The Mayo Clinic points to a lack of sex drive as a prime indicator of hormonal imbalance in women. Oftentimes, decreased libido will start with trouble sleeping (insomnia), which causes hormone levels to plummet.
Women can experience lagging libido due to hormonal changes during pregnancy, just after delivering a baby (while breastfeeding), during the transition into menopause, and with extreme periods of stress and fatigue.
WebMD claims that estrogen levels are closely related to mood disruptions, including depression, irritability, anxiety, crying, and roller coaster mood swings, in women. Low estrogen levels can even result in postpartum depression in new moms.
Estrogen specifically impacts the brain’s emotional center. An estrogen imbalance can modify endorphins (or “feel good”) brain chemicals. Uneven estrogen levels can also alter serotonin receptors and even can lead to nerve damage.
Sudden and unexplained weight loss or gain in women is another predictor of hormonal imbalance. Dr. Lena Edwards, the Director of the Balance Health and Wellness Center in Lexington, Kentucky, says hormones can be responsible for appetite, cravings, metabolism, and weight distribution.
For instance, the sudden development of heavy breasts can signify an estrogen imbalance, whereas the sudden emergence of a belly bulge can indicate the body isn’t responding properly to the hormone that regulates glucose in the blood.