Common Causes of Hormonal Imbalances

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Hormonal imbalances occur any time your hormones are too high or too low, which can be one or many different hormones. These occur in men and women, though we are talking more about the hormone imbalances women experience since it is more common in women. 

Keep reading to learn more about what might have caused your hormonal imbalance, so you know what the next steps are.

General Causes

First of all, there are many causes of hormonal imbalances that can occur with men or women, and due to many different types of hormones. Each hormone is going to create its own causes and side effects, so this is where you can look at what hormones are out of balance and what you are actually experiencing to make you think your symptoms are due to your hormones.

Some of the general causes of hormone imbalances include:

  • Hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism
  • Diabetes
  • PMS
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Eating disorders
  • Tumors
  • Cancer treatment
  • Medications
  • Stress
  • Injury

As you can see, the causes vary widely, based on the type of hormone and how out of level your hormones are. For women with disordered eating habits, you might notice that you have weight gain or weight loss, often linked to vitamin deficiency as well. If you have thyroid disease, that is naturally from your thyroid hormone is too high or too low. There is no single cause for hormones to be out of balance since there is so much to consider.

Causes for Women

There are also causes that can be specific or more common depending on your born gender. For women, some of the more common causes include:

  • PCOS
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual cycles
  • Pregnancy
  • Birth control pills
  • Other hormone drugs
  • Breastfeeding

These are all going to be related to your reproductive system, whether or not you are pregnant, your age, and other factors.

Causes for Men

Hormonal imbalances in men are similar, though the causes can be quite different. For men, they tend to have hormonal imbalance symptoms like insomnia, fatigue, weight gain, issues with muscle mass, depression, and decreased libido.

Some of the potential causes for these imbalances in men include:

  • Stress
  • Low testosterone (a leading cause of hormonal issues in men)
  • Thyroid disease
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • General health

For men and women, it is important to see your doctor and find out which hormones are out of balance first, before determining the cause and proper treatments.

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