Could you be living with a hormonal imbalance? It’s more likely than you might think. Everyone’s body produces hormones, and if your levels aren’t where they should be, you can experience a variety of different symptoms as a result. Hormonal problems are treatable, so if you think you might have one, there’s no reason to continue living with the symptoms.
Who Can Be Affected By a Hormonal Imbalance?
Everyone’s body makes hormones. These specialized molecules carry messages throughout the body and regulate some of its most important physical functions, from digestion to sleep to mood. Everyone’s hormone levels change as they go through puberty and aging. But if your hormones shift too far in a particular direction, or if your body isn’t able to produce the correct amount, the imbalance can have wide-ranging effects throughout your body.
People of any age and gender can develop hormone imbalances. Women tend to develop hormonal problems related to their menstrual cycle. They’re also at risk for imbalances during pregnancy and menopause, when hormone levels shift rapidly. Men, on the other hand, are most likely to suffer from low testosterone.
Signs You Might Have a Hormonal Imbalance
There are many types of hormonal problems, which means that there are also many different signs that you could have one. Hormonal imbalances can cause both physical and mental symptoms. Men and women often experience different side effects from hormonal issues, too. Some of the most common general physical symptoms include:
- Unintentional weight gain or loss
- Unusually fast or slow heart rate
- Frequent or heavy sweating
- Low sex drive
- Thin, brittle hair and nails
Common mental signs of a hormonal imbalance include:
- Difficulty concentrating or remembering things
In women specifically, additional signs of a hormonal problem may include:
- Irregular periods
- Heavy, painful periods
- Severe PMS symptoms
- Increased body hair
- Vaginal dryness
- Hot flashes
In men specifically, additional signs of a hormone problem may include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of muscle mass
- Development of breast tissue
It’s difficult to self-diagnose a hormonal imbalance, since the symptoms can be very general. If you suspect that your hormone levels might be out of balance, our team at Formula Wellness Center can help you feel your best again. Contact us today to arrange a consultation at our office in University Park or Fort Worth.