Symptoms of Hormone Deficiencies
Hormones play a very important role in a woman’s well-being. They influence a woman’s reproductive health, energy levels, weight, emotions and much more. Advancing age is one of the primary causes of decline in hormone production in most women. Other factors such as stress, poor nutrition, sickness, and lack of fitness can play a role in causing hormonal deficiencies in women as well.
Symptoms of hormonal deficiencies in women include:
- Hot Flashes: Intense feeling of heat in your face and upper body. It is one of the most recognizable signs of approaching menopause.
- Night Sweats: Profuse sweating that occurs while sleeping due to rise in your body temperature unrelated to the environment. You may awaken to find your clothes and bed drenched in sweat.
- Mood Swings: An exaggerated or inappropriate response to an event or occurrence.
- Insomnia: A sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
- Depression: Loss of interest in fun activities and feelings of sadness. Hormonal imbalances that occur between estrogen, progesterone, and cortisol can result in this condition.
- Fatigue: Loss of energy in women that may occur due to lowered levels of progesterone.
- Endometriosis: The growth of the inner uterine lining outside of the uterus.
- Decreased Libido: Lowered desire to engage in sexual activity. This is often caused due to lowered levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
- Uterine Fibroids: Tissue growths within the uterus that can cause heavy or irregular bleeding.
- Vaginal Dryness: Nearly 50% of women between the ages of 40 and 59 suffer from this condition primarily due to hormonal deficiency.
- Brain Fog: A collection of symptoms such as mental confusion, forgetfulness, and inability to focus.
Most symptoms of hormonal deficiency can be alleviated to a large extent with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy.