Hormone Imbalance: Symptoms, Causes And Tests

Hormone Imbalance: Symptoms, Causes And Tests

What is a hormonal imbalance?

Hormones are our body’s chemical messengers that are produced by the endocrine glands. They travel around our blood stream and tell the organs and tissues what they need to do. They help to control various vital processes of the body including reproduction and metabolism. When our body produces too much or too little of a hormone, it is referred to as a hormonal imbalance. Any imbalance of the hormones makes a huge difference to the body.

Imagine these hormones as ingredients of a dish. If any of the ingredients is added more or less than the required quantity, it can make a huge difference to the final product. Although some hormone levels keep on fluctuating throughout our lives, as a result of the natural process of aging; some others change when the endocrine glands mix the ingredients in the incorrect amount. Let’s find out the hormone imbalance symptoms.

 

Hormone Imbalance Symptoms

Hormones help to regulate various important bodily processes such as:

  • Heart rate
  • Sleep cycles
  • Body temperature
  • Reproductive cycles
  • Metabolism
  • Stress levels
  • Appetite
  • Sexual function
  • Moods
  • General growth & development

Since our hormones play an integral role in our overall health, any imbalance is indicated by several symptoms in the body. The symptoms will largely depend upon which hormone is in excess or scanty or which gland is malfunctioning.

Some of the most common hormone imbalance symptoms are:

  • Gain in weight
  • Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Sudden or unexplained weight loss
  • Increased sensitivity to heat or cold
  • Puffy face
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Changes in blood pressure
  • Frequent bowel movements
  • Increased or decreased heart rate
  • Increased thirst
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Muscle weakness
  • Blurred vision
  • Frequent urination
  • Tenderness, pain and stiffness in muscles
  • Infertility
  • Increased hunger
  • Hair thinning or hair loss
  • Pain, swelling and stiffness of joints
  • Excessive sweating
  • Pink or purple stretch marks
  • Nervousness, irritability or anxiety
  • Depression
  • A fatty hump between the shoulders

 

Hormone Imbalance Symptoms in Women

The most common hormone imbalance that women suffer from is PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.

Apart from this, women experience changes in their hormones during:

  • Menstruation
  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding and
  • Menopause

 

Hormone Imbalance Symptoms that are only seen in women include:

  • Irregular periods, heavy bleeding
  • Stopped, missed or frequent periods
  • Acne on the face, chest area and back
  • Excessive hair on the face & chin (Hirsutism)
  • Weight gain
  • Trouble losing weight</