Have you been feeling out of sorts lately? Having symptoms of fatigue, bloating, moodiness, skin breakouts and more? For women, this is normal around her period, but if these symptoms are persisting all the way through the month, then you might have a hormone imbalance. Conditions like stress and anxiety can cause your hormones to go out of whack, but when do you actually require a visit to the doctor? Here are 5 red flags that indicate you have a hormone imbalance and should get yourself checked out.
5 Red Flags That Indicate You Have A Hormone Imbalance
You can’t shake the stress and anxiety
Small amounts of stress and anxiety are intermittently present in our lives. This is normal; it’s the body’s way of dealing with ‘fight or flight’ situations. However, experiencing extreme or debilitating stress and/or anxiety throughout the month is not normal and can cause many physical and mental problems. If this sounds familiar then it is not a matter of if, but a matter of when your hormones become unbalanced – it will happen. So seek out a professional who can help you get your stress and anxiety levels under control before more damage occurs.
You have chronic fatigue
Chronic fatigue is not feeling tired after a gym session or after a week of exams. It is an unexplained, illogical fatigue that you can’t seem to shake off. No matter how many hours you sleep, how many coffees you have or how healthy you eat, you always seem to feel tired. If this has been going on for a few months then there is something wrong with your hormones, maybe your adrenal glands, which produce cortisol, are not functioning correctly. So see your doctor have this checked out.
You can’t control your mood
Everyone has mood swings, and for women, it is especially around that time of the month. However, mood swings should not last all month and they should be controllable. A hormone imbalance can lead to overpowering mood swings that leave you with many emotions that you cannot explain or control. Some people feel like they are going crazy, but it is not you, but your hormones that might be going crazy. When these types of mood swings continue for months, then it’s time to see a doctor.
Your libido has disappeared
Your libido is dominated by the hormones testosterone and estrogen. These two hormones maintain your sexual desire, sexual health, and your monthly cycle. A red flag should pop up if any three of these functions are not working. If you have lost your sex-drive or you are not having your period then it’s time to see a doctor.
You have hit a weight loss plateau
Hormones greatly affect the metabolism; they run the show. So when your hormones are not functioning correctly you might hit a brick wall when it comes to weight loss. No matter how many carbs you cut, or how many spin classes you attend, the weight is still not budging. If this has been going on for a few months, then it’s time to see the doctor.
So if you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, then you might have a hormone imbalance. A good way to tell is that if your symptoms are unexplainable and have been going on for a few months, then it is most likely time to see a professional.