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What Are the Common Side Effects of Hormone Balancing?

Hormones flow throughout our bodies in a detailed and organized fashion, communicating between each cell to maintain function. Decreased or unregulated hormones negatively affect our mood, growth, appetite, immune system, cognition, skin, and libido. At Boston Direct Health, board-certified physician Dr. Steven Zivich can help get your system back on track using hormone balancing treatment. Dr. Zivich serves patients near Boston, Back Bay, and Cambridge/Somerville.

What is hormone balancing?

Hormone balancing is a form of hormone replacement therapy utilized to help a patient achieve normal hormone levels. At Boston Direct Health, Dr. Zivich uses bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) to provide patients with hormones that are virtually identical to their naturally produced ones to ease the symptoms of hormone imbalance.

What are the benefits of hormone balancing?

Since naturally occurring hormones are responsible for maintaining a wide array of normal bodily functions, patients can expect to enjoy multiple benefits from hormone balancing treatment, including:

  • Increased libido
  • Improved memory, clarity, and cognitive function
  • Reduced, negative effects of menopause
  • Raised energy levels
  • Improved ability to lose or normalize weight
  • Increased capacity to build muscle
  • Boosted mood and quality of life
  • Enhanced, healthier skin

Hormone balancing has the potential to help a patient feel like a new person and to regain function that has been lost with age.

Am I an ideal candidate for hormone balancing treatment?

You may be an ideal candidate for hormone balancing treatment if you have:

    • Lowered or unbalanced hormones
    • Trouble losing weight
    • Prolonged, decreased muscle mass
    • Symptoms of anxiety or depression

<li”>Reduced energy levels

<li”>Decreased libido or sexual function

  • Difficulty with sleeping
  • Night sweats or hot flashes
  • Difficulty with focusing or remembering things


Dr. Zivich performs detailed examinations and lab work to see if his patients are experiencing hormonal imbalance. Based on the lab work results and the patient’s medical history, Dr. Zivich and his team can ascertain if hormone balancing treatment is right for them and develop a customized treatment plan to meet their health-related needs.

What is the hormone balancing treatment process like?

Before recommending any type of hormone replacement therapy, Dr. Zivich takes a holistic approach and may recommend lifestyle changes based on the patient’s medical and personal history. Such changes may include:

  • Current medication dosages and interactions
  • Dietary alterations
  • Methods to reduce daily stress or mental strain
  • Physical exercise routines

Afterward, Dr. Zivich can recommend specific hormone replacement therapy regimens that could come in oral pills or injections.

What are the common side effects of hormone balancing?

Side effects from hormone balancing treatment depend on each patient’s personal history and the hormone therapy selected for regular use. Rare and generally temporary side effects may include:

  • Mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Acne
  • Weight gain

If you are concerned about any side effects that you are experiencing, or any prolonged symptoms, consult with Dr. Zivich right away.

How long will it take to notice results?

Many patients start to notice results as early as 2 – 3 weeks after starting treatment. Since hormone balancing takes time and the body needs to adjust, optimal results generally appear after approximately 2 – 3 months.

Learn more about hormone balancing treatment in Boston

Individuals who reside near Boston, Back Bay, or Cambridge/Somerville can learn more about hormone balancing treatment by contacting our team at Boston Direct Health and scheduling a consultation in Boston. Dr. Steven Zivich will walk you through each step of hormone replacement therapy and the potential health benefits you could enjoy.


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