Hormonal imbalance is one of the factors that make conceiving difficult. Check this list and evaluate if you have the signs of hormonal imbalance.
If you are having difficulty getting pregnant, you should never ignore the warnings of your body. Hormonal imbalance is one of the health issues commonly experienced by couples who are suffering from infertility.
Hormones are known as chemical messengers of the body. One of their tasks is to tell the tissues and the organs what to do. Thus, they have control of the essential processes of the body like metabolism and reproduction. When the endocrine glands produce too much or too little hormones, a hormonal imbalance happens.
Some hormonal imbalance symptoms are part of natural aging. However, there are times that changes occur because the endocrine glands encountered some problems. Here are 25 symptoms and signs of the hormonal imbalance that you should watch for.
Signs or Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance for Women
Heavy or irregular periods is one of the signs of hormonal imbalance.
One of the signs of hormonal balance is putting extra pounds around the belly and the hips. A high level of estrogen results in an increase in insulin. Whenever there is an increase in insulin, a person automatically craves sugar.
Aside from that, a vicious cycle occurs between the fat cells and the estrogen. High levels of estrogen produce more fatty tissue growth, and fat cells produce more estrogen in return. This results in excess fat in the stomach.
A sudden change in the menstrual cycle may result from hormonal imbalance, especially in the estrogen and progesterone levels. The hormonal imbalance resulting in irregular periods may be triggered by perimenopause, psychological stress, physical stress, polycystic ovary syndrome, prolactinoma, and other underlying medical conditions.
When experiencing hormonal imbalance, you may find excessive hair on your face and body. Naturally, women have mild growth of hair in the body, but when there is a hormonal imbalance, the body acts weirdly, resulting in excessive facial growth.
Acne is expected during the teenage years, but it indicates a hormonal imbalance during the adult years. This is also associated with polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal condition that results in menstrual irregularities due to ovarian abnormalities.
The hair needs nutrients and oxygen to grow continuously. A hormonal imbalance can disrupt the natural cycle of hair growth by disrupting the availability of nutrients. Some of the hormonal imbalances that result from hair loss are thyroid conditions, high testosterone from PCOS or menopause, and chronic stress.
When the androgen and estrogen levels are messed up because of hormonal imbalance, skin problems like darkening occur. A high level of androgen, a hormone present in males and females, causes acne and inflammation. Estrogen, on the other hand, plays a part in collagen production. A low level of this hormone leads to skin aging and sensitivity.
Skin tags appear when the balance between glucose and insulin is disrupted. When the estrogen level reduces, the skin elasticity is affected, resulting in skin tags. It is also associated with PCOS.
The decline in estrogen results in vaginal dryness. The dryness is caused by the thinning of the vaginal wall that can result in discomfort or pain. This also leads to a loss of libido, especially if bleeding starts to occur.
Vaginal atrophy, also known as atrophic vaginitis, results in a change in the vagina. Estrogen has a significant role in keeping the vaginal tissues lubricated. When there is low estrogen production, the vaginal tissues become dry, thin, and shrunken.
The vaginal dryness can lead to painful intercourse, especially when bleeding occurs. This may also result in the loss of your libido, affecting your desire for sex.
The rapid hormonal changes result in night sweats. Hormones affect the hypothalamus, the part of the brain that maintains the body temperature. When the hormones are imbalanced, they disrupt the function of the hypothalamus, which causes night sweats.
Estrogen is in charge of controlling a chemical in the brain that affects the sensation of pain. When estrogen drops, a headache occurs. Hormonal changes that cause headaches can be because of menstrual cycles and menopause.
The physical and psychological effects of hormonal imbalance in a person result in increased anxiety. The hormonal imbalances that can increase anxiety are menstruation, adrenaline, and thyroid health issues.
The disrupted patterns you are experiencing may be caused by a hormonal imbalance between estrogen and progesterone. The night sweats and anxiety can contribute more to your sleep disturbances.
A feeling of constant extreme fatigue might indicate that you have a problem with your thyroid gland due to an imbalance with the thyroid hormone called thyroxine. This hormone regulates blood pressure, helps develop skeletal and nervous tissue, and affects reproductive functions.
Signs or Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance for Men
Men who suffers hormonal imbalance may experience hair loss.
Men who have hormonal imbalance also experience specific symptoms. Here are some common signs of hormonal imbalance for men.
Men who are experiencing hormonal imbalance may have low sex drive because of its effect on the concentration of testosterone which disrupts the functions of the reproductive system. Some may also develop erectile dysfunction.
A low level of testosterone affects the mood of men since it plays a role in their moods. The mood changes may lead to depression. Aside from that, the low thyroid hormone levels may lead to mood swings and feelings of sadness or despair.
When the average balance of hormones is disrupted at an early age, men may experience balding. The growth of the hair becomes stunted, and hair strands become weak and break easily.
Testosterone and estrogen are present in men’s bodies. However, testosterone is more prominent than estrogen. Testosterone is for male features, while estrogen is the expression for female features such as breast enlargement. When a hormonal imbalance occurs between the two hormones, men will experience breast enlargement.
Men produce a hormone called prolactin, a hormone responsible for making milk in the mammary glands. But if it is deficient in a man’s body, the hormone cannot produce milk. However, when there is a low level of testosterone in the body, the prolactin may increase. Milk production becomes possible. This condition is called galactorrhea.
An imbalance in the follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH) leads to infertility in men. This is caused by low sperm production and low testosterone production. The imbalance also affects sperm quality.
The disruption in insulin levels even after adequate sleep results in fatigue. Other men also experience anxiety, irritability, and constant cravings.
The low level of testosterone and elevated level of estrogen results in the loss of muscle mass. Body fat usually appears in the abdominal area. Research also revealed that muscle loss is more likely to occur if the person has inadequate nutrition and physical activity.
Hormonal imbalance also results in memory loss, especially for men who are going to their andropause. Studies proved that men experience memory loss earlier than women.
Testosterone helps in absorbing the sugar in the body. If this hormone is low, your blood sugar level may spike. If you have a high sugar intake, your testosterone level will drop.
Dr. Yaron Seidman DAOM