There are different hormones in the body having different functions, but they are all influenced by each other. All hormones work together like a symphony; if one part of the orchestra is not functioning properly, then the melody produce is out of tune. Hormones are chemical “messengers” that impact the way your body cells and organs function. From puberty to menopause hormones are constantly fluctuating in a female’s body and this is a part of the natural life cycle of a female. But factors like an excess of stress, poor diet habits, sedentary lifestyle, inadequate sleep, certain medications and some disease conditions can cause hormonal imbalance too.
Hormonal imbalance can affect the quality of life of a female. All women need to know the signs and symptoms of hormone imbalance.
Check out some of the frequently seen symptoms of Hormone imbalance:
Most of the females get their periods every 21 to 35 days. Irregular periods or skipped periods for some months indicates an imbalance of certain hormones (estrogen and progesterone) in the body. Irregular periods can be due to conditions like a Polycystic ovarian disease, thyroid disorders or other diseases.
In your 40s or early 50s — the reason for irregular periods can be peri-menopause — the time before menopause.
Changes in Appetite and Weight:
Hormonal imbalance can lead to changes in the appetite. There might be changes in body weight or fluid retention in some females due to changes in hormone levels.
Many women have underlying hormonal imbalances that make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight. Certain hormones can produce insulin resistance leading to difficulty in reducing weight. Hormones like cortisol secreted by adrenal gland lead to excess fat store, making an increase in belly fat.
An excess of androgen (“male” hormones that both men and women have) can cause excessive oil secretion from the glands of the skin. Androgen also affects the skin cells in and around your hair follicles. Which blocks the skin pores and cause acne.
Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of a hormone imbalance. Excess progesterone can make you sleepy. Under functioning of the thyroid gland can also lead to easy fatigue, tiredness and lack of stamina.
Mood Swings and Depression:
Changes in hormonal levels can cause frequent changes in mood. Excess of estrogen can affect brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine leading to irritation and depression.
Changes in hormone levels in your body may lead to sleepless nights or excess of sleep.
It is common to get a headache or episodes of a migraine before or during your period when estrogen is on the decline.
It’s normal to have vaginal dryness occasionally. But if you often notice it, low estrogen may be the reason. Low levels of estrogen can reduce vaginal fluids and cause tightness of vagina.
Loss of sexual desire:
Low testosterone levels can lead to low sexual desire.
Low estrogen level can make your breast tissue less dense and an increase can thicken this tissue, even causing new lumps or cysts.
Common causes of cravings and excess eating are adrenal fatigue, insulin resistance, and other hormonal imbalances.
Lifestyle changes like healthy diet, regular exercises, meditation yoga, proper sleep and certain stress coping mechanisms can help you to regularize your hormone levels and to ease your symptom to certain extend. But a proper diagnosis of the hormonal imbalance is very important in order to treat the underlying disease condition. In a conventional mode of treatment hormonal supplements can be given as per the disease condition which might help to some extent.
Various hormones of the body operate in harmony to regularize smooth functioning of all systems. Deficiency or excess in the level of one hormone can affect other hormones and in eventually normal functioning of the various systems of the body. Homeopathy is a holistic science believes in treating the person as a whole. Homeopathic medicines stimulate body’s own mechanism and correct the imbalance in the hormone secretion. Homeopathic medicines which act at root level can bring back deviations of the hormonal system back to normalcy and in many cases abolish the need for exogenous hormones with their side-effects.
Are you getting any of the above symptoms? Then do get in touch with our doctors to get the correct diagnosis of your symptoms and to know how research-based medicines at Life Force can help you.
– Written by Dr. Aparna Hingmire LifeForce team