Hormone imbalance quiz
There’s no single test to diagnose a hormone imbalance. But understanding what these hormonal imbalances can look like in terms of symptoms can help you start to rule out conditions that can impact fertility, and make plans for support, treatment and next steps.
1. Dealing with irregular periods? Have your periods changed?
Irregular periods or changes in your period can occur occasionally, but if you’ve noticed any ongoing trends or recent sudden changes – take note. Irregular ovulation can cause irregular periods and can make trying to conceive harder.
2. Experiencing weight gain?
There is a link between unexplained weight gain and PCOS, both of which can make getting pregnant trickier.
3. Any digestive issues?
Your gut is essential for regulating your estrogen balance, so if you’re experiencing symptoms of an unhealthy gut, this could be a clue that this process has been disrupted. It’s also worth noting that fertility-impacting conditions like PCOS and endometriosis can often cause symptoms like bloating.
4. Having trouble sleeping?
Hormonal changes can wreak havoc on your sleep schedule. Feeling irritable and less able to relax at night has been connected to low levels of progesterone.
5. Are recurrent skin problems an issue for you?
Persistent oily skin or acne can occur in those with PCOS, due to an increase in androgens (male hormones). Got dry and itchy skin? This symptom has been linked to hyperthyroidism.
6. Noticed any hair changes?
Also known as hirsutism, excessive hair growth is another PCOS symptom caused by an increased level of androgens. On the other hand, hair that feels thinner than usual or just feels more dry and lackluster is often considered a sign of low thyroid hormone levels.
7. Experiencing vaginal dryness?
Vaginal dryness occurs as a result of low levels of estrogen, the hormone that is almost entirely responsible for vaginal lubrication. This drop in estrogen can occur monthly during your menstrual cycle but is associated with perimenopause and POI if longer term.
8. Struggling with mood changes during your cycle?
According to the experts at Ladywell, PMS can actually be considered a sign of an underlying hormonal issue. As many as three in four women say they get PMS symptoms, and even mild ones can be signs of an imbalance in the body.
9. Feeling sweaty at night?
Hot flashes and night sweats are common in perimenopause, and (in some cases) during your menstrual cycle. This is because hormonal changes can make it harder for your brain to regulate your body temperature properly. Perimenopause can start as early as your mid-thirties, and can make getting pregnant more challenging.
10. Dealing with low energy and brain fog?
Feeling ‘foggy’ and chronically low on energy are connected with adrenal dysfunction, a stress-related condition that stems from long-term elevation of adrenal hormone levels. Adrenal dysfunction can have a negative effect on DHEA, the key hormone looking after the production of sex hormones.
11. Got low libido?
Research suggests that hormonal imbalances are the cause of 70% of low libido cases. Feeling like you’ve lost your sex drive can occur as a result of cortisol spikes or lower estrogen and testosterone levels commonly associated with perimenopause.