7 Subtle Mental & Emotional Changes That Indicate Your Hormones Are Imbalanced

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While there are countless things that can cause you to feel "off," if you've been experiencing subtle mental and emotional changes, it could be a sign your hormones are imbalanced and need to be checked out. "Hormones are produced by specialized cells that regulate nearly every biological process in the body," Dr. Laurence Orbuch, MD, FACOG, tells Bustle. "Neurotransmitters regulate the release of hormones, and if there is an imbalance in the equilibrium between them, the impact can be significant to one's mood and mental state."

That's why, if you haven't been feeling like yourself, it may mean a hormonal imbalance is to blame. And this is especially true if you've noticed other subtle — or not so subtle — changes. Physical manifestations of a hormonal imbalance, for example, can include changes in your menstrual cycle, sensitivity to heat or cold, dry skin, rashes, and even changes in bowel or bladder habits, Dr. Orbuch says.

Your hormones play a major role, including impacting how you feel emotionally and mentally. If you notice anything out of the ordinary point it out to your doctor ASAP, so they can help you get back on track. Here are some possible changes you might notice if your hormones are imbalanced, according to experts.