Symptoms of a hormonal imbalance in women

& what to do about it!

Today we’re going to be talking about the symptoms of a woman’s hormonal imbalance - not diagnosing - but giving you some insight into some of the warning signs that your body could be giving you that you need some attention and then the next 2 steps for you to take! 

You can watch the 15-minute video where I go into all of this, or continue reading below!

Hi, Iʼm Jenn J - I’m a women’s hormone health coach and family nutritionist. I help empower women living with uncomfortable and debilitating hormonal symptoms like painful periods, mood swings, PMS, weight issues, and low energy to reclaim their lives and put their period problems to rest while helping the whole family eat healthier! 

When I was about 14 years old, I started having extremely painful abdominal pain that would leave me doubling over on the couch crying and screaming for hours.  It was random, sporadic, and horrifying. Doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with me so they sent me home.  As the months went on, I began having super painful acne, intense mood swings & PMS, irregular periods, and painful periods.  Because of my age, and the normalcy of fluctuating hormones, the only medical suggestions or help I was given was birth control - which only hid the problems for months at a time, causing other problems of their own. But one thing that I kept telling my medical teams was this: I didn’t FEEL normal - nothing in my body FELT normal and it certainly didn’t feel good.

But it was actually another 12 years later that I would finally start getting validation about what was going on. And another 2.5 years before I finally got all of my answers.

At that time, I had pretty much already figured out what was going on, so by the time I had answers, I was prepared to evaluate all of my options. Knowing that I had a hormonal imbalance was helpful to know how to effectively treat and/or manage it. 

Thankfully, I was able to make an informed decision and choose to manage my symptoms and conditions naturally with great success!

Signs & Symptoms of a Hormonal Imbalance

So let’s have a look at what some of the signs/symptoms are that could indicate you’re dealing with a hormonal imbalance

  • Constant headaches or migraines
  • Water retention and bloating
  • Gaining weight in your lower body
  • Ovarian Cysts
  • Oily hair and skin
  • Fibroids
  • Acne
  • PCOS or Endometriosis
  • Tender and painful breasts
  • Hair loss
  • UTIs
  • Random mood swings
  • Heavy flow during periods
  • Painful cramps before and during periods
  • Irregular periods and/or spotting
  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Extreme PMS
  • Vaginal Dryness
  • Hot Flashes
  • Low Sex Drive

What To Do About It!

Okay, now that some of that has your attention, it's important to know what to do! It took me a very long time to navigate my symptoms, my complaints, my medical teams, and the medical system, just to figure everything out.  Let's skip a few steps for you!

1. Start Journaling Everything

Once you identify that something isn’t feeling right, your next step is to start documenting it. Keep a food, mood, poop, and period journal so that you can track what your symptoms are, when they’re happening, their severity, identify any patterns, and feel more in tune with your body.  This will also help your doctors better understand what you’re dealing with so they can seek out the appropriate tests to verify what’s happening.

2. Ask Questions & Know Your Options

This brings us to our last point, KNOW ALL OF YOUR OPTIONS.  Everyone’s treatment and management protocols look different but know that there are effective ways for you to naturally support your hormones, which can be an amazing place to start since it’s non-invasive and allows you to eliminate or narrow down the list of symptoms that you’re dealing with.  Meaning that if you then choose any medical intervention, it’s less invasive and you’re hopefully then potentially treating/managing less bothersome symptoms. 

Ask questions, visit different practitioners, and be open to making changes in your life that could improve your situation.

What to do next!

So just to wrap this up, we’ve covered the signs and symptoms that you may have a hormonal imbalance. If these are flashing warning lights for you, then you’re going to want to start journaling and tracking everything, and then know all of your options!

To get some insight on HOW you can manage your symptoms more naturally, take the PERIOD HEALTH QUIZ and get specific directions on some of the underlying factors in your health and some natural solutions!

I hope that you found this really helpful and if you did, share this article or the video with someone you love!