Although you may think of hormones mainly in the context of puberty and sexual activity, there are many different kinds and they affect your entire body.
When your hormones are out of whack, you may feel a little bit off. Sadly, most women don’t even know what to look for or what’s making them feel a “bit off” during their day to day. It’s essential that everyone’s hormones stay in check since they’re the reason our body remembers what it needs to do – from the organs to the body tissues.
These 11 problems, you may have thought were just part of life, could be key to figuring out what your hormones are telling you.
When your estrogen drops, it can affect another hormone called leptin, which controls how hungry you are.
An excess in thyroid hormone, or hyperthyroidism, can cause excessive sweating. Those with this condition may also experience rapid weight loss, anxiety, and heat intolerance.
One of the most noticeable symptoms of hormonal imbalance is low libido, which starts with disturbed sleep. Without quality sleep our sex hormone production can diminish.
When a woman’s estrogen level gets a bit low, there’s a big possibility that her short-term memory will begin to suffer.
For menopausal women, in particular, digestive issues are often the result of a hormonal imbalance. As a woman gets older, her body produces less estrogen and progesterone.
If your hormones are causing this, your stomach is telling you that you have too much or too little estrogen or progesterone. But this is only true if you’re showing some of the other symptoms on this list.
Mood swings or depression.
Sudden changes in your estrogen can mess with certain brain chemicals like dopamine or serotonin. This can scramble your moods or leave you feeling depressed.
Not feeling like yourself? This isn’t the time for pharmaceuticals. Anxiety and depression are clues that you have an imbalance, toxicity, are overworked, stressed out, and most likely aren’t nourishing your body the way it needs. Listen to your inner voice and take the actions necessary to meet your needs.
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 your periods are switching up each month or skipping some others, you could have either too much or too little estrogen or progesterone.
It’s normal to have a breakout when your period’s on the way, but if the acne sticks around, you could have too many androgens. This causes your oil glands to work a little too hard and clog your pores.