Hormonal imbalances are more common than you might think, but the signs are similar to many other physical conditions, that it can be hard to distinguish between this and other potential causes. This blog post will show you some of the signs to look out for that might indicate a hormonal imbalance.
Signs of Hormonal Imbalances
Here are some of the most common signs of a hormonal imbalance:
Mood and Behavioral Changes
Some mood changes can be explained by monthly hormonal changes during your menstrual cycle, added stress, or unexpected events in your life, but others are random and come out of nowhere. These are the ones to be concerned about.
Hormonal imbalances can give you more mood swings, irritability you can’t seem to control, and even angry outburst in the most unexpected ways. You may have worsening PMS symptoms every month during your menstrual cycle, or increased anxiety and depression symptoms if you suffer from those mental illnesses.
This is often one of the first things women notice when their hormones are out of whack. If you have weight gain that seems to come out of nowhere, and is not from changing your eating or activity habits, it is likely from your hormone levels or another medical condition that needs treating.
In some women, it is from eating more, but if the sudden increase in your appetite seems out of place, that can also be related to your hormonal imbalance.
With hormonal imbalances, you might develop insulin resistance, have lower metabolism, or increased appetite, all of which can affect your weight.
Unfortunately, many men and women who have a hormonal imbalance also experience chronic pain. Most often, this is in the form of headaches, but you can get other aches and pains in various parts of your body as well. Even if it isn’t from your hormone levels, unexplained physical pain is always a good reason to see your doctor.
Have you been experiencing a lot of fatigue lately? Maybe you are sleeping normally, but are exhausted all day, or you are having trouble sleeping through the night. You might feel like you are worn down and just don’t have the energy for your normal daily activities. This is another big symptom of a hormonal imbalance.
Reduced Sex Drive
Naturally, another symptom of certain hormonal imbalances is with low sex drive, which can occur in both men and women. Estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid hormones can all affect your libido.
If you have any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor to find out if you have a hormonal imbalance.
What Can Cause the Imbalance?
Hormonal imbalances occur any time your hormones are too high or too low, which can be one or many different hormones. These occur in men and women, though we are talking more about the hormone imbalances women experience, since it is more common in women.
Keep reading to learn more about what might have caused your hormonal imbalance, so you know what the next steps are.
First of all, there are many causes of hormonal imbalances that can occur with men or women, and due to many different types of hormones. Each hormone is going to create its own causes and side effects, so this is where you can look at what hormones are out of balance and what you are actually experiencing to make you think your symptoms are due to your hormones.
Some of the general causes of hormone imbalances include:
As you can see, the causes vary widely, based on the type of hormone and how out of level your hormones are. For women with disordered eating habits, you might notice that you have weight gain or weight loss, often linked to the vitamin deficiency as well. If you have a thyroid disease, that is naturally from your thyroid hormone being too high or too low. There is no single cause for hormones to be out of balance since there is so much to consider.
Causes for Women
There are also causes that can be specific or more common depending on your born gender. For women, some of the more common causes include:
Birth control pills
Other hormone drugs
These are all going to be related to your reproductive system, whether or not you are pregnant, your age, and other factors.
Causes for Men
Hormonal imbalances in men are similar, though the causes can be quite different. For men, they tend to have hormonal imbalance symptoms like insomnia, fatigue, weight gain, issues with muscle mass, depression, and decreased libido.
Some of the potential causes for these imbalances in men include:
Low testosterone (a leading cause of hormonal issues in men)
For men and women, it is important to see your doctor and find out which hormones are out of balance first, before determining the cause and proper treatments.