Hormone imbalance can be a very disturbing thing especially in women. Some women can’t even make a connection between their health problems with hormonal imbalance.
These signs can help you understand if you have this type of imbalance:
Female Hormone Imbalance Symptoms
- Cyclical headaches
- Excessive facial hair (under the chin or the upper lip) or extra body hair
- Acne on the lower jawline, cystic acne
- Extra weight around the belly area
- Irregular period
- Brittle or breaking nails
- Absent periods
- Thinning hair on the head
- Bloating and puffiness
- Mood swings
- Hot flashes
- The presence of ovarian cysts
- Vaginal dryness
- Heavy menstrual flow
- Difficulty conceiving
- Night sweats
- Extreme PMS mood swings
- Significant breast swelling or tenderness
- Abnormal PAP tests that will include cervical dysplasia
- Early or late puberty
- Diagnosed fibrocystic breasts
- Premenstrual bleeding or spotting
- Foggy thinking
- Sex drive that is decreased
- Gallbladder problems
What Should I Do In Case Of A Hormone Imbalance?
Step 1: Do Some Tests
The first thing you should do in case you’re suspecting a hormonal imbalance is to make some tests. Visit your doctor and ask for blood analysis. You can also do some urinary hormone tests or saliva panels. Each one of these forms can be beneficial and show if you’ve got a problem. Yet, the most precise test is the one including saliva panels because it will show you if you have hormone imbalance because of stress along with the cortisol rhythms. Blood analyses are the simplest, but they may miss some of the stress hormones. The urinary tests will show you in what way your body is detoxifying and how every single one of your hormones is breaking.
Step 2: Treatment of Hormone Imbalance
You must focus on decreasing the amount of stress and balance your nutrition, but mostly the levels of blood sugar. If you have a hormone imbalance you may experience, decreased levels of progesterone, irregular menstruation, worsened acne, PMS, hot flashes, increased estrogen etc.
Balance your levels of blood sugar:
You can have a nutritional plan prepared for you by a nutritionist. It will be the most optimal for you and it will help you balance your hormones. It should have very low amounts of white and simple carbohydrates as well as sugar. The levels of blood sugar become changed if we intake these foods very often, but we can also develop insulin resistance. This can be a cause for the appearance of polycystic ovarian syndrome. During this condition, a woman has irregular periods, her levels of testosterone are increased and she has too much body and facial hair and she can’t lose weight easily.
You can help yourself and regulate your nutrition by minimizing the intake of sugar as well as foods that contain white flour, eating regularly on every 4 hours (include snacks and meals), intake plenty of fruits and vegetables, but also proteins that can be of vegetarian or animal source. Your intake of alcohol shouldn’t include more than 4 drinks a week. You’ll see how your PMS symptoms will improve, you’ll have a healthier skin, you’ll manage to lose weight and all of these just because of balanced hormones!
Stress can have a really big role on hormonal imbalance. It increases the adrenal androgens which only increases testosterone, but also lowers the levels of progesterone, higher (leading to more). You also can’t have regular periods or experience menopause symptoms earlier. You must make sure to decrease your everyday stress. That will help you balance your hormones. Make more breaks at work. Find something that will relax you: meditate, do yoga or read! Every single one of them is great!
4 Common Female Hormone Imbalances
Here are some of the most common types of hormone imbalance:
- Low estrogen
- High androgens
- Low progesterone
- Estrogen dominance
1. Low Progesterone
The symptoms are: very difficult PMS, premenstrual spotting, anxiety, insomnia, difficulty conceiving and painful breasts. They all appear especially during PMS. You can treat low progesterone by decreasing the levels of stress. Make sure you use something herbal like for example vitex or otherwise called chastetree berry. You can also use wild yam extract.
2. Low Estrogen and Estrogen Dominance
This type of dominance mostly appears because of combined elimination of estrogen with poor detoxification. It also includes progesterone deficiency. The signs that appear are: ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids, heavy menstrual flow, endometriosis and breast cysts. You can start by improving your nutrition, then lose some weight if you should and take some herbal remedies that will include DIM (diindolylmethane), turmeric, calcium D-glucarate and indole-3-carbinol.
3. High Androgens
These appear in women with more testosterone and cause the appearance of extra hair growth, acne, etc., but they also cause something positive like an increased libido, more muscle tone as well as more competitive personalities. You can help yourself with diet that will regulate your levels of blood sugar, but also take some supplements like saw palmetto, zinc, inositol, spearmint and peony.
You should be very careful if you suspect that you have a hormone imbalance as it can show a wide variety of symptoms. Still, there is hope and you can improve their balance. The most important thing is to improve your nutrition, decrease stress, decrease the intake of sugar and exercise regularly!