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  • Writer's pictureLisa Smith

What Are The Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance?

Updated: Apr 5


Key Signs of Hormone Imbalance

A hormone imbalance means your body has too much or too little of one or more of your hormones. This might cause symptoms all the time, or just at certain times of your monthly cycle.

Hormones are in a constant state of change which is normal. The hormonal imbalance that occurs naturally during midlife can cause wide spread symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Hormone balance is important for a healthy mind and body.

Menopause and Hormonal Imbalance

Hormone fluctuations and surges normally begin several years prior to menopause. This stage that begins in your 40’s is called perimenopause. You may notice changes to your menstrual cycle and your periods. For many women peri-menopause starts at a stressful time of their lives, when they are juggling all the demands of modern life.

Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

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What are the symptoms of hormone imbalance

There are many signs and symptoms of hormone imbalance. Each woman may have different issues depending on factors such as nutritional deficiencies, genetics, gut health, stress and lifestyle.

  • breast tenderness

  • high cholesterol

  • cold hands and feet

  • cramps, digestive problems, constipation

  • fluid retention, bloating

  • low libido, vaginal dryness

  • sugar cravings, blood sugar imbalance

  • PMS symptoms

  • heavy periods

  • infertility

  • hot flushes

  • acne

  • facial hair, hair loss

  • fatigue, brain fog, insomnia

  • headaches, migraines

  • weight gain, especially mid-section

The 8 Pillars of Healthy Hormones

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Diet and Lifestyle is Key for Hormonal Balance

To balance hormones you need to look at more than just hormones. Diet and lifestyle changes can help improve symptoms, some menopausal women may need HRT in addition. Toxins and poor food choices can contribute to even more hormone imbalance.

A healthy diet provides our body with nourishment. It complements a healthy lifestyle to promote balance in the body and prevent disease.

How to balance your hormones:

  • Eat balanced meals with plant-based fibre and cruciferous vegetables

  • Meals with protein and healthy fats

  • Limit ultra-processed food

  • Adopt a regular eating pattern

  • Reduce stress

  • Prioritise sleep

Unhealthy habits such as bingeing or dieting, synthetic hormones, xenoestrogens in products and chronic stress can all speed hormone decline and ageing.

Focusing on personalised support for nutrition and lifestyle changes can help you achieve more balance and reduce perimenopause symptoms.

In nutrition there is no such thing as perfection, the perfect diet doesn’t actually exist, nor does one-size-fits-all. It’s about eating a diet full of high quality nutrition and finding what feels good for your own unique body.

How to Support Hormone Balance

Focus on the eight health points below to support your hormones and promote better hormone balance.

  • Healthy liver and proper detoxification

  • Blood sugar balance

  • Healthy adrenal glands

  • Stress management and emotional health

  • Reduction of xenoestrogens and toxins

  • Movement

  • Sleep

  • Gut health

Take The Hormone Imbalance Quiz

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Answer the 10 questions below to find out if your hormones might be unbalanced.

1. Do you experience irregular menstrual cycles, such as missed periods or heavy bleeding?

a) Yes

b) No

2. Do you experience hot flashes or night sweats?

a) Yes

b) No

3. Do you experience mood swings, irritability, or anxiety?

a) Yes

b) No

4. Do you experience weight gain or difficulty losing weight despite diet and exercise?

a) Yes

b) No

5. Do you experience vaginal dryness or decreased sex drive?

a) Yes

b) No

6. Do you experience excessive hair growth on your face, chest, or back?

a) Yes

b) No

7. Do you experience acne or oily skin?

a) Yes

b) No

8. Do you have a family history of hormonal imbalances or related conditions, such as thyroid disease or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)?

a) Yes

b) No

9. Do you have any chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes or autoimmune disorders?

a) Yes

b) No

10. Have you experienced any significant life changes or stressors recently, such as pregnancy or a major move?

a) Yes

b) No


Give yourself one point for each "Yes" answer. The higher your score, the more likely it is that you may have a hormonal imbalance.

Interpreting your results:

  • 0-2 points: Your symptoms do not suggest a hormonal imbalance.

  • 3-5 points: Your symptoms may be related to a hormonal imbalance.

  • 6-10 points: Your symptoms strongly suggest a hormonal imbalance.

Please keep in mind that this quiz is not a substitute for medical advice, and you should always consult with your healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. A nutritionist can help personalise your diet for healthy hormones.

I am a BANT registered nutritionist and health coach based in Manchester, specialising in metabolic health and weight loss for midlife women. I work online with clients all over the UK & Europe.

The science-based health and weight loss programme, combined with online consultations, can guide you towards building sustainable and healthy habits, ensuring a happier and more vibrant life. Book a free online health review today!


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