What causes a hormonal imbalance?

What are the signs and symptoms of a hormonal imbalance?

  • Mood swings
  • Breast tenderness
  • Heavy periods/cramps
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disruption
  • Hot flashes
  • Low libido
  • PCOS
  • Acne
  • Infertility
  • Hirsutism
  • Weight gain
  • Hair loss
  • Brain fog
  • Endometriosis
  • Uterine fibroids
  • IBS

What specific triggers, and mediators may impinge on optimal hormonal function? Examples may include:

  • Chronic stress
  • Gut health
  • Nutritional insufficiency
  • Toxin/xenobiotic exposure (PCBs, pesticides,xenohormones)
  • Genetic
  • Synthetic hormone use

What blood tests would be useful to evaluate this hormonal imbalance?
Examples:

  • Estrone, estradiol, estriol, free testosterone, progesterone
  • Adrenal function testing
  • Thyroid hormone testing
  • Glucose, insulin, triglycerides, etc
  • Toxin testing
  • Genomics