Ladies, we all know those moments when we feel angry, frustrated and emotional, sometimes for no apparent reason. Often we blame this on our hormones. And thats not just a lame excuse, no matter what your partner says. Hormones, do in fact, play a very important role in womens health and well being. When hormone levels fluctuate, this can impact on your mood, sexual desire, fertility and ovulation.
What causes a hormonal imbalance?
Hormone problems are common, so you if you feel that you are experiencing a hormonal imbalance, then you are not alone. There are certain causes which can throw off your bodys natural chemistry. Common culprits are menopause, pregnancy, menstrual cycle, the contraceptive pill, and lifestyle factors such as inconsistent sleep patterns, stress a poor diet and lack of exercise. Other causes can be thyroid issues or diabetes.
Common signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance
1. Sleep Disorders
Many women find it hard to fall asleep mainly just before their period. This may be due to the sharp drop in the hormone progesterone just before menstruation. Progesterone levels also drop after giving birth, but then you can always blame your baby for not getting enough sleep. Progesterone has relaxing properties, so when its levels drop, It can make you feel restless cause you sleep disorders. If you want to choose a more natural approach to sleep disorders, you can read my articles about the 12 best herbs for insomnia, the best foods to get better sleep, or try this natural substance to improve sleep disorders.
2. Persistent Acne
A lot of women breakout before their period, due to hormonal shifts. However, if you suffer from deep, cystic acne all the time, then it could be androgens (male hormones such as testosterone) which are the culprit. Testosterone stimulates excess production of sebum (oil), which then gets trapped underneath the skin and merges with acne-causing bacteria and dead skin cells. That leads to clogged pores, pimples, and blemishes. The higher a womans testosterone levels, the worse the breakout. For easier cases of acne you can find here the best herbs and natural acne treatments.
3. Memory Fog
Are you forgetting things? Such as where you put your purse, or what time youre meant to meet your friend? If so, then this could be a hormonal issue. If youve been experiencing a high amount of stress recently, then your body will be producing high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Studies suggest that consistently high levels of cortisol can hamper your learning ability and memory. You can read my previous article about 10 warning signs you have high cortisol level and how to lower it.