789: HORMONAL IMBALANCES

“If you restore balance in your own self, you will be contributing immensely to the healing of the world.—Deepak Chopra

hormonal imbalances

Your body’s internal functions keep you healthy and whole. Hormones help coordinate these functions, such as metabolism, sexual function, mood, and more. 

But what about when things get off balance? 

Hormones regularly fluctuate, but imbalances can cause immense disconnection between you and your spouse in all areas of your marriage. 

Knowing how to recognize and address hormonal imbalances as a couple is crucial for a strong, lasting marriage. 

When you think about your health, diet and exercise probably come to mind first. Hormones are often overlooked. Yet these chemical messengers dictate a lot about how diet, exercise, stress, and other factors affect your body. 

It’s important to discuss any medical concerns with your medical provider. 

Each person’s body is different. Your medical provider can offer specific insight and resources for your health and goals. 

The physical effect of hormonal imbalances can be frustrating. You might be dealing with acne, weight gain, fatigue, brain fog, low libido, infertility, constipation, or one of the many other symptoms of hormonal imbalances. 

On top of that, hormonal imbalances will affect your marriage. 

You’ll need to engage your emotional intimacy as you discuss what’s going on in your body. Physically, you might have a decreased interest in being touched by your spouse. The costs associated with treatment will impact your financial intimacy. 

As you pray with your spouse for relief, you’ll be engaging your spiritual intimacy. If the hormonal imbalance leaves you feeling sluggish or tired, you might not be interested in doing fun activities with your spouse. As a result, cracks might develop in your recreational intimacy. 

And finally, hormonal imbalances have a significant impact on sexual intimacy. You might not be in the mood for sex, or it might be painful. Communicating about this can be uncomfortable—but it’s necessary. 

When hormonal imbalances begin to affect your life and marriage, you might wish you could ignore it in the hope that it’ll go away.

But taking action is the only solution. 

First, you’ll need to understand the problem. 

Although only one of you may experience the challenges of a hormone challenges, you should both know what is going on. Learn about the endocrine system, research the role of hormones, and identify the symptoms you are experiencing. 

For example, Katalyst Wellness offers free online hormone courses called “Simple Hormones.”

These courses cover topics such as menopause, insulin resistance, thyroid hormones, brain health, PCOS, and male health. To begin, create a free account to gain immediate access to these online learning options.

Second, be patient with your spouse. If you are experiencing a hormone imbalance, recognize that your spouse might never fully understand what you feel in your body. They will be learning alongside you as you explore solutions. 

If your spouse is the one experiencing a hormone imbalance, recognize that this imbalance can lead to mood swings, irritability, fatigue, and other behavioral changes.

You will both need to be patient with each other and extend grace.

Finally, work together to make lifestyle changes that can help balance your hormones naturally. For example, exercise together, cook nourishing meals, and try to minimize stress. 

Support and encourage each other as you implement new health strategies.

Depending on the cause and severity of your hormonal imbalance, you may have various options for how to deal with hormone imbalances. For example, lifestyle changes, hormone therapy, supplements, or other treatments can help balance hormones.

While a hormonal imbalance can feel overwhelming, there are steps you can take to get your hormones back on track while taking care of your marriage. 

Please note that we are not medical professionals. This episode is not intended to diagnose, treat, or in any other way give medical advice. Hormones are tested through blood or urine tests, and it’s important to discuss all medical concerns with your medical provider.

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