9 Symptoms Of Hormonal Imbalance: Causes and Prevention

Some symptoms don’t seem to be out of the ordinary but some physical changes, such as bags under the eyes or sudden weight loss, can be symptoms of a hormonal imbalance.
9 Symptoms Of Hormonal Imbalance: Causes and Prevention
José Gerardo Rosciano Paganelli

Reviewed and approved by the doctor José Gerardo Rosciano Paganelli.

Written by Lorena González

Last update: 09 October, 2022

You may be experiencing a series of symptoms of hormonal imbalance even though you don’t realize it. After all, a hormonal imbalance can happen more easily than you might think.

Our hormonal balance is very fragile. It can become unbalanced due to natural reasons, changes in our environment or changes in our body.

This imbalance can also be a sign of poor functioning of certain organs. In this case, the exact cause can only be identified by a doctor.

In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the telltale signs which may indicate a hormonal imbalance.

1. Acne

Acne is one of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance

If you have acne and you maintain good skin hygiene, the problem could be something different: a hormonal imbalance.

This is because spots can be the consequence of poor skin care but can also be the result of other factors such as an unhealthy diet or the menstrual cycle.

Often, it is simply a hormonal problem.

2. Weight gain

Sudden weight gain also tends to be related to a hormonal problem.

It is important to bear in mind that, while some people can lose weight quickly, others gain weight even while dieting and doing exercise.

This can be due to hormones.

This is one of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance, so not only will you not lose weight, but you’ll also not gain weight if that’s what you want.

3. Increased tiredness

Increased tiredness

If you notice that you’re getting more and more tired, this could be due to a hormonal imbalance. This is often a cause of poor sleep.

Even those who sleep like a baby for 8 hours a day can look tired for no apparent reason.

In many cases, this is due to the hormone progesterone. If you find yourself very tired, you can find out your progesterone level by doing a blood test and seeing whether it’s normal.

4. Excessive sweating

Excessive sweating is also a hormonal issue. However, you must bear in mind that excessive sweating is not always related to this factor.

That said, it is important to check your hormones, especially if sweating is accompanied by a sensation of heat.

5. Bags under your eyes

Bags under your eyes

If you have particularly dark bags under your eyes (so much so that no amount of foundation can help you to get rid of them), it could be due to a hormonal imbalance.

In this case, you’ll see that it also affects your sleep.

  • Bear in mind that chronic insomnia can be the consequence of a deficiency of testosterone in men or progesterone in women.

6. Depression

Depression is another symptom that shows up due to a hormonal imbalance.

It tends to occur in women when they’re getting close to their menstruation, during pregnancy or in the menopause.

If you notice that you suddenly feel invaded by sadness and apathy, your hormones may not be regulated correctly.

7. Changes in your breasts

Changes in your breasts

If you’ve noticed changes in your breasts, you might be facing a hormonal imbalance and you should go to a doctor to treat it adequately.

You should bear in mind that the density of the soft tissues of the breasts reduces due to a lack of estrogen.

However, this isn’t the only consequence. If you have excess estrogen, lumps can also appear in the breasts.

If you notice any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to visit your doctor.

8. Hair loss

Hair loss is another symptom of hormonal imbalance.

If you find that even the best shampoos don’t help you reduce the amount of hair that you’re losing, this could be due to a hormonal problem. Bear this in mind.

9. Excess body hair

Excess body hair

On the contrary to the previous point, if you have excessive body hair, this could also be due to an excess of hormones.

Dark hairs on the bust, face, back of the hands or other uncommon areas in women are symptoms of a hormonal imbalance that can be more serious than you think, so bear this in mind.

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This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.