What are the Symptoms of a Hormonal Imbalance?

So many of us today are living extremely busy lives that we don’t even have the time to realize we’re tired. But in many cases fatigue can be a strong indicator of a greater underlying problem. In women it is one of the biggest signs of a hormonal imbalance and usually signals to a particular imbalance in the thyroid hormones and or  adrenal hormones.

But there are dozens more hormones in the human body each of which signals an imbalance to your body in a different way. In females the following signs are common indicators of an imbalance:

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS):

Yes! PMS can mean you have a hormonal imbalance. While the syndrome has a whole list of symptoms on its own like anxiety, sweating, cravings and abdominal pain, they are often intertwined and are caused by the same root problem. If a woman’s body was not able to flush out excessive estrogen or produce enough progesterone then the menstrual phase will be very distressing for the woman.

Hair Loss:

It is natural for all humans to shed between 100-150 hairs a day but any more than that can mean you have a hormonal imbalance. Usually hair loss caused by an imbalance of hormones has a particular balding pattern. In women the hair starts thinning from the middle and gradually the ‘balding’ spreads outwards. Always check with a doctor to confirm your hair loss is due to a hormonal cause. This can be checked by taking blood tests . Elevated testosterone levels or low dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels can cause hair loss.

Ovarian Cysts:

Ovarian cysts are also an indication that there could be an estrogen dominance (when estrogen is higher than other hormones). They can be diagnosed by having an ultrasound.

Mood Swings:

If you feel you are irritable and depressed one moment and happily buzzing the next your not alone. Many women suffer from mood swings but they often don’t know that balancing their hormones can help them enjoy a stabilized mood throughout the month.

There are many more symptoms of hormonal imbalances. MindBodyGreen has a great post on some additional symptoms that you can read here.

Have a good weekend and take care of your hormones!

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2 thoughts on “What are the Symptoms of a Hormonal Imbalance?

    • Great question! It’s really important to to maintain stable sugar levels throughout the day because then you won’t feel tired and subsequently you won’t get cranky and mood swings. To do so make sure you have a good breakfast that contains some kind of protein and snack in between meals so that your sugar levels don’t drop!

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