The Doctors reveal the signs that may indicate you have a hormone imbalance.
Dr. Randi Epstein, who wrote “Aroused,” shares how you can know if your hormones might be off and what you can do about it. Dr. Epstein notes hormones affect so many aspects of the body (we have over 200 different hormones) and they affect women, men, and children. Just some of the many things hormones control include growth, metabolism, hunger, reproduction, and desires. She refers to hormones as our "internal wifi."
If someone has a hormone imbalance they may experience:
- Extreme fatigue
- Weight gain
She notes if someone is dealing with these issues, they should see their doctor and discuss the symptoms and undergo blood work in order to determine if there is an imbalance if the issues are related to hormones, and how to possibly treat it.
Dr. Epstein also details the signs of perimenopause, which many women do not realize is affecting them until it has already begun. She says some patients report feeling like they had a panic attack for the first time, having unexplained and new feelings of claustrophobia, having night sweats, skin dryness oftentimes affecting the vagina.
And for men dealing with hormone issues, she also warns against supplementing testosterone if their levels are in the normal range. She explains if testosterone levels are normal and more is added, it will not have any effect. In fact, it could have a negative effect. She notes taking too much could affect blood and increase the risk of having a heart attack and stroke.
As always, consult with your doctor if you believe you are experiencing a hormone imbalance and before taking any new supplement.