5 Signs of Hormone Imbalance

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Throughout your life, hormones regulate various aspects of your life. They influenced those growth spurts you had as a child as well as how your body changed from that of a girl to a woman. They influence sleep patterns, mood, hunger, your monthly cycle, and much more, so it makes sense that as you transition from childbearing years to menopause and beyond, those same hormones would once again adjust to usher in this new phase of your life. But for many women, this hormonal shift is something very much other than smooth sailing.

As these hormones shift, around 90 percent of women experience emotional distress, 65 percent have severe lethargy, and 32 percent experience sexual problems. These symptoms impact your relationships, hobbies, work, and health. Let's look at five signs of hormone imbalance you shouldn't ignore.

1. Extreme difficulty sleeping

Throughout your life, you've gotten accustomed to sleepless nights as work stress, irregular children's sleep schedules, and life, in general, stole your much-needed rest. But these days it's weighing heavy on you. You may wake up in a sweat, toss and turn all night, or lie awake for hours, trying to force your racing mind to shut down, but the end result is the same. You feel overwhelmingly fatigued the next day, leading to irritability, higher blood pressure, weight gain, and a general lack of ability to find enjoyment or peace of mind.

This is generally the result of levels of the hormone cortisol remaining too high at night and dipping in the morning, causing exhaustion. Dr. Meisenberg helps to balance these hormones to give you a better night's sleep and more energized, enjoyable days.

2. Brain fog

Where did you put your keys? Why did you come into this room again? Some days you just can't seem to get your mind to work right. When women experience these feelings in midlife, they often immediately think of Alzheimer's, but this fuzzy thinking and the memory challenges are rarely early-onset dementia. Instead, this is a sign of a hormone imbalance. For patients experiencing this, Dr. Meisenberg does an assessment of brain neurotransmitters to evaluate the balance of hormones like:

When these hormones are released at rates that are too high or too low, it may leave you feeling that your thinking is jumbled, but you have options. Bio-identical hormonal replacement may be the answer.

3. Insatiable appetite

Estrogen can impact how your body manages weight, so since you have less of this hormone as you age, naturally you'll see changes in your appetite and ability to lose weight. In addition, fluctuating cortisol levels can make you feel famished even after a sizable meal, putting you at odds with your own body, which you've always trusted to tell you when you need to eat. This overwhelming appetite and difficulty keeping weight off your midsection can increase your risk of several serious medical conditions like:

In addition, the fatigue and brain fog may make you become less active, leading to a loss of muscle mass, which creates a vicious cycle.

4. Lost sex drive

Sexual intimacy is important for our general well-being and our relationship with a significant other, which is true for both men and women. But vaginal dryness, painful intercourse, and a general lack of desire can put a serious damper on your sex drive before you're ready to give this aspect of your life up. A lost libido isn't normal and is a sign of a hormone imbalance. Changes in your levels of estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol can all influence your desire for physical intimacy.

5. Hairy situations

You may lose hair on your head, as well as gain hair where you don't want it, such as on your face. While hair loss or gain generally is not a health emergency, it can greatly impact your mental well-being and self-esteem and, therefore, shouldn't be taken lightly. For many women, their hair is an important part of their identity, and balancing unbalanced hormones can reduce hair loss and unwanted hair growth as you age.

Some people will tell you that hormonal imbalance is a normal part of aging, but not everyone will experience these changes to the same degree. No one can tell you that you just need to deal with it.

There's no reason you have to suffer through many of the extreme symptoms of hormone imbalance. Columbus Anti-Aging Medicine and Aesthetic Surgery can help. Contact the practice today.

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