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  • Writer's pictureLynda Stretton

Are Your Hormones Out of Balance?

Our bodies are incredible really. They are constantly communicating with us... telling us when something's wrong. Sadly though, we're not taught what those little messages mean.

But don't worry, I'm here to help. Here's a few signs you may want to look out for as you become your own health detective...

Low Oestrogen

Low oestrogen often stems from a low percentage of body fat alongside chronic stress, poor sleep and potentially a low fat diet. Other causes include high prolactin and ovarian insufficiency. Low oestrogen creates a catabolic environment within the body so you may experience:

  • fatigue

  • depression/low mood

  • impaired memory and concentration

  • hot flashes

  • night sweats

  • vaginal dryness

  • pain with intercourse

  • low libido

  • joint pain

  • brain fog, migraines/headaches

  • dry skin

  • poor skin integrity and elasticity

  • hair loss/thinning

  • dull/dry hair

  • irregular periods, loss of periods or anovulation

  • PMS with depression

  • thin, pale menstrual blood (watered down cranberry juice)

  • a light bleed (1-2 days)

High Oestrogen

High oestrogen can stem from many imbalances in the body which drive increased oestrogen synthesis. Oestrogen is a stimulating hormone that promotes growth of the uterine lining. When high you may experience:

  • mood swings

  • weight gain/stubborn weight

  • breast tenderness

  • heavy and/or painful periods

  • irregular periods

  • delayed ovulation/skipped ovulation

  • headaches/migraines

  • digestive issues

  • water retention

  • hormonal acne

  • PMS especially with irritation/aggression

  • premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD),

  • fibroids, polyps, endometriosis, fibrocystic breasts

Low Progesterone

Chronic stress, lack of ovulation or ovulation from an unhealthy follicle, endometriosis, PCOS, peri-menopause, hypothyroid and NSAID use are just some of the reasons behind low progesterone production. Symptoms include:

  • mood swings

  • weight gain

  • breast tenderness

  • fibrocystic breasts

  • heavy or painful periods

  • Irregular periods

  • fibroid/polyp development

  • hot flashes

  • breast tenderness

  • anxiety, depression

  • hair loss

  • low libido

  • night sweats

  • vaginal dryness

  • insomnia

  • acne

  • bloating

  • memory lapses

  • nervousness

  • poor concentration

  • irritability

High Progesterone

High progesterone is less common and will most commonly result from bioidentical progesterone supplementation or fertility medication. Symptoms may include:

  • water retention

  • breast tenderness

  • headaches

  • mood swings

High Androgens

Increased androgen production from the ovaries and adrenals may occur alongside low androgen clearance due to poor energy regulation - poor blood sugar balance, high blood sugar, high insulin and overweight/obesity. Symptoms may include:

  • hirsutism (dark, male-pattern hair growth in women)

  • acne vulgaris

  • deeper voice in women

  • angry/irritable PMS/ PMDD

  • irregular periods or no periods at all

  • anovulation

  • difficulty getting pregnant (because of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate)

  • excessive hair growth (hirsutism) – usually on the face, chest, back or buttocks

  • weight gain

  • thinning hair and hair loss from the head

  • oily skin or acne

  • polycystic ovaries

  • PCOS

  • high testosterone, DHT, DHEA, and/or DHEAS, alongside an elevated LH:FSH ratio (e.g. as in PCOS).

Low Androgens

Low androgens may result from ageing, hypothalamic amenorrhoea, hyperprolactinaemia, premature ovarian failure or adrenal insufficiency. Symptoms may include:

  • fatigue

  • loss of muscle mass and strength

  • loss of libido

  • lack of motivation

  • low wellbeing

  • lowered mood

  • reduced hair quality (dull, dry)

  • poor skin integrity and elasticity

  • impaired memory and concentration

  • low follicle count and low AMH

If your hormones are out of balance and you need some support getting them back into alignment, please book in for a free 20 minute consultation via this link:

I can't wait to help you xx

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