Do you suffer from a hormone imbalance and you are not even aware of it?
Feeling bloated, irritable or just not your best? A hormone imbalance could be to blame. Hormones are chemical “messengers” that impact the way your cells and organs function. It’s normal for your levels to shift at different times of your life, such as before and during your period or a pregnancy, or during menopause. Some medications and health issues can cause them to go up or down too.
What could be the causes of a hormone imbalance?
- Irregular periods – most women’s periods come every 21 to 35 days. If yours doesn’t arrive around the same time every month, or you skip some months, it might mean that you have too much or too little of certain hormones (estrogen and progesterone).
- Sleep problems – if you aren’t getting enough shut-eye, or if the sleep you get isn’t good, your hormones could be at play. Progesterone, a hormone released by your ovaries, helps you catch sleep. If your levels are lower than usual, that can make it hard to fall and stay asleep.
- Chronic acne – a breakout before or during your period is normal. However, acne that won’t clear up can be a symptom of hormone problems. An excess of androgens (“male” hormones that both mend and woman have) can cause your oil glands to overwork. Androgens also affect the skin cells in and around your hair follicles. Both of those things can clog your pores and cause acne.
- Belly problems – your gut is lined with tiny cells called receptors that respond to estrogen and progesterone. When these hormones are higher or lower than usual, you might notice changes in how you’re digesting food. That’s why diarrhea, stomach pain, bloating and nausea can crop up or get worse before and during your period. If you’re having digestive woes as well as issues like acne and fatigue, your hormone levels might be off.
- Ongoing fatigue – are you tired all the time? Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of a hormone imbalance. Excess progesterone can make you sleepy. And if your thyroid – the butterfly-shaped gland in your neck – makes too little thyroid hormone, it can sap your energy. A simple blood test called a thyroid panel can tell you if your levels are too low. If they are, you can get treated for that.
- Headaches – lots of things can trigger these. For some women, drops in estrogen brings them on. That’s way it’s common for headaches to strike right before or during your period, when estrogen is on the decline. Regular headaches or ones that often surface around the same time each month can be a clue that your levels of this hormone might be shifting.
Before trying to self-diagnose (even though you might have some of these symptoms) you need to consult a doctor as there are many reasons why there are hormone imbalances.
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