Pregnancy and menopause are two major life changes that can cause a hormone imbalance that can lead to a variety of symptoms. Even a small hormone imbalance is enough to bring out symptoms or potential health problems, during pregnancy and menopause, these hormone imbalance symptoms are usually considered “normal” rather than a medical condition. Although pregnant women may experience exhaustion and mood swings as a result of the extraordinary physical and hormonal changes that are taking place, menopausal women usually experience a wider range of symptoms. Hot flashes are the most commonly reported menopause symptoms, but other commonly reported symptoms include: night sweats, loss of libido, vaginal dryness, depression, anxiety, mood swings and a loss of concentration. Of course, most women don’t get all these symptoms.
Although pregnancy and menopause are the most common life changes that may lead to hormone changes, there are medical conditions that may also lead to hormone imbalances. The endocrine symptom of the body is comprised of the thymus, adrenal glands, thyroid, pancreas, and pituitary gland; it’s these organs that are responsible for hormone production and hormone dispersal through the body. Any of these glands may over produce or under produce hormone production, either of which can have serious health risks. Women are more prone to thyroid conditions, which are a major cause of hormone imbalances. If the thyroid over produces hormones, this is hyperthyroidism, if the thyroid under produces hormones, this is hypothyroidism.
Not all hormone imbalances require treatment. For example, pregnancy and menopause are considered normal life phases where hormone imbalances are not only natural, but expected. However, hormone imbalance that result from malfunctioning organs or medical conditions do require treatment. If you’re a woman of menopausal age and experiencing menopause symptoms, your doctor may do a test to rule out possible thyroid problems, just to make sure your symptoms are actually related to menopause.