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What Is Hormonal Imbalance?

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What do I need to know about hormonal imbalance?What do I need to know about hormonal imbalance?


Hormonal imbalance occurs when hormones are not in the correct ratios to each other. Hormone levels can fluctuate up and down throughout the month, but the ratio between them should remain about the same. When one hormone rises or falls at a greater level than the others, hormone imbalance can occur.

A deficient lifestyle which includes stress, an unhealthy diet, inadequate physical activity, and/or a lack of sleep can cause hormonal imbalance. Genetics, age, obesity, insulin resistance, some medications, and thyroid conditions can also contribute to hormonal imbalance.

There are also several gynecologic conditions which can cause hormonal imbalance:Hormonal imbalance can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms that affect you from head to toe. You can become irritable, anxious, depressed, tired, and uninterested in sex. You could gain weight, have digestive problems, and experience excessive sweating. You may also find you fight weight issues along with cravings and an increase in appetite. Besides not feeling well, long term hormonal imbalance can negatively impact your overall health.

If you have symptoms of hormonal imbalance or a condition which can cause hormonal imbalance, it is important that you keep a symptom diary and talk to your doctor. Together you can determine if there is an underlying health condition which needs treated or if you need to make adjustments to your overall lifestyle.


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.

01-23-2015 - 11:41 AM


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