Statistics show that close to 80% of women suffer from a kind of hormonal imbalance. The hormonal imbalances bring about various mental and physical health issues. Men can also have problems with the balance of their hormones. In most cases, the imbalance comes as a result of high levels of estrogen or low levels of testosterone. Despite the extraordinary prevalence of this condition, most people do not know the signs to watch out for to know if they have this problem. But, below are five common signs of a hormonal imbalance that you should not ignore.
#1 Persistent acne
Acne is rather a normal occurrence for most ladies shortly before or after monthly periods, but it should clear out after a few days. If the acne does not clear, this might be a sign that you have a hormonal imbalance. The American Academy of Dermatology explains this to be a result of an abundance of androgens that affects skin cells around the hair follicles and overwork the oil glands.
#2 Constantly feeling fatigued
Fatigue is the most common symptom of a hormonal imbalance in both men and women. And so if you have been feeling tired almost continually in the last couple of days, then your hormonal levels might be out of order. According to endocrinologists, excess progesterone is one of the things responsible for this, and it makes you feel tired and sleepy. Your thyroid may also make little thyroid hormone which will cause your energy levels to dip.
#3 Depressions and mood swings
Researchers and medical experts are sure of the opinion that a quick change in the hormone levels will lead to blues and moodiness. Estrogen is one of the hormones that are more responsible for the mood swings and even depression in some cases because it affects vital chemicals in the brain such as serotonin and norepinephrine.
#4 Low libido
Although several things can result in low libido, a low testosterone level in men and a low estrogen level in women are the most common ones. A study published by Medical Daily shows that a drop in estrogen in women will thin vaginal tissues, cause dryness and make intercourse painful. If sex is painful, ladies understandably don’t tend to engage in it often.
#5 Night sweats/hot flashes
Waking up at night all sweaty can be due to many things, but research shows that it is one of the common signs of hormonal imbalance. Most people might think that this is only a result of low estrogen levels, but recent studies prove that having too much of it can also cause hot flashes. Low levels of progesterone and imbalances in other hormones in the ovary, thyroid or pancreas also may have the similar effect.