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What are the symptoms of hormone imbalance?
Written by Dr. Heidi Rootes   

Q. What are the symptoms of hormone imbalance?

- Ada Docante, West Vancouver BC

A. The answer depends on which endocrine gland is out of balance:

  • Ovaries: Ovaries govern the cyclic release of estrogen and progesterone and follicles or eggs. Imbalance is often associated with irregular periods, uterine cramps, bloating, breast tenderness, irritability, hot flashes, migraines, and sleep disturbance.
  • Thyroid: The thyroid regulates your metabolism. Symptoms of imbalance are constipation or diarrhea, fatigue, anxiety, weight gain or loss, hair loss, sleep disturbance, bloating, and headaches.
  • Adrenal: The adrenal glands release cortisol and adrenalin, plus hormones affecting blood sugar, blood pressure, immune function, and growth. Imbalance can produce anxiety, sleep disturbance, digestive disturbance, immune dysfunction, high or low blood pressure, blood sugar dysregulation, weight gain, fatigue, allergies, and lack of concentration.


Dr. Heidi Rootes - Dr.

Dr. Heidi Rootes is a naturopathic physician in Vancouver, BC. Her practice addresses women’s health, digestive disturbance, sleep  disturbance, anxiety, and pain associated conditions.