When your hormones are out of whack, you may feel just as wonky. Unfortunately, most women don’t even know what to look for or what’s making them feel a “bit off” throughout their day to day. It’s important that everyone’s hormones stay in check since they’re the reason our body remembers what it needs to do in every nook and cranny – from the organs to the body tissues.
Everything from your sexual function to your body temperature are affected by your hormones so it’s key that this area of your health is kept balanced and checked on. And there are several signs of a hormone imbalance that most women completely ignore, let alone know to even look for. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
14. Extra Sweating
You may think you’re just an extra sweaty person, but it could actually be a sign of something off. One symptom of a hormone imbalance is, in fact, excessive sweating. And that includes bouts of hot flashes, especially at night. And according to Elite Daily, up to 75% of women experience both hot flashes and day and night sweats upon their perimenopausal stage.
13. Memory Issues
When a woman’s estrogen level gets a bit low, there’s a big possibility that her short-term memory will begin to suffer. We learn from Elite Daily again that this hormone will directly affect our neurotransmitters which go on to affect things like our stress levels and, in fact, our memory and ability to think.
12. Low Libido
Have you been feeling less than frisky in the bedroom lately? Hormone imbalances can have a direct impact on your sex life too. So, if your libido seems low then your estrogen could be dominating and affecting a lot of other areas of your life too. If so, go to your doctor and you may need to begin a type of progesterone therapy.
11. Problems With Sleep
Even insomnia can strike if you’ve got something wonky going on with your hormones. And unfortunately, when you’re going through something like menopause – to which we know messes with hormones – it’s more likely that a good night’s sleep isn’t in the cards for you. If you’re having some sleep issues and don’t know why, it’s time to head to the doctor’s office and get it straightened out!
10. Dryness ‘Down There’
It may be something you’re embarrassed about, but it’s nothing you can control. Although, it is something you can fix. It can be annoying and make intimacy painful, but it affects a lot of women! But have no fear, when a hormone imbalance is the culprit, there are several different ways to improve its natural lubrication – according to Women’s Health Network. For example, a hormone balancing diet can be one of the more simple of fixes.
9. Bad Mood
Do you ever feel like you’re just in a crappy mood and have no idea why? You can’t attribute it to PMS or something happening in your personal life, instead you just feel down? Well, when you’ve got some hormone horror stories happening inside you without you knowing, your tude could be extra attitude-y.
8. Having A Sweet Tooth
Your issues with sweets could be attributed to more than just a love of sugar. Instead, it could be because you’re beginning to experience menopause, perimenopause or pre-mentrual tension. Who wants an extra bit of chocolate the week before Aunt Flow strikes? According to Daily Mail, as some hormone levels drop, women become more prone to insulin resistance causing sugar cravings to soar.
7. Consistent Weight Gain
Wonky hormones could be the reason that your diet isn’t working or you may even be feeling like it’s working in reverse. Even if you lose some weight, according to Prevention Magazine, you can’t keep it off forever if your HEC is unbalanced. Make sure to get this checked out before assuming that you need a brand new weekly meal menu or workout routine.
Fatigue is another sign that you may have an undiagnosed hormonal imbalance. If you feel like you can never get enough sleep at night and a nap is always on your mind, hormones may be the culprit. It’s not normal to feel this sluggish or out of sorts for long periods of time. Dietary changes can help, but if it persists, use it as a red flag.
5. Hair Loss
Do you feel like you’re losing more hairs than normal? Age is definitely a factor when it comes to hair loss but hormones can play their role too – which is why so many women lose bouts of hair after they have a baby! In women, hair loss is largely attributed to a hormonal imbalance, so be on the lookout!
There’s definitely a common thread when it comes to headaches and hormonal fluctuation. Estrogen and progesterone affect headache-related chemicals in the brain, so when they dip or change headaches can become worse. For example, who gets headaches right before their period flys in? Don’t worry, there are several ways to pacify this side effect, just talk to your doctor!
Adult acne, for lack of a better word, completely sucks. Whether it’s a breakout before your period or a woman who suffers from higher levels of testosterone, no one wants pimples popping up well into their 30’s and 40’s. Get checked out before trying every face wash on the market, it may just be an imbalance you have no control over.
Did you know that your endometriosis may be caused by a hormonal imbalance? Although it could also be the result of a immune system problem it could also stem from an imbalance with one’s hormones that enable the endometrial tissue to take root in the uterus. It’s important to try and find the cause of your condition before starting any treatment.
1. Digestive Issues
Yep, even your tummy issues could be resulting from some type of hormonal problem. Gas, bloating and slow digestion are these digestive symptoms that are common when it comes to some type of imbalance in the body. If your eating habits are healthy, it’s a route you may want to take in order to find the root cause.
Sources: elitedaily.com, foxnews.com, doctoroz.com, womenshealthnetwork.com