Causes, symptoms and effects of hormonal imbalance in women

Do you know how women get hormonal imbalance?
Hormonal imbalance is a type of allergic reaction experienced by women during the premenstrual part of their cycle.


by Elizabeth Martin
May 3, 2010

What is hormonal balance?

In women, the body produces two important types of hormones – progesterone and estrogen, among others. In the first half of the menstrual cycle, the body produces high levels of estrogen. In the second half, due to ovulation, the body begins to produce high levels of progesterone. This balances out the estrogen produced earlier. When the body maintains balance between these hormones throughout the changes occurring in the menstrual cycle, hormonal balance is achieved.

What is hormonal imbalance?

In perimenopausal women, there may be months when ovulation does not take place. However, ovulation is the event that triggers the production of progesterone. In the absence of progesterone, the surplus of estrogen does not get balanced out. This is an instance of hormonal imbalance.

What causes hormonal imbalance?

Age is the primary factor. As women cross their mid-thirties, they actually enter the perimenopausal stage. In this stage, while normal amounts of estrogen are produced, progesterone is unavailable. This leads to a condition call estrogen dominance. This is the most common kind of hormonal imbalance in women.



Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.