Hormonal imbalance is one of the main underlying causes of several of women’s health issues and complications.
As a young girl enters puberty, her body experiences several hormonal changes. Some of these changes are visible while the others are nonchalant and brushed off. The changes in the body keep on increases as the female body matures and they are nearly ignored and unnoticeable in the initial years. If all goes well the hormonal changes do not interfere with the normal growth of the female body.
The causes of Hormonal Imbalance
The hormonal imbalance occurs due to the imbalance between the levels of estrogen and progesterone in the human body. This may cause adverse effect on the female’s health. The amount of estrogen and progesterone produced in the female differs from one woman to the other and also from one menstrual cycle to the other. Usually during the first ten to twelve days of the menstrual cycle, the woman’s body releases estrogen and later on when ovulation happens progesterone hormone is released by the ovaries. With the start of menstruation the levels of the estrogen and progesterone drop. If ovulation does not happen then the level of progesterone is much lower as compared to the level of estrogen, resulting in hormonal imbalance in a woman’s body.
The imbalance in the levels of hormones may also be caused by immense stress, menopause, improper eating habits, pollution, missing important meals, nutrition deficiency and other irritants. Also, taking contraceptive or birth control pills which constitute of artificial estrogen can result in low levels of progesterone again resulting in hormonal imbalance in women.
The warning symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women
The below stated are the prominently noticed symptoms of hormonal imbalance in women. These symptoms are usually ignored in the beginning, but if they persist then medical help is sought for.
2. Tiredness, anxiety and depression
3. Headaches and feeling dizzy very often
4. Sudden drop in sex drive
5. Water retention and bloating
6. PMS also known as Premenstrual Syndrome
7. Mood swings
8. Feeling irritable or blue
9. Weight gain
10. Hair fall and hair thinning
11. Growth of facial hair
12. Endometriosis: The presence of endometrium elsewhere than in the lining of the uterus; causes premenstrual pain and dysmenorrhea
13. Vaginal dryness
14. Fibrocystic breasts: This is described as a non cancerous problem characterized by lumpiness and irritation in one or both breasts.
15. Uterine fibroids, small benign growth in the uterus
16. Urinary tract infections
How to prevent Hormonal Imbalance
Food and diet: The best and most natural way to avoid as well as cure hormonal imbalance is to make some significantly healthy changes in your everyday diet and exercise everyday. Women who have a history of hormonal imbalance should avoid junk food and processed foods; they contain artificial preservatives as well as chemicals which disturbs the production of both the hormones responsible for hormonal balance. Also, dairy products like milk, butter, cheese should be avoided as they have high quantity of animal fat and chemicals. One must follow a healthy balanced diet and include foods rich in vitamins, minerals and nutrients in everyday meals.
Rest well: Sleep well at night and relax yourself.
Exercise: Walking, cycling, swimming and running will keep you fit and improve your hormonal balance.
Herbs: Herbs like Chasteberry, Black Cohosh and Siberian Ginseng are helpful in enhancing the hormonal imbalance.