Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers. It is produced in the endocrine glands, these powerful chemicals travel around the bloodstream telling tissues and organs what to do. They help control the body’s major processes, including metabolism and reproduction.
Having hormonal imbalance means having too much or too little of a certain hormone. Even small changes can lead to serious effects throughout the whole body.
Symptoms of hormonal imbalance
- Weight gain
- Increase sensitivity to cold or heat
- Dry skin
- Puffy face
- Constipation or more frequent bowel movements
- Muscle weakness
- Frequent urination
- Increased thirst
- Unexplained weight loss
- Increased or decreased heart rate
- Thinning hair or fine, brittle hair
- Purple or pink stretch marks
- Blurred vision
- A fatty hump between the shoulders
Causes of Hormonal Imbalance
There are many possible causes for a hormonal imbalance. Causes differ depending on which hormones or glands are affected.
- Hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid
- hypothyroidism , underactive thyroid
- Cushing syndrome
- Hormone therapy
- Eating disorders
- Congenital adrenal hyperplasia
- Pituitary tumor
- Injury or trauma
- Cancer treatments
- Hyperfunctioning thyroid nodules
Hormone blood tests can reveal an abundance of important information about a woman’s health. Levels of estrogen can reveal where a woman is in her menstrual cycle, which can help pinpoint the cause of fertility problems or signal the onset of menopause.
Blood tests to measure female hormone levels also can play a role in diagnosing medical conditions such as thyroid disease or diabetes, and they can help evaluate how well a medication is working.
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