How do you know if you have hormone imbalance? What are the signs? On this solo, mini episode of the She's Healthy Podcast your host Lori Aikman, Nurse Practitioner and Functional Wellness Coach discusses the top signs of hormone imbalance that she sees in high achieving female clients she works with in her virtual practice.
Here are the key takeaways:
Menopause can be a time of hormone imbalance. Before periods actually stop your level of progesterone decreases. Estrogen can fluctuate up and down before it finally decreases after periods stop. Low levels of estrogen can cause hot flashes, low mood or depression, vaginal dryness, low libido, trouble sleeping and more.
Women trying to concieve (TTC) and struggling with infertility can have hormone imbalance such as low progesterone and low estrogen levels.
The top 2 signs of hormone imbalance Lori sees in her high achieving female clients in their 30s & 40S are new and severe fatigue as well as weight gain or trouble loosing weight despite eating healthy and exercising. The stubborn weightloss is often despite doing things that worked for weightloss previously.
Hormone imbalance isn’t just a problem with our sex hormones estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. There's often and upstream problem causing the imbalance of sex hormones.
The hypothalamus and pituitary gland in your brain are responsible for signaling hormones from your brain to the rest of your body. Perimenopause can be a time of hormone imbalance despite still having regular periods.
Other common signs of hormone imbalance are: mood swings, changes in your period or cycle, and trouble sleeping.
Thyroid problems like hypothyroidism are often downstream problems. Issues with the adrenal glands and gut dysfunction can trigger thyroid dysfunction.
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