Hormones are chemical messengers in the human body. They are initially produced by the endocrine glands, and later secreted into the blood stream. Each hormone has a distinctive role, and they all create an essential unit in the organism.
Oversecretion disrupts the function of vital organs, triggering a chaos called ‘hormonal imbalance.’
Hormonal imbalance in women is commonly caused by the imbalance of estrogen and progesterone, the most essential hormones in females. Such imbalance is accompanied with specific symptoms and disorders.
According to scientists, the causes of hormonal imbalance are divided into 2 groups
Internal or physiological, and
Causes of physiological background usually involve changes in the reproductive cycle. Estrogen and progesterone are secreted in a specific schedule, in accordance with menstrual cycle and ovulation. Once this natural process is hindered, hormone levels tend to go crazy.
When it comes to external factors, hormonal imbalance in women is sometimes triggered by additional, external sources of estrogen, other than the hormone that is naturally secreted in the body.
Unfortunately, many women deal with hormonal imbalance before they even reach their menopause.
This strange phenomenon occurs as a result of numerous factors, including:
- Overexposure to xenoestrogens contained in cleaning products, soaps, sprays, herbicides and cosmetic products
- Passive lifestyle and insufficient physical activity
- Matter of genes
- Thyroid malfunction
- Excessive consumption of fatty, salty, or processed foods. The same applies to foods high in sugar, caffeine-rich products and refined sugar
- Specific diet regimens, such as diets low in fat
- Western diet, which means consuming hormone-stuffed meat and dairy products
- Excessive consumption of alcohol
- Stressful lifestyle
- Hormone therapies
- Missed ovulation
- Overexposure to pesticides, herbicides, and harsh chemicals
- Living in polluted areas and overexposure to environmental toxins
Common symptoms of hormonal imbalance
Check if you have noticed any of the symptoms below. It is a simple test that will help you determine whether you should have your hormone levels checked.
- Weight fluctuation (each month)
- Swollen or bloated stomach, and water retention
- Feeling of heaviness and having overfed
- Frequent headaches
- Mood swings
- Sore, enlarged breasts
- Failing to perform everyday tasks
- Pain in muscles, joints or back
- Premenstrual cravings (common cravings for sugar and salt)
- Irregular menstrual cycle, heavy period or light bleeding
- Contraceptive or other hormone-based pills
- Premenstrual migraine
- Breast lumps, cysts or fybrocystic breasts
- Hereditary factor in developing breast, ovarian or cervical cancer
- Perimenopausal symptoms, including hot flashes, mood swings, headaches, irregular cycle, heavy period, water retention, tender breasts, vaginal dryness, pain in joints and muscles, poor libido, excessive weight gain
- Heat strokes
- Feeling upset more than usual
- Night sweating
- Being unable to fall asleep
- Cold hands and feet
- Lost desire for sex
- Dry skin and hair, or vaginal dryness
- Improper heartbeat
- Memory or concentration issues
- Bloated stomach or weight gain in the abdomen