Sometimes, ladies become angry, emotional, and frustrated without any particular reason. We even misinterpret this as their true personality. In truth, it’s the hormonal imbalance that’s definitely the main reason why they go on a rampage. In women’s overall health, hormones play a vital role because it affects their mood, fertility, and ovulation.
However, hormones can be disrupted in many ways.
What Causes Hormonal Imbalance?
Hormonal instabilities are considered a normal process that usually occurs during puberty, pre-menopausal, and menopausal stages. These fluctuations always disrupt the body’s chemistry, hence, the tantrums and whatnot.
There are also other factors that contribute to hormonal imbalance. These are during menstrual cycle, pregnancy, usage of contraceptive pills, stress, and unhealthy lifestyle habits.
People who suffer from hormonal imbalance not only affects themselves but also the people around them. A rapid mood swing can significantly affect the way a woman treats everyone around her.
Therefore, it is of crucial importance to diagnose this condition on time because it can seriously affect your quality of life.
For you to properly diagnose hormonal imbalance, you have to first know what the signs it shows are.
Here are the 6 Signs of a Hormonal Imbalance:
1. Constant Weight Gain
If you don’t notice satisfying result even if you exercise regularly and you still gain weight regardless of your hard work, this may mean that your hormonal balance has gone haywire.
Normally, metabolism dictates the weight loss process. On the other hand, hormonal imbalance causes the body’s ability to burn calories to be reduced, thus, causing weight gain.
Another drawback of hormonal imbalance is your body tends to hold estrogen and cortisol causing fats to be stored in the abdominal area which is really difficult to eliminate.
2. Constant Hunger
A woman suffering hormonal imbalance not only gains weight, they are also constantly craving for something to eat, especially sugar. Even after a meal, they find it hard to keep their hands off food.
This is results to increased level of ghrelin, a hormone that is responsible for appetite stimulation.
3. Loss of Libido
Decreased sex drive is usually caused by hormonal imbalance. Despite your partners’ initiation, you still can’t feel the drive or the heat. This is caused by abnormal levels of cortisol, testosterone, estrogen, and thyroid which is the most important hormones that contribute to a woman’s libido.
These hormones not only affect a woman’s sexual desire but also cause vaginal dryness thus making sexual intercourse uncomfortable and sometimes painful.
4. Mood Swings
Another indicator of hormonal imbalance is regular mood swings. Sometimes you are happy at one moment, then suddenly you just feel sad. You also get irritated easily even over silly things.
If it persists, people may avoid you and it can also lead to depression.
A woman who suffers from hormonal imbalance can also have a difficulty in sleeping. This happens usually during menopause, between 2-4 a.m.
The quality of sleep is directly affected by the low level of progesterone and estrogen and a high level of cortisol. Hormonal levels also trigger night sweats.
Constant fatigue is an important indicator of hormonal imbalance.
A high level of cortisol causes a feeling of tiredness. Cortisol is a hormone that is responsible for the stress you experience. If you are always stressed, the level of cortisol increases, therefore, making you feel tired. Likewise, hormonal fluctuations also results to low-quality of sleep.
Make sure you consult your doctor for specialized diagnosis and treatment if you experience most of these signs of hormonal imbalance.
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