5 Common Signs of a Hormone Imbalance

Most people associate hormonal imbalances with women because of their role in puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, and menopause. However, there are numerous hormones that can cause imbalances in both men and women, including those associated with insulin, thyroid, adrenals, and pituitary glands.

At Sonoran Endocrinology, Dr. Rohit Dwivedi specializes in endocrinology — the diagnosis and treatment of hormone-related problems. 

He shares five common signs of imbalanced hormones.

1. Unexplained weight loss or gain

Your hormones are essential when it comes to regulating metabolism and using energy. As a result, an imbalance can lead to changes in weight. If you find yourself eating and exercising like you normally do, but still gaining or losing weight, it’s time to schedule an appointment.

2. Excessive sweating

Everyone sweats, especially on a hot day or when hitting the gym. You can thank your hormones for triggering perspiration, as they work to regulate your temperature and cool you down. However, hormone-related conditions can disrupt this delicate process, resulting in excessive sweating. 

So how do you know if you’re sweating is out of the ordinary? First, consider what you’re doing when sweating. If you were exercising or feeling overly emotional, your sweating could be normal. However, excessive sweating without an obvious cause or sweating that appears with additional symptoms could indicate a hormonal imbalance.

3. Irritability, anxiety, or depression

If you’re experiencing mood swings, your hormones could be to blame. That’s because your hormones influence the neurotransmitters in your brain, helping to maintain dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine levels for optimal balance. 

As hormone levels fluctuate or decrease, it’s common to experience emotional changes, like anxiety, depression, mood swings, and even panic attacks. Similarly, having too much of a hormone can cause anger, impaired judgment, euphoria, or delusions.

4. Changes in heart rate or blood pressure

You should never ignore heart-related changes, especially if they change your heartbeat rhythm or blood pressure. Several things can lead to these symptoms, so it’s critical to work with a doctor to reach a diagnosis. 

When it comes to hormones, they take a starring role in your heart health. That means that when they’re working properly and in balance, they protect your heart against disease. That also means that when hormones are out of balance, they can cause heart problems. 

5. Decreased libido or sexual dysfunction

One of the most obvious roles hormones play in our bodies relates to reproduction. Both men and women can experience numerous symptoms when hormones become unbalanced.

For women, common complaints include vaginal dryness, pain during intercourse, and decreased libido. Men can also experience a diminished sex drive along with difficulty achieving and maintaining a satisfying erection.

Fortunately, no matter which hormones are to blame for your imbalance, Dr. Dwivedi can help. After diagnosing your condition, he can offer a variety of hormone therapy solutions, including oral, topical, or injected medications.

Think you could have a hormone imbalance? Contact one of our offices in Surprise or Gilbert, Arizona, to book an evaluation today.

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