Hormones are an extremely important part of a woman's health. If there is a hormonal imbalance, such as a fluctuation in the normal levels of oestrogen and progesterone, it can cause unpleasant symptoms and conditions. Consequently, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a hormonal imbalance.
Hormone levels can be affected by many factors, including stress, age, lifestyle and nutrition, as well as thyroid conditions, ovulation problems, premature menopause, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or glandular issues.
Symptoms of a hormonal imbalance include acne, oily skin, dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, depression, headaches, weight gain, bloating, decreased sex drive and changes in menstruation. These symptoms are also associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS), but with a hormonal imbalance they are more pronounced and do not go away over time.
Because symptoms of a hormonal imbalance can be hard to detect it is important to see a doctor before attempting to treat yourself---and it's particularly important that you meet with a reproductive specialist, such as an obstetrician or gynecologist. She will determine if you have a hormonal imbalance in your blood, urine or saliva.
If you are lacking hormones there are several prescription medications you can take to replace them. Your doctor can prescribe the proper medication for you, or you can opt for herbal remedies such as chasteberry, black cohosh and ginseng.
If you have troublesome symptoms but don't have a true imbalance, it may be helpful to change your lifestyle. Commit to eating a low-sodium, low-fat, high-fibre diet and get a good amount of exercise. In addition, lowering stress levels and avoiding anxiety-inducing situations is also important.