15 signs that you may have a hormonal imbalance
Do you know that your anger, tearfulness, mood swings and tiredness may be a sign of health issue?
Your body contains glands, which produce special chemicals to regulate run of the numerous processes. These substances are called hormones.
Not only your mood and emotions depend on the balance of the hormones. They keep under the control your menstrual cycle, ability to conceive, libido, body temperature and even the way your body uses energy.
Actually it was found that your appetite is controlled by two hormones ghrelin and leptin.
If experienced stress, your adrenal glands begin to synthesize more cortisol, which can influence on your periods, sex drive and appetite.
Experts say that levels of hormones naturally alter during your life. Thus women experience fluctuations of these chemicals during pregnancy and menopause.
Certain potentially modifiable factors like obesity, lack of sleep, poor diet and sedentary lifestyle may also disturb hormonal balance, causing various symptoms.
Sometimes the reason of unusual symptoms may be in structural or functional changes of glands that leads to hormonal imbalance.
It’s important to recognize symptoms of hormone-related disorders as soon as possible, in order to correct them successfully.
Check up these signs of hormonal imbalance in your body:
#1. Permanent acne
– most of us have noticed new pimples several days before periods. But comedones, papules, cysts and other skin lesions, which don’t go away for a long time, may be a sign of excessive production of androgens (male hormones).
#2. Irregular menstrual cycle
– it’s one of the most common signs of hormonal imbalance in woman’s body. Having changes in duration or/and severity of menstruation may indicate problems in production of reproductive hormones, thyroid hormones etc.
#3. Sleep problem
– hormone melatonin normally improves your quality of sleep. If something goes wrong in its production, you may experience nightly problems. By the way, sex hormones may also play a great role in your sleep disorders. For example, decreased estrogen levels cause night sweats and sleep disturbance.
– decline of estrogen and progesterone frequently leads to uncomfortable tightness, gassiness, gurgling and sense of fullness in your belly.
– women in menopause often complain of memory troubles and lack of concentration. The reason is mainly about decrease of estrogen, which naturally occurs during perimenopause and menopause.
#6. Excessive hair loss
– each of us normally loses about 50 to 100 hairs a day. It’s worth examining your thyroid gland, if noticed that your hair fall out too intensively. Both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism may cause excessive hair loss. In addition to this, the problem may be linked with increased levels of male hormone testosterone.
#7. Extreme fatigue
– feel tired all the time? The problem may be in hormonal imbalance. Lack of energy and exhaustion are rather common symptoms of underactive thyroid glands.
#8. Mood swings
– it’s so typical for women to experience abrupt changes in the mood, especially before monthly events or during menopause. Fluctuations of female reproductive hormones are usually responsible for your mood swings.
#9. Weight gain
– you may feel upset, if gained weight without eating cakes and chocolate. Be aware that decreased levels of estrogen or thyroid hormones may lead to accumulation of fat on your waist.
#10. Food cravings
– many of us feel unbearable want to eat sweets, when being stressed. The reason is about raise of stress hormone cortisol. Drop of estrogen or imbalance in ghrelin and leptin may also cause tremendous appetite and food cravings.
#11. Reduced sex drive
– changes of estrogen levels may cause vaginal dryness, reduce your sexual desire and impair relations.
– all people experience headache from time to time. Wide variety of health conditions may cause this symptom. Decreased estrogen is a common culprit of persistent headaches, which last for a long time.
#13. Unwanted hair
– androgens are male hormones, which are normally produced in woman’s body in small amount. Excessive generation of this chemical may cause hirsutism (male-pattern hair growth on the face, chest and belly).
#14. Hot flashes – women in menopause often experience attacks of heat sensations, sweating and tachycardia. It’s about lower levels of estrogen that trigger so-called hot flashes.
#15. Changes in breasts – estrogen imbalance may result in increased breast density and formation of the cysts and lumps within breast tissue.