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What are the symptoms of hormonal imbalances in women?

I’ve been getting irregular periods and sudden weight loss. Are these symptoms of hormonal imbalances? What other symptoms are there?

Hi Yi Xin,

Thanks for the D2D. Menstrual periods are a very good indicator of general health. If your periods are regular, it is unlikely that you have an underlying hormonal problem. Irregular periods and sudden weight loss may be due to hyperthyroidism, where your body produces too much thyroid hormones.

Other symptoms include increased heart rate (you may be aware of your heart beating quickly), increased bowel frequency, increased sweating and feeling hot all the time, and difficulty sleeping.

Another potential explanation is the weight loss being the underlying cause of your irregular periods. We need a certain amount of body fat to have regular periods and if you’ve lost a significant amount of weight, your body will “switch off” the periods.

This can happen if you have been exercising a lot recently, or reducing your food intake.

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