Sometimes, you may be experiencing certain health issues but may not suspect them to be signs of hormonal imbalance. That is because they can be really subtle. Hormonal imbalance can be attributed to several conditions and factors like menopause, pregnancy, menstrual cycle, the contraceptive pill, and lifestyle factors such as inconsistent sleep patterns, stress a poor diet and lack of exercise. Other causes include can be thyroid issues or diabetes. For women, the most pronounced changes and symptoms surface 40s and 50s, but can been seen as early as their mid-30s.
Some of the most common signs of hormonal imbalances are:
Monthly menstrual cycles can affect sleeping patterns. This may be due to the sharp drop in the hormone progesterone just before menstruation. Progesterone levels also drop after giving birth. Since Progesterone has a calming effect, when its levels drop, it can make you feel restless leading to sleep disorders.
Fatigue is a common symptom of a hormonal imbalance especially for menopausal and postmenopausal women. However, constant tiredness could be an indication of a condition called hypothyroidism. Thyroid hormones control the body’s metabolism, and when the hormone levels are low, all systems slow down, including heart rate, mental functioning, and digestion. Hence, hypothyroidism can make a person feel exhausted and drained.
3. MOOD SWINGS
First of all, 3 cheers for people who attribute mood swings in women to the pre-menstrual syndrome. I am not even being sarcastic here, because hormones can cause mood changes. You gals out there, know what I am talking about! However, major and frequent mood swings could be hinting towards hormones gone wild (in most cases). This could lead to irritability, depression and sometimes furious fits!
4. HOT FLASHES AND EXCESSIVE SWEATING
If you frequently find sweat trickling down your neck and dotting your forehead, then this could be due to an imbalance in hormone levels. The causes may include too much estrogen and too little progesterone, or other hormone imbalances in your body that come from the adrenals, ovaries, thyroid, pancreas or gastrointestinal tract.
5. WEIGHT GAIN
Most women believe that weight gain is bound to come with the process of ageing. The problem usually begins with your adrenal system slowing down. This in turn exerts an influence on your thyroid which slows down the body’s metabolism. This makes the pancreas think that it needs to conserve fat, and concentrates on storing fat in your mid-section, on your back and other places which you do not exactly adore. Well, too much biology there! But long story short – it’s a house of cards ladies!
If you are experiencing such symptoms then it is suggested that you pay your doctor a visit and get tested. There are trained specialists such as obstetricians, gynaecologists and reproductive endocrinologists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of hormonal issues in women. Women belonging to all age groups are prone to hormonal imbalances, often with symptoms becoming evident in their late twenties and throughout their forties. Most of the times, hormonal changes may accompany menstrual cycles and the time period immediately before and after them.