Are Your Symptoms a Sign of Hormonal Imbalance?

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 imbalances 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 symptoms of hormone imbalance 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.

Some of the symptoms of sex hormone imbalance 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 is a licensed Functional Medicine Naturopathic Doctor, best selling author, speaker, and mother. Dr. Brighten specializes in women’s health, from fertility to postpartum care, adrenal and thyroid support, autoimmune conditions, and digestive disorders. In her patient centered practice, Dr. Brighten thrives on navigating the space between conventional and alternative medicine, all while working with patients to help them achieve optimum balance, health, and happiness.