Hormonal imbalance can happen to any person, male or female, at any time. This is when hormones are either at a level that is higher or lower than normal, and this can wreak havoc to a person’s physique and psyche. The reasons why a person may experience imbalanced hormones can include menopause, stress, lifestyle, diet, thyroid problems, and diabetes. Fluctuating hormone levels can also be due to pregnancy, PMS, and lack of activity.
Whatever the reason may be, when a person suffers from hormonal imbalance, they can experience a list of symptoms that may range from mildly annoying to really irritating. Some of these symptoms include insomnia and sleeplessness, hot flashes, mood swings, vaginal dryness and itchiness, lowered libido, and tiredness. You may also find yourself feeling emotionally drained, depressed and anxious, gaining weight, and having a hard time losing weight.
How to Handle Hormonal Imbalance
Whether you have all of these symptoms, or just a couple of them, you may find yourself looking for ways to cope with these. There are many different ways to do so, with some methods being able to encompass all symptoms, and others geared towards very specific side effects of hormonal imbalance. Here are some individual symptoms and how to handle them:
Hot Flashes – this is a sensation of being hot which can last from between half a minute to a few minutes, and such a feeling can travel all over your body. In order to better manage this symptom, you should consider avoiding places that are too warm, going out in the sun, and eating food that can aggravate such a problem. Avoid spicy food, caffeine, alcohol, and other similar items that can cause hot flashes to worsen. You can also try to dress in light and cool clothes to help you cope with the warmness.
Sleep problems – one of the more prevalent symptoms of hormonal imbalance is sleeplessness. In order to avoid this, try to use remedies that people turn to when they suffer from insomnia. These include not napping during the day, reducing your intake of caffeinated drinks in the afternoon, and tiring yourself out with exercise and activities to get yourself to sleep at night.
Mood Swings – feeling irritated and annoyed over every single thing, then feeling weepy afterwards, is indicative of having mood swings. Being moody can be attributed to some of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance, with individuals experiencing this when they lack sleep, or are feeling warm. This can also be due to the rise and fall of the hormones that affect emotion, hence the erratic moods. To cope with this, meditation, drinking relaxing chamomile tea, and getting enough rest can do wonders.
Apart from trying to handle individual symptoms, you can also try to cope with the situation altogether using therapies that can help you reduce the severity of such symptoms. Some of your options for this include hormone replacement therapy, and choosing what you eat. Quitting bad habits like smoking and drinking alcohol to excess, exercising regularly, and a lifestyle change are also some of the things that you can turn to in order to reduce the effects of such symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
Pamela Miller works as a content manager for Saint John’s Health Center. She contributes health and wellness articles and participates in Cancer Awareness Campaigns in California.