Growing too much hair or having premature hair loss across various parts of the body is a common sign that a hormonal imbalance may be at play. In women, hirsutism or too much hair in the upper body, along with premature male pattern baldness, can indicate a problem. In men, a decrease in body or beard hair growth is a common sign. For women, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is often to blame and can sometimes be treated with hormonal birth control. Men may use testosterone supplements to correct the condition.
2. Persistent acne
Acne is a part of life, especially during puberty. But as an adult, persistent acne can be a sign of a hormonal imbalance. Androgens are male hormones present in both men and women. But when androgen levels increase, acne can be an unwanted side effect and is usually found around the jawline and T-zone. While some women may find that PCOS is the culprit, others may experience acne during pregnancy, menopause, or shortly after starting or stopping hormonal birth control. Often adjusting skincare routines to include products with retinol can help, especially for people who want to avoid using birth control.
3. Brain fog
Occasionally forgetting items isn’t strange, but constant forgetfulness or struggling to concentrate can be a sign of a hormonal imbalance. Brain fog is a common side effect for many women during perimenopause and menopause but can also be a symptom associated with thyroid disease. People concerned about an underlying condition should speak with a physician for testing. Typically treatment includes testing for thyroid hormones and vitamin B12 levels. Usually, treating the underlying condition will help prevent brain fog.
4. Digestive trouble
The occasional belly discomfort isn’t out of the norm. But frequent diarrhea, bloating, nausea, and stomach pain can also be an indicator that a more serious condition exists. Often digestive issues along with other symptoms can be a sign of hypothyroidism or an underactive thyroid gland. After confirming that hypothyroidism is the culprit, a physician may prescribe a synthetic thyroid hormone to help improve hormone levels.
5. Low sex drive
In both men and women, a low sex drive, along with reproductive issues such as discomfort or pain during sex or erectile dysfunction can all be linked to hormonal imbalances. After testing to confirm the underlying cause is linked to hormones, a physician may prescribe medications to address low sex drive in women. Men may undergo testosterone replacement therapy.
Taking a proactive approach
A hormonal imbalance can create unpleasant side effects that manifest as some of the symptoms listed above. Thankfully, once diagnosed, many hormonal imbalances can be managed either through medications or lifestyle changes. As a result, people don’t have to needlessly suffer from issues such as digestive troubles, adult acne, or even low sex drive. For more information about treatment for hormonal imbalances, speak with a healthcare provider.