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HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A HORMONE PROBLEM?

Women usually suspect when their hormones are misbehaving, often before their doctors do. I've provided a chart which lists the common symptoms that result when hormones come unhinged. If anything on this list gives you a jolt of recognition, look to hormones as the likely basis. This list is to help you, not alarm you. All women have some of these symptoms some of the time. They can have serious causes but most often they do not.  A quick word of caution however: Symptoms can have many different causes and only a medical work-up can pinpoint the exact basis in an individual case.

After reading this list, you may feel you have more than your share. Sadly, there is no limit on how many hormonal symptoms a woman may have. If you have several hormonal disturbances, you need help for all of them together. Getting your skin cleared up is nice, but what if you still have no energy?  Being rid of menopausal hot flashes is a great relief but what if your hair is still falling out? For this reason, a holistic approach gives the best results. 

COMMON SYMPTOMS CAUSED BY HORMONES

Changes in thoughts and feelings
Mood swings whether they are only pre-menstrual or not
Crying for no reason
Irritability – flying off the handle easily
Fatigue/ lack of energy
Sluggishness
Decreased memory
Dizziness, light-headedness
Anxiety
Feeling anxious or “wiped out” an hour or two after eating – “hypoglycemia”
Hot flashes and night sweats
Loss of interest in sex
Weight problems
Difficulty losing weight
Food cravings
Changes in skin and hair
Dull complexion; loss of feminine glow
Increased oiliness
Acne
Thinning of hair on the scalp (alopecia)
Increased hair on face or body (hirsutism) 

Bodily discomforts
Headaches

Breast fullness or pain
Cramps
Bloating
Excessive fluid retention
Aches in muscles or joints
Unpleasant sensation when touched
Scalp pain or discomfort when combing hair 

Changes in the menstrual cycle
Infrequent periods  (usually more than 6 weeks apart)
Too frequent periods  (usually less than 3 1/2 weeks apart)
Spotting
Very heavy periods
Bleeding that almost never stops
Cramps
Difficulty becoming pregnant 

Changes in the pelvic region and vagina
Loss of pleasure with sex
Dryness
Chronic pain or pain with intercourse
Vaginal infection that never quite goes away

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