Questionnaire for Hormone Balance

From The Hormone Cure by Dr. Sara Gottfried, MD

 

Please check off the boxes that apply to you.

 

Do you have or have you experienced in the past 6 months……

 

High Cortisol

  • A feeling that you are constantly racing from one task to the next?
  • Feeling ‘wired and tired’?
  • A struggle calming down before bedtime, or a second wind that keeps you up late?
  • Difficulty falling asleep or disrupted sleep?
  • A feeling of anxiety or nervousness?  Can’t stop worrying about things beyond your control?
  • A quickness to feel anger or rage-frequent screaming or yelling?
  • Memory lapses or feeling distracted, especially under duress?
  • Sugar cravings (you need a little something after each meal – like chocolate?)
  • Increased abdominal circumference (greater than 35 inches)?
  • Eczema, thin skin?
  • Bone loss?
  • High blood pressure or rapid heartbeat?
  • High/Low blood sugar. Shakiness between meals?
  • Indigestion, ulcers, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)?
  • Difficulty recovering from physical injury?
  • Unexplained pink to purple stretch marks on your belly or back?
  • Irregular menstrual cycles?
  • Decreased fertility?

 

Low Cortisol

  • Fatigue or burnout (you use caffeine to bolster your energy, or you fall asleep while reading or watching a movie)?
  • Loss of stamina, particularly in the afternoon, from 2-5pm?
  • Negative point of view?
  • Crying episodes for no particular reason?
  • Decreased problem solving ability?
  • Feeling stressed most of the time (everything seems harder than before, and you have trouble coping)? Decreased stress tolerance?
  • Insomnia or difficulty staying asleep, especially between one and four in the morning?
  • Low blood pressure (not always a good thing, since your blood pressure determines the correct amount of oxygen to send through your body, especially into your brain)?
  • Postural hypotension (you feel dizzy when you stand up from lying down)?
  • Difficulty fighting infection (you catch every virus you meet, particularly respiratory)?
  • Difficulty recovering from illness, surgery or healing wounds?
  • Asthma? Bronchitis? Chronic cough? Allergies?
  • Low or unstable blood sugar?
  • Salt cravings?
  • Excess sweating?
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea? Or loose stools alternating with constipation?
  • Muscle weakness especially around the knees? Muscle or joint pain?
  • Hemorrhoids or varicose veins?
  • Your blood seems to pool easily or your skin bruises easily?
  • A thyroid problem that has been treated, you feel better and suddenly you feel palpitations or have rapid or irregular heartbeats? (a sign of low cortisol/low thyroid combo).

Low Progesterone or Progesterone resistance

  • Agitation or PMS?
  • Cyclical headaches (particularly menstrual or hormonal migraines)?
  • Painful and/or swollen breast?
  • Irregular menstrual cycles, or cycles becoming more frequent as you age?
  • Heavy or painful periods (heavy: going through a superpad or tampon every two hours or less; painful: you can’t function without ibuprophen)?
  • Bloating, particularly in the ankles and belly, and/or fluid retention (in other words, you gain 3-5 pounds or more before your period)?
  • Ovarian cysts, breast cysts, or endometrial cysts, (polyps)?
  • Easily disrupted sleep?
  • Itchy or restless legs, especially at night?
  • Increased clumsiness or poor coordination?
  • Infertility or subfertility (you’ve been trying to conceive but haven’t hit the official twelve month mark or no conception-six months if your thirty five or older)?
  • Miscarriage in the first trimester?

Excess Estrogen

  • Bloating, puffiness, or water retention?
  • Abnormal Pap smears?
  • Heavy bleeding or postmenopausal bleeding?
  • Rapid weight gain particularly in the hips and buttocks?
  • Increased bra-cup size or breast tenderness?
  • Fibroids?
  • Endometriosis, or painful periods? (Endometriosis is when pieces of the urine lining grow outside the uterine cavity, such as on the ovaries, bowel, and cause painful periods.)
  • Mood swings, PMS, depression, or just irritability?
  • Weepiness, sometimes over the most ridiculous things?
  • Mini breakdowns? Anxiety?
  • Migraines or other headaches?
  • Insomnia?
  • Brain fog?
  • A red thrush on your face (or a diagnosis of rosacea)?
  • Gallbladder problems or removal?

Low Estrogen

  • Poor memory (you walk into a room to do something, then wonder what it was, or draw a blank midsentence)?
  • Emotional fragility, especially compared to how you felt ten years ago?
  • Depression, perhaps with anxiety or lethargy (or, more commonly, dysthymia: low grade depression that lasts more than two weeks)?
  • Wrinkles (your favourite skin cream no longer works)?
  • Night sweats or hot flashes?
  • Trouble sleeping, waking up in the middle of the night?
  • A leaky or overactive bladder?
  • Bladder infections?
  • Droopy breasts, or breasts lessening in volume?
  • Sun damage more obvious, even glaring, on your chest face, and shoulders?
  • Achy joints (you feel older than you think you should feel)?
  • Recent injuries, particularly to wrists, shoulders, lower back, knees?
  • Loss of interest in exercise?
  • Bone loss?
  • Vaginal dryness, irritation or loss of feeling (difficulty with orgasms)?
  • Lack of moisture (dry eyes, dry skin, dry clitoris)?
  • Low libido?
  • Painful sex?

Excess Androgens

  • Excess hair on your face, chest, or arms?
  • Acne?
  • Greasy skin and/or hair?
  • Thinning head hair?
  • Discoloration of your armpits (darker and thicker than your normal skin)?
  • Skin tags, especially on your neck and upper torso?
  • Hyperglycemia or hypoglycemia and/or unstable blood sugar?
  • Reactivity and/or irritability, or excessively aggressive or authoritarian episodes?
  • Depression? Anxiety?
  • Menstrual cycles occurring more than every thirty-five days?
  • Ovarian cysts? Polycystic ovary syndrome?
  • Midcycle pain?
  • Infertility? Or subfertility?

Low Thyroid

  • Hair loss, including of the outer third of your eyebrows and/or eyelashes?
  • Dry skin?
  • Dry, straw-like hair that tangles easily?
  • Thin, brittle fingernails?
  • Fluid retention or swollen ankles?
  • An additional few pounds, or 20 that you just can’t seem to lose?
  • High cholesterol?
  • Less than one bowel movement per day or you feel that you do not completely evacuate?
  • Recurrent headaches?
  • Decreased sweating?
  • Muscle or joint aches or poor muscle tone?
  • Tingling in the hands and feet?
  • Cold hands and feet? Cold intolerance? Heat intolerance?
  • A sensitivity to cold (you shiver easily and you are always wearing layers).
  • Slow speech, perhaps with hoarse or halting voice?
  • A slow heart rate (slower than 60 beats per minute)?
  • Lethargy (you feel like you are moving through molasses)?
  • Fatigue, particularly in the morning?
  • Slow brain, slow thoughts, difficulty concentrating?
  • Sluggish reflexes, diminished reaction time, even a bit of apathy?
  • Low sex drive, and you’re not sure why?
  • Depression and moodiness?
  • A prescription for the latest antidepressant but you’re still not feeling like yourself?
  • Heavy periods or other menstrual problems?
  • Infertility or miscarriage? Preterm birth?
  • An enlarged thyroid/goitre? Difficulty swallowing? Enlarged tongue? A family history of thyroid problems?

Downloadable Forms