How to Tell if You Have a Hormonal Imbalance and What You Can Do About It
Updated: Jul 20, 2019
Have you been frustrated with stubborn weight that doesn't seem to come off no matter how hard you try? Are your menstrual cycles especially difficult or irregular? Well you're in the right place to find out why.
Hormone imbalances are a tricky bird. They make life difficult and often fly under the radar, undetected. The most important note as you read further into this is that they are typically very treatable.
I have Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). This syndrome is caused by hormonal imbalances and is often known to cause obesity, insulin resistance, and infertility. I just had my first baby and maintain a healthy BMI. My bottom line is that finding out you have one of these imbalances is not a nail in the coffin, but rather an insight into what's going on in your body and how you can fix it.
Here are 4 signs that you have a hormonal imbalance and what you can do about it.
You have facial hair
Maybe you thought it was normal. Maybe it's an embarrassing problem that you didn't give a second thought. But facial hair on women is typically a sign of androgen dominance. This can be the cause of a deeper issue.
Excessive active testosterone (which is an androgen hormone) is the most common cause of facial hair in women. Excessive cortisol is another androgen hormone that can cause facial hair.
You have a hard time losing weight
Now I'm not talking to the people who keep eating their cookie dough, do a few crunches and get upset that they haven't lost a pound. I'm talking to those who have exercised daily, eaten a healthy regemen and kept on the excess weight... Especially in the abdomen, hips and thighs.
If this sounds like you, hormonal imbalances are a good place to check. An over or under producing thyroid, excessive testosterone, cortisol, progesterone or estrogen can all cause resistant and stubborn excess weight.
You have adult acne
It's been confirmed...Adult acne sucks. Those chin pimples aren't exactly what you had in mind for your wedding day or the big interview that you have next week. But if you have a hormonal imbalance, they have likely reared their ugly little (or big) heads more times than you'd like to count.
Androgen hormones are again typically to blame for this uncomfortable problem. If you've noticed that you have ongoing breakouts, especially when you're having other hormonal problems, I'd get it checked out.
You have painful or irregular periods
Yeah, boys. You can close the door on your way out. Today we're talking periods. Have you noticed that you have more pain than others around the time you have your menstrual cycle? Or does your menstrual cycle come sporadically?
Get. Your. Hormone. Levels. Checked. This can be a sign of a huge assortment of things from PCOS to endometriosis to fibroids.
What it all means
These hormonal imbalances can be a sign of a huge assortment of things, so it's important to have comprehensive testing done. Some of the disorders that can accompany hormonal imbalances are hyper or hypothyroidism, endometriosis, PCOS, Cushing's Syndrome, MTHFR Gene Mutation, autoimmune disease, and more. It's an exhausting list and it's not meant to scare you. It's hopefully a further encouragement to check out any potential for imbalances and treat anything you find.
What you can do
We've been through a journey together, you and I. A journey of "hey, that sounds like me" and "yessss, that is something I've had to deal with." Here are some things you should do if you suspect you have a hormonal imbalance.
• See an endocrinologist or naturopath who specializes in hormonal issues.
• Get your sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen), cortisol, thyroid hormones, progesterone and blood sugar tested. I also recommend testing your glucose tolerance and potential for insulin resistance.
• Get an ultrasound of your reproductive organs to ensure the absence of cysts, fibroids and endometriosis.
• Change your diet to be Anti-inflammatory. This includes avoiding foods that can exacerbate inflammation.
• Avoid using food storage and grooming items with BPA and other hormone disrupting chemicals.
• If you find out that you do have a hormonal imbalance, try a naturopathic supplement regemen BEFORE trying medication. Trust me. I drastically improved my symptoms and you can too!
• If you find out that you do have a hormonal imbalance, try a naturopathic supplement regimen BEFORE trying medication. Trust me. I drastically improved my symptoms and you can too!
If you want to know more about anything hormone or regemen related, leave a comment below or send me a DM! I am happy to answer any questions you have and support you on your journey.