Simply Nerdy Mom: Is Hormonal Imbalance To Blame?

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Is Hormonal Imbalance To Blame?

 
Hormones control various processes in out body from sleep to sex to our appetite. When there’s an imbalance of hormones, these processes can stop working properly. Here are just a few signs that you may have a hormonal imbalance.    


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Mood swings
An imbalance in hormones can often lead to mood swings. For many of us, these are mild mood swings, but for others they can be severe. Estrogen levels often go out of sync when having a period or when going through the menopause, but estrogen levels can become unbalanced at other times too. There are many herbal remedies that are effective at reducing hormone-related depression or anxiety. Seeing a doctor could also be worthwhile if you’ve been getting severe shifts in mood.
Poor sleep quality
Falling estrogen levels can often lead to lack of energy, which can make people want to sleep more. However, low estrogen levels can also lead to night sweats, causing a restless night’s sleep. HRT may be able to manage this. Alternatively, you could look into ways of making your bedroom cooler such as adding fans or sleeping with cooler bedding.
Unexplained weight gain
A number of different hormonal imbalances can lead to unexplained weight gain. This could include a lack of thyroid hormones due to an underactive thyroid or hormone changes as a result of the menopause. Exercising and diet may be able to counter this weight gain, but you may also want to look into other forms of weight loss that involve hormone regulation. It may also be worth talking to a doctor.
Poor sex drive
A lack of estrogen or testosterone may lead to a poor sex drive. This is common for many women going through their menopause. It could be worth talking to a sexual health expert – they may offer HRT as a treatment, which may involve upping testosterone levels.
Fertility issues
If you’re trying for a baby and failing to conceive, it might be worth looking into hormonal imbalance as a possibility. This is most commonly the case with women over 35, in which hormones can often start to go out of sync. A GP will likely be able to test your FSH and LH levels and then discuss the best course of option after that. It could be a case of looking to HRT or trying other fertility treatments.
Heavy/painful periods
An imbalance of estrogen could lead to the development of fibroids. These are growth that develop in the womb causing painful and heavy periods. Other symptoms may also be present such as constipation, frequent urination, lower back pain or pain during intercourse. Medication may be able to remove fibroids. In severe cases, surgery may be needed.
Skin problems
Adult acne, unexplained dry skin or eczema outbreaks can also sometimes be the result of hormone imbalances. There are many skin treatments that you may be able to look into to improve the health of your skin. Depending on the underlying issues, certain treatment may also be possible to restore hormone levels and prevent future skin problems.


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