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Symptoms of hormonal imbalance

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Hormones are chemicals produced by the glands of the endocrine system. Hormones are essential for regulating most of the body’s major processes, so the hormonal imbalance can affect many bodily functions. Hormones help regulate:

  • metabolism
  • blood sugar
  • to multiply
  • blood pressure
  • reproductive cycles and sexual function
  • general growth and development
  • mood and stress level

Imbalances in insulin, steroids, growth hormone and adrenaline can affect men and women alike.

Women can also experience imbalances in estrogen and progesterone levels, while men are more likely to experience imbalances in testosterone levels.

Signs or symptoms of a hormonal imbalance

Common hormonal conditions affecting both women and men could cause:

  • weight gain
  • sudden weight loss
  • muscle weakness
  • fatigue
  • muscle aches, stiffness, and tenderness
  • joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
  • constipation
  • irritable bowel movements
  • frequent urination
  • increased hunger
  • increased thirst
  • blurred vision
  • decreased sexual desire
  • depression
  • nervousness
  • anxiety
  • infertility
  • dry skin

Women-specific signs or symptoms of hormonal imbalance

  • PCOD
  • hair loss
  • darkening of the skin
  • vaginal dryness
  • pain during sexual intercourse
  • vaginal atrophy
  • night sweats
  • headaches

Men-specific signs or symptoms of hormonal imbalance

  • gynecomastia
  • erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • decrease in beard growth and body hair growth
  • loss of muscle mass
  • breast tenderness
  • osteoporosis
  • difficulty concentrating

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