Mold and Hormonal Imbalance – How Does Mold Affect Your Hormones

May 11, 2021
Mold and Hormonal Imbalance

For women, mold toxicity may cause imbalances between progesterone and estrogen or just overall low levels of progesterone, testosterone estrogen, and DHEA.  Therefore, women can experience various medical conditions such as infertility, irregular cycles, endometriosis, premenstrual syndrome or PMS, and a depressed mood. Similarly, mold toxicity can cause low testosterone levels for men, which causes low libido and motivation. Simultaneously, elevated estrogen may lead to female features such as breast enlargement and can also cause weight gain.

Can mold affect your menstrual cycle?

Mold exposure can cause many medical conditions such as cognitive and mood disorders, chronic fatigue, and hormone disruptions in several people. This can, in turn, lead to early menopause, heavy periods, severe PMS, erectile dysfunction in men, infertility, night sweats in men and women, extreme fatigue, and thyroid dysfunctions, including sudden weight changes, diabetes, and Hashimoto’s disease.

Can black mold cause miscarriage?

No studies have established a direct link between mold to a congenital disability or miscarriage. However, specific anecdotal evidence connects the two. Sometimes it might just be a coincidence that you have a miscarriage while your home has the presence of mold. However, it would be irresponsible to expose pregnant women to mold because it has been linked to allergies, asthma, sinus infections, etc., in non-pregnant people.

Is mold an endocrine disruptor?

Researches have shown that mold is incredibly toxic to the endocrine system. Additionally, it can also lead to thyroid disorders that can go undetected for years. That’s because, in such cases, the thyroid lab tests will often show normal thyroid function. However, the patient will be symptomatic. Physicians generally need to evaluate for autoimmune thyroid disease in these patients to be identified and treated correctly.

Does mold affect your thyroid?

Yes. As stated earlier, mold is an endocrine disruptor, and so it can also affect your thyroid. Additionally, remember that people who already have a thyroid condition may be more susceptible to mold exposure. If the immune system and gastrointestinal system are stressed from mold, this can cause autoimmune thyroid conditions.

Can mold grow in your lungs?

Exposure to Aspergillus fumigatus (one type of mold) may not cause problems to people with healthy immune systems. However, people with weak immune systems who also have chronic lung problems are at greater risk for developing pulmonary aspergillosis when exposed to Aspergillus fumigates. This is a condition where mold can grow in the patient’s lungs because they have abnormal spaces in their lungs.

What does mold do to the brain?

While there are no conclusive epidemiological studies connecting mold exposure to dementia available at present, some case studies indicate that mold exposure can lead to cognitive impairment in a subset of vulnerable people.

How do you treat mold sickness?

Some effective methods to treat mold sickness are:

  • Avoid the allergen as far as possible
  • Use a nasal rinse to flush the mold spores out of your nose
  • Use antihistamines that can help to stop sneezing, runny nose, and itchiness
  • As a short term remedy, you can use decongestant nasal sprays
  • To reduce inflammation, use nasal corticosteroids
  • To reduce congestion, use oral decongestants
  • Immunotherapy is recommended if you need a long-term solution for your mold allergy.

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