If you're feeling out of sorts, constantly feeling tyred and seemingly gaining weight for no reason or maybe you are just feeling generally burned out, it may not be your run-of-the-mill stress.
It could be due to hormone imbalances that should be addressed to protect your health! Here are some common signs and symptoms to look out for.
If you're exhausted all the time, even after a full night's sleep, it could be a sign that something is out of balance in your hormonal balance. People often just logic that “I have a lot on my mind” or “it’s just stress” that causes sleep issues – but both assumptions can keep them from getting to the bottom of the issue.
While stress can offset hormone balance and sleep, it’s more important to understand which hormones are out of balance, so you can rebalance them appropriately, and finally get some good quality shut-eye.
High levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), low progesterone, oestrogen dominance (too much oestrogen) and low testosterone, or even low melatonin production (the sleep hormone) can all be culprits for restless nights.
Whatever is causing your sleep issues, don't worry – a trained hormone expert can test all your hormones to discover why you might be struggling.
Have you noticed you’re turning into Oscar the Grouch for no reason? It could be more than just mood swings that seem to come out of nowhere. Unchecked oestrogen dominance for women and low progesterone, low testosterone for men, perimenopause, and menopause can all be underlying causes of your sudden changes in mood.
Aside from the physical signs and symptoms, hormone imbalances can have a dramatic impact on your emotions and mental state as well as an impact on insulin resistance.
So next time you find your mood shifting quickly, don't just brush it off as random bouts of emotion - it could be the body's way of telling you something is off with your hormone levels!
Maybe your libido has been MIA (Missing in Action) lately, and you can't figure out why. You love your partner and you are starting to get concerned that your low libido will compromise your relationship. It may not be your fault!
As it turns out, there are many hormone imbalances that can cause you to say “not tonight, honey! Low oestrogen, which women typically experience during menopause, can impact your desire for sex and worse… can make sex painful.
Low progesterone can decrease arousal, which can happen in perimenopause and menopause, as it keeps your oestrogen levels in check – allowing oestrogen to rise too high.
Additionally, low progesterone can leave you feeling listless, depressed with bouts of anxiety, and not great for “getting into the mood”!
For men, high cortisol (the stress hormone) and obviously low testosterone can zap their sex drive. Many men also suffer from prediabetes causing blood sugar spikes and crashes leaving them feeling exhausted as well.
You could be eating a low-carb diet and hitting the gym like a maniac, but if your hormones are out of whack, all that effort may be in vain.
Low or high levels of oestrogen, low progesterone, low testosterone, and insulin resistance can cancel out your focused attempts to lose weight.
While you may be able to lose 3 to 4 pounds by being super strict, it typically comes back the following week when you start to eat a little more.
But don’t beat yourself up, you might just need a little help rebalancing hormones! After all, you can’t out-exercise a hormone imbalance, you need the helping hand of a hormone expert!
If you have irregular periods, showing up too soon or your periods suddenly stopped – you could have imbalances in oestrogen, progesterone, and even testosterone levels.
Having a regular period without horrible PMS, cramping or anxiety is a sign of hormone balance and a healthy body.
There are many medical causes of missed or irregular periods and one of the most common culprits is hormone imbalances, especially low oestrogen, and high testosterone levels.
Mind-numbing period cramps, headaches before your cycle, tender breasts (ouch!) and heavy flows can all be signs that you make too much oestrogen and you don’t have enough progesterone on board.
You could also be experiencing insulin resistance in addition to hormonal imbalances like in the case of PCOS. It is especially common to experience these issues around perimenopause or menopause when women’s hormones start to shift more drastically.
But don't let that cause even more stress: know that there may be underlying medical reasons why your period has gone AWOL and reach out to a hormone expert or functional medicine practitioner who has a high level of expertise in hormones and can help sort things out for you.
Is there more hair in your brush than on your head? If you're worried that your luxurious locks are thinning or falling out, it could be a sign of hypothyroidism.
While your TSH levels may be in the “normal” range according to your doctor, other thyroid hormones like free T3 and free T4 may be low. Additionally, you may be struggling with the autoimmune condition Hashimoto’s that impacts thyroid health – in turn impacting your energy, weight, metabolism, and cognition.
Alternatively, it could be evidence of oestrogen dominance or low levels of progesterone. All of these imbalances gone unchecked can increase your risk of feeling plain awful and contribute to many chronic illnesses that show up later in life.
It’s time to recognise these common signs and symptoms of hormone imbalances. Achieving hormonal balance is key when it comes to optimal health and wellness, but you don’t have to go it alone. If you feel like this might be something that is going on for you, don’t hesitate to seek help from an experienced hormone expert specialising in advanced hormone testing. Don’t wait for your health to suffer, be proactive and take charge of your well-being today!
If you've struggled recently, some lab testing can help to diagnose if low hormones or stressed-out levels of cortisol might be to blame – think of it as CSI: Hormones! Getting to the bottom of low energy, weight gain, poor sleep, and sex drive doesn’t have to be a mystery… take back control and start testing for hormone imbalances.
London Bioidentical Hormones is a Virtual Practice in the United Kingdom and serves patients throughout the United Kingdom.