A Woman’s Guide to 5 Warning Signs of a Hormonal Imbalance

Hormones fluctuate as time goes on. There can be hormonal imbalances that lead to uncomfortable feelings. These feelings can include, but not limited to, being more fatigued, bloated, or unreasonably sweaty.

Here are five signs of a hormonal imbalance that you should be on the lookout for.

1. Extreme Fatigue

Extreme fatigue is different than just not having your cup of coffee when you wake up in the morning. This is fatigue that makes it even harder to get out of bed and do anything that relates to a day to day life.

The hormonal imbalance that causes fatigue can come from either an excessive amount of progesterone or a decrease in the thyroid hormone. Your thyroid tells your body how many calories it should burn on a daily basis, so if it is not producing enough, your body is not utilizing your energy sources effectively.

2. Bloating

Bloating is another common sign of hormonal imbalance in women. Your stomach has receptors that will signal from estrogen or progesterone that it needs to break down food effectively.

This goes hand-in-hand with the thyroid, as your body needs to be alerted to producing digestive enzymes to break down your food. Typically, not producing enough of these enzymes is what causes excess amounts of bloating and discomfort.

3. Weight Gain

When your body is not producing enough thyroid hormone to burn off calories, you will also find an increase in weight gain. The significant drop in thyroid hormone can even stall any type of weight loss from happening.

This is what leads to hypothyroidism. This creates a downward spiral, as the more fatigued you feel, the more likely you are to not want to do anything. From there, you then end up gaining more weight, because the body does not want to move.

4. Increase in Nervousness or Irritability

Anxiety and irritability can also increase from an imbalance of hormones. When you’re feeling uncomfortable from an increase in fatigue or bloating, this increases your chances of getting irate with someone.

Don’t fret though, as this would happen to anyone. Estrogen can affect specific neurotransmitters, specifically serotonin, which helps boost our mood to normal.

Find out more about the power of progesterone here.

5. Acne

Everyone hates acne, and hormonal acne is the worst. There is no over the counter treatment to put on your face to tackle this acne and it can occur anywhere. It is common around the neck and chin, but can also happen on the chest and shoulders.

This happens when your body is not converting androgen hormones into estrogen. Androgen hormones are known for causing an increase in oily skin, leading to more acne.

Be On the Lookout for These Signs of a Hormonal Imbalance

By learning the signs of a hormonal imbalance, you can tackle the problem before it becomes serious. Consult with a doctor to see if your hormones are out of whack and get on track to feeling yourself again.

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