How do I know if I have a hormone imbalance?

Your hormones play an integral role in your overall health. As a result, there’s a broad range of signs or symptoms that could signal a hormonal imbalance. Your signs or symptoms will depend on which hormones or glands aren’t working properly. Common hormonal conditions affecting both men and women could cause any of the following signs or symptoms: 

  • Weight gain 
  • Hump of fat between shoulders Unexplained and sometimes sudden weight loss 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle weakness 
  • Muscle aches, tenderness and stiffness Pain, stiffness or swelling in your joints Increased or decreased heart rate Increased sensitivity to cold or heat 
  • Constipation or more frequent bowel movements 
  • Increased thirst 
  • Decreased sex drive 
  • Depression 
  • Nervousness, anxiety or irritability Blurred vision 
  • Thinning, brittle hair 
  • Dry, itchy skin 
  • Puffy face

Signs or symptoms in females 

In females of reproductive age, the most common hormonal imbalance is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Your normal hormonal cycle also changes naturally during these stages: 

  • puberty 
  • pregnancy 
  • breastfeeding 
  • menopause 
  • Symptoms of a hormonal imbalance specific to females include: 
  • heavy or irregular periods, including missed periods, a stopped period, or a frequent period 
  • hirsutism, or excessive hair on the face, chin, or other parts of the body acne on the face, chest, or upper back hair loss 
  • headaches 
  • darkening of the skin, especially along neck creases, in the groin, and underneath the breasts 
  • skin tags 
  • vaginal dryness 
  • vaginal atrophy 
  • pain during sex 
  • night sweats 

Signs or symptoms in males 

Testosterone plays an important role in male development. If you aren’t producing enough testosterone, it can cause a variety of symptoms. Symptoms of hormonal imbalance in adult males include: 

  • gynecomastia, or the development of breast tissue 
  • breast tenderness 
  • erectile dysfunction (ED) 
  • decrease in beard growth and body hair growth 
  • loss of muscle mass 
  • loss of bone mass, otherwise known as osteoporosis 
  • difficulty concentrating 
  • hot flashes

How do you fix hormonal imbalance? 

1. Eat enough protein at every meal. Consuming an adequate amount of protein is extremely important. 

2. Engage in Regular Exercise. 

3. Avoid Sugar and Refined Carbs. 

4. Learn to Manage Stress. 

5. Consume Healthy Fats. 

6. Avoid Overeating and Undereating. 

7. Drink Green Tea. 

8. Eat Fatty Fish Often. 

9. Consider bio-identical HRT 

10. Targeted supplements 

How can I check my hormone levels at home? 

- Dutch test: Urine test done at home, required by a doctor or some states you can order directly. 

- ZRT Labs: Find a provider near you 

- Labs from your doctor 

- Self -test questionnaire (Click here to take it for yourself!)

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