10 Signs You May Have A Hormonal Imbalance
Most women experience pretty drastic physical changes when they hit their 40s and 50s — and most of the time, these bodily shifts aren’t even visible. A lot of the time, the substantial internal changes that women go through reflect changes in their hormones. While some of these symptoms might be caused by changes in diet, lifestyle, and the outside environment — like how insomnia can be caused by cigarettes — more often than not, these symptoms reveal a natural hormone imbalance. In an exclusive guide below, we outline some of the general symptoms that you should look out for if you suspect that you’re undergoing hormone changes. These symptoms may very well be a side effect of perimenopause, a period when estrogen levels and egg production decline. Scroll down to read more about the signs you should look for, and let us know what you think in the comments below!
Symptom #1: Headaches And Migraines
Headaches and migraines have long been linked to the female hormone estrogen. This powerful hormone controls the chemicals in the brain that causes or alleviates the feelings of pain. As such, a decline in estrogen levels can lead to headaches.According to WomensHealth.gov, around two-thirds of women who regularly have migraines say that their symptoms gradually dissipate when they reach menopause. But for others, the symptoms worsen.
Symptom #2: Poor Sleeping Patterns or Insomnia
During both perimenopause and menopause, a woman’s ovaries stop producing as many progesterone hormones, which help promote sleep.
This can be highly unsettling, and according to the National Sleep Foundation, the disturbed balance in these specific hormone levels can cause difficulty in sleeping or the ability to fall asleep.In addition, lowered estrogen levels can likely make you more likely to be influenced by environmental factors, which can lead to disruptions in your sleep.