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Hormones - too much too little
How do I know if my hormone levels are off-balance?


Finding the right balance of hormones can be tricky especially after an oophorectomy (removal of ovaries). Luckily, your body is usually pretty good about telling you what it needs. Simple symptoms may easily be ignored, but it's important to note that these symptoms have been reported by women experiencing hormone imbalance. If you have any of these symptoms, discuss them with your doctor during your next checkup as you consider managing menopause with hormone replacement therapy.

Keep a symptom diary to take to your doctor to discuss adjusting your hormone levels. Note any symptoms along with the length of the symptom and the intensity.

Here are some general indicators to help you as you keep your symptoms diary:

Too much estrogen

  • Water retention
  • Fatigue
  • Breast swelling
  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • PMS-like symptoms
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Craving for sweets
  • Weight gain

Too little estrogen:

  • Hot flashes
  • Shortness of breath
  • Night sweats
  • Sleep disorders
  • Vaginal shrinkage
  • Painful intercourse
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Dry skin
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Headache
  • Depression
  • Memory Loss
  • Heart palpitaions
  • Yeast infections
  • Inability to reach orgasm

Too much progesterone:

  • Depression
  • Somnolence

Too little progesterone:

  • Headache
  • Hot flashes
  • Low libido
  • Anxiety
  • Night sweats
  • Swollen breasts
  • Painful breasts
  • Sleep disorder
  • Shortness of breath
  • Moodiness
  • Vaginal shrinkage
  • Fuzzy thinking
  • Painful intercourse
  • Depression
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Food cravings
  • Dry skin
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Mood swings
  • Memory loss
  • Weight gain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Bloating
  • Yeast infections
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Inability to reach orgasm
  • Painful joints
  • Asthma

Too much testosterone:

  • Oily skin
  • Acne
  • Facial hair
  • Deepening voice
  • Feelings of anger and aggression
  • Male pattern baldness
  • Clitoral enlargement

Too little testosterone:

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Dry skin
  • Brittle hair
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Reduced energy and sense of well-being
  • Insensitivity to clitoral stimulation
  • Insensitivity to nipple stimulation
  • Decreased arousability overall
  • Lower capacity for orgasm
  • Thinning of pubic hair (for some women)



This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.

04-12-2003 - 04:22 PM


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