Obstetrics & Gynecology Li Fan MD, INC
Board Certified Obstetrics & Gynecologist located in Rancho Bernardo, Poway, CA
Do you feel irritable and bloated before your period? Do you have irregular periods with weight gain? If so, you may have a hormone imbalance. At Obstetrics & Gynecology Li Fan MD, INC in Rancho Bernardo, Poway, California, Li Fan, MD provides innovative diagnostic and treatment options to make the exact diagnosis and start you on your treatment plan. Schedule an appointment online or by phone to learn more about diagnosing and treating hormone imbalance.
Hormone Imbalance Q & A
What is hormone imbalance?
A hormone imbalance occurs when there is a deficiency or excess of a specific hormone causing a variety of symptoms. While hormone imbalance is common during the transition periods in your life like puberty, perimenopause, and menopause, it needs proper management during other times.
What are the symptoms of hormone imbalance?
Hormone imbalance causes a variety of symptoms involving many organs. Some common symptoms are:
- Bloating, fatigue, and irritability
- Hair loss, acne, and weight gain
- Menstrual irregularities
- Mood swings, palpitations, and difficulty concentrating
What are the causes of hormone imbalance?
Hormonal imbalance is common during the perimenopausal and menopausal years. Other causes of hormonal balance outside these transition periods may be:
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Thyroid disorders (hypothyroidism)
- Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
Dr. Fan performs a complete clinical examination and laboratory workup to arrive at a final diagnosis and tailor the treatment to restore balance.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a combination of symptoms that occur 7-10 days before the next period; 90% of women with PMS experience bloating, mood changes, breast tenderness, and headache. PMS is thought to occur because of a hormone imbalance.
If over-the-counter pain medications don’t work, Dr. Fan helps you feel better with prescription medications like birth control pills, antidepressant or diuretics.
Hypothyroidism is one of the common cause of hormonal imbalance and causes weight gain, hair loss, fatigue, cold intolerance, and loss of sleep. You may have it even if your neck shows no signs of irregularity. However, it’s diagnosable with a simple blood test, and the symptoms are often reversible with prescription medication.
Polycystic ovary syndrome
An imbalanced estrogen and progesterone ratio during a menstrual cycle cause polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) The ovaries fail to release an egg every month, leading to the development of cysts and infertility. This imbalance causes irregular cycles, excess hair, acne, weight gain, and bloating.
Dr. Fan prescribes a combination of treatments tailored to your needs, depending on your medical history, family-planning goals, and risk of long-term chronic diseases.
If you’re having any of these problems and need to restore your hormonal balance, call or book an appointment online today.