When hormone levels are either too low or too high, women can experience everything from irregular periods to acne, fatigue, digestive problems, and weight gain. 

Hormones work in harmony with each other to regulate the body’s essential functions (like menstruation and fertility in the case of estrogen and progesterone for women). Even slight disruptions and fluctuations can lead to uncomfortable and disruptive short- and long-term symptoms.

At Memorial Women’s Specialists, our team of OB/GYN doctors and women’s health specialists offers gynecology and obstetrics services at our office in Houston, Texas.

Here are some of the most common signs that you may be experiencing a hormone imbalance and when to seek treatment.

6 signs of hormone imbalance

Hormone imbalances can happen at different times and for many reasons throughout a woman’s life. As women approach menopause (the years leading up to the end of menstruation are known as perimenopause), estrogen and progesterone levels begin to drop and contribute to some of the most familiar symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes, weight gain, fatigue, loss of libido, and even adult acne. 

Menopause and the symptoms that accompany it are all a normal part of the aging process for women. Fortunately, treatments like hormone replacement therapy can help to manage the decline in estrogen and progesterone production.

But hormone imbalances also occur outside of menopause and affect women of all ages and at every stage of life.

The most common signs and symptoms of a hormone imbalance include:

  • Irregular periods (missed periods, abnormally heavy bleeding, and periods that last longer than usual)
  • Stomach and digestive problems (erratic bowel movements during your period are normal, but prolonged digestive problems can be a sign of an estrogen or progesterone imbalance)
  • Chronic acne (overactive androgen production can lead to clogged pores and skin problems like acne)
  • Chronic fatigue (high progesterone levels and thyroid imbalances can leave you feeling abnormally tired and fatigued, even when it seems like you’re getting enough sleep)
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Depression (can include mood swings, irritability, and loss of interest in normal activities)
  • What causes a hormone imbalance?

    Hormone fluctuations are normal during menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. However other factors like stress, poor diet or eating disorders, and underlying health problems can also upset the normal balance of your hormones. 

    A blood test and exam can usually tell whether you’re dealing with a hormone imbalance. If you’re experiencing symptoms of a hormone imbalance or are going through menopause and would like more information about hormone replacement therapy, schedule an appointment with us to learn more.

    For more information about hormone health and other women’s health issues, contact Memorial Women’s Specialists today to schedule an appointment with an OB/GYN at our office in Houston, Texas, or you may also request an appointment online.

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