.
- Acquired dysfunctions. This includes damage to genitals, infectious diseases, trauma (including post-surgical). Lack of physical activity that causes retentive processes in the small pelvis is also considered a reason for hormonal disbalance. Exhaustion is also not less damaging.
- Unbalanced diet "poor" in proteins, vitamins, and minerals. Alcohol, smoking, and drugs also increase the probability of the occurrence of hormonal disbalance. This includes excessive beer consumption, as there are phytoestrogens in hops that disrupt hormone synthesis.
- Long-term stress. This action is similar to a continuous chain — a man is in stress, his cortisol levels increase, testosterone is oppressed, provoking an increase in oestradiol, thereby further worsening the well-being of men.
- Negative external effect. This includes working with toxic compounds (for example, while working in hazardous industries, living in an environmentally unfavorable area, using aggressive chemicals), consuming certain medicines, anabolic steroids, irradiation. Moreover, wearing tight underwear (especially in summer, when it is hot) causes the genitals to overheat (thermoregulation is lost) and disrupt their blood supply.
How is hormonal dysfunction is manifested in men — 10 signs.
- Changes to the body shape. Decrease in the percentage of muscular tissue. Moreover, there can be deposits by the female type and growth of breasts.
- Deterioration of the body hair. At first, hair becomes thinner and breaks more, then it starts to fall out. With this, the skin becomes thin and dry.
- Potency deterioration. The loss of libido, erection problems, decrease in the size of testicles, and the amount of ejaculated sperm. There can also be a loss of interest in sex and shorter sexual contacts.
- Loss of the life tonus. Lethargy, fatigue, low efficiency. Possible apathy, depression, irritability, frequent mood swings, memory impairment, insomnia.
- Dysfunction in the activity of organs and systems. Tumors of the prostate gland and testicles, prostatitis, adenoma of the prostate, loss of the bone density, development of atherosclerosis, diabetes, blood pressure increase, and shortness of breath.
A gradual decrease of androgenous steroids often starts after 30. Still, measures are taken in a timely fashion to help stop the process and protect male health for a long time.
An increase in testosterone is manifested differently. The following signs are best seen.
- Spots. The greasy secretion becomes viscous, clogs the ducts and pores, which leads to the development of acne. These symptoms are often seen in teenagers but can happen ingrown males in 10% of cases. This is caused by androgens and a disbalance of adrenal glands, pituitary gland, thyroid gland hormones.
- Hair loss. The baldness of the scalp, while the vegetation on the rest of the body, becomes more pronounced. Hair can grow in places where it has not grown before: shoulders, back, buttocks; not considering face, breast, and stomach. The density of body hair is noticeably increased.
- Expression of muscularity. Highlighting muscle definition, reducing the percentage of fat. This factor is primarily related to those men who have regular exercise and do sports (the body transforms faster due to high androgen levels during exercise).
- Sexual hyperactivity. This is manifested by increased libido, a man constantly wants sex, increased frequency of erection. In the absence of sex, wet dreams are common.
- Increased aggressivity, frustration, anger attacks.
Blocking therapy helps to improve the quality of life and decrease the risk of unwanted symptoms.
Menopause – to take or not to take hormones?
Many think they need replacement therapy when their menstruation ends. Hormonal therapy is required when there is a deficit of certain hormones. If, for example, you have a progesterone deficiency and in the second cycle of the menstrual cycle, you are.
- Very irritated.
- Suffering from swelling.
- Feeling pain and your breasts increase in size.
Therefore, you need progesterone replacement therapy.
The deficiency of progesterone is manifested by.
- Lack of energy.
- Skin and mucous membrane dryness.
- Memory impairment.
- Hot flashes.
- Fatty tissue increase.
- Development of osteoporosis.
Statistics say that only 20-30% of women past menopause without complications. Others develop these or other symptoms: hot flashes, increased sweating, disturbed sleep and memory, anxiety, tearfulness, increased fatigue. And this is only at the starting phases. Later, there can be burning in the bladder, urinary incontinence, skin dryness and nail fragility, osteoporosis, obesity, arthritis, and even Alzheimer's disease. Therefore, choosing any hormonal therapy is an essential and uneasy stage.
There are hundreds of therapies available, and it is important to choose the one suitable for you. This is when.
- It completely blocks unwanted symptoms and protects health.
- Does not cause side effects.
- The dose of the medication is minimal.
To understand if the hormonal therapy will be beneficial, a health check is required before prescribing it. This helps to identify if there are risks of developing complications because of medication.