Most commonly we hear about them in reference to teenagers, pregnant woman, and athletes; however, in reality, every living creature is affected by them on a daily basis – hormones. And while some people would know them by name and have some general concept of what they do, for the average person, these important facets of the body are ultimately a mystery; until now.
Hormones are special chemical messengers in the body that are created in the endocrine glands, according to the Hormone Health Network. Hormones control just about every bodily function; everything from your most basic needs like hunger and sleep to more complex ones such as when the onset of puberty begins and controlling your reproductive system. However, knowing how important hormones are, even just the smallest imbalance can cause life-changing symptoms.
Let’s say for example that your adrenal glands are producing cortisol in connection with your stress response. Seems harmless right? Well, it is unless you’re a woman who’s sex drive and menstrual cycle can become impacted by high levels of cortisol. This can also be a factor behind people developing anxiety and depression disorders. So what causes it?
In order for a person to be healthy, their hormones must work in balance to allow the body to thrive. The problem is that hormonal “ups and downs” are quite normal, especially in woman, and can be the result of many different factors. According to doctors, the most common time for a hormonal imbalance in women is during premenstrual syndrome, pregnancy, and menopause, however, other lifestyle factors can cause hormones to fluctuate. Being overweight, not getting enough exercise, or a lack of sleep can all throw your hormones off balance. Which leads us to perhaps the most important question – how would you know?
Being sick and not doing anything about it is the equivalent to driving around in your car with the “Check Engine” light on and then being surprised when your car needs repairs. However, unlike cars, humans don’t come with a “check hormones” light, or any other warning light for that matter, but what we do have is a series of well-documented symptoms and signs that can help you determine if you should visit the doctor. So on that note and with good hormonal health in the forefront, allows us to present to you some of the most common signs that you might have a hormonal imbalance.
If you are women who is suffering from a hormonal imbalance, you may be surprised at the way it can manifest throughout your body, and one of the most common is in the breasts; more specifically, lumpy breast, which can feel tender and sore to the touch. These lumps are caused by hormonal fluctuations and are usually cysts or fibroids and are harmless. However, you should always have any lump in your breast checked out by a doctor to rule out the possibility of breast cancer.
If you are women who naturally has larger breasts, you may notice that during menopause they begin to grow and possibly sag. This is a result of a drop in hormone levels causes breast tissue to become less dense and fatty. The National Cancer Institute says that breast changes in women are very common and aren’t usually cancerous. These changes occur due to hormonal changes or aging and you may notice that lumps come and go with your menstrual cycle.