As the name suggests, hormone imbalance means when you have too much or too little of a certain hormone. They are the chemicals produced by glands in the endocrine system and released into the bloodstream. They are of utmost importance for ensuring the proper regulation of your metabolism, sexual functions, reproductive cycles, mood, etc.
Even the slightest bit of zig-zag in your hormone levels can have noticeable effects on your overall health.
Here are some of the most common symptoms of hormone imbalance:-
Fluctuating levels of thyroid, cortisol, testosterone, progesterone, melatonin and/or the growth hormone can all cause insomnia. However, in some ways it can also be defined as an ambidextrous problem as lack of sleep is also notorious for hormone imbalances in the body and a plethora of other illnesses.
2. Mood Swings When transitioning to a teenager, increasing-decreasing levels of estrogen and testosterone make the person more prone to highs in lows in their behavior. Talking about women, the “PMSing” right before the period is natural but does not affect everybody and/or equally. As your hormones are fluctuating so much, there are more chances of you experiencing mood swings, depression, anxiety, irritability, etc.
3. Persistent Acne
Hormonal Acne generally shows up around the chin & the jaw region. Without high estrogen, androgens increase sebum production which leads to a habitable environment for acne. This condition generally develops before the 20s. The most effective treatment known for the same is Isotretinoin (Accutane).
4. Loss Of Muscle Mass
Estrogen & Testosterone directly affect the structure and function of other musculoskeletal tissues such as muscle, tendon, and ligament. If there is any sort of imbalance of catabolic hormones, one starts to lose muscle mass. Low estrogen in women can also reduce their muscular force and also hinder with one’s metabolism.
5. Digestive Problems Research showed that the two hormones, estrogen, and progesterone may be responsible for many gut-related problems. They also have the potential to affect the movement of food & waste products resulting in bloating, constipation & diarrhea.
These were some of the most common side effects or symptoms of hormonal imbalance that people notice early in time. While these can be the result of nothing serious, if they persist or are coupled with each other, one should consult a medical professional.