Hormones are proteins and steroids that link to every part of your being, including your mood, sleep, energy, and your reproductive system. Even slight hormone imbalances in women can have a far-reaching impact, and they’re surprisingly common.
One survey of 2,000 women, commissioned by OB/GYN Dr. Anna Cabeca, MD, found that 47% of women experienced symptoms like low energy, reduced libido, mood swings, and weight gain without realizing they were suffering from a hormone imbalance.
Understanding these symptoms and leveraging the available solutions can help you reclaim the years so often overshadowed by this condition.
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1. Sleep problems – A hormonal imbalance in women can affect your sleep in several ways, since reproductive hormones like progesterone and estrogen are linked to the sleep cycle. Around 66% of women with PMS, 60% of menopausal women, and 51.6% of postmenopausal women report disrupted sleep. Pregnancy can also increase sleep disturbances. Sleep difficulties often become more frequent and last longer as pregnancy progresses.
2. Weight gain – Hormones like leptin, insulin, androgens, estrogens, and growth hormones impact your appetite, metabolism, and body fat distribution. A hormonal imbalance in women can drive weight gain too, intensifying menopause, PCOS, metabolic syndrome, or thyroid deficiency. For many women, the key to effective weight management often starts with restoring hormone balance. You may be able to achieve this through lifestyle changes, evaluation with an endocrinologist, or medications. The first step to feeling better is understanding your levels with the Lifeforce Diagnostic.
3. Low Libido – Hormonal imbalance in women might lead to a downturn in sexual desire. Around 40% of women experience low libido during menopause. Reduced desire due to vaginal dryness is common, since dryness can make sex uncomfortable and even painful. Pregnancy, insulin imbalances like diabetes, or thyroid disease can also cause low libido.
If you notice a lower sex drive impacting your mood, interfering with your relationships, or affecting your quality of life, speak to a doctor. They may prescribe hormone replacement therapy, natural supplements,