SYMPTOMS OF HORMONAL IMBALANCE
Hormones are the chemical messengers in the body that travel the bloodstream to the organs and tissues. They slowly work and affect many of the body’s processes over time. Endocrine glands make hormones. Symptoms of hormonal imbalance differ in men and women but have similar solutions.
Both men and women produce hormones in the same areas with one exception, the sexual organs. Additional male hormones are produced in the testes while women’s are produced in the ovaries.
An imbalance of hormones is experienced at different times during life. As the body changes from childhood to adulthood, puberty is experienced by both male and females. Women will then again experience a change later in life after their childbearing years have been passed and men will experience a change as they enter midlife. Hormonal imbalance is defined as chemical messengers which regulate our body’s systems and that are no longer functioning properly. This dysfunction can be an overproduction or an underproduction of specific hormones.
Symptoms of Insufficient Estrogen and Progesterone:
Aches and pains
Dry hair and skin
Short term memory
Symptoms of Androgen Deficiency DHEA/Testosterone:
Decreased mental clarity and function
Decreased libido, sexual receptivity and pleasure
Decrease in muscle mass and stamina
Diminished sense of psychological well‐being
Increased risk cardio vascular disease
Increased risk of arthritis
Osteoporosis and Osteopenia
Thinning of the skin
Short‐term memory loss
Symptoms of Androgen Excess (DHEA and Testosterone Excess):
High levels of triglycerides
Increased risk of breast cancer
Increased risk of heart disease
Increased risk of metabolic syndrome
Increased abdominal fat
Increase in facial and body hair
Loss of scalp hair
Increased risk of polycystic ovarian syndrome
What to do if you suspect you have an hormonal imbalance?
If you suspect that you have an hormonal imbalance the first step should be saliva testing to see what your hormone levels are and if they are out of balance. Depending on the results of the testing you may want to try some Natural Hormone Therapy (which may include natural progesterone, DHEA or adrenal support).