13 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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Ladies, we all know those moments when we feel angry, frustrated and emotional, sometimes for no apparent reason. Often we blame this on our hormones. And that’s not just a lame excuse, no matter what your partner says. Hormones, do in fact, play a very important role in women’s health and well being. When hormone levels fluctuate, this can impact on your mood, sexual desire, fertility and ovulation.

What causes a hormonal imbalance?

Hormone problems are common, so you if you feel that you are experiencing a hormonal imbalance, then you are not alone. There are certain causes which can throw off your body’s natural chemistry. Common culprits are menopause, pregnancy, menstrual cycle, the contraceptive pill, and lifestyle factors such as inconsistent sleep patterns, stress a poor diet and lack of exercise. Other causes can be thyroid issues or diabetes.

Common signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance

1. Sleep Disorders

Many women find it hard to fall asleep mainly just before their period. This may be due to the sharp drop in the hormone progesterone just before menstruation. Progesterone levels also drop after giving birth, but then you can always blame your baby for not getting enough sleep.

Progesterone has relaxing properties, so when its levels drop, It can make you feel restless cause you sleep disorders (but there are other symptoms of low progesterone levels). 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 this natural substance to improve sleep disorders.

2. Persistent Acne

A lot of women breakout before their period, due to hormonal shifts. However, if you suffer from deep, cystic acne all the time, then it could be androgens (male hormones such as testosterone) which are the culprit.

Testosterone stimulates excess production of sebum (oil), which then gets trapped underneath the skin and merges with acne-causing bacteria and dead skin cells. That leads to clogged pores, pimples, and blemishes. The higher a woman’s testosterone levels, the worse the breakout.

For easier cases of acne you can find here DIY face wash for acne, pimples and blackheads, or use these essential oils for acne. If you suffer from acne on your back, make sure to read my detailed article on how to get rid of back acne.

3. Memory Fog

Are you forgetting things? Such as where you put your purse, or what time you’re meant to meet your friend? If so, then this could be a hormonal issue. If you’ve been experiencing a high amount of stress recently, then your body will be producing high levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Studies suggest that consistently high levels of cortisol can hamper your learning ability and memory. You can read my previous article about 10 warning signs you have high cortisol level and how to lower it.

4. Constant Hunger

In the words of Gym Class Heroes, can you not keep your hands out the cookie jar? If so, then stop telling yourself you’re a pig. Yes is it important to eat healthily and exercise, however, it may be because of your hormones that you are so ravenous. Are you getting enough sleep?

In one study, volunteers who were deprived of sleep saw their levels of the hormone ghrelin soar — making them extremely hungry — while their levels of leptin hormone plummeted. You see, the hormone ghrelin stimulates appetite, and leptin and oxyntomodulin, suppresses it. This indicates why people who are chronically sleep-deprived (getting less than seven hours a night) tend to be more overweight than those who get more sleep. You can also read my article about 23 dangers of sleep deprivation.

5. Digestive Problems

The stress hormones affects us in different ways. Some may carry stress in their head, and get tension headaches, some may just feel cranky and want to curl up on the sofa with a box of chocolates. However, some people carry stress in their stomach.

Cortisol production is naturally high in the early morning to help you wake up. However, people who chronically stress their adrenal glands to overproduce cortisol alter their cortisol concentrations so that cortisol is low in the morning when they wake up instead of high. Also if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), then it could be due to abnormal levels of serotonin. 90% of sufferers are women, some whose IBS symptoms flare up around menstruation. The flux of estrogen and progesterone may also play a role. For more natural approach for treating IBS, please refer to my article about the best herbs and natural treatments to relieve IBS.

6. Constant Fatigue

We all have days when we’re so tired that we’re desperate for a nap. However, if you feel exhausted every day, then you could be suffering from a lack of a thyroid hormone, a condition called hypothyroidism.

It is more likely you have this condition if you have gained 10-20 pounds which you cannot shift, even through diet and exercise. Thyroid hormones control the body’s metabolism, and when the hormone levels are low, all systems slow down, including heart rate, mental functioning, and digestion. Hence why hypothyroidism can make a person feel exhausted, mentally foggy, and even constipated.

If you are suffering from hypothyroidism, then you are not alone as it is thought to affect at least 15 million adults nationwide. Read my article about the top 13 signs that you may have thyroid disorder, as well as my other article about 8 natural remedies to treat hypothyroidism.

7. Mood Swings and Depression

Most ‘midlife’ women experience mood swings and feel anxious in situations that they used to handle calmly before. This is likely due to a hormone imbalance, which could be linked to the menopause. You can find in my previous article the 10 herbs and nutritional supplements for menopause, or if you suffer from mild to moderate depression, you can try these natural substances after consulting with your doctor.

8. Weight Gain

As women age, they tend to believe that putting weight on is inevitable. Hence why the phrase, ‘middle-aged spread’ exists. But there might be an underlying problem to such weight gain.

The problem could be your adrenal system becoming fatigued and then signaling your thyroid that there is a problem. Your thyroid then responds by slowing down your metabolism. Then the pancreas also responds to the signal by thinking it needs to conserve fat, and concentrates on storing fat in your mid-section, on your back and other places that are not suited to your particular body type. You can read my article about resetting your hormones to lose fat which was based on the book by Dr. Natasha Turner.

9. Headaches & Migraines

As women enter middle age, they often find they suffer from frequent headaches and even migraines. This could be due to hormonal imbalances around certain times of the menstrual cycle. If you are suffering from headaches and migraines, then it can be helpful to keep a diary of when they occur. This way you can work out if they occur randomly or if they seem to follow certain triggers. For more information refer to my article about top 15 causes of headaches and how to get rid of them naturally. Also read the article about top 10 natural tips and treatments to relieve migraine.

10. Hot Flashes & Night Sweats

If you frequently experience ‘tropical moments’, then this could be due to an imbalance in hormone levels. It was once thought that being too low in estrogen was the issue. However, we now understand that the cause may also be too much estrogen and too little progesterone, or other hormone imbalances in your body that come from the adrenals, ovaries, thyroid, pancreas or gastrointestinal tract. These systems do not always keep in balance, and women are more prone to hormonal imbalances as they go through midlife changes. You can find natural remedies for hot flashes in my previous article.

11. Vaginal Dryness

As menopause approaches, the reduction of estrogen levels causes changes to the vaginal wall. This can cause vaginal dryness, which can make sex uncomfortable. There are lubricants available which can ease your discomfort, or an intravaginal low-dose estrogen and testosterone cream – talk to your doctor about your options. Or use these natural remedies for vaginal dryness.

12. Breast Changes

As women age, high levels of estrogen can make breasts feel tender and sore, which could lead to lumps, fibroids, and cysts. In addition, some women get bigger breasts during the menopause. That’s why it is important to have annual exams and screening mammograms (but make sure you read my previous article about 5 surprising facts you didn’t know about mammograms so you are more aware about the risks versus benefits of this procedure).

Get to know your breasts best, by getting into the habit of checking yourself for lumps or anything unusual. You can also get more information in my article about 5 unconventional signs of breast cancer.

While not every lump or breast change indicates cancer, it’s still best to be on the safe side of things and talk to your doctor if you feel something suspicious.

13. Loss of Libido

Hormonal imbalances can cause women to experience a low sex drive. This could be due to low levels of estrogen. Help is at hand though, as your doctor can prescribe a treatment, either as a localized estrogen vaginal cream, or in a tablet, patch or gel form. Or you can try this herb which is known in the Chinese medicine to improve libido.

If you suspect that you are suffering from conditions related to hormonal imbalances, then it’s a good idea to visit your doctor to find out for sure. Hormonal imbalances are well recognized in this day and age, and there are trained specialists such as obstetricians, gynecologists and reproductive endocrinologists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of hormonal imbalance and abnormalities.

You may also want to refer to my article about the top 13 signs that you may have thyroid disorder, as according to the American Thyroid Association more than 12% of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime: Top 13 Signs That You May Have a Thyroid Disorder.

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101 Responses to 13 Signs You Have a Hormonal Imbalance and What You Can Do About It

  1. sindhu says:

    Hi i am affected by polycystic overy syndrome….it leads hair loss, weight gain, unwanted hair growth on my chin and body…. please help me.suggest some home remedies to get rid of pcos.

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Sindhu, I haven’t researched this topic and I don’t have knowledge about it, but generally speaking PCOS is a complex condition that requires a specialized treatment from a gynecologist or endocrinologist. As for alternative medicine – some people consult with naturopath, which is something you can do too. Eating a balanced diet, managing a proper weight and exercising are essential as well. You can find more information here – http://natural-fertility-info.com/pcos-fertility-diet – but always consult with your doctor before taking any supplement.

    • j. weddle says:

      hey you should check out Dr.Marshall on healthline.com he’s got a radio show and is very helpful with alternatives like vitamins etc. he’s been very helpful to my mom who’s in her 70’s

    • simran says:

      i had also pcos earlier but got treated by Gods grace by ayurveda in new delhi india dr number is 09810862993 dr poonam

    • navyaunny says:

      There is homeo medicine for pcos.i hav gone through it and found good result..Cinnamon is a natural herb which can b used to cure pcos..Cinnomon can b used in dishes or just boil it in water n drink..Or use homeopathic medicine Cinnamon tincture 15 drops in water three times a day aftr food.Avoid drinking cofee when using this medicine

    • Carrie says:

      Hello. I also have PCOS. My doctor prescribed metformin which is generally used for diabetics but is also used for some women with pcos. I recommend talking to your doctor to test your pcos level so they can proscribe the right dosage. PCOS never goes away.

    • Rhonda says:

      Im sorry to hear that you have womb issues. I have a 90 plan to rid your womb of cysts.You may contact me for one on one Wellness Planning.

    • harshala says:

      hi sindhu, i know i am too late to answer this. please start taking ashwagandha and chandraprabha vati along with a good diet and some basic exercises and ten minutes of pranayam. consult a good ayurvedic doctor nearby you for the above medicines. please stop all alopathy medicines because they don’t cure instead worsen the situation. also do not keep hopping doctors.

    • Gold says:

      I also suffer from PCOS and I go to a dietitian, she is breaking down and putting me on natural herbs, focusing on my diet, working with my GYN to check on my period cycle to help control my hormones and other things. Look for a dietitian who deals with homeopathic medicine.

      Also, I’m not a big fan of Metformin, because I myself have taken it and it is given to women with PCOS… I found that it causes major upset stomach and gas issues as well.

      Also, don’t get confused, a nutritionist isn’t the same a dietitian. A nutritionist isn’t able to plan meals and among other things. So read up before you go to one. I hope this helps.

  2. Shell says:


    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!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Anna says:


    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.


  7. Beverly says:

    Stop recommending mammograms! They are very toxic, studies are showing they cause cancer. How can you be a health resource and recommend a toxic procedure?!

    • Jenny says:

      Every procedure has its own benefits and risks, and that should be discussed with your health care provider. You can read more about this procedure in breastcancer.org – http://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/types/mammograms/benefits_risks.

    • Lee says:

      Please site your source(s). I’m a nurse and have never heard Mammograms are toxic or cause cancer.

    • Deborah says:

      I found a lump : Went in MAMMOGRAM …. The LUMP I found was fine .
      BUT they found a SMALL lump deeper I could NOT FEEL !!!!!
      Biopsy : Surgery : Radiation .. CANCER free now .
      It was VERY SMALL By 2 weeks doubled size : and had 2 tentacles reaching out
      It was diagnosed as Stage 3 Aggressive : Estrogen feeding Tumor .
      IF I would have waited to feel this LUMP : I would NOT be here today URGING U TO GET YOUR MAMMOGRAMS

  8. Cynthia Edwards says:

    Good to know.

  9. 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.

  10. 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!

  11. sum says:

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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 ….

  14. 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?

  15. 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.

  16. 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

  17. linda says:

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

  18. 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!

  19. 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.?

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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?

  23. 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.


    • 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.

  24. 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

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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.

  33. Folake says:

    I’m 44 and I have amenorrhoea pls any help

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. Bharathi says:


  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. estro says:

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

  41. 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…

  42. 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).

  43. 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.

  44. Daya says:

    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?

  45. 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.

    • 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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

  48. Anjali Choudhary says:


    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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. shivani Sharma says:

    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.

  52. 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.

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