Maintaining the right balance of the hormones ensures the proper function of both the body and the mind. Any changes in this can result in hormonal imbalances that can alter the condition of the mind and body. Usually, hormonal imbalances are triggered during some of the major phases of a woman’s life such as puberty, menopause, and perimenopause. However, such changes in hormones can also occur due to many factors both internal and external. For instance, exposure to pollution and xenoestrogens are the leading causes of hormonal imbalance. Below are some of the crucial symptoms that indicate hormonal imbalance in women.

Fatigue and Low Libido

Hormonal imbalance can affect bodily functions that result in severe fatigue throughout the day. Fatigue results in the body and mind to become weaker that can prevent carrying out of any meaningful physical or mental work. Besides, an imbalance in the hormonal levels also has a direct influence on the sex drive. Women suffering from hormonal imbalance have decreased sex drive along with disturbances in sleep, which further affects the production of sex hormones.

Mental Instability

Hormonal imbalance has its most severe effect on the mind that can result in alterations in the mood and cognition. Women suffering from hormonal imbalances are prone to frequent bouts of anxiety and anger. They are easily irritated by simple matters and even lead to depression. These mental instabilities can further aggravate the health and cause further psychological damage.

Increased Weight Gain

Another crucial symptom that indicates hormonal imbalance is weight gain. It can interfere with a healthy body mass and contribute to the buildup of weight in women. Those who are particularly carrying out weight management programs will find it difficult to keep up their limit because of the persistent weight gain associated with hormonal imbalance.

Food Cravings

The presence of hormonal imbalance can result in the cravings to increase in women. This can lead to increased consumption of food at different times of the day, quite differently from the usual routine. Such increased food cravings can happen when the imbalance of hormones affects the functioning of vital body systems.

Accumulation of Belly Fat

Any imbalance in the hormones puts the stress more on the endocrine system. It can lead to uncontrolled or deficiency in the production of certain vital hormones. It can result in the depositing of fat around the belly, which in turn, results in deforming the normal body shape.

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    About the Author

    Dr. Ghassan M. Al-Jazayrly, MD

    A graduate of University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Al-Jazayrly or, as he is colloquially known: Dr. AJ, is an oncologist and hematologist of a Complete Care Community Health Center (CCCHC) with more than 36 years of experience. In recent years, he’s been involved with a non profit organization known as Every Woman Counts (EWC) which provides free breast and cervical cancer screening and diagnostic services to California’s underserved populations in order to eliminate health disparities for low-income individuals.

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