Hormone Imbalance and Irritability

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Minor mood disturbances are a normal part of life for both men and women. It is normal to have occasional days where you feel irritable, frustrated, or grumpy. The problem is when these emotions begin to override days of joy and contentment or interfere with your daily responsibilities. If you notice your irritability affecting your relationships or overall happiness, you may have a hormone imbalance.

If you notice changes in mood that have impacted your day-to-day life, you may be suffering from a hormone imbalance. Finding the cause of a hormonal imbalance requires a degree of investigation best suited for a trained physician. Let Dr. Edward Jacobson help determine the best treatment plan to address your hormone imbalance and irritability.

Hormone Imbalance Basics for Men and Women

Hormones are chemical messengers produced by a network of glands and organs known as the endocrine system. A hormone imbalance is a physiological condition where too much or too little hormone production occurs. Because hormones have far-reaching effects throughout the body, even small imbalances in men and women can cause symptoms like irritability and many more.

Hormones communicate instructions to the rest of the body by circulating in the bloodstream. They regulate essential processes in the body like metabolism, growth, and reproduction. The endocrine system is complex, with multiple glands communicating with each other to ensure that the precise amount of hormones are released. If any gland in the chain of command malfunctions, the process fails, and a hormone imbalance can occur in any gender, at any age.

Hormonal Imbalance in Women

There are normal phases in life where hormones change and irritability can occur, such as puberty, pregnancy, or aging. Symptoms specific to a hormone imbalance in women include:

  • Irregular periods
  • Excessive hair growth on the body or hair loss
  • Acne on the face or back
  • Headaches
  • Night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness and pain during intercourse
  • Infertility

Hormone Imbalance in Men

Like women, men also go through normal hormonal changes during puberty and other times that can lead to irritability. However, testosterone is usually the culprit in men who are experiencing a hormonal imbalance. Testosterone has a significant impact on the body’s processes, especially for men. Symptoms specific to a male hormone imbalance include:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Gynecomastia (the development of breast tissue)
  • Tender breasts
  • Reduced body hair
  • Decrease in muscle mass

Because testosterone is not the only hormonal imbalance a man can experience, it is advisable to ask a skilled physician about any other potential hormone irregularities.

Ask Dr. Jacobson whether Your Irritability is Associated with a Hormone Imbalance

We know a hormone imbalance is about more than your hormones. It is about all the physical and emotional symptoms that come with it. It can take months or even years before patients seek help due to misreading their symptoms as stress or anxiety. While it is crucial to address the potential of any mental health concerns, checking and treating physical ailments, such as hormone levels, is also critical for overall good health.

Our team knows the challenges associated with hormone imbalance and irritability. Let us listen to your concerns, uncover your ailments, and get you back to feeling normal so you can get on with your life. Contacting us is the first step on the path to feeling like yourself again.