When our hormones are out of balance, it will make our Endometriosis worse as excess estrogen will stimulate more cysts and adhesions. The trouble is that our hormones go through ebbs and flows and things change over time. Here are 7 indicators that can reveal if you are having an “off” month and some basic pointers on how to fix them.
1. You feel emotional days before your period.
Extreme emotions is completely triggered by hormone imbalances. I always know when I feel really teary-eyed and vulnerable a few days before my period is due. You may have feelings of being overwhelmed, anxiety or just needing more love for those days. This is totally triggered by hormones. The good news is that now you can relate it back to hormones and make steps to get them back on track. No more yelling at your husband!
2. You get strange bowel habits a day before or just before your period ends.
I never made the connection until recently that our hormones can actually influence our digestive system. I used to get complete changes in my bowel habits just before my period and the last few days of it too. This could be a change into more loose stools or constipation just before or after your period. Your hormones will have a sudden drop on the day of your period and when you are about to finish your period and this will influence the bowels.
3. You get water retention.
You can tell the difference between just standard bloating and water retention by how you feel. If you feel like you are “just full of water” but still feel thirsty, then it is more likely to be water retention. My latest tea creation can really help with water retention. Water retention also feels different in that you frequently need to go pee but when you go, there is not much there. You might also get swollen limbs or ankles, then you will be in need of an ankle brace amazon. Swollen and sore breasts are a clear indicator of water retention.
4. Your skin breaks out.
Sudden changes in your skin just before your period or around your period can also be an indication of hormonal triggers. The break-outs are also slightly different to the normal break-outs. Sorry for the graphic but they tend to be harder and swollen. They frequently also tend to break out around the chin area, when they are hormone related.
5. You get headaches and migraines.
Migraines are directly related to excess estrogens. If you notice a trend with your headaches occurring around your monthly, you know they are hormone-related. Maca root powder has really helped me with alleviating this symptom.
6. You have no sex drive.
Our sex drive is totally hormone-related and if you have been on the pill for an extended period of time, you will know what I mean by struggling to have one! You can aid your sex drive with a wonderful tea called damiana tea. When you drink it a few hours before, it instantly invigorates things down there.
7. You have trouble sleeping.
An inability to fall asleep or stay asleep are clear indicators that your hormones are out of balance.
If you suffer with more than 4 of these, I would perhaps get your hormones tested and also implement some of the suggestions you found within the article. There are many different ways of regulating our hormones. Our diet and what we eat plays a big part of the equation but how we think and how we move are really important too. Recognizing these indicators will help you really notice how many improvements you are making. I like to keep a symptom diary to measure what is going on and it also allows me to see just how far I have come.