The symptoms of hormone imbalance are fairly everyday. Which makes diagnosis tricky. Exhaustion – do I blame hormones or anxiety? Anxiety – do I blame hormones or life? Brain fog – do I blame hormones or the tequila? Squidgy round the middle? Do I blame hormones or Deliveroo? Hormones can’t claim sole ownership for everything that’s not right, but a blood test to check your levels is the only way to know for sure.
- If you were really on it *hollow laugh* you’d get your hormones checked in your 20s. In the second week of your cycle when things are balanced. Then when you approach peri-menopause in your 40s, oestrogen withdrawals and all, you have a road map for the ‘good ole day’ levels and you’ll know your baseline and what your system can tolerate.
- If you feel OK in the first two weeks of your cycle and debilitated in the second two THAT IS NOT OK.
- Specifically: If you’re under 35 with severe PMS; or 35-45 and experiencing changes to your emotional wellbeing or libido; or 50ish and have fluctuating or problem periods, you’d do well to get them checked as all of these can possibly be caused by ratios in hormones.
- More generally, it’s worth having a closer look if you suffer from any of these symptoms:
- Keep an eye on your mental state. If you are panicky or cast very low, the answer isn’t always anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs – useful though they are.
Any change in the day to day that sticks around is a signpost. Your doctor will probably check your blood pressure, your iron and possibly your thyroid function but, these days, we should make it our business to request a full hormonal profile if and when things seem… odd. Or just to know where you stand. Knowledge is power.
With thanks to the amazing Dr Martin Galy at 23MD 23md.co.uk/dr-martin-galy/