15 Signs You Have a Hormonal Imbalance and What You Can Do About It

13 Signs You Have a Hormonal Imbalance and What You Can Do About It
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We ladies know the trouble, stress, and frustration that hormonal imbalances can cause us. When hormones fluctuate, we can feel angry, emotional, tired, moody, and suffer the embarrassment from an outbreak of acne. However, no matter what our partners say, hormonal balance is key to our general health and not just a lame excuse for mood swings and feeling “off color.”

In fact, the signs of hormonal imbalances don’t just affect our mood and emotions. Our hormones also directly affect our chances of becoming pregnant and can also affect ovulation and sexual desire.

In this article, you will learn about the symptoms of hormonal imbalance and the reasons why your body’s natural chemistry is constantly changing. First of all, let’s look at why it’s important to have your hormones in balance.

What are Hormones?

Hormones are produced by glands in the body and control most bodily functions – everything from very simple needs like hunger and sleep to complex ones like the onset of puberty and controlling the reproductive system.

According to the Endocrine Society, knowing what causes changes in your hormones levels can help you take control of your health. In fact, even just small imbalances in your hormones can cause life-changing symptoms.1

For example, your adrenal glands produce cortisol which is closely connected with your stress response. However, high levels of cortisol can affect a woman’s sex drive and menstrual cycle. Cortisol can also be a factor behind high levels of anxiety and depression.2

Your ovaries secrete hormones like estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone which are sex hormones that control the menstrual cycle, fertility, and sex drive. However, according to the University of Rochester estrogen is also linked to cognitive function, breast health, and your cardiovascular system.28

Other hormones control other necessary functions in the body. For example, leptin influences your body weight and fat, melatonin helps us get a good night’s sleep, and thyroxine helps regulate your heartbeat and control your metabolism.

What Causes Hormonal Imbalance?

Your hormones have to work together in balance to help your body thrive. However, hormone ups and downs in women are very common, so if you feel that you have a hormonal imbalance, you are not alone.

Doctors from WebMD say that some of the common causes of an imbalance in hormone production in women are pre-menstrual syndrome, pregnancy, and the menopause. However, other lifestyle factors can cause hormones to fluctuate. Being overweight, not getting enough exercise, or a lack of sleep can all throw your hormones off balance.3

Other reasons for hormone fluctuations are an underactive thyroid that doesn’t produce enough thyroxine. Doctors from the Mayo Clinic say that hypothyroidism can leave you feeling lethargic, cause changes in your menstrual system, or make it difficult to lose weight.4

Also, diabetes is a common cause of hormonal imbalances and can affect, not just the insulin hormone, but also other blood sugar-related hormones, sex hormones, and growth hormones.5

Common Signs of Hormonal Imbalance

Knowing the signs of a hormonal imbalance in women can help you address the underlying cause and help get your hormones in balance again. Sometimes, all you need is to make some lifestyle changes to help your body produce enough hormones. Other times, you can use some natural remedies to help manage the symptoms of a hormonal imbalance.

1. Sleep disorders

A sharp rise in the hormone progesterone before your period can make falling asleep more difficult. Dr. Traci Johnson on WebMD says that progesterone helps with sleep patterns and can make falling and staying asleep more difficult.6

Also, the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine reported that estrogen and progesterone drop sharply after childbirth. This can be a factor why many women have difficulty sleeping after giving birth and low levels of these hormones have been linked with post-natal depression.7

If you want to choose a more natural approach to sleep disorders, you can read my articles about the 12 best herbs for insomnia, the best foods to get better sleep, or try these essential oils to improve sleep disorders.

2. Mood swings, anxiety, and depression

A hormonal imbalance can cause you to experience mood swings and heightened anxiety just before your period or during the menopause.

Estrogen levels constantly fluctuate during the reproductive cycle. Researchers from Harvard found that women with low estrogen levels are more prone to feeling the effects of emotional stress. They found that in clinical trials, higher levels of estrogen helped to calm the “fear response” helping you to be less fearful.8

Other studies have found that fluctuations in the hormone cortisol and hormones produced by the pituitary, hypothalamic, and gonadal glands can cause depressive symptoms. Researchers found that low levels of the cortisol hormone were found in women who have fibromyalgia and symptoms of depression.9

If you suffer from mood swings and anxiety during the menopause, you can find some helpful advice in my article on 10 herbs and supplements for menopause. If depression and anxiety is a result of hormonal imbalances, then you can help relieve these symptoms naturally by trying some natural treatments for depression after consulting with your doctor.

3. Persistent acne

Regular outbreaks of acne are associated with hormonal imbalances and could be the reason why you have pimples before your period.

Although the cause of acne is clogged skin pores that become infected with bacteria, doctors from the Mayo Clinic say that hormonal changes can trigger acne and make it worse. They say that low levels of androgen hormones can exacerbate acne symptoms. 10

There are many ways to get rid of acne naturally without any harmful side effects. For example, tea tree oil is a great antibacterial ingredient that can be used in many natural acne therapies.

4. Belly fat and persistent weight gain

Because hormones are connected with your weight, imbalances in hormone levels can make it more difficult to lose weight.

Dr. Natasha Turner on the “Doctor Oz Show” said that any hormonal imbalances will make it difficult to lose weight. For example, high levels of estrogen, cortisol, and insulin along with low testosterone and DHEA can cause you to put on extra belly fat.11

In fact, researchers from Harvard say that having excess abdominal fat can also disrupt your hormones even more. They found that excess fat around your belly can also produce hormones that can affect your health.12   

The European Thyroid Journal also reported that low thyroid hormones slow down metabolism and can lead to weight gain.13

There are many great ways to lose belly fat naturally. For example, certain foods can help to shed a few inches from your waist while other foods should be avoided, or you can try some my 12 simple tweaks for weight loss.

5. Loss of muscle mass

Growth hormones help to build muscle mass and a lack of certain hormones may make it difficult to keep muscles strong.

The British Journal of Pharmacology reported that the pituitary gland produces growth hormones that stimulate tissue growth. These hormones interact with insulin and directly affect muscle mass.14

But did you know that you can eat green tomatoes and apples to halt muscle mass loss? Research has found that apples and green tomatoes contain compounds that can help to reverse age-related muscle weakness and atrophy. For more information on how these foods can help restore muscle mass, please read my article on how to keep muscles strong naturally.

6. Sweating

Irregular and excessive sweating could also be a sign of a hormonal imbalance. Hormones control your body’s temperature and if your hormones are off balance, they may cause you to sweat more.

Researchers from Harvard Medical School found that sweating could be a symptom of a hormonal condition. However, this is usually harmless and the only problem it may cause is discomfort or embarrassment if you sweat excessively. 15

7. Memory fog

If you have found that you keep forgetting where you put things, it could because of hormonal fluctuations. The drop in hormone levels when a woman reaches the menopause can cause memory fog and even confusion. Also, stress hormones can affect the function of the brain and cause some memory impairment.

The website WebMD reported on studies carried out on the effects of low estrogen in menopausal women. They found that a drop in estrogen levels can cause forgetfulness, reduction in clarity of mind, and inability to concentrate. 16

Researchers from The University of Iowa also found that high levels of cortisol when we have stress can affect your short-term memory.17

To find out what to do about high levels of the stress hormone cortisol, please read my article on how to lower levels of cortisol naturally. You can also consume these foods and herbs to improve memory or sniff this herb to enhance your memory.

8. Hunger pangs

Feeling frequent pangs of hunger is also a sign that your hormones are up and down. Your body secretes a number of hormones that control appetite and hunger. Any imbalance in these hormones will cause food cravings and may lead to you gaining excess pounds.

Doctors from WebMD found that 2 hormones – leptin and ghrelin – need to be in balance to control hunger. For example, leptin decreases your appetite when you have eaten a meal. However, ghrelin increases appetite and can cause you to feel hungry even though you have just eaten.18

 Another factor that can cause hormonal imbalance that gives you hunger pangs is a lack of sleep, so getting enough sleep is important for your overall health and to help prevent obesity.

9. Digestive problems

Stress can have a detrimental impact on your general health because it stimulates the production of certain hormones in your body. Maybe you have sometimes felt that your stomach starts turning or “churning” in stressful situations? This “gut” feeling is connected to your hormones.

The Texas A&M University found that an estrogen imbalance and some steroid hormones affect the microflora in the gut when a person is under stress. The researchers found that healthy bacteria in the gut and a healthy diet helped to reduce the response of stress in the gut.19     

Other researchers have found that higher levels of hormones produced by the ovaries can also be the reason for cramping abdominal pain before your period as well as bloating and alterations in bowel patterns. It was reported that cramping pain, in particular, was more intense in women with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). 20

10. Constant fatigue

We can all get tired from time to time, but if you feel that you are constantly tired then you could have an imbalance of the thyroid hormone thyroxin. However, other changes in hormone levels caused by lack of sleep, stress, or your menstrual cycle can also cause chronic fatigue.

The University of Maryland reported that hormone production may play a role in the development of chronic fatigue syndrome.21 Other studies have shown that hypothyroidism can cause tiredness, weight gain, and muscle weakness.22

11. Headaches and migraine

Hormonal fluctuations around the menstrual cycle may cause you to have headaches or even migraines. There are many factors like stress and tiredness that can bring on a headache. However, hormonal changes can be a major factor of headaches in many women.

Doctors from the Mayo Clinic reported that hormone-headaches can be eased when estrogen levels are stable and balanced in the body. It seems that estrogen increases headache-causing chemicals in the brain around the menstrual period.23

If you suffer from headaches and migraines, then there are many helpful remedies to use at home for headache relief. Also, you can try some essential oils for migraines like lavender oil, peppermint oil, or chamomile essential oil.

12. Hot flashes and night sweats

A sign of hormonal imbalance is experiencing hot flashes and night sweats. Hot flashes (or hot flushes) are commonly associated with the menopause.

According to the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, hot flashes are one of the most common reasons for women to visit their doctor during the menopause. This is because the hot flashes can affect quality of sleep, cause depression, and result in a decreased quality of life.24  

Dr. Louise Newson on Patient.info says that an estrogen imbalance can cause an intense feeling of flushing and heat in the face, neck, and chest. This makes many women self-conscious because the sweating the flushes cause are difficult to ignore.25

If you feel like you are “living in the tropics” during the menopause, then please try some of my natural remedies for hot flashes. There you can find out how remedies like flaxseed, red clover, and evening primrose oil can give you a welcome relief from menopause symptoms.

13. Vaginal dryness

Another symptom of estrogen hormone imbalance is changes in the vaginal wall that causes dryness. This can make sex uncomfortable and cause itching, discomfort and painful.

Dr. Gloria Blackman on Update.com explains that estrogen is needed to keep the vagina moist and maintain the thickness of the lining of the vagina. Some of the causes of a drop in estrogen that results in dryness in the vagina are the menopause, having a baby, or having your ovaries removed.26  

Some natural home treatments for vaginal dryness include using vitamin E suppositories as a lubricant or using coconut oil and olive oil to moisturize the vagina.

14. Breast changes

If you have a hormonal imbalance, there is a greater risk that you have lumpy breasts which can feel tender and sore to touch. The lumps caused by hormonal fluctuations are usually cysts or fibroids and are harmless. However, you should always have any lump in your breast checked out by a doctor to rule out the possibility of breast cancer.

Very often, women develop larger breasts during the menopause or they can sag more. This is because the drop in hormone levels causes breast tissue to become less dense and fatty.

The National Cancer Institute says that breast changes in women are very common and aren’t usually cancerous. These changes occur due to hormonal changes or aging and you may notice that lumps come and go with your menstrual cycle.27  

15. Low sex drive

Because your ovaries produce sex hormones, any imbalance in your hormone levels can affect your sexual desire. Estrogen is associated with increased sex drive and progesterone with reduced desire for sexual intimacy.

Researchers have found that the menstrual fluctuations in estrogen and progesterone greatly affect libido. When progesterone levels increased in the body before the menstrual period the sex drive decreased.28

If you feel that your sex drive needs a boost, you can try epimedium (horny goat weed) as a natural remedy to improve libido.

If you suspect that you have health conditions that are related to a hormonal imbalance, you should see your doctor or trained specialists such as obstetricians, gynecologists and endocrinologists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of hormonal imbalance. They can diagnose and treat various conditions that are hormone-related and help to balance hormones.

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118 Responses to 15 Signs You Have a Hormonal Imbalance and What You Can Do About It

  1. Shell says:

    Hello

    I have cystic acne along jawline and cheeks but I also get little pimples on my forehead around nose and chin too I have had blood tests and all my hormones as in balance and I don’t have pcos as I’ve had a scan. I’ve had acne for about two years but its got worse its mainly always been cystic. I’m at a loss because I don’t know what’s causing it. I’ve changed my diet as it was so bad with too much sugar no healthy fats and I’ve been doing that for a few months I’ve noticed an improvement but still get spots and some cystic. I have other stmptoms like fatigue odd headaches insommia mood swings and anxiety. Can you tell me if its gut? Or hormone imbalance? Low progesterone? And what I can do about it? I use to over eat a lot before as well. Thanks

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Shell, I’m not a doctor, but from what I’ve read in some medical websites, there are several causes of cystic jawline acne, such as PCOS and increased testosterone levels and imbalanced hormones (Read here – http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/acne/features/more-than?page=2).

      The fact that you suffer from other symptoms like fatigue, headaches, insomnia and anxiety indicates that there is a deeper problem. Sometimes regular blood tests cannot find the reason, and there is a need to further investigate the root of the problem. I think your condition should be treated by a professional dermatologist.

      Bad Diet can also be contribute to jawline acne. Consuming excess caffeine, soda or sugars can often cause your hormones to go haywire, which doesn’t help either. Also B-complex vitamins help fight off stress, which often triggers hormonal imbalances that cause acne breakouts. Consult with a professional dermatologist to get his/her opinion and a treatment plan.

    • Gab says:

      If you haven’t found a solution. Try acupuncture. I had the same issue and the treatments helped me to balance. No more acne or delayed periods.

    • Danielle says:

      Sometimes you have to manage your own health care as the Dr’s are overlooking a lot more than usual. Speaking from experience…..redo your blood work and add in some other blood tests. Be sure that the Dr is testing all thyroid tests not just tsh. There’s also t3, t4, ft3, ft4 and a couple of antibody tests to go along w that. A great site to look at is Hypothyroidmom.com very informative! I realize this posting is old but hopefully it will get to you. Best wishes!

  2. Rashidat Oguntola says:

    I have friquent magrine and once told i that i have hormonal inbalance 5yrs back, after then i had a baby but now want to get pregnant but to no avail. What can i do?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Rashidat, this is something that needs to be dealt by a professional gynecologist, who knows your medical history and is able to do the required tests to diagnose the full picture of the problem.

  3. Ass says:

    Pliiz Jenny i had an abortion an after like two months i decided to use an injectaplan for three months but pliiz advise me on how to save my reproductive system because people and doctors told me i damaged me so may cause an infertility HELP ME DEAR

    • Jenny says:

      I apologize I cannot be of any help. I am not a doctor and not familiar with the medication you’ve mentioned. Generally speaking, it’s good to have a second opinion about your condition from a professional gynecologist who can get the full picture of your condition.

  4. Mod says:

    I’m 34yrs old.i was told I had hormonal imbalance 4 years back and I got treated, I’ve been trying to conceive to no avail. Another thing is there is this serious rashes(ring shaped) on my back, butt and elbows that has refused to leave despite all treatment and my menses is terribly inconsistent (can go 6mths without seeing it) what do you think is the issue with me? Thanks

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Mod, I don’t feel I have the knowledge to help you in your case as I’m not a doctor and hormonal issues are really needed to be treated by a professional medical practitioner who knows your medical history and is able to to the required tests to see the full medical picture. Also a serious rash like you describe is something that needs an accurate diagnosis by a professional doctor such as a dermatologist.

    • Lee says:

      Ring like rash if often Ringworm. Don’t worry, Ringworm is not actually a worm, it is a fungus & easily treated with the correct cream. Any regular doctor can treat that or direct you to a dermatologist if they’re not sure.

  5. Anna says:

    Hi

    Very informative article. thanks for the great insights and advice. is it possible to know which foods, if any, would be beneficial to increased progesterone levels please? I would really appreciate your feedback.

    Thanks!

  6. Cynthia Edwards says:

    Good to know.

  7. Lee says:

    There are also simple movements anyone can make that realign &/or clear your meridians which correct lots of issues. “Energy Medicine” (book) by Donna Eden & is pretty simple. Doing it or Qigong regularly will help most things. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is also very simple to learn & can heal the root of emotional problems very quickly. More in depth healing techniques can be learned in Pranic Healing or Reiki classes. You can find more info on all of these on youtube videos.

    • Amy says:

      Thank you for posting this. I am beginning to see the importance and benefits of incorporating a balance of energy, spiritual and physical all into my daily routine.

  8. ariana says:

    I had my first periods but at january but i didnt have them at february ,then i had them at march but they were not like before there was a very little blood for three days than it finished but appeared again in the fifth day but a very very small amount of blood …
    but symptoms were same ! I had scanty periods! So im worried about it, what should i do!

  9. sum says:

    hi…
    im 19 year old.
    my periods are not stopped 15 days.
    what can I do at home on natural way.
    Please help.me.

    • Jenny says:

      Honestly I’m not really sure (I’m not a doctor). I think it’s best to receive a proper medical advice from your doctor. I apologize I cannot be of any help.

  10. Pallavi says:

    water retension or swelling all over the body can also be a problem due to hormonal disbalance..?

    • Jenny says:

      I have read that water retention (edema) can happen due to increase in the production of estrogen, for example during menstrual cycle or estrogen replacement therapy in postmenopausal women, but edema is something that really needs to be properly diagnosed by a professional medical practitioner.

  11. Shiji says:

    I have 25 years i experiencing hairfall,acne,palpitation,mild memmory loss,depression,sudden mood change and insomnia since 5 years.i checked cbc,tsh,lft,rft all are normal ,but the symptoms are remaining.is my problemm is hormonal imbalancce…..which test i became do ….

  12. Chrissy says:

    Hi, I am 19 years old and have been having very intense anxiety and panic attacks for about a week now and they started a week after I got my period, could this be due to hormonal imbalance or changes?

  13. mano says:

    I m 28..I m going through severe hair fall..weight gain..mood swings..insomnia periods problem. ..I had also PCOS but now it’s clear..
    What should I do. .for my problems. .n which type of test I should do to check that what is the main reason

    • Jenny says:

      I’m not a doctor but checking many references I’ve seen that there is no cure for PCOS, but the symptoms can be managed. Some of the symptoms you describe may be attributed to PCOS as well. I would consult with endocrinologist for a proper diagnosis. He/She will be able to refer you to the required tests.

  14. aliyah says:

    I was 52 and im in menauposal period. Im experiencing dryness and having no sex drive is this normal. I dnt want this feeling 4 my partner sake. Can you help me .is ther medicine that i should take for my hormonal imbalance

  15. linda says:

    ur progesterone level is vry low das y ur menses r skippd. c a gud gynaecologist

  16. Jenna says:

    Hi , I’m 19 and I never had a regular period. I get them almost three months apart and when I get them they are really really heavy and last for about 10 days. I have always suffered from migraine headaches and bad acne. Please help I don’t know what to do!

  17. Anna says:

    My menstration continues for 2-3months with a large amounth of blood. It started aftr i get birth on my 2nd baby. Is that true that i have ahormonal imbalance. What medecine do i need to take and how long do i need to take.?

  18. valary eugenes says:

    Hello thanx alot for the information….my problem is i have heavy prolonged period with clots,am tired of them because am nt comfortable at all…..please wot shd i do??? plesea help me

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Valary, I’m not a doctor or a certified health practitioner, so I don’t have the knowledge to give advice in your case. It is something that really needs to be looked at by your doctor who knows your medical history and can perform the required tests. I apologize I cannot be of any help.

  19. rose says:

    please i kept having this irregular menstral circle. i added some weight and have some facial hair. i kept taking ferrous sulphate which helps me, to start the menstral flow, but still, after each month,the date for the next circle alters, some time it takes more than 5weeks to appear. what do i do to reverse this as i am not yet up to 40 years. what foods can i eat or what might have caused my problems

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Rose, there can be several reasons for irregular periods, for example polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) which is a common hormonal disorder which causes excessive facial hair and obesity (see my article about it here), but there can be other causes, for example here). The cause of your irregular periods is something that needs to be professionally diagnosed by your doctor who knows your medical history and can perform the required tests so he/she can suggest an appropriate treatment.

  20. Diane says:

    Hi, I’m 33 and I had a acne problems since last year and seems like wouldn’t cure it…in fact I never got this when I was teen Until before married and after…and after child birth I had used a birth control before but I did stop using it when my husband died 2 years ago…. mostly my friends says that might due to depression and stress ..but I don’t think so..what would I do?

  21. Beatrice Chenangat says:

    HY. i used depo for eight years. am now unable to conceive and i dont see periods. Kindly advice on what to do coz am very much worried.

    thanks

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Beatrice, unfortunately I’m unable to advice as I’m not a doctor and lack the knowledge required. You need to discuss your situation with a professional medical practitioner who knows your medical history and can perform the required tests.

  22. Elizabeth Gagnon says:

    I have hypo thyroid problem every time I take medications I have side effects and it seems is not working my t3 is normal its 2.7 pg my TSH is high 18.72 and t4 low and since I was a kid I only had homones off balance but the doctors around here do not listen to the patients I’m getting so frustrated I don’t know what to turn no more I’ve been having pelvic pain for 15 years and gallstones been hurting me

  23. Maria says:

    A friend of mine who is 38 yrs old, single, she is studying at college on the weekends, never married, no kids, lives at the house with her parents. Since I know her from work, she is always sick of something, you name it, gastritis, colitis, headaches, stress, etc etc. Her job at work is very stressful everyday, she hardly works out and she takes many problems as if they were on her own, always by heart because she wants to do things correct at work and at her house. But she said all of those symptoms are work related stress and I think she is too young for having so much stress, and she is not even married or have kids and she is not even dating either.

    SHe told me today taht once again she she had been stressed for the last weeks, so much she even had lost weight, 4 kgs but she had always been very thin anyway, and she went to the doctor and told her she will have to run some tests, blood, and others but she also has a hormonal change besides stress.

    What can you think about this? This lady always is complaining about stress due to work and house problems, therefore she always is having stomachaches, gastritis and other ailments and she says she can ask for so many days off at work beacuse she has a big responsability and sometimes what she does at work other coworkers cant.

    So is stress responsabible for an hormonal change?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Maria, chronic stress has serious health consequences which you can read about in my article How Stress Affects Your Body (including affecting the immune system in which a low-grade inflammation starts to exist in the body, possibly leading to many health problems). However without a proper medical assessment it’s hard to know the cause of all these illnesses. Your friend is doing the right thing by going to her doctor to do medical tests that can indicate if there is any underlying issues. It’s best to wait for the results to come and take it from there.

  24. senorita says:

    hi am married 6 months ago,
    we have been facing problem for intercourse and I noticed am hardly interested in it
    please suggest if hormonal imbalance could be the reason??

    • Jenny says:

      Generally speaking, hormonal imbalances during menopause can cause some women to experience a low sex drive due to low levels of estrogen. But there are other reasons for low libido, such as certain medications or diseases, stress, depression or fatigue, alcohol, psychological issues and more. If the problem continues, you may want to discuss it with your doctor.

  25. queency says:

    pls how can I get cinnamon

    • Jenny says:

      Cinnamon spice is very common and the powdered form can be found in supermarkets and grocery stores. Cinnamon bark is available in Indian shops, health food stores and some supermarkets.

  26. shilpee says:

    hi my name is shilpee i am suffering from hormonal imbalance,my menstural cycle has stopped since 2months and i am worried that why is it not starting. i hav such problem from 3yrs. my menstural cycle takes 1.5 months to come. i am 23 yrs old and have a baby of 3yrs. i am really very worried about my cycle not to occur. i had a pregnancy test which shows negative result.pls help me what to do?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Shilpee, irregular periods are common among many women, but I am not a doctor and cannot give specific advice. I believe that if it is a repeated problem or if you have other symptoms, it’s best to receive a proper medical advice just to be on the safe side of things.

  27. Zainab says:

    Hi im 26 years old. I’m married for 5 years nw. And I always had problems with my periods from the first time I started gettin it. I used to get it for the 1st mnth n aftr 4 months I used to get it. Nw durin dis year im not gettin it at all. I used to buy a tablet provera to get my cycle every mnth to conceive but nthin helped i dnt knw wat to do n im also tkn metformin 2 tyms a day

  28. Dayna-Shiree Tipping says:

    Hi, I’m currently using the contraceptive implant (nexplannon) is anyone aware whether this can cause hormone imbalance? I’m 19 and currently my breasts are so sore I can barely put a bra on, my boyfriend can’t really come near me without me flinching cause I’m scared of it hurting! I’ve put on weight, cannot sleep at night and when I can I have to turn the fan on full blast (it’s winter and my flat doesn’t have central heating, so my partners not very happy with this lol!) I’ve never struggled with anxiety before, but in the past few months I’ve struggled with anxiety attacks and feeling depressed and dazed. Also my eating habits go from eating everything in the house at once to not being able to stomach anything even slightly rich. Also have suddenly put on weight and got red and sore stretch marks on my bum hips and boobs, have had to take pregnancy tests even though I’m on contraception because my symptoms seem so similar! So the next thing I thought was hormone problems? Anyone else experience this on the nextplannon? Is it worth swapping contraception? Thanks in advance x

  29. faiza says:

    Hi I’m 27 years old n married for eight years n I’m experiencing too much of weight gain,anxiety,menstrual cycle disturbance n all other signs of hormonal disorders..I’m putting on my weight constantly for last one year
    Can anyone suggest me what should I do about it or prescribe some medicine to control these symptoms
    Thnx in advance

  30. jen says:

    Hi. Im 31 year old, married with children. My concern is about this condition i have since i started puberty, im a female but i think there is an abnormality in me with regards to my body structure. Im so muscular, i have big hands and feet, my skin is coarse as if im a male, my breasts are small and the shape is the same with a man. my hips aren’t wide. Im really very mascular and it bothers me alot. It makes me feel like im not a woman at all. What could be the reason of my condition. What can i do to make myself look like a real female. Pls share some of your knowledge. Thanks….

    • Ritesh singh rana says:

      It may be possible that your problem is come with your birth because of irregularities in chromosomes , but you don’t worry , you are not alone which suffers this problem . and your problem is mostly minimises or recovered with medical treatment.

  31. Folake says:

    hi
    I’m 44 and I have amenorrhoea pls any help

  32. Kris says:

    I have no adrenal glands and have many of the above issues. I need someone to talk to that can help me handle my meds and have a better quality of life. I have a hereditary disease called Carney complex that lead to tumors on my adrenals. I got Cushing’s disease and could have died without surgery. My cortisol levels were 10x higher than normal. Help me help myself by finding someone who specializes in hormone replacement therapy.

  33. violet says:

    hi am 21 years and I have excessive hair growth on my face and chin with make me not comfortable.what medicatiin can I take to remove the unwanted hairs permanently.please help

    • Jenny says:

      I’m not aware of a natural remedy to remove hair permanently. From what I know, laser treatment is the best option.

  34. Bharathi says:

    I AM 25 YEARS BUT MY WEIGHT 39 KGS ONLY I WANT TO GAIN WEIGH PLEASE GIVE SOME SUGGESTIONS

  35. Cindy says:

    First, thank you for all your articles to help us stay informed and more knowledgable when we go see the doctors. I thought you might advise on the chance that my five year old grand-daughter could have a general hormone imbalance even though all her female child bearing hormones have yet to kick in. Last July,bushes broke both her wrist, they were hairline fractures, but she had to wear a removable cast for four weeks. Right after she got her casts off, her hair started falling out in huge patches, and she is almost completely bald now. The dermatologist prescribed two weeks of Predisone that caused her to lose her eyesight. She was taken off the Predisone, but the dosage had to be reduced. I truly believe that her diet, stress level, and fighting parents add to her stress, not to mention her thyroid, I think T4, was low, her magnesium is low, her iodine is low for some reason. The dermatologist and pediatrician basically say she has Alopecia Aeriata and will never grow her hair back. I can’t accept their lack of effort to find the root cause of the problem as the final determination. I realize that you are not a medical healthcare provider, but you have written numerous articles about problems people, mainly women, deal with, so I would like to know what you might suggest some herbal remedies that could possibly bring her body back into balance. I saw the comments about our Energy getting out of sync. Could this possibly be something we should research? Thank you for your suggestions as to which direction we might look into as an alternative, since her doctors have basically dropped the problem.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Cindy, I have to be very careful when addressing personal and specific problems because I’m not a doctor and lack knowledge about the specific medical history of the patient as well as many medical conditions that take doctors years to learn. But I can share some general thoughts.
      1. I’m not sure what blood tests your grand-daughter had undergone. It seems that she has multiple conditions that require various tests to give a general picture about her general health, nutritional deficiencies, hormones etc. I would imagine that the GP had done these tests, but if you feel her condition is not taken seriously, you may need to go to a second opinion from another pediatrician. You may be surprised how difference it can make.
      2. Although thyroid disease occurs less frequently in children than in adults, kids too can have thyroid issues. You can find more about it in the page of Kathleen Moltz, MD, a pediatric endocrinologist at DMC Children’s Hospital of Michigan – Common Signs of Thyroid Disease in Children. Hormonal issues are complex, and should be taken care by an endocrinologist.
      3. Check your grand-daughter’s nutrition. The lack of magnesium and iodine indicate that she might not having a balanced and nutritious diet that growing kids need. Mayo Clinic has guidelines for a healthy diet for kids – see here.
      4. Falling hair has many possible causes, such as extreme stress, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal issues (such as thyroid issues), medical condition or certain medications, heredity and more. Without further tests it’s hard to know what the underlying problem is and to adjust the treatment plan. If it’s indeed alopecia, you can find more information about alopecia in kids here and here. you may also want to read about current treatment strategies in Pediatric Alopecia Areata. While addressing the underlying issue, some people use rosemary to encourage hair growth (more information about it here).
      I apologize I cannot be more helpful, as I don’t want to create more damage than good. Your grand-daughter’s condition should be treated under a specialist supervision, or a professional practitioner who knows her medical history and can perform the required tests that will give indication about the best treatment plan. Don’t hesitate to look for a second opinion from a specialist whom you feel takes your concerns seriously. Sometimes it takes time to find that right specialist, but it worth the effort.

  36. priya says:

    I am 22 age unmarried female my body normal last Feb 2015, but suddenly changed my chest size and hair is growth in full body with lite color, I getting chest pain before my periods, my period is normal last 4 month but now I getting my periods two month once, my chest size is frequently chanching .. My chest nipple is upnormal , my chest come back original size and then Chang small size with pain.. Please suggest me how to cure this problem?…

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Priya, I’m not a doctor or a certified health practitioner, hence cannot provide a personal advice. You really need to see a doctor who knows your medical history and can perform the required tests to give a proper and professional diagnosis and a treatment plan. I apologize I cannot be more helpful but I don’t want to create more damage than good.

  37. May says:

    I’m 20 year and single and Im not on any kind of medication. my problem is that i have my period twice a month this started maybe 2 periods ago…i would have my normal period and when it ends 5 days later i start bleeding again (blood with mucous,i’m not sure if it’s peroid blood) for about 3-5 days..also i notice I’m having mood swings and I get irritated very easily these days
    i’m currently on my last year of pharmacy school..can this be due to stress or is it dut to hormonal imbalance??

    • Jenny says:

      There are many possible causes for irregular periods, and stress is indeed one of them, but it’s hard to know the real cause without further medical evaluation. If you see that the issue continues, I always believe it’s a good idea to consult with your doctor who knows your medical history and is able to perform the required tests. It’s always good to be on the safe side of things.

  38. estro says:

    It’s amazing the amount of health issues that can occur from an estrogen, progesterone imbalance.

  39. Ramya says:

    Hi I’m 28years.. I have a lots of hair fall… Don’t know why it’s happen to me… But I felt a lot… What can I do for dis…

  40. Emi says:

    Hi I am 32 years and I got married last year, i always get this feeling as if I am pregnant but when the date reach when my period want to come out, it will come out. After that, some weeks later, I will have very signs of pregnancy signs, pls what is the cause. Thank u.

    • Jenny says:

      What do you mean by “pregnancy signs”? What exactly are these signs and when do they appear during the month? (before, after the period).

  41. Joe says:

    My name is Joe 41, my menstral period is not regular and have hot flashes and sweat a lot.please what is the cause.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      These are signs of menopause, although you are too young for it. I’ve seen that there is “premature menopause” which is defines as menopause occurring in a woman younger than 40 years. About 1% of women experience premature menopause (see more information here). Since I’m not a doctor, I think you should go to your doctor or gynecologist for a proper diagnosis and consultation as for the best treatment plan for you. In the meanwhile you can have a look at my article about natural remedies for hot flashes. In any case, you need to consult with your doctor bafore taking any natural supplements.

  42. Daya says:

    Hi
    I didn’t get periods for 2 months,I met doctor n she prescribed me some tests.After undergoing tests,she diagnosed ovarian follicles imbalance i.e.,rt ovary has 2 follicles n lt ovary has 24
    She didn’t prescribed any medication.she suggested me to lose weight.After that I got my period
    The current problem is I’m suffering with pain and little amount of bleeding,after 20 days of my LMP.Is it due to harmonal imbalance or something serious?

  43. Seraphic says:

    Hi Jenny,
    I am just 25 and my period has been inconsistence since last month, it was 5 days late making my circle to be 32 days instead of 28. And it is already 15 days late now this month. I have done pregnancy test which result in negative. Please what can be the possible reason and remedy.
    Thanks

    • Jenny Hills says:

      There can be many reasons for that and the solution depends on the cause. Since I’m not a doctor, I’m unable to give specific advice. You really need to see your doctor for a thorough check-up and a proper diagnosis.

  44. Anjali Choudhary says:

    Hi, My name is Anjali and I am affected with PCOD, and Thyroid. I have mensuration problem, my periods is not getting stop from last 3 months, please someone advice me some homeopathy treatment, as the alopathic medicines does not suits me.currently i m taking Ashokarisht as a medicine. what should I do, by which my periods get stopped in 2 or 3 days. please suggest me.

  45. constance kessington says:

    I thought I have infection cos I was I see milk coming out from my breast when I squeeze them. but the test says I don’t have infection and am not pregnant, could it be hormonal imbalance? and what pills should I use

  46. Anjali Choudhary says:

    Hi,

    the best medicine for hormonal disbalance is Ashokarisht, i was having periods from last 3 months. i was gone under many treatments but there was not any use of these treatment. now from almost 20 days i am using Ashokarisht, and my periods get stopped.

  47. Palash Mahmud says:

    We have 03 baby. My wife is carrying the hormonal problems about 08 years. She is taking medicine (thyrox 0.5) half daily.

    Now what will she do?
    Will she continue her medicine ?
    If she will continue, is there any side affects like cancer or other problems arise?

    Note her hormone level is always under reference value.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Unfortunately I’m unable to give specific advice as I’m not a doctor. Hormonal issues need to be discussed with your doctor, who knows your wife’s medical history, and is able to perform required tests, or an endocrinologist.

  48. Anna says:

    I feel like I have the hormonal imbalance problem. 11 out of 13 signs turn out to be correct in my case. Please help.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      You really need to discuss the issue with your doctor who knows your medical history and can refer you to do some tests or to a specialist (endocrinologist) if needed.

  49. shivani Sharma says:

    Hii
    I m shivani Sharma
    I think I m suffering from hormonal imbalance
    What I do now….sometimes symptoms I feel on me
    Pls tell me any sugeesion

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Shivani, since I’m not a doctor, I’m unable to provide assistance in specific cases. Hormonal issues are very specialized area in medicine and therefore you need to see your doctor who knows your medical history and can do the required tests to find more information about your condition. Your doctor can also refer you (if there is a need) to an endocrinologist who specializes in diagnosing and treating hormone imbalances.

  50. Aashi says:

    Hi,I am 23 yrs old.I have problem of irregular periods 5 yrs back,hirsutism 3 yrs back and acne 6 months back with complaint of weight gain but my hormone levels are normal,in ultrasound ovaries are also normal……please tell me what should I do?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I’m not sure if you visited endocrinologist (specialized in hormonal issues). Sometimes the tests done by family doctors don’t detect all the issues. An endocrinologist can do more in depth tests, and might be able to help you with your issues.

  51. Justina says:

    I had an abortion last year November 24th 2016 but till date I’ve not seen my period till this day, when I run pregnancy test its show negative, what do I do?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Justina, I have read that many other women have this issue, and it usually depends on the stage of the pregnancy when the abortion occurred as well as individual hormonal variations. It is advisable to see your a doctor to check things out (I’m not a doctor and cannot give specific advice).

  52. Nica bautista says:

    Hi. Im 23 yrs old. I am suffering from insomia, moodswings, my head is always aching.. feeling tired as always.. is this some kind of hormonal imbalance?

  53. Shaphat Muhangi Babimpa says:

    My one year old grand daughter menstruates, what is the cause and what remedy is there to correct this?

  54. vishnu says:

    hello sir i’m suffering from pimples more than 3 years.. my beards also patchy what will i do about this.. plz.. tell me sir my age now 23

    • Jenny Hills says:

      If you suffer from pimples, you can try these Homemade Acne Face Masks. I’m not sure what causes the patchy beard, whether there is some underlying issue of this is just the type of hair pattern you have, so I’m not entirely sure what to do about it.

  55. Umma Haliru Yahaya (Mrs) says:

    Very helpful information about hormonal imbalance, in fact it has make it more easier to get to the bottom of my problems alongside my doctor, I’m 36years old, married with 3 children and I was just informed that I have hormonal imbalance properly at the early stage of my maturity which I also noticed and experience all the symptoms but was so ignorant of it. But thank God I know about it now and I hope is not late for me to start treating it. I’m already having alot of troubles in my marriage due to vagina dryness, libido, depression, fatigue insomnia,thyroid and what have you, so honestly I’m worried, scared and nervous .

  56. suzzie says:

    Hi,I have missed my periods for 2 months.What do i do for my periods to be back to normal. have been using femiplan.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I’m not familiar with femiplan, but if you take it as directed in the instructions and you don’t have periods, you should see your doctor for further investigation.

  57. Ogechi obi says:

    I have hormonal imbalance…… please what is the solution or how do I remedy it??

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Unfortunately I’m unable to give specific advice as I’m not a doctor. You need to go to a professional medical practitioner who knows your medical history and can accurately diagnose you and suggest a treatment plan.

  58. Eunice says:

    I have been menstruating for the past 3weeks now….what could be the cause.. I am 26yrs old

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Unfortunately I’m unable to give specific advice as I’m not a doctor. I believe the best option would be to see your doctor for a proper diagnosis and a treatment plan.

  59. eghe says:

    i am forty years old, I was diagnosed of fibroid years ago and for the past twelve months have not seen my menses.I am not married

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Unfortunately I cannot give specific advice as I’m not a doctor. I believe that the best option would be to visit your doctor/gynecologist to monitor the fibroid and whether it has grown and to find out why you don’t have period for so long.

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