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How to Know if Hormones are Impacting Your Cognitive Function

How to Know if Hormones are Impacting Your Cognitive Function

In the same way that the brain impacts all of the body’s functions, hormones have an impact on how the brain works. From sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone to the hormones that work in other parts of the body, such as thyroid hormones, cortisol and insulin, all kinds of hormones work with your brain on a daily basis. When your hormones are off-balance, you may experience imbalances in your brain, as well. Here’s how you can tell if your hormones are causing issues with your cognitive function. 


Signs of Hormones Impacting Cognitive Function

It’s hard to know when your brain isn’t operating at 100 percent. However, there are some common signs to look out for that your hormones are getting to your head. Here are some of the main brain deficiencies that can be caused by hormone imbalance:


Memory and Concentration

If you’re feeling less sharp than usual, it could be a sign that hormones are impacting your brain’s performance. An excessive amount of cortisol or an imbalance of sex hormones like progesterone, estrogen and testosterone can all impact memory and concentration. 


Mood Swings and Irritability

When your mood changes dramatically in a short period of time, hormones could be the culprit. These symptoms can be caused by too much testosterone or too little estrogen or progesterone. When these hormones are off balance with feel good hormones like endorphins and serotonin, it can have negative effects on your mood. 


Changes in Sleep Patterns

Having trouble getting to sleep? Hormones may be to blame. Progesterone, estrogen, testosterone and cortisol all impact sleep patterns in different ways. As people lose sleep, they stop producing enough melatonin, known as the sleep hormone, to help them get a good night’s sleep. To alleviate this, many people take melatonin supplements. However, this simply treats the symptom, not the core cause.


Fatigue and Lack of Motivation

If you experience fatigue and lack of motivation, you’re likely dealing with similar hormone deficiencies as the ones that cause mood swings and changes in sleep patterns. It’s important to find ways to restore the balance of your hormones so you can get back to enjoying daily life. 


Testing and Treatment for Hormone Imbalance

If you experience any of the above symptoms, consider getting your hormones tested. Once you have your results and know where you’re deficient, it’s time to look into hormone deficiency treatment options. This can start with lifestyle changes, like focusing on getting enough exercise, adequate sleep and proper nutrition. If you are still feeling off balance, consider bioidentical hormone replacement therapy as the next step. 


Hormone Deficiency Treatment with BHRT

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT, can help restore your hormone balance using hormones that act the same way as the ones you currently have in your body. This means you will experience minimal side effects and relief from the symptoms you have due to a hormone imbalance. 

If you’re considering bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, you should start with a professional consultation. The team at Hormonify helps patients create hormone deficiency treatment plans that restore balance in their lives. Contact us today for a pre-consultation. 

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