Hormones play a very vital role in maintaining the overall health of women. They keep our body systems and emotions under control. Hormone fluctuations occur naturally also during the lifespan of a female such as in puberty, menopause, and perimenopause but the problems start to occur when the fluctuations go off balance which can cause a lot of symptoms. Our reproductive system is one of the key systems to be affected by this hormonal imbalance.
Signs and Symptoms of Hormone Fluctuations or Imbalances:
One can experience any of the following symptoms like:
Changes in menstruation
Excessive hair growth
Low sexual desire
Premenstrual syndrome (pms).
Understanding the causes of hormonal imbalance can help you take control of your health. In fact, even just small imbalances in your hormones can cause life-changing symptoms. The causes can be excessive stress, unbalanced diet, diabetes, drugs especially antibiotics, alcohol, caffeine , environmental reasons, including pollution.
Hormonal Imbalance & Stress:
Stress is major factor for hormonal imbalance and can be from excessive workload or physical injuries or relationships. Stress causes increased production of cortisol which in turn decreases the progesterone levels. Cortisol can also be a factor behind high levels of anxiety and depression.
PCOS and Thyroid Dysfunction:
Polycystic ovarian disease (PCOS) and thyroid dysfunction are other common causes of hormonal imbalance in young girls. Pain and inflammation suppress the hypothalamus and pituitary which tell the body to produce the sex hormones.
Healthy lifestyle is important in preventing hormonal imbalances:
Being overweight, not exercising enough, or a lack of sleep also causes an imbalance of hormones. Hormonal imbalance can be a frustrating experience. Lifestyle medication, weight reduction, and meditation can help in reducing these symptoms. While some hormonal imbalances require medication, often lifestyle changes are enough to get things back in place. Healthy eating, regular exercise and getting enough sleep help you to get back on track.