Hormonal imbalances occur when there is too much or too little of a hormone in the bloodstream.
Because of their essential role in the body, even small hormonal imbalances can cause side effects throughout the body.
Hormones are chemicals that are produced by glands in the endocrine system.
Hormones travel through the bloodstream to the tissues and organs, delivering messages that tell the organs what to do and when to do it.
Hormones are important for regulating most major body processes, so the hormonal imbalance can affect a wide range of bodily functions.
Hormones help to regulate:
- metabolism and appetite
- heart rate
- sleep cycles
- reproductive cycles and sexual function
- general growth and development
- mood and stress levels
- body temperature
Women do experience imbalances in estrogen, prolactin, and progesterone levels, while men are more likely to experience imbalances in testosterone levels.
Symptoms associated with the more common causes of hormonal imbalances include:
- unexplained weight gain or weight loss
- unexplained or excessive sweating
- difficulty sleeping
- changes in sensitivity to cold and heat
- very dry skin or skin rashes
- changes in blood pressure
- changes in heart rate
- brittle or weak bones
- changes in blood sugar concentration
- irritability and anxiety
- unexplained and long-term fatigue
- increased thirst
- needing to go to the bathroom more or less than usual
- changes in appetite
- reduced sex drive
- thinning, brittle hair
- puffy face
- blurred vision
- a bulge in the neck
- breast tenderness
- deepening of the voice in females
Everyone will experience natural periods of hormonal imbalance or fluctuations at some particular points in their life.
But hormonal imbalances can also occur when the endocrine glands are not functioning properly.
Endocrine glands are specialized cells that produce, store, and release hormones into the blood. There are several endocrine glands located throughout the body that control different organs, including the:
- Adrenal glands
- Gonads (testis and ovaries)
- Pineal gland
- Pituitary gland
- Hypothalamus gland
- Thyroid and parathyroid glands
- Pancreatic islets
Several medical conditions are known to impact some, or several, of the endocrine glands.
Certain lifestyle habits (especially in the area of diet) and environmental factors may also play a role in hormonal imbalances.
Causes of hormonal imbalances include
- chronic or extreme stress
- type 1 and type 2 diabetes
- hyperglycemia (overproduction of glucagon)
- hypoglycemia (more insulin produced than there is glucose in the blood)
- an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism)
- overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- over- or underproduction of the parathyroid hormone
- poor diet and nutrition
- being overweight
- hormonal replacement or birth control medications
- abuse of anabolic steroid medications
- solitary thyroid nodules
- pituitary tumors
- Cushing’s syndrome (high levels of the hormone cortisol)
- Addison’s disease (low levels of cortisol and aldosterone)
- benign tumors (fibroid) and cysts (fluid-filled sacks) that affect the endocrine glands
- congenital adrenal 16 hyperplasias (low levels of cortisol)
- endocrine gland injury
- severe allergic reactions or infections
- cancers that involve endocrine glands
- chemotherapy and radiation therapy
- hereditary pancreatitis
- Turner syndrome (females with only one functioning X chromosome)
- Prader-Willi syndrome
- phytoestrogens, naturally-occurring plant estrogens found in soy products
- exposure to toxins, pollutants, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals, including pesticides and herbicides.
Women naturally experience several Period of hormonal imbalance throughout their lifetime, including during:
- pregnancy, childbirth, and breast-feeding
- perimenopause, menopause, and postmenopause
Women are also at risk of developing different types of hormonal imbalance disorders than men because they have different endocrine organs and cycles.
Medical conditions causing irregular hormone in women include:
- polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
- hormone replacement or birth control medications
- early menopause
- primary ovarian insufficiency (POI)
- ovarian cancer
Symptoms of hormonal imbalances in women include:
- heavy, irregular, or painful periods
- osteoporosis (weak, brittle bones)
- hot flashes and night sweats
- vaginal dryness
- breast tenderness
- constipation and diarrhea
- acne during or just before menstruation
- uterine bleeding not associated with menstruation
- increased hair growth on the face, neck, chest, or back
- weight gain
- thinning hair or hair loss
- skin tags or abnormal growths
- deepening of the voice
- clitoral enlargement.
What is the best solution to hormonal imbalances that are related to fertility?
Can chemical drugs properly handle hormonal imbalances that are related to fertility?
To some extent, they can, but if it doesn’t bring out conception within 6 months to 1 year, may cause further distortion of the hormone which can lead to more complicated issues. Therefore, 100% organic solutions are recommended for proper and permanent cure.
In conclusion, the best way of getting yourself free from hormonal imbalance is to handle it with carefully selected herbs base on your body chemistry and blood group.
There are also some essential seeds that could support the balancing of hormones in women which includes;
- Flax seeds
- Sesame Seeds
- Sunflower Seeds
- Pumpkin Seeds
- Fenugreek seeds
- Fennel Seeds
- Chia Seeds