Can’t sleep? Cold all the time? Not interested in Sex? Nothing is wrong with you, your body is just trying to tell you something.
Women are living with hormone imbalances and they don’t even know it. That doesn’t have to be you! If you have these symptoms, it is very possible you could have a hormone imbalance.
It takes a lot of time and patience but you can learn your body and the best way to keep your hormones in check! Hormones can be like a rollercoaster (the old types on those wood tracks) up and down and maybe even a huge drop! So HOLD ON!
The first step to solving your symptoms is figuring out if a hormone imbalance is actually causing them. If you’re having unwanted symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, mood swings or itchy skin… keep reading.
Hormones are produced by glands in the endocrine system that are released into the bloodstream. Which regulate your body for things like your appetite, metabolism, sleep cycles, reproductive cycles, sexual functions, body temperature and mood.
Here are the eight things you can look for to gauge your level of hormone imbalance. Remember you might have one of these things or all eight of them depending on your body. A lot of these symptoms are common in women with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and getting your hormones back on track with S’moo can take away many of these symptoms by re-balancing your hormones.
1) Mood Swings
Probably the worst and most common thing we women have to deal with is mood swings. There are some known links between fluctuating hormones like estrogen and progesterone levels that can influence your serotonin levels. Serotonin impacts every part of your body but it is mostly commonly known for affecting your emotions, often called a mood stabilizer. It’s the chemical that helps with sleeping, eating, and digesting. Serotonin also helps: reduce depression, regulate anxiety, heal wounds, and maintain bone health.
2) Low Libido
It’s important to remember that a change in your sex drive can be physical or psychological. Your sexual desires will fluctuate over your life. Low libido is most common through perimenopause, menopause or sometimes during pregnancy which are all times when your body is experiencing fluctuating levels of estrogen and testosterone.
During perimenopause and menopause your ovaries are producing less estrogen and progesterone, both promoting sleep. As well as when you have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) your levels of testosterone are higher while you have lower levels of progesterone. Causing difficulty sleeping and in some cases sleep apnea.
4) Irregular periods
Your period can tell you a lot about your body.
Not sure if you have irregular periods? If they occur less than 24 days apart or more than 38 days apart, then they are irregular. Also if your cycle length changes by more than 20 days each month they are considered irregular. This is caused by your body’s level of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Common causes of irregular periods are birth control pills or medication, stress, PCOS, an overactive thyroid, or uterine fibroids. The best way to get your periods regular again is through life style changes and the right diet, as well as supplements like S’moo.
Hormones are pivotal to female reproduction. Most women often find out they have PCOS when they first try to conceive and can’t get pregnant. There are also other conditions such as anovulation (the lack or absence of ovulation), and hyperprolactinemia (which can cause irregular or no ovulation as well as milk production when not pregnant). Though everyone is different, S’moo has helped hundreds of women get with their infertility. So don’t lose hope.
6) Weight gain
Gaining weight might seem common but unexpected/unexplained weight that you can’t seem to lose is normally from a hormone imbalance. It can be caused by a few different hormone-related conditions such as underachieve thyroid, PCOS, and menopause.
7) Acne and dry skin
Hormone imbalances that cause low levels of estrogen and progesterone and high levels of androgen can cause adult acne and it can also be a sign of PCOS. Other skin problems like dry, flaky skin can result from menopause and thyroid problems.
8) Vaginal dryness
When estrogen levels fall (especially during perimenopause and menopause) it can cause vaginal dryness. Outside elements that can also change your hormone balance and affect this would be antidepressants or contraceptive pillls.
Though a lot of these symptoms can happen during perimenopause or menopause, you don’t have to be going through either to have a hormone imbalance. Hormone imbalances will fluctuate through different parts of your life and occur when your endocrine glands aren’t functioning properly.
There are many causes of hormonal imbalances in women and some of those include: menopause, premature menopause, pregnancy, breastfeeding, PCOS, & birth control pills.
Medical conditions like hyperglycemia (overproduction of glucagon), hypoglycemia (more insulin produced than there is glucose in the blood), underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) can play a role in hormonal imbalances.
Even lifestyle habits or environmental factors like stress, diabetes, a poor diet, medications, injury, hormone therapy or tumors (cancerous or benign) can directly affect your hormone balance.
It is true, as a woman, you’ll naturally experience hormonal imbalances through puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, breast-feeding, perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause.
Though that doesn’t mean you have to live with the symptoms they deliver. Eating a well rounded diet and try different supplements can help rebalance your body.
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