10 Signs You Have a Hormonal Imbalance

Hormones affect everyone no matter of age, however, this word usually has a negative connotation in everyday speech. Most people say “hormonal” to explain PMS in women, or “raging hormones” to describe teenage angst. Anyway, hormones have a lot to do with our health, diet, lifestyle, and environment.

Many people have a problem with hormones nowadays. Statistics show that about 80% of women has some type of hormonal imbalance (i.e. hormonal disorder), which often results in a mix of mental and physical health issues due to low progesterone and/or estrogen levels in their body. On the other hand, men not infrequently suffer from hormonal disbalances caused by high estrogen or low testosterone levels.

Hormonal disorders may seriously damage your health, and therefore, it is very important to recognize symptoms of hormonal imbalance on time. Below, you can see ten of the most common signs that something is wrong with your hormones.

  1. Sleep disorders

A lack of sleep, also known as insomnia, may indicate a hormonal imbalance. Insomnia increases cortisol levels and causes a physical stress, which leads to hormonal imbalances.

In men, poor sleep could be a side effect of a low testosterone level, among others. In fact, levels of testosterone in men culminate during sleep and it’s necessary at least 3 hours of sleep in order to reach this peak. However, physical problems, aging, and sleep deprivation can result in a reduction of sleep.

Low progesterone levels in women are to blame for sleep disorders in most case. Many women experience a sleep disorder during menstrual cycles due to the sudden fall in progesterone immediately before menstruation.

  1. Irregular periods

Menstrual cycle lengths vary, but the most common period is between 21 and 35 days. If your menstrual cycle skips some months or it does not arrive at the same time each month, that may be a symptom of increased/reduced level of progesterone and estrogen. Perimenopause (the time just before menopause) is one of the main reasons for irregular periods in women in 40s or early 50s, however, it can also be a symptom of some health issues such as PCOS – polycystic ovarian syndrome. Anyway, you should talk to your doctor.

  1. Chronic acne

A breakout during or before women’s period is a normal occurrence, however, chronic acne could be a sign of a certain hormone issue. The increased levels of androgens — male steroid sex hormones that women also have — can lead to overwork of the oil glands. Aside from that, androgens also have an effect on the skin cells around and in the hair follicles. In both cases, your pores can get clogged, and thus create persistent acne on your skin.

  1. Memory fog

Do you frequently find yourself forgetting things like what time you made an appointment with some friend or where you put your handbag? If this is the case, then a hormonal imbalance is to blame for your memory fog. Your body is going to produce high levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) during stressful situations, which may threaten your memory and learning ability.

  1. Constant fatigue

We all have moments when we feel exhausted, scattered, or sluggish after a lot of effort, and need a nap. That’s okay, but if you are tired every single day, then you are likely to suffer from a lack of a thyroid hormone. This health condition is known as hypothyroidism in medicine. If you have an ongoing fatigue, you are advised to do a “thyroid panel,” a simple blood test that can point out the low levels of thyroid hormone in your body.

  1. Digestive problems

Your body is starving when you do not have optimal digestion due to the poor nutrient extraction. Slow digestion, stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and bloating are some of the digestion problems that people usually associate with eating too much, not chewing food, or eating bad foods. Keep in mind that such issues may also be caused by a hormonal imbalance. Our belly is padded with receptors, the tiny cells that respond to progesterone and estrogen. If these hormones are lower or higher than usual, you will notice the certain changes in how you are digesting food.

  1. Weight gain

Many people eat more when they are feeling irritated or blue, which can be caused by hormonal imbalance. The disorder of estrogen levels has an impact on the levels of leptin, a protein that regulates fat storage and hunger. That’s why weight gain is linked to the hormone estrogen. Besides, when the adrenal system is fatigued, then it sends signals to thyroid gland and pancreas that there’s a problem. The thyroid responds to these signals by slowing down metabolism, while the pancreas responds by concentrating fat in our back, mid-section, and other places.

  1. Depression and mood swings

Depression and anxiety may be clues to toxicity, imbalance, poor nutrition. Researchers believe that fast changes and sudden drop in hormone levels can also trigger depression and moodiness. For instance, estrogen is linked to some brain chemicals, such as norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine. Most women in middle age experience depression or mood swings because of a hormone imbalance.

  1. Headaches and migraines

Most midlife women are suffering from frequent headaches or migraines. One of the reasons for these health issues is a hormonal imbalance during the menstrual cycle, in particular, due to the drops in estrogen. That’s why many women have headaches during or right before their periods. If your headaches occur around the same time every month, that is a clue that you have an imbalance in estrogen levels.

  1. Hot flashes and night sweats

The last but not the least hormonal symptom is night sweating followed by so-called “hot flashes.” If you frequently experience these issues, that might indicate the levels of certain hormones is shifting. Some people, especially women, experience it as ‘tropical moments’ during the night. This is one of the common midlife changes in women. These symptoms are linked to too little progesterone, too much estrogen, as well as other hormonal disbalances that come from the ovaries, adrenals, pancreas, thyroid, or gastrointestinal tract.

 

Author’s Bio:

Dan Chabert is from Copenhagen, Denmark. He manages Runnerclick.com and Nicershoes.com when he is not preparing for a race. He is an entrpreneur who loves to travel, together with his wife.

 

Image courtesy of [jk1991] at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Related Posts

Leave a Comment

Loading...