Your hormones play a big role in your overall well-being. They are created by the glands located in your endocrine system and are used to relay important messages to different organs in the body. When your hormones are not balanced, chances are you will notice some negative symptoms. Many people do not realize, however, that these symptoms are caused by a hormonal imbalance.
Systems Impacted by Hormones
It is really quite astonishing how many bodily systems are impacted by your hormone levels. Some of the major areas that they play a role include:
- Sleep cycles
- Heart rate
- Reproductive cycles
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance
So how do you know if your hormone health is impacting your overall well-being? Some symptoms affect both men and women, while others tend to be sex-specific. General symptoms of hormones being out of balance include:
- Difficulty falling and/or staying asleep
- Unexplained weight changes
- Excessive sweating
- Weak and/or brittle bones
- Dry skin
- Reduction of sex drive
- Blurred vision
- Excessive thirst
- Thinning of the hair
Additionally, when a woman’s level of estrogen or progesterone is out of balance, they may experience:
- Heavy or irregular periods
- Breast tenderness
- Vaginal dryness or atrophy
- Deepening of the voice
Men, on the other hand, are often impacted by fluctuations in their testosterone levels. Some symptoms they experience include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Low sperm count
- Over-development of breast tissue growth
- Reduction in muscle mass
- Reduction in body hair growth
Causes of Hormonal Imbalances
Many things can impact your hormonal health. It is important to note that everyone goes through periods of life where their hormones are out of balance. Puberty is a big one. Pregnancy and breastfeeding are also major ones for women.
If it is not one of these phases in your life, a hormonal imbalance can be caused by the endocrine glands not doing their jobs. Examples of endocrine glands include the pituitary gland, adrenal glands, and testes or ovaries.
Lifestyle factors that can contribute to a problem with hormone health are things such as being overweight, having a poor diet, suffering from chronic extreme stress, having either type 1 or 2 diabetes, birth control medications, chemotherapy, and several medical conditions.
If you are interested in learning more about your hormone health, we encourage you to reach out to us here at Envoque MD for more info. We are here to answer questions and help you get your balance and well-being back. Contact Us today and schedule your consultation!