Do your hormones need a check up?

Hormones

Clues that hormones are out of balance include painful, heavy or irregular periods, irritability and mood changes, poor memory, fatigue, lack of motivation, craving sugar and chocolate, fluid retention, bloating, night sweats and hot flushes. The impact on a woman’s quality of life of some of these problems is often under estimated.

Women’s health and well being was the subject of a great natural medicine seminar I attended last weekend.

Clues that hormones are out of balance include:

Painful, heavy or irregular periods, irritability and mood changes, poor memory, fatigue, lack of motivation, craving sugar and chocolate, fluid retention, bloating,  night sweats, hot flushes,…

The impact on a woman’s quality of life of some of these problems is often under estimated. For example, the average western woman now has few children and therefore experiences 400 periods during her reproductive life. One painful day each cycle equates to an average of 400 days, or more than one year of pain. Given that 90% of women experience period pain, this has the potential to create a significant health and socioeconomic issue.

Common conditions resulting from hormone imbalance include:

Period Pain, Premenstrual Syndrome, Endometriosis, Fibroids, Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and Menopause.

Here are three key points:

• Many female reproductive problems are associated with a situation of “oestrogen dominance”, where high or relatively high (compared to progesterone) levels of oestrogen activity cause increased tissue activity and proliferation in oestrogen-sensitive tissues, such as the endometrium (lining of the uterus), ovaries and breasts .

• Poor liver detoxification, which is often due to allergies, food intolerances or toxins,  results in a build up of harmful oestrogen break down products.

• Many environmental chemicals such as pesticides interfere with hormonal balance.

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