Women go through hormonal changes constantly. Every month during menstruation, we will experience a shift in hormones, and we all know the lovely emotional and physical changes that accompany that. Pregnant and menopausal women will also experience hormonal shifts, but there are some symptoms that will arise due to overall hormonal imbalance. If you are experiencing one or a combination of these symptoms, you may want to get yourself check out.
If your period is all over the place, you may have a too much or too little estrogen and progesterone in your system. You should be getting your period every 21 to 35 days, and your period should be around the same time every month. If you’re in your 40s or 50s, your irregular period could be caused by perimenopause.
If you’re having trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, you could have a progesterone deficiency. Progesterone helps you sleep, so a lack thereof can be contributing to your inability to get a good night’s sleep.
On the other hand, if you’re getting too much progesterone you will constantly feel fatigued. Chronic fatigue can also be a sign of a thyroid disorder. You should go see your primary care doctor for a blood test to figure out the root of your tiredness.
Estrogen also messes with your sleep patterns. Low estrogen can cause night sweats, which also make it difficult to stay asleep. Low estrogen also causes hot flashes, which are associated with menopause.
Do you ever feel like you’re in a daze? Doctors say that changes in estrogen and progesterone can make your brain feel “foggy.” You may also find it difficult to remember things. Also, if you’re a bit older, memory issues can be associated with menopause.
Well, teenager’s hormones are out of whack and teenagers tend to have problems with acne. Breakouts before your period are also normal. But, if you have chronic acne, you may have a buildup of androgens, male hormones, in your body. Androgens can cause your oil glands to work in overtime.
While some bloating and indigestion is normal around your period, if your experiencing stomach problems on the regular, you may have a hormonal imbalance. Your stomach is lined with receptors that are sensitive to estrogen and progesterone. If the levels are off, you’ll experience some unpleasant digestive issues.
All of us girls have experienced the horrendous mood swings that accompany your period. Those changes in mood are annoying AF, but normal. But, if you feel yourself being depressed more than usual your hormones could be off. Estrogen affects chemicals like serotonin and dopamine, which regulate your mood.
If you’re feeling depressed because of an estrogen drop, you may find yourself wanting to indulge in food more. Hormonal imbalances have been linked to weight gain. A drop in estrogen also affects leptin, a hormone that regulates your food intake.
Testosterone is a “male” hormone, but it occurs naturally in the female body as well. A decrease in testosterone can cause a decrease in libido. The same thing goes for a decrease in estrogen. So, if you find yourself “not in the mood” too often, it may be more than you just not feeling like having sex.
While headaches can be caused by a host of issues, if you’re experiencing a lot of them it could be your hormones at work. A drop in estrogen has been linked to headaches. It’s normal to experience some headaches before your period, but if you find that your headaches are occurring too often, you may have an estrogen deficiency.
All girls have experienced those unbearable (and at times explosive) period poops. Hormonal changes can affect your bowel movements, and can cause you to have diarrhea. You shouldn’t assume you have a hormonal imbalance just because you have diarrhea though. It is usually accompanied by other symptoms.
Ladies, you should be checking your breasts all the time anyway. If you notice that your breasts are feeling more dense, or even lumpy, this could be due to an increase in estrogen. If they feel less dense, your estrogen levels could be dropping.