Hormones. You never realize how much they affect your body until something throws them off balance. Because every type of hormone works as a messenger sending specific instructions to the rest of your body, everything from your weight to your mood can be impacted when signals get crossed.
Women in particular feel the effects of fluctuating hormones. Every month, throughout the menstrual cycle, estrogen and progesterone levels start out low. Then during ovulation, estrogen increases sharply, only to take a deep dive again at the end of the cycle. Is it any wonder that a woman feels like a different person depending upon what day of the month it is?
Even more disorienting, when hormones become chronically imbalanced it can affect every aspect of a woman’s health and well-being, including energy levels. Unfortunately, some doctors will simply conclude that a woman is depressed, overweight, or just getting older if she claims her energy has decreased. But abnormal hormone levels can cause a myriad of health issues, so tests should always be done if a woman has noticed her body not behaving as it should.
The Link Between Hormones and Energy
Some of the common hormones that can cause health issues if they become imbalanced are thyroid, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Fluctuations in these hormones can cause drastic changes in a woman’s energy level.
Autoimmune diseases and other health issues can cause thyroid imbalance, resulting in such conditions as hypothyroidism. If your thyroid function is abnormal, you could find yourself needing more sleep to function during the day and a general feeling of tiredness that does not get better with sleep.
Menopause is one of the main causes of estrogen imbalance, but it can be caused by a number of issues. When estrogen levels are low, you can experience frequent lethargy.
When progesterone is out of balance, estrogen surges out of control, resulting in estrogen dominance. This has the tendency to cause insomnia, which of course can lead to low energy from lack of sleep.
Many times, women do not consider testosterone levels when they think of hormone imbalance. If you have low testosterone, you can experience excessive fatigue.
An imbalance of any one of these hormones, or a combination of these hormones, can cause your energy levels to drop, but you don’t have to let it negatively impact your life. Medical experts at Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston can perform tests to measure your hormone levels and performance, and suggest ways to optimize them. Contact us today for an appointment.
Have questions about hormones or how to find more energy? Join us in The Woodlands for a special “Find Your Balance” series just for women. To learn more, visit: https://info.kelsey-seybold.com/balance.
Dr. Jesus Samaniego is a board-certified Obstetrics and Gynecology specialist at Kelsey-Seybold’s Spring Medical and Diagnostic Center and The Woodlands OB/GYN and Women’s Health. His clinical interests include menopause and hormonal therapeutic options.