When Women Experience Hormonal Imbalance
Having normal hormone levels doesn’t look or feel like anything specific. But even a slight change in normal hormone levels can manifest in the form of symptoms that can cause embarrassment and anxiety. Hormonal imbalances can be subtle or dramatic based on the factors that cause them; the symptoms that follow vary accordingly.
What Would Cause an Imbalance in Hormone Levels?
Though there are several potential causes of hormonal imbalance:
• Medications may alter the hormone levels.
• Pregnancy causes a big change in the normal levels of hormones in the female body.
• Day to day stress can lead to unbalanced hormone levels.
Besides these factors, improper diet as well as some health conditions can result in a change in the hormone levels in women.
What Are the Symptoms?
Loss of Sleep: Insomnia has many causes, including hormonal imbalance. For a proper sleep, the body needs the right levels of progesterone. The progesterone levels in women drop when they near the menopause phase. Progesterone is a hormone that the female ovaries secrete, and any drop in these hormones can hamper the quality of sleep. A drop in estrogen levels can also affect one’s emotional state and can interrupt sleep.
Mood Swings: Mood swings are the most popular symptoms associated with hormone imbalance in women. These can occur before menstruation, during pregnancy, as well as during menopause. These are the main times where the hormone levels could hinder the normal production of the mood-regulating hormone serotonin.
Acne and Other Skin Conditions: Androgen levels sometimes spike in women. This can occur in women who have PCOS, or polycystic ovarian syndrome. Higher levels of androgens might result in overactive sebaceous glands and can leave the skin oily. As a result of this, there might be acne and other skin conditions.
Digestion Troubles: Cortisol is a stress-managing hormone. It is involved in the metabolism process as well. When there is a change in the levels of estrogen, the cortisol levels might also be affected. As a result, one’s metabolism would be significantly impacted. This can further lead to indigestion, bloating, and other abdominal troubles. Some women might even experience diarrhea, pain in the abdomen, and constipation during their periods due to this reason.
Fatigue: Fatigue is another significant symptom of hormone imbalance. If you are feeling tired all day long, if you wake up feeling tired, and if you feel like you lack the energy to do anything, then chances are that your hormone levels are not within the normal range. For example, even the improper levels of thyroid hormones can result in constant feeling of fatigue, even on those days when you are not very active. If you are so tired that you are not able to carry out your daily routine, it would be a good idea to get medical advice.
Correct Your Hormonal Imbalance
With the help of Dr. Kevin Light, an expert in bioidentical hormone therapy, nutrition, and fitness, patients are able to have their hormonal imbalances corrected. To learn more, contact our office and set up a consultation.