March 2022. This article is independently written by Shelby Golding. All opinions given are hers. Shelby has been certified as a personal trainer and nutritional specialist since 2007. In 2008, she found her passion for writing about these topics and hasn't looked back.
Some fluctuation in hormone levels is normal and healthy. For example, the release of cortisol during a life-threatening situation helps us to choose fight or flight quickly. Changes in estrogen levels, progesterone, and testosterone produce a woman's menstrual cycle. Thyroid hormones change based on the amount and type of food we eat.
But because hormones control many of the body's major functions, a hormonal imbalance can cause various issues in the body.
5 Signs of Hormonal Imbalance in Women
1. You’re Hungry All the Time
Appetite is one of the functions controlled by hormones, and your "hanger" could result from a hormonal imbalance. For example, ghrelin and leptin are two major "hunger" hormones that regulate appetite. Ghrelin is produced in the stomach and is released into the bloodstream when your body requires fuel. Leptin is made in fat cells and is released when your body has enough fuel to function.
In other words, ghrelin revs up your appetite, and leptin suppresses it. Hormonal imbalances to your hunger hormones might result from a lack of sleep, increased levels of stress and anxiety, or a diet high in fats. So if you notice an increase in your appetite (followed by weight gain), your hunger hormones may be out of balance.
2. You’re Gaining or Losing Weight but Don’t Know Why
Thyroid imbalances are caused by iodine deficiencies, autoimmune diseases including Graves disease (hyperactive) and Hashimoto's disease (hypoactive), chronic inflammation, cancer, and certain medications. Therefore, your doctor will need to order blood tests to determine if your thyroid is the reason behind your weight loss or gain.
3. You’re Exhausted
4. Your Menstrual Cycle Is Irregular
The regularity and health of a woman's menstrual cycle is a clear indication of overall hormonal balance. A woman's fertility is primarily governed by estrogen and progesterone. Still, a small amount of testosterone is also necessary for a healthy reproductive system.
5. You Have Unpredictable Mood Swings
For women, estrogen plays a crucial role in regulating mood. Fluctuations in estrogen are normal during menstruation. Estrogen spikes mid-cycle to trigger the release of an egg, then fall directly afterward. Estrogen also controls serotonin levels, the production of endorphins, and protects us from nerve damage.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and postpartum depression are all mood disruptions caused by imbalanced estrogen levels. In addition, anger, irritability, depression, and anxiety before and during menstruation may be common. Still, they may also indicate a hormonal imbalance.
Healing a Hormonal Imbalance
Be sure to consult with your doctor about your symptoms and ask about their recommended hormone tests if you think imbalanced hormones might be a problem for you!
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