Feeling Hormonal? How To Tell If Your Hormones Are Out Of Whack!
Hormones play an important role in how your body functions. Hormones are the chemical messengers in your blood that control many of your bodily functions - from your bathroom habits to how quickly your bodily hair grows; hormones have a big impact on your body. While it’s normal to feel a little off colour every once in a while due to your hormones wreaking havoc on your body, it’s not normal for them to constantly be out of whack.
Bearing that in mind, the question is, how can you tell if your hormones are out of balance and how can you determine the cause of the problem? Here are some ways that you can tell if your hormones are out of whack, as well as some tips for dealing with the issue.
You are suffering from unusual bouts of acne
Often, acne is associated with teenagers, because during the teenage years the body’s hormones tend to naturally fluctuate, making bouts of acne more likely. However, it’s not just teenagers that are affected by acne, it can actually impact anyone of any age, and normally the cause of this is hormones. So if you are past puberty (18 or over) and are still suffering from acne or have just begun suffering from it, then it is probably because your hormones are out of whack. To find out for sure, undergoing a blood test could be the answer. The fact is that blood tests and health are closely linked, as blood tests can tell you a lot about your health, such as whether your hormones are out of balance. That's why doctors tend to use this method of diagnosis to determine which hormones are out of whack and whether there is an underlying cause.
You are gaining or losing a lot of weight
If you are gaining weight or struggling to lose weight, or are losing weight without trying, it could be because your hormones are out of whack. Give it a couple of weeks to settle down and see what happens, if nothing changes then it might be worth paying a visit to your doctor, to see if they will run some tests to get to the bottom of what’s going on. You might like the fact that you are losing weight, but it could be due to diabetes or thyroid problems, two health conditions that need treating, so don’t put off seeing your doctor.
You have hair loss
Have you noticed that your hair is thinning anywhere on your body? Or that you are losing hair from your head of other areas that usually have hair on them? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, then it may be worth having a chat with your doctor about your hormones. As mentioned above, blood tests are usually the first port of call for hormone imbalances, followed by a range of treatment options, one of which is the contraceptive pill.
Your skin has dark patches on it
Does your skin have random dark patches on it? Don’t panic; it shouldn’t be anything serious, it’s probably just your hormones. The fact is that a hormonal imbalance or contraceptive birth control can cause dark spots of pigmentation to appear on the skin. These spots can be difficult to get rid of, which is why it’s important to flag the issue with your doctor as soon as you notice it, to see how you can treat the problem.
The fact is that hormones play a vital part when it comes to our health, which is why when they get out of whack, they can cause all manner of problems. Should you notice any of the symptoms mentioned above, it’s important to discuss them with your doctor, to ensure that you get your hormonal imbalance sorted as soon as possible.