Signs You Have a Hormone Imbalance

Dr. Nanette Santoro explains in a Shape article that bloating and lack of sex drive could be signs

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We usually associate testosterone with stimulating a man’s sexual appetite, but this hormone affects a woman’s desire, too. Levels remain fairly even all month long, but there is a slight peak around ovulation, says Dr. Nanette Santoro. (Call it nature’s nudge for making babies).

But many women start to lose this mid-cycle peak in their mid-30s, which may explain a lower-than-usual libido. Oral contraceptives may also put a damper on your sex drive. “The synthetic hormones in some birth-control pills can indirectly lower your body’s production of testosterone,” she says.

She also addressed bloating. “Though we don’t know exactly why, one explanation is that changing levels of the hormone slow the digestive process, making you feel more constipated, bloated, and gassy.”

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