Q: Dr. please help me out. I have issue with hormonal imbalance. What should I do?
A: A collection of tissues called the endocrine system is responsible for the production of hormones, which control various functions in the body like metabolism, sexual reproduction, mood etc. Sometimes, these hormones are produced in excessive or too little amounts throwing the whole body off.
Treatment of hormonal imbalance is dependent on the cause. Excess weight can lead to high estrogen levels. So, exercise and weight loss can be beneficial here. High levels of thyroid hormones can be treated with drugs, radioactive iodine or surgery. The stress hormone, cortisol is produced when one is stressed and so treatment is focused on stress management techniques. The hormone, prolactin which is responsible for lactation in nursing mothers may be produced even when one is not lactating. Focus here is on reducing this hormone levels as will be described below.
Therefore, the first thing that needs to be done now is for your doctor has to investigate to find out the exact cause of the imbalance and then treat accordingly.
All the best!