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37 Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance

Hormones play an enormous role in how we look, think, and feel. When they’re out of balance, it can feel like we have no control over our bodies. Our body doesn’t have a voice, so it communicates to us through symptoms. With these symptoms it is asking us to eat, drink, move, think, breathe, believe, or perceive in a different way so as to better support our health. How do you know if your hormones are out of kilter? Here are hormone imbalance symptoms.

Sex hormones

  • Premenstrual migraines
  • Irregular periods
  • Heavy, clotty, painful periods
  • A feeling like you can’t get your breath past your heart or anxious feelings in the days leading up to menstruation
  • Bloating/fluid retention, particularly in the lead up to your period
  • Breast swelling and/or tenderness
  • Mood swings
  • Cravings, usually for sweets, right before your period
  • Unexplained weight gain, particularly around the hips
  • Skin breakouts with your cycle, particularly around the jawline

Stress hormones

  • Waking up exhausted despite getting enough hours of sleep
  • Not sleeping well
  • General fatigue
  • Constant worrying and an inability to relax
  • Feeling tired but wired
  • Poor short-term memory
  • Sex hormone imbalances
  • Easily panicked or feeling like everything is urgent
  • Relying on coffee to get you started in the morning or to get you through the day
  • Adrenal fatigue

Thyroid hormones

Underactive Thyroid

  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Feeling cold in your bones
  • Tendency toward constipation
  • Dry skin and brittle hair
  • Challenges with your periods and/or you have PMS
  • Feeling weary to your bones
  • Craving caffeine and salt
  • Fluid retention
  • Hair loss
  • Frequent headaches
  • Chronic stress

Overactive Thyroid

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Easily overheating
  • Rapid heartbeat or palpitations
  • Bulging eyes
  • Unexplained loose stools

A version of this article originally appeared on It has been reprinted with permission. 

Photo: Sergey Filimonov

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