7 Signs That You Might Have a Hormonal Imbalance

by Dr. Connie Casebolt of Forum Health, Greenville

Hormone imbalances can affect women at any stage of life, not just during menopause. An imbalance of hormones can cause symptoms that greatly reduce a woman’s quality of life. While some of these signs can be caused by other health issues, they can also be common signs of a hormonal imbalance.

  1. Irregular Periods – Menstrual cycles should occur regularly every 21-35 days. If your period is irregular or skips some months you may have an issue with your estrogen and progesterone levels.
  2. Loss Of Libido – Low levels of testosterone in women can decrease interest in sex. This can put extra strain on relationships.
  3. Appetite and Weight Gain – Drops in estrogen levels have been linked to weight gain. The hormone leptin controls our food intake. Its production can be affected by drops in estrogen.
  4. Sleep Problems – Progesterone levels that are low can cause trouble falling and staying asleep. Low estrogen can cause night sweats and hot flashes which also impact sleep.
  5. Mood Swings and Irritability – Drops in hormone levels can cause moodiness. Estrogen levels can alter production of serotonin and dopamine, both of which affect mood.
  6. Acne – Breakouts during the teenage years and around the time of your period are common. Constant acne as an adult can be a sign of an imbalance of androgens.
  7. Constant Fatigue – High progesterone levels or low thyroid levels can cause fatigue, one of the most common signs of a hormonal imbalance.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms you may have a hormonal imbalance, our practitioners can help. We offer bio-identical hormone replacement, an effective treatment for hormonal imbalance.