12 Signs Your Hormones Could Be Out of Balance


12 Signs Your Hormones Could Be Out of Balance

17 Apr, 2019

Our Knox naturopath, Kirsten Parkinson explains just because it’s hormones, doesn’t mean we just have to put up with it.

From when we get our very first period, right through to menopause, women are conditioned to accept that heavy periods, PMS and hot flushes are just an unpleasant fact of life. We are often expected to put up with the pain and moodiness, or to struggle through a week or two per month relying on painkillers and a hot water bottle. For some women, “that time of the month” can be so debilitating that they need to take a week off work. What a lot of women don’t realise is that although these symptoms are common, they are not normal and can be signs of an underlying hormonal imbalance that can often be improved with diet and lifestyle tweaks.

Do you experience any of these symptoms?

  1. Heavy, painful or irregular menstrual bleeding
  2. Acne – especially around the chin and jawline
  3. Difficulty losing or gaining weight regardless of what you eat
  4. Hot flushes, night sweats or feeling cold most of the time
  5. Mood swings, irritability, anxiety or depression that worsens around your period
  6. Headaches and migraines that worsen before or during your period
  7. Vaginal dryness or irritation
  8. Low libido
  9. Breast tenderness, lumps or cysts
  10. Excess facial or body hair
  11. Fluid retention or bloating
  12. Fatigue and brain fog

Some conditions that stem from hormonal imbalances require a proper diagnosis so it’s important to get medical advice if you have any debilitating pain or very heavy bleeding.

A lot of the time, hormonal balance can be achieved with a few lifestyle changes like healthy eating, getting enough sleep and exercise and avoiding too much sugar and alcohol.

If you think your hormones might be wreaking havoc with your health, naturopathy can be of help.