Updated: Jan 24
It's amazing how hormones can control your health and your life. Your hormones can regulate everything from sleep cycles to mood swings to libido to weight gain.
There are many phases of women's hormones as it fluctuates through the years.
Puberty, on average, starts around age 10 1/2 with the body making sex hormones (mostly estrogen), which assists in the physical change of a females body and sets the stage for child bearing.
The 20's & 30's are considered a woman's child bearing years and hormones are usually at an optimal balance for this. However, as early as 35 years old, the hormones can start dropping off and reducing estrogen levels putting a woman into the perimenopausal stage of life.
Perimenopause is when the hormones are fluctuating greatly. The body is giving giving an influx of estrogen as one last shot towards child bearing, yet really wants to taper off and go into menopause. It gives us the most symptoms of things like hot flashes, mood swings, irritability, sleep disturbances and wacky cycles, just to name a few.
Here are symptoms of having hormone imbalances:
High Estrogen (the most common)
Mood swings (usually more emotional, crying, or weeping)
Tender or lumpy (cystic) breasts
Having high estrogen over a period of time can lead to more serious conditions such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, thyroid diseases, blood clots, and heart disease.
Waking up groggy
Mood is 'on edge' or irritable/angry
Having high progesterone over a period of time can lead to osteoperosis.
Loss of muscle & muscle weakness
Loss of bone density
Hair thinning & hair loss
Low semen count
Low sex drive
Hair loss and thinning
Loss of muscle mass and weakness
Low blood count
Difficulty with erection
Abnormal hair growth (usually on face)
High sex drive
And for men, an excessively high testosterone would include:
Male pattern baldness
High sex drive
Aggressive attitude & high risk behaviors
High blood pressure
Swelling of legs and feet
Heart and liver problems