11 Signs That Your Hormones Are Seriously Out of Whack

So that’s why your hair has been so thin lately.

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Hormones play an important role in the way your body works. As part of your endocrine system, they’re the chemical messengers in your blood that control many of your body’s most important functions—from how much you poop and pee to how fast your hair grows. While we’ve all experienced the hormonal swings that come with common occurences like PMS (or stress), conditions like thyroid disease, diabetes, and even pregnancy can really wreak havoc, causing symptoms that’ll make you wonder WTF is going on with your bod. Here’s what you should look out for:

If Your Hormones Are Out of Whack Because of…Thyroid Disease

1. You Poop a Lot More (or Less)
If you notice you’re suddenly constipated or you’re pooping all the damn time, it could be related to either hypothyroidism (not enough thyroid hormones) or hyperthyroidism (too much). “This isn’t, ‘I’ve always been constipated since I was 15,’” says Kathleen Figaro, M.D., an endocrinologist in Bettendorf, Iowa. “It’s more, ‘I was doing quite well and all of a sudden I’m constipated.’” That’s because your thyroid hormones can make your organs operate more quickly (hyperthyroidism) or more slowly (hypothyroidism) when they get screwy.

2. Your Eyes Look Bigger
If anyone ever tells you that your eyes look bigger or that it looks like you’re staring (like, all the time), it may be a sign of the most common form of hyperthyroidism, the autoimmune disorder Graves disease, says Figaro. Your eyes appear larger because your eyelids are elevated, since tissues behind the eye are inflamed.

3. Your Hair Stops Growing
If your hair feels coarser or you have less of it anywhere on your body—including your head—it could be a sign of hypothyroidism, since thyroid hormones are in charge of hair growth, says Figaro.