WRITTEN BY: Tammy C. Perez, M.A., NCC, LCDC, LPC
REVIEWED BY: Dr. Terry Schroeder on April 18, 2023
What are Hormonal Imbalances?
Hormonal imbalances refer to abnormal levels of hormones in the body. Hormones are chemical messengers produced by multiple glands that regulate various functions. Hormonal imbalances develop when levels are depleted or elevated or the body cannot use hormones effectively.
Hormonal imbalances can occur for various reasons, such as stress, diet, genetics, medical conditions, medications, and environmental factors. Some common hormonal imbalances include thyroid disorders, polycystic ovary syndrome, diabetes, adrenal insufficiency, and pituitary gland disorders.
What are the causes of Hormonal Imbalances?
Various factors can cause hormonal imbalances, including age, genetics, medical conditions, medications, lifestyle, and environmental factors.
Hormone levels naturally decline as we age, particularly during menopause in women and andropause in men, and be hereditary. Certain medical conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome, thyroid disorders, diabetes, and adrenal gland disorders may also cause imbalances.
Medications, such as corticosteroids, hormone replacement therapy, and birth control pills, can affect hormone levels. Lifestyle factors, such as poor diet, lack of exercise, and chronic stress, also contribute to the condition. Additionally, specific environmental components can disrupt hormone levels, including toxin exposure, pollutants, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in certain plastics, pesticides, and cosmetics.
What are the symptoms of Hormonal Imbalances?
Hormonal imbalances can lead to various symptoms depending on which hormones are affected and whether the overproduction or underproduction of a particular hormone causes the imbalance.
Common symptoms of hormonal imbalances include irregular periods or menstrual cycle, infertility or reduced fertility, acne, skin issues, weight fluctuations, mood changes, anxiety, depression, fatigue, lack of energy, hair loss or thinning, and increased or decreased appetite.
Hormonal imbalance symptoms also include reduced sex drive or sexual dysfunction, insomnia or disrupted sleep patterns, hot flashes or night sweats, changes in blood sugar levels or insulin resistance, high blood pressure or heart rate, digestive problems such as bloating or constipation, and thyroid issues like hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism.
How are Hormonal Imbalances treated?
Hormonal imbalance treatment depends on the condition's specific type and underlying cause. Common approaches include medication, hormone replacement therapy, lifestyle changes, surgery, and alternative therapies.
Medications help regulate hormone levels and treat imbalances. For example, insulin injections or oral medicines treat diabetes, and birth control pills help regulate estrogen and progesterone levels in women. Hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, involves taking hormone medication to replenish levels the body cannot adequately produce.
Lifestyle changes that help regulate hormone levels include eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and reducing stress. Occasionally, surgery is needed to remove tumors or other abnormal growths causing the condition. Alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, herbal supplements, or homeopathy, also help regulate and improve hormonal imbalances.
How do Hormonal Imbalances affect brain wellness?
Mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, mood swings, and cognitive problems, can occur when hormone levels are imbalanced. For example, abnormal estrogen levels in women can cause irritability, mood swings, and difficulty concentrating. Low testosterone levels may lead to depression, fatigue, and cognitive decline in men.
Hormonal imbalances can also increase the risk of developing certain neurological conditions, such as polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS. This hormonal disorder is characterized by high levels of androgens, increasing the risk of developing anxiety, depression, and Alzheimer's disease.
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National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH): https://www.nimh.nih.gov/
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