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What Is Hormone Imbalance?

What Is Hormone Imbalance?

By Mike Kocsis | 7 minutes read | Last updated: March 13, 2023
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    Hormonal imbalance is far more common than people know. Each year, millions of people suffer the symptoms unaware of the root cause. The symptoms of hormone imbalance can become debilitating if left untreated so it’s important to seek professional help if you believe your hormones are imbalanced.

    This article will tell you everything you need to know about hormone imbalance, its causes, available treatments and what to expect from the condition. Our complete guide will equip you with the tools and knowledge you need to combat hormone imbalance and put your hormone health back on track.

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    What is Hormone Imbalance?

    The first thing that you need to know before starting hormonal therapy is what exactly hormonal imbalance is.  Once you understand what hormonal imbalance is and why it occurs, then you can start to take constructive steps towards solving the problem. A hormonal imbalance is a condition that occurs when the body has too much or too little of one or more hormones in the bloodstream.

    For many people, this can come with some unsavoury symptoms. Hormones play a large part in many crucial body functions and body health. So when there is an imbalance, it can cause side effects that may negatively impact your everyday life.

    Hormones are chemicals that are produced by important glands in your body, but more specifically within the endocrine system. These hormones are present in your bloodstream as well as your organs. They play the role of messenger, telling your organs what to do, how to do it, and when they should perform that function.

    Hormones play a large part in not only regulating body processes but keeping you healthy overall and making sure that your body has everything it needs to function effectively.


    What do Hormones Control?

    Hormones, as we have covered, facilitate many processes throughout the body. They are the messengers, telling your organs what to do. As a result, they are a main contributor to overall body health. Here are just some of the things that they impact on a regular basis in your body:

    • Metabolism
    • Appetite
    • Heart Rate/Health
    • Sleep Cycles
    • Sleep Quality
    • Reproductive/Menstrual Cycles
    • Sex Drive/Health
    • Growth and Development
    • Muscle Mass
    • Healthy Weight
    • Mood and Stress
    • Body Temperature

    As you can see, hormonal imbalances can impact so many areas of your body. This is why it’s so important to seek medical advice if you think you may have a hormone imbalance.

    One thing to keep in mind is that hormonal imbalance does not just affect one gender. You may have heard of testosterone imbalance which is a condition that affects both men and women. But hormone imbalance includes insulin, growth hormones, adrenaline, estrogen, and testosterone among others. Both men and women should be monitoring their hormone levels and watching for the symptoms of hormonal imbalance.

    The most common type of hormonal imbalance in men is testosterone, while the most common type of hormonal imbalance among women has to do with estrogen and progesterone.


    Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance

    One of the most important steps in treating a potential hormonal imbalance is knowing when you have it. In order to identify a possible hormonal imbalance, you need to know the symptoms. As hormones affect so many areas of the body, it can be difficult to know whether you are experiencing hormonal imbalance or another condition with similar effects.

    In addition, the specific side effects that you do feel depend on which glands and hormones are being affected. With this knowledge, you can at least get an idea of what may be causing your side effects. We’ll go through some of the most common side effects and signs of a hormonal imbalance to help you spot the issue faster and ensure you have the resources you need to rebalance the hormones in your body. Here are some of the most common symptoms of a hormonal imbalance in your body:

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    Weight Fluctuation

    The hormones in your body have a lot to do with appetite and metabolism, so it is only natural that when you have a hormonal imbalance, it will result in implications when it comes to your weight. It is bound to fluctuate up and down as you experience an imbalance in your hormones. This can range from minor to severe and is a very strong indicator that something is out of balance with your hormones.

    Difficulty Sleeping

    When hormones that are very essential for brain function and body regulatory processes are not balanced, it can create a negative effect that impacts your sleep heavily. If you are having difficulty sleeping combined with other various symptoms of hormonal imbalance, it’s a strong sign that you are dealing with issues with hormones.

    Temperature Sensitivity

    Hormones play a large part in regulating your body temperature. If you are having hot flashes, temperature variations, or other issues relating to the temperature of your body and sensitivity to temperature, this could be a sign that you have hormonal imbalance.

    Mood Swings

    Since hormones are largely responsible for regulating emotion and controlling the chemical balance in the brain, any imbalance in these hormones could lead to drastic and frequent mood swings. For both men and women, this is one of the most common signs of hormone imbalance. If you are experiencing frequent mood swings, it could mean that you have an imbalanced level of testosterone or estrogen in the blood.


    Just as hormones are responsible for moods, they can also increase depressive thoughts. Depression is actually a very common symptom for people that are going through a hormonal imbalance, and that is why many people that are diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with a hormonal or chemical imbalance. It’s important to remember that depression is not always a symptom of something psychological and that your hormonal imbalance could be responsible for feelings of depression.

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    Signs of Hormone Imbalance

    There are dozens of other symptoms associated with hormone imbalance. Knowing these symptoms can help you recognise the early signs of hormonal imbalance when they arise. These include:

    • Excessive Sweating
    • Dry Skin
    • Rashes
    • Blood Pressure Changes
    • Heart Rate Changes
    • Weakening Bones
    • Changes in Blood Sugar
    • Anxiety
    • Irritability
    • Fatigue and Lack of Energy
    • Thirst
    • Headache
    • Bloating
    • Frequent Urination

    If you are experiencing a mixture of these symptoms, it could very well be a sign that you have a hormonal imbalance. You should monitor these symptoms closely and record them whenever possible for fast and effective collaboration with your medical professionals.


    What Causes Hormonal Imbalance?

    This is a difficult question to answer because there are so many potential causes of hormonal balance in the human body. Everyone experiences hormonal imbalance differently, making it very hard to diagnose. However, most hormonal imbalance occurs in people because the endocrine glands are not functioning as intended. These very important glands are meant to distribute hormones in the correct proportion around the body and when they are not functioning well, it means that your body might produce too much or not enough of the various hormones that you need for optimal body function.

    Some of the external factors that might affect the functionality of these glands include stress, diabetes, poor diet, being overweight, lack of exercise, and other lifestyle choices. For this reason, it is recommended that the first treatment that you seek is a natural shift in your lifestyle and how you take care of your body.


    Diagnosing Hormone Imbalance

    Here at Balance My Hormones, we have a team of specialist doctors who are experts in the field of hormones and will help confirm if you have any hormone imbalances. The first step to diagnosing a hormone imbalance is to book a consultation with us, this is free and there is no obligation to use our services. You would then be booked in to see one of our doctors and based on the initial discussion they would likely recommend you take one of our hormone blood tests.

    Once the tests have been taken the doctor will go over the results with you and outline the findings. Should a hormone imbalance be diagnosed they will offer you treatment options, which could be lifestyle changes or hormone therapy of some type (injections or gels). On-going support is at the heart of Balance My Hormones. This means regular check-ups to make sure your treatment is doing its job.


    Hormone Imbalance Test

    In order to determine if your hormones are imbalanced there are a couple of tests that need to be done. The first thing to do is take our hormone imbalance quiz, this screens you by asking questions about your health and body and will help us determine if you are likely to have a hormone imbalance and need further testing.

    Our team will then contact you and book you in to speak to one of our specialist hormone doctors that can order you a hormone imbalance blood test. Our hormone imbalance tests check for any hormone-level abnormalities and will ultimately be able to tell you if something is wrong and whether you may need treatment.

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    Treatment of Hormonal Imbalance

    What hormonal imbalance basically boils down to is a chemical imbalance in your body and in the bloodstream. When this occurs, the only way to treat it is to balance out the chemicals. The treatment that is selected for your particular type of hormonal imbalance will depend on your gender, age, hormone that is imbalanced, and other factors. Many individuals can go through hormone replacement treatment to either supplement missing hormones or boost up other hormones to achieve balance.


    Facts and Figures to Know About Hormone Replacement Therapy

    We can talk about how great HRT is all day, but what you really want to know is the facts and figures to back up those claims! If this describes you, you’re certainly not alone. What you really want to know is how hormone replacement therapy can help you and how it has been proven that HRT can help them thrive as people and regain all of the health benefits of normal hormone levels. Here are some of the most important facts and figures to know when it comes to hormone replacement therapy.

    • Over 44% of women report having used hormone replacement therapy to treat post-menopausal conditions. That is almost half of all women!
    • Hormone replacement therapy is most effective in men and women over the age of 40. It is designed to replace hormone production when the body is unable to produce it itself.
    • Using hormone replacement therapy is very safe, with almost no risk. When used correctly, there are virtually no reasons that hormone replacement therapy should ever cause you harm.
    • Almost all men experience low testosterone. By the age of 80, more than 50% of men will be in the “low” range for testosterone.

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    About the Author: Mike Kocsis

    Mike KocsisMike Kocsis has an MBA with a focus on healthcare administration and is an entrepreneur and medical case manager for Balance My Hormones Ltd which offers medical services in the UK and Europe. Mike has over 20 years of experience in the healthcare sector, much of that working with people who have hormone imbalances. Mike has appeared on podcasts and radio and is an expert speaker on the subject of hormone imbalance. He specialises in Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and has helped thousands of people suffering from hormone imbalances recover and regain control of their lives. You can follow him on LinkedIn and on the Balance My Hormones YouTube Channel.

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