Hormones have great impact on women’s health. The women’s reproductive health is influenced mainly by two well know female sex hormones estrogen and progesterone. In women, female hormones are important components of reproduction, sexuality, overall health and well-being.
Because female hormones play a major role in women’s bodies, women feel their hormones are controlling them. When the level of hormones fluctuates, it can have effect on woman’s ovulation, mood and fertility as well. So, hormonal imbalance has adverse effect on the functioning of woman’s reproductive system. Following are some of the common signs and symptoms of hormonal imbalance that most of the woman experience in their day-to-day life.
- Irregular Sleep Patterns: One of the most common side effects of hormonal imbalance is lack of sleep. In women, low progesterone levels lead to poor night’s sleep.
- Excessive Sweating: Women experience night sweats or hot flashes due to the reproductive hormonal imbalance often caused by menopause and excessive use of birth control medications.
- Unexplained Weight gain or Loss: Hormones play an important role in regulating metabolism including how many calories are burnt or store them as fat. So, when the hormones are out of balance, unexplained fluctuations in weight are noticed.
- Chronic Fatigue: Hormonal imbalance often makes a body feel completely exhausted on daily basis. Due to unbalanced hormonal levels, body has to work overtime just to perform basic functions.
- Cravings and Poor Digestion: While increased cravings for specific types of food are because of nutrient deficiency, but cravings for salty, sweet foods and feelings of intense hunger when your body doesn’t need to eat are due to hormonal imbalance.
As already stated, hormones play important role in regulating metabolism, hormonal imbalance can cause discomforts of bloating, indigestion, diarrhea, nausea and constipation.
If one or more of above signs describes you, it’s time to balance your hormones as ignoring these symptoms may worsen your reproductive health.