We learn our body over the years, and if you pay close attention, you can learn the best ways to get back on track. Hormones can be tricky and they can send your body on a roller-coaster before you’re ready for the big drop!
S’moo Babes are all about getting our hormones back on track but the first step is figuring out if you have a hormone imbalance. So if you’re having unwanted symptoms like fatigue, weight gain, mood swings or itchy skin… keep reading.
Hormones are produced by glands in the endocrine system that are released into the bloodstream. Which regulate your body for things like your appetite, metabolism, sleep cycles, reproductive cycles, sexual functions, body temperature and mood.
Here are the eight things you can look for to gauge your level of hormone imbalance. Remember you might have one of these things or all eight of them depending on your body. A lot of these symptoms are common in women with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and getting your hormones back on track with S’moo can take away many of these symptoms by re-balancing your hormones.
1) Mood Swings: Probably the worst and most common thing we women have to deal with is mood swings. There are some known links between fluctuating hormones like estrogen and progesterone levels that can influence your serotonin levels. Serotonin impacts every part of your body but it is mostly commonly known for affecting your emotions, often called a mood stabilizer. It’s the chemical that helps with sleeping, eating, and digesting. Serotonin also helps: reduce depression, regulate anxiety, heal wounds, and maintain bone health.
2) Low Libido: It’s important to remember that a change in your sex drive can be physical or psychological. Your sexual desires will fluctuate over your life. Low libido is most common through perimenopause, menopause or sometimes during pregnancy which are all times when your body is experiencing fluctuating levels of estrogen and testosterone.
3) Insomnia: During perimenopause and menopause your ovaries are producing less estrogen and progesterone, both promoting sleep. As well as when you have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) your levels of testosterone are higher while you have lower levels of progesterone. Causing difficulty sleeping and in some cases sleep apnea.
4) Heavy or Painful Periods: The causes of a heavy period (Menorrhagia) can vary and also be super hard to diagnose. Though heavy bleeding is a common concern, most women don't experience blood loss severe enough to be defined as Menorrhagia. Some of the symptoms being: soaking through one or more sanitary pads or tampons every hour for several consecutive hours and bleeding for longer than a week and more. If you’re only experiencing a heavy flow once in awhile, it can be caused from not ovulating that month. Heavy periods can also be caused by hormone imbalances, fibroids, polyps, endometrial hyperplasia, endometrial cancer and adenomyosis.
5). Infertility: Hormones are pivotal to female reproduction. Most women often find out they have PCOS when they first try to conceive and can’t get pregnant, though other conditions can be anovulation, and hyperprolactinemia. Though everyone is different, S'moo has helped a lot of women get their hormones balances so they can get pregnant, so don't lose hope.
6) Weight gain: Gaining weight might seem common but unexpected/unexplained weight that you can’t seem to lose is normally from a hormone imbalance. It can be caused by a few different hormone-related conditions such as underachieve thyroid, PCOS, and menopause.
7) Acne and dry skin: Hormone imbalances that cause low levels of estrogen and progesterone and high levels of androgen can cause adult acne and it can also be a sign of PCOS. Other skin problems like dry, flaky skin can result from menopause and thyroid problems.
8) Vaginal dryness: When estrogen levels fall (especially during perimenopause and menopause) it can cause vaginal dryness. Outside elements that can also change your hormone balance and affect this would be antidepressants or contraceptive pillls.
Though a lot of these symptoms can happen during perimenopause or menopause, you don’t have to be going through either to have a hormone imbalance. Hormone imbalances will fluctuate through different parts of your life and occur when your endocrine glands aren’t functioning properly. Medical conditions like hyperglycemia (overproduction of glucagon), hypoglycemia (more insulin produced than there is glucose in the blood), underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism) can play a role in hormonal imbalances. Even lifestyle habits or environmental factors like stress, diabetes, a poor diet and birth control pills (to name only a few) can directly affect your hormone balance.
As a woman, you’ll naturally experience hormonal imbalances through puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, breast-feeding, perimenopause, menopause and postmenopause.
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