Skip to main content

Hormonal Imbalance

When you have a hormone imbalance it can feel like something has zapped your energy. Hormones can become temporarily imbalanced from illness or stress.  A hormonal imbalance is when the hormones in your body are not at the correct levels. Sometimes this is called a hormone disorder or endocrine disorder.

What is a hormonal imbalance?

Hormones are chemicals that are released from glands in your body. They send messages to your body which keep your body running smoothly in the areas of:

  • Growth and development

  • Using and storing food for energy

  • Sexual health

  • Reproduction

  • Mood

Hormone problems can also be a sign of a more serious illness or cancer. The most common hormone disorder is diabetes. Other disorders include:

  • Adrenal insufficiency- When the adrenal gland releases too little hormones

  • Cushing’s disease- When the adrenal gland releases too much hormone. This can also be caused by taking steroid medicines.

  • Gigantism or other growth problems- When the pituitary gland releases too much or too little growth hormone

  • Hypo or hyperthyroidism- When the thyroid releases too little or too much hormone.  

Symptoms of hormonal imbalance

It only takes small change in hormone levels to cause problems.  The symptoms of hormone disorders vary depending on the type of disorder and glands involved.  Most people with a hormone imbalance feel tired or weak.

What are the tests and treatments for hormonal imbalances?

If your doctor suspects you have a hormone imbalance, he or she may refer you to an endocrinologist. The endocrinologist may do blood or urine tests to check your hormone levels. You may also need imaging to see if there is a tumor or other growth on your glands. 

Latest News

View All
MMC Emergency Department Earns Emergency Nurses Association Lantern Award
The emergency department at Maine Medical Center (MMC) has earned an Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) 2022 Lantern Award for demonstrating exceptional and innovative performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research. MMC’s emergency department is one of just 29 in the U.S. to receive this honor this year.
SMHC Offers Self-Referral Screening Mammograms to Non-Patients
Southern Maine Health Care (SMHC), part of MaineHealth, has expanded their mammogram screening services to reach all women in York country, whether or not they are current patients.
Maine Behavioral Healthcare taps experienced professional from the Maine Health Care Association to lead communications
Nadine Grosso will bring more than 20 years’ experience as a health care communications professional to the state’s leading provider of behavioral health services.
Pen Bay Medical Center Adjusts COVID Testing Hours
The testing center, located at 731 Commercial St. in Rockport, will be open from 8 to 10 am, Monday through Friday.