Women have more than fifty hormones at work day in and day out. They are involved in regulating everything from your mood and metabolism to sex drive, sleep patterns, reproduction, and how you deal with stress.
In a perfect world, you’d have an optimal level of each hormone and all your
Many women’s health concerns stem from imbalances in their reproductive hormones: progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
What causes hormonal imbalance in women? What are the common symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women? Ultimately, what are some natural remedies to help support hormone balance for women?
What Causes Hormonal Imbalance in Women?
Women naturally encounter times of hormonal fluctuations during puberty, pregnancy, breastfeeding, and menopause. Women’s reproductive hormones also naturally ebb and flow each month as they move through the four phases of their menstrual cycle: menstruation, follicular, ovulation, and luteal.
There are many causes of irregular hormonal imbalance in women. Causes can be divided into three general categories: medical conditions, lifestyle, and environment.
- Taking birth control pills
- Polycystic ovarian syndrome
- Type 1 and 2 diabetes
- Benign and cancerous tumors
- Endocrine gland disorders, like Cushing’s or Addison’s disease
- Hyper- or hypothyroidism
- Eating disorders
- Illness or trauma
The following can be sources of hormone-disrupting chemicals, known as endocrine disruptors:
- Pollutants in air and water
- Pesticides and herbicides in food
- Toxins in cookware, cleaning products, and cosmetics
Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance in Women
During expected times of hormonal fluctuations, like your monthly period or pregnancy, you’ll likely notice some mood and body changes. This is normal and temporary — however, even common symptoms, like PMS, can be intensified when other hormones are chronically out of sync.
Here are ten common symptoms women experience when their hormones are not balanced.
If you always feel tired or need a nap, even after a good night’s sleep, it may be your hormones. Progesterone works with melatonin to regulate sleep cycles, so if you have too much of it, you might feel tired all the time. The hormones your thyroid makes can also be the culprit behind low energy and extra sleepiness.
If you feel mentally and emotionally all over the place or your mood doesn’t match your environment, you may be suffering from mood swings which can range from feeling generally crabby to nervous or irritable and even lead to anxiety and depression.
Appetite and weight changes
Haywire hormones can lead to you eating more or less than usual. The same goes for unexplained weight loss or weight gain. Gaining weight in your midsection or all-over puffiness can be tied to hormone levels.
The food you eat has a big impact on how well your digestive system runs and how your stomach feels. However, a hormonal imbalance can be involved if you’re regularly experiencing belly bloating, gas, diarrhea, or constipation.
Hormonal imbalances in women can alter sex drive. You may notice lowered libido or experience physical changes in your lady parts, like dryness, that make sex uncomfortable or even painful.
Changes to a woman’s period, outside of pregnancy and menopause, are clear signs something is up.
Changes can include heavier than usual bleeding, extra painful cramps, extreme PMS, missing a period, or an erratic and unpredictable cycle. If you’re experiencing changes to your menstrual cycle, you should see your GYN to rule out other concerns like PCOS or early-onset menopause.
Hormonal imbalances can affect fertility and can make it more difficult to conceive. Signs of infertility may include fluctuations in your menstrual cycle, a lack of a period, or challenges with conceiving. Infertility can have many causes, so it is important to speak to a doctor to address the underlying cause.
Hot flashes are a symptom associated with menopause, but body temperature fluctuations can happen any time hormones are imbalanced. Other temperature sensitivity symptoms include sweating, chills, night sweats, or feeling unusually uncomfortable in hot and cold settings.
Your hormones may be keeping you up at night. Too much cortisol can result in insomnia which can take the form of having trouble falling asleep or frequent wake-ups through the night.
Skin and hair changes
Unwanted hair growth, called hirsutism, is a telltale sign of hormonal imbalance in women. It typically shows up along the jawline, chin, neck, and/or chest.
Skin can become dry and flaky, and hair can become brittle and break easily with a hormonal imbalance. It’s normal to lose a few strands of hair each time you brush or wash it, but excessive shedding or thinning hair is not.
Natural Remedies for Hormone Imbalances for Women
Many of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance may seem like minor inconveniences, or mere realities women just have to live with. This can be a dangerous way to think about your hormone health. Hormonal imbalances don’t go away. Lifestyle changes are the best natural remedies you have against hormonal imbalances.
Consider these six natural remedies to support healthy hormone levels.
Exercise is a solid go-to. Besides helping you work out excess energy, get an instant mood boost, and relax, moving your body also helps bring down high cortisol levels and improves your blood sugar.
A regular fitness routine can also help you lose weight and build muscle. Maintaining a healthy weight is an important part of the equation for happy hormones. Target 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week. Not every workout has to be an intense sweat session — brisk walks, riding a bike, yoga, dance, and sports all count.
Healthy food choices
Your food choices can influence hormone health. Excess sugar and unhealthy fats are linked to weight gain and high estrogen levels for women.
Include lean protein, healthy fat, and fruit or vegetables at each meal. Some lean proteins to try: boneless, skinless chicken breast, white meat turkey, and seafood. If you don’t eat meat, then eggs, tofu, beans, and lentils are healthy plant-based protein sources.
Healthy cooking oils include extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, and ghee. You can also get healthy fats from nuts, seeds, olives, and avocados.
Limit your intake of red meat, processed meats, refined carbohydrates (i.e., white bread and pasta), sweets, and packaged foods.
Chronic stress can send cortisol levels soaring. When your cortisol levels are constantly elevated, it impacts other hormones and influences everything from appetite to aging and sleep patterns.
Stress management looks different for everyone. Diaphragmatic breathing, meditation, yoga, massage, spending time in nature, journaling, reading, taking up a new hobby, or simply building more downtime into your schedule can all help you decompress.
Rejuvenating sleep gives your body a chance to stabilize, reset, and return to equilibrium. Shoot for around 7 hours of deep, restorative sleep each night.
If your current slumber time is falling short, try going to bed earlier, do something relaxing before bed, and end screen time at least 1 hour before bedtime. Blue light stimulates your brain and interferes with the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone.
The products you use in your home and on your body can contain endocrine disruptors, like BPA and phthalates, that disturb your hormonal balance.
Take a look at the ingredients in your cleaning and laundry products, and personal care items, like hair products, lotions, deodorants, and cosmetics. If you’re not sure what to look for or which brands are made with better-for-you ingredients, check out the Environmental Working Group.
This applies to your food, also. Conventional crops may be treated with pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers that contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Minimize your exposure, by choosing organic ingredients when possible.
Support with Superceuticals
There are plenty of supplements marketed to women to help manage fluctuating hormones. Most of these products are designed to relieve symptoms of PMS and menopause.
Products that contain adaptogens – with plant-based compounds – can help your body better handle stress and counteract signs of hormonal imbalance in women. Adaptogens can give you a subtle energy boost or help you wind down.
The Rebalance System™ offers natural hormone balance for women. It contains the adaptogens maca and ashwagandha, Panax ginseng, and astragalus root. The women’s formulation has ingredients specifically curated for women including Bacopa and Oat Straw. It’s designed to naturally improve your circadian rhythm and cortisol levels so your body can have healthy levels of all hormones.
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