Symptoms of hormone imbalance in women may begin as early as the late 20's to the 40's. Symptoms of hormone imbalance in women tend to increase as a woman ages, especially if ignored in the earlier years. Hormone imbalance symptoms can be any one or more of the following:
a Allergy symptoms a Depression, fatigue and anxiety a Endometriosis a Fibrocystic breasts a Hair loss and facial hair growth a Headaches, dizziness and foggy thinking a Low sex drive a Osteoporosis a PMS a Urinary tract infections and incontinence a Uterine fibroids a Weight gain, water retention and bloating a Wrinkly skin
Symptoms of hormone imbalance are caused primarily by the incorrect relationship between progesterone and estrogen levels in the body. The two female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, exist in a delicate balance. Variations in that balance can have a dramatic effect on your health, resulting in symptoms of hormone imbalance. The amounts of these hormones that the woman's body produces from month to month can vary, depending on factors such as stress, nutrition, exercise and most importantly -- ovulation or the lack of ovulation.
In the first 10-12 days of the menstrual cycle, only estrogen is produced in the female body. If ovulation occurs, then progesterone is produced by the ovaries. On day 28 or so, levels of both hormones drop, resulting in menstruation. However, if ovulation did not occur, you can still have the menstrual period, but the estrogen is never "balanced" by progesterone, which needed ovulation to trigger its production. And this results in symptoms of hormone imbalance appearing -- you have estrogen but progesterone production drops to very low levels.
In the industrialized countries, women take birth control pills, are exposed to household chemicals at home, car exhaust and other environmental xenoestrogens. In addition, women often have stressful lives, eat processed foods or skip meals, take synthetic estrogen HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and have hysterectomies. All these factors can add more estrogen to the female body, resulting in excess estrogen which will cause hormone imbalance symptoms.
How can a woman tell if she is experiencing hormone imbalance symptoms? An easy, fast and effective way is to take the online test provided by a leading womens health clinic for early signs of menopause and symptoms of hormone imbalance in women. The online test takes just a few minutes and is free. Learn more about your health, symptoms, what the symptoms are telling you and what to do about it based on your answers to important questions. Read more about hormone imbalance, estrogen dominance symptoms and physician-recommended natural treatments for eliminating the symptoms of hormone imbalance.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is it a hormone imbalance or anxiety?
My girlfriend is a very moody girl. We just started dating about 4 months ago and she seems to get worked up over the smallest things. Some of these things include, me going into her messy room, her being unable to get her shirt off while changing her clothes, and other small things. When I say "worked up" I mean balling her eyes out, locking herself in the bathroom, spending large amounts of time fixated on the problem.
She told me she had been diagnosed with depression when she was younger and her parents put her on a few different drugs over the years (zoloft is the only one she's named specifically), and she said they all either made her sick or suicidal. When not taking the drugs she seems fine (at least not suicidal), but she's incredibly moody, I believe she has cried nearly every time we've hung out over something or another.
She claims she has a hormone imbalance, and that's what causes her moodiness, and that taking birth control would make her regular. Well she's been on birth control for about 2 months (a little longer), and she seems to be getting progressively moodier, getting immensely worked up and depressed over the smallest things. Sometimes she's literally can't console her at all.
When not in one of these mood swings, she's one of the most intelligent and laid back people you'll ever meet. I'm totally in love with this girl too, she's pretty much everything I've ever wanted in a girl, but I just have to know if these are actually symptoms of a hormone imbalance or if they are anxiety/depression. Or even, could my girlfriend have a more serious psychological condition, or is she just being a typical woman?
Advice would be much appreciated as I really want to help her.
I also forgot to mention, her dad is physically abusive, but hasn't abused her for about 10 months. Her mom is fairly emotionally abusive (says some pretty rude things to her). It's entirely possible her dad could've caused some emotional trauma as the guy is 6'6" or so and weighs probably 300lbs. He's a pretty scary looking guy with a very deep and loud voice. She's about 5'6" and weighs probably 120 soaking wet.
I'm also certain her dad is abusive as her sister has told me the same stories. So unless they're both lying to me, I'm pretty sure the stories are true. Not to mention the guy reaks of child abuser. You can tell he's the type that would fly off the handle and hit someone weaker than himself.
Clomid and hormone evaluations?
When you are faced with infertility you'll try just about anything to get pregnant. I have just started researching clomid, even though I am usually very against drugs and unnessisary interventions. I found a few artciles that explained that infertility has to do with a hormone imbalance and clomid doesn't treat the root of the problem and even may cause cancers later in life.
"Allopathic (conventional) medical thinking fails to look for or treat the root causes of women's hormonal imbalances. For example, more young women today are experiencing infertility because they are not ovulating, yet they are being given fertility drugs like Clomid without comprehensive hormonal evaluations. Though these women often succeed in conceiving, they generally end up paying a price for short-sighted symptom management. The future health consequence is that other symptoms will appear and hormonal imbalance will progress"
that is a quote from one such article......my question is, is clomid really worth it if its not treating the root cause of the problem?
What do ya'll think?
I forgot to add....does anyone know if clomid is suggested for those who already ovulate on their own?
Clomid makes me feel horrible... but if thats what it takes for me to have a baby then its worth it.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Reproduction.?
I'm a young woman, still in my teens, and have just found out I have a hormone imbalance. It started a year ago, my periods had started to change and disappear. It had been 6 months after I'd come of Microgynon so it wasn't that, and I'd had an STI test and come back clear. After having 3 swab tests, and again they all come back clear, I began to get frustrated. Then, after having the symptoms for 8 months, I started to get excruciating lower abdominal pain after sex and during ovulation, and some bleeding after sex too. I was finally referred to the hospital and had a blood test and a vaginal ultra scan. I only got my blood results back to be told I have high testosterone, which is quite embarrassing but luckily hasn't effected my looks, but has effected my aggression. I am now waiting for my scan results, the doctor says she's expecting to find Cyst(s) on my ovaries. I would just like to know is there a cure for the hormone imbalance and what are my chances of reproduction if I have PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome)? Even though I'm young, my main aspiration is to have a family. The thought of not being able to have a child is really scaring me, please help.
Hi Katie Marie
High testosterone suggests PCOS, but normally it doesn't lead to any pain because the cysts in PCOS are very small. So possibly you have a regular ovarian cyst (which tend to be much large and therefore painful), or perhaps just very many of the small, PCOS-type cysts. Let's see what the scan says.
What other symptoms do you have? Do you tend to put on weight easily? Do you have oily skin and/or acne? Do you have hair growth in places you would expect for a woman? Do you have under-developed breasts? These are all associated with PCOS (mostly caused by excess testosterone, though the weight gain is due to elevated insulin levels).
It is true that PCOS is associated with fertility problems, but many women with PCOS have children either naturally or with help. There are drugs that can reduce your insulin levels (the root cause of PCOS symptoms) and ones specifically to help you to ovulate (the multiple cysts in the ovaries are follicles that failed to develop properly, and failed to launch their eggs, due to the elevated insulin). There are also dietary approaches, such as a low glycemic index diet and/or a diet rich in c chiro inositol, both of which aim to reduce insulin levels and hence control PCOS to bring ovulation back.
So then, even if you are diagnosed with PCOS, that is no reason to think that you cannot have children in the future. But wait for your doctor to finish all of the tests and diagnose you properly. If it does turn out to be that, then focus on getting the PCOS under control. Some doctors will prescribe birth control pills in the first instance, these do regulate periods and lower testosterone levels (the BC pills used contain cyproterone which has an anti-androgen effect). But personally I don't agree with this approach, as it doesn't tackle the root cause (insulin resistance), rather it justs masks the symptoms. I think it's better to tackle the root cause, ie insulin levels. First off, I start with a glucose tolerance test with insulin levels (not fasting insulin, not fasting glucose, and not just a glucose tolerance test without insulin levels - all of these can give false negatives with PCOS patients with regards to insulin resistance). BC pills are I think better used as a short course, 3 months before you wish to get pregnant.
Send me a message if you want any more advice after you get your test results.