When even a sappy commercial can make you cry, you know the culprit: hormone imbalance— the shifting levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone, which are responsible for that winning combination of crankiness, breast tenderness, and acne flare-ups. But PMS isn't the only side effect of hormone imbalance. "These potent chemical messengers also affect how well you sleep, when you crave sex, and even how clearly you think," says Scott Isaacs, M.D., author of Hormonal Balance and a clinical instructor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. But you don't have to let hormones wreak havoc on your health. With a little planning, you can head off those highs and lows and feel like yourself again.
| Mar 10, 2010