Common Hormonal Imbalance Symptoms

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Last Reviewed: Thyroid & Hormone Balance Leave a Comment

Estrogen and Progesterone are generally regarded as the female sex hormones, although women also have testosterone, but it is in lower amounts than men (except in PCOS). When your sex hormones are out of balance, they are rarely alone. In fact, your hormonal imbalance symptoms may stem from issues with your adrenals, thyroid, gut, liver, diet or lifestyle factors.

Because of this, I rarely, if ever, address only female sex hormones when seeking to restore balance.

Common Hormonal Imbalance Symptoms Include:

  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss
  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Anxiety,
  • Fibrocystic breast
  • PMS
  • Cold intolerance
  • Painful menses
  • Insomnia
  • Joint pain/ Muscle aches
  • Easily stressed
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Low libido

As you can imagine, balancing your sex hormones requires a multi-system approach that considers you as a whole person. I'd also add that it requires listening to what the body is telling you, which is why I feel my patient's experience is so valuable.

Sex Hormone Imbalance Symptoms Include:

High Estrogen

  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Weight gain
  • Heavy or irregular menses
  • Headache
  • Mood swings
  • Breast tenderness
  • Irritability

Low Estrogen

  • Night sweats
  • Depression
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Insomnia
  • Incontinence
  • Hair loss

High Progesterone

  • Easy to cry
  • Breast tenderness
  • Irritability
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

Low Progesterone

  • Fibrocystic breasts
  • Mid-cycle spotting
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Menstrual cramps
  • Heavy or irregular menses

If you found yourself identifying with some (or maybe a lot) of the symptoms above, you likely have a hormonal imbalance. The key to healthy sex hormones is to support the whole body with special attention to the ovaries, adrenals and thyroid, with the adrenal glands being the most common starting point.

I talk even more about this connection in my Quick Guide to Balancing Your Hormones Ebook. If you haven't grabbed your free copy yet, you can get it HERE.

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Dr. Jolene Brighten

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Dr. Jolene Brighten, NMD, is one of the leading experts in women’s medicine and is a pioneer in her exploration of the far-reaching impact of hormonal birth control and the little known side effects that impact health in a large way. In her best selling book, Beyond the Pill, she shares her clinical protocols aimed at supporting women struggling with symptoms of hormone imbalance, including Post-Birth Control Pill Syndrome and birth control related side effects. A trained nutritional biochemist and Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Brighten is the founder and Clinic Director at Rubus Health, an integrative women’s medicine clinic. She is a member of the MindBodyGreen Collective and has been featured in prominent media outlets such as Forbes, Cosmopolitan, ABC news, and the New York Post. Read more about me here.