Hormone imbalance describes the condition when the body makes too much or too little of a hormone. How is that important, and why does someone seek hormone imbalance testing in Minneapolis? Contact us with your questions, and read on as our Vively Body Science team of providers shares the answers.
What do hormones really do?
Most people know that hormones affect us everyday. Some people attribute their mood to them: “I’m not sad, I’m just hormonal today.” Others blame their lack of libido on hormones: “Sorry, just not in the mood.”
They can be right, but there’s more to it. A person’s endocrine system is made up of glands located throughout the body to help regulate the other tissue and organs—including the ones that produce hormones.
Hormones disperse into the bloodstream and spread throughout the body. However, they only target cells that are built to receive and read that hormone. Other cells ignore them.
Not only do those hormones affect specific tissues and organs, they help regulate biological processes. For example, insulin—a hormone—controls blood sugar levels in the blood. Another example inolves typically “male” sex characteristics. Androgen hormones bring out male sex characteristics and, you guessed it, testerone is one of these hormones.
Think of the endocrine systems as a complete manufacturing plant, including upper management (full systems control), middle-management (hormone manufacturing direction), and skilled labor (the hormones). When in the right balance, excellence happens. When not in the right balance, the opposite happens.
The Importance of Hormonal Balance
For a person’s body to function optimally, hormones must be present, in the right amounts. They control things like:
- Stress & mood levels
- Blood sugar levels
- Reproduction and sex
- Metabolic rates
- Blood pressure levels
- Physical growth
Hormonal imbalance can cause some terrible consequences. When the pancreas doesn’t make enough insulin to get glucose out of blood and into cells, people have diabetes. Or if the thyroid gland isn’t producing enough hormones, a condition called “hypothyroidism” occurs. This can make your metabolism slow down, causing fatigue, weight gain, and other issues.
Sometimes the hormonal imbalance causes other hormone producing glands to function incorrectly, which creates a cascade of issues.
When you start noticing changes in your person, your body and/or your moods, you might want to find hormone imbalance testing near you in Minneapolis.
Signs of possible hormone imbalance
Hormonal imbalances affect both women and men, if for different causes. But be it imbalances in sex hormones, adrenaline, insulin, steroids, and others—all people are affected by imbalances.
The main differences are that women may more frequently experience imbalances in estrogen and progesterone levels. Men will more likely experience imbalances in testosterone levels. We naturally experience fluctuations in hormonal levels, but the there are some general signs of longer-term hormone imbalance:
- Sudden weight gain or loss
- Irregular periods
- Sleep issues
- Chronic acne
- Dry skin
- Night sweats
- Digestion issues
- And more
- Unexplained weight gain
- Loss of muscle
- Enlarged breasts (gynecomastia)
- Decreased motivation/depression
- Erectile dysfunction
- And more
Other signs of possible hormonal imbalance:
- Chronic fatigue
- Brain fog
- Decreased libido
- Loss of hair and muscle mass
All of these affect a person’s wellbeing. If a person has hormone imbalance testing in Minneapolis and the results show an issue, how do they get treatment?
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Our team at Vively Body Science proudly provides bioidentical hormone replacement therapy in Wayzata. Many of the issues caused by imbalance can be alleviated by replacing the missing hormones.
Bioidentical hormones are man-made hormones that, biologically speaking, are chemically identical to your body’s hormones. This helps your body recognize, absorb, and use the bioidentical hormones more readily.
The Process for Hormone Replacement Therapy
The first step is to meet with a Vively specialist. You’ll discuss your symptoms and determine together if hormone replacement therapy is the right kind of help.
To fully understand your condition, we’ll schedule laboratory blood tests. When the lab results return, we’ll make sure any issues that need further medical investigation will be clearly stated, and we’ll communicate those to you promptly. A medical spa has responsibilities, the foremost being your wellbeing.
But if you look like a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy, our clinicians will create a personalized treatment plan that reflects your symptoms and treatment goals.
Between your consultation and the procedure, a bioidentical hormone pellet starting dose has been established based on your specific blood draw results and clinical symptoms. When you come into our state-of-the-art offices for your treatment, we’ll first make sure you’re comfortable and relaxed.
Next, we’ll use a local anesthetic, and make a tiny incision in the skin. We’ll use a pellet device to place the small, customized bioidentical hormone pellet just under the skin. It will remain there to dissolve as it delivers a measured, continuous release of the hormone.
The insertion process usually takes 30 minutes or less.
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What to Expect
Your provider will fill you in on what you may expect over the course of the next few weeks. We’ll assess your results with a blood draw in 6 weeks, and determine the best dosage for a maintenance routine to get you back to feeling your best.
Benefits of Balanced Hormones
Once your hormones start getting back on track, you’ll wonder why you didn’t go for hormone imbalance testing in Minneapolis sooner!
Benefits for Women
Balanced hormones in women can help reduce body fat, decrease symptoms of menopause, support anti-aging efforts, and rescusitate a healthy libido.
Benefits for Men
Balanced hormones in men can improve body mass and fat loss, bone density, and help alleviate sexual dysfunction.
Another way to deliver hormones: IV Therapy
Your lab tests might point to smaller deficiencies rather than a systemic issue. To handle less severe or temporary imbalances, IV therapy, also known as intravenous therapy or “drip” therapy, might be your best bet.
IV Therapy delivers hydration and nutrients directly into a person’s bloodstream, including bioidentical hormones.
How IV Therapy Works
The treatment involves a catheter inserted into a vein. Then, the client relaxes as the IV therapy solution is gently delivered into the body’s bloodstream. This form of nutrient/vitamin and hormone induction bypasses the destructive nature of the digestive tract.
The treatment averages a minimum of 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the IV therapy.
Complementary Treatments Along With IV Therapy
One of the nice things about IV therapy is that you don’t have to do anything else. Relax, read, watch a mobile device, check out the latest cat videos—take this time out for you.
But if you’re like a lot of Vively clients, you may want to maximize your visit with us. You can schedule a complementary, non-active treatment done during that minimum 60 minutes of treatment time. Almost any treatment can be done while your IV therapy is activated. We recommend these 3 popular choices.
IV Therapy & Hydrafacial
A Hydrafacial at Vively Body Science provides a comprehensive treatment for healthier skin. And it feels so good! During this pain-free, non-invasive treatment, our team of specialists will pamper and clean your skin.
Using a specially-designed hand-held applicator, a Vively Hydrafacial:
- Unclogs pores by removing debris like makeup, dirt & dead skin cells
- Restores your skin’s body to help erase the appearance of small creases & wrinkles
- Flushes out irritants that cause acne, pigmentation, & other skin issues
You can conclude your IV therapy and your hydrafacial with no downtime. Get back into your day feeling better inside & out!
IV Therapy & Microneedling
When you enjoy a microneedling treatment combined with IV therapy, you’re truly using your blood to its full advantage.
- At Vively Body Science, we can combine growth factor-rich serum derived from your own blood with microneedling.
- The serum is applied topically to the treatment area.
- Your provider uses an industry-leading Candela Exceed device to make tiny pin-pricks to the skin.
- This slight injury infuses the growth factor-rich serum and causes the skin to respond by growing new collagen-rich cells.
- Within several days, you should begin to notice supple, lifted, more youthful-looking skin.
If you choose, we can also add platelet-rich plasma (PRP) for natural tissue regeneration to add even more healing and replenishment to the skin.
IV Therapy & Coolsculpting®
CoolSculpting Elite at Vively Body Science uses cutting-edge technology to freeze unwanted fat cells. Your body eliminates those disrupted cells through natural processes.
Coolsculpting helps you get the sculpted body you want, not to mention the confidence you deserve. From this non-surgical treatment, many clients see a 20% to 25% fat reduction after each procedure.
Bring Hormonal Balance Back To Your Life
Come to Vively Body Science near you for hormonal balance testing in Minneapolis. Our team will talk with you about your symptoms, and help you discover if bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or IV therapy, is the right treatment to achieve your goals.
You can use our virtual consultation tool to start, or contact us! We would love the opportunity to answer your questions, and help you get started on your journey to feeling your best. At Vively Body Science, our team is dedicated to improving our clients’ confidence and wellbeing through regenerative aesthetic medicine.