Do you suspect you suffer from hormone related issues? Maybe you already had blood tests carried out and your oestrogen or testosterone came back normal? Symptoms can be wide ranging across men and women but unless you get a full picture of what is actually going on it can be difficult to figure out the right support.
Hair loss can be very traumatic and worrying. There are many different causes and you should speak to your doctor first and foremost. There may be different avenues of investigation depending on the type and pattern, for example whether it is diffuse (all-over) or patches of baldness. Here we discuss some of the major causes of hair loss which are applicable to both men and women.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition in which a woman’s levels of sex hormones are out of balance. This leads to the growth of ovarian cysts on the ovaries.
PCOS is thought to affect up to 10% of women of childbearing age and if you have two of the following three features you may be diagnosed:
- Irregular or absent periods – which means your ovaries don’t regularly release eggs or ovulate
- Excess androgens – high levels of “male hormones” in your body, which may cause physical signs such as acne or excess facial or body hair
- Polycystic ovaries detected on an ultrasound
Balancing your hormones naturally
Nutrition plays an important role in balancing your hormones naturally. When our hormones are out of balance, this can lead to problems such as pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), irregular, painful or heavy periods, difficulties getting pregnant and a myriad of menopausal symptoms. At every stage in your life, supporting your hormonal balance through simple dietary and lifestyle changes could help to reduce the effects of hormonal changes.