Hormonal imbalance is a common problem among women, especially those who are in their 40s or above. Hormonal imbalance can affect women of all ages, but it is more likely to occur during perimenopause and menopause.
Hormones are chemical messengers that are released by glands. They are responsible for controlling and regulating many body functions, including growth and development, and metabolism.
Estrogen and progesterone are essential for reproduction, which is why abnormalities in their levels can lead to infertility problems.
These hormones also play an important role in regulating a woman’s moods and emotions. For example, when estrogen levels drop after menopause, women may experience hot flashes and night sweats, which can affect their physical health as well as their emotional state.
Hormonal imbalances can be caused by many factors. Stress, poor diet, lack of exercise or sleep, and exposure to toxins can all contribute to hormonal imbalances.
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance.
When a woman experiences hormonal imbalance she may experience some or all of these symptoms:
Women with hormonal imbalances often experience symptoms such as weight gain, mood swings, hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness.
Polycystic o v a r y syndrome (PCOS), a condition which causes cysts to form on a woman’s ov a ries as well as changes in her menstrual cycle can also cause weight gain or obesity. This is so because it increases production of male hormones called androgens (male s e x hormones). PCOS can cause irregular periods or no periods at all (amenorrhea).
Mood swings – irritability or sadness that comes on suddenly without any obvious reason; feeling anxious or depressed.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s important to get help from your doctor so that you can find the root cause of your condition before it gets worse.
Causes of Hormonal Imbalance in Women.
Hormonal imbalance in women can be caused by several factors:
- Ov a rian cysts or tumors
- Polycystic ov a rian syndrome (PCOS)
- Thyroid disease
- Premature ovarian failure (POF)
- Hyperprolactinemia (high prolactin levels)
Fifteen (15) Notable Effects of hormonal imbalance in women.
It is well established that hormonal imbalances can have dramatic effects on the body. These may be physical, mental or emotional. Women’s hormones may be out of balance in the following ways:
- Decreased estrogen production and decreased progesterone secretion
- Increased estrogen production, leading to an increased risk of developing breast cancer
- Decreased progesterone production, leading to an increased risk of miscarriage
- Excessive menopause bleeding (or a late menopause) can result from low levels of estrogen in the body
- An excess of estrogen or progesterone. This causes an increase in water retention, which can lead to bloating, puffiness and/or a full feeling in the abdomen
- An excess of testosterone or lack of estrogen. This causes increased fat production, which leads to an accumulation of abdominal fat
- A deficiency in one hormone but an excess in another (for example, too much cortisol due to stress). This can cause mood swings and personality changes
- Depression – Depression is another symptom of hormonal imbalance in women. The condition manifests itself as sadness or hopelessness for extended periods of time with no apparent reason for feeling this way
- Weight gain – A woman’s body naturally produces estrogen to help regulate her menstrual cycle and prepare her uterus for pregnancy. However, if it does not receive enough estrogen from the adrenal glands or ov aries, she will gain weight due to an increase in appetite and carbohydrate cravings while simultaneously losing fat due to reduced metabolic rate
- Irregular or absent menstrual cycle
- Hot flashes (acute vasomotor response). This symptom occurs when progesterone levels rise too high due to poor adrenal function or as a result of decreased thyroid hormone production. Hot flashes are caused by severe stress or anxiety which increases adrenaline levels in your body leading to increased catecholamine activity and secretion from the adrenal glands
- Anxiety and irritability
- Infertility problems (in women)
- Breast tenderness or enlargement (in women)
- Night sweats (hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activation). Night sweats occur when the pituitary gland senses low levels of estrogen resulting in decreased cortisol levels causing excess amounts of watery
A woman’s hormones play a major role in many aspects of her life, including her moods, weight, energy level and even fertility. Hormonal imbalance can lead to a wide range of symptoms or complications. It is therefore important that something is done quickly to avoid complex complications that may arise afterwards.
Originally posted 2022-06-30 03:06:00.