Hormonal imbalance is abnormal irregulation of hormones that can affect one from,get pregnant, irregular periods or cause absence of mensuration etc.
What exactly are hormones?
Hormones are cell messengers coordinated by the endocrine system. Without proper endocrine function, our bodies cannot maintain proper hormonal balance.
Our cells are genetically programmed to only receive and respond to messages from certain hormones. Each cell in the body contains hormone receptor cites.
Once a hormone fits into a cell’s receptor, it gives the cell instructions. This is similar to a key fitting in a lock. Hormones control our bodily processes.
Hormonal imbalance or levels can be influenced by the following:
2. Fluid changes in the body, 3. Vitamin and mineral levels
5. Exposure to environmental toxins.
6. Amount of body fat we have
HORMONAL imbalance & YOUR FERTILITY
Each endocrine gland plays a specific role in the ability of our body to maintain proper function. Each endocrine gland also communicates with the other in an amazing design. If one of the endocrine glands is not functioning properly, it may cause a broken link in communication with other endocrine glands or actions of the body, which may greatly impair fertility.
IMPORTANT HORMONES IN WOMEN OF CHILDBEARING AGE:
1. ESTROGEN or Estradiol
is produced primarily by the follicles and corpus luteum (remnant egg sac) in the ovaries. This estrogen is the most potent and abundant. Estrogen is essential for healthy bone formation, healthy gene expression, maintaining healthy cholesterol levels, and formation of secondary sexual characteristics (pubic hair, breasts, etc). Estradiol is vital for a healthy menstrual cycle.
Progesterone is needed for healthy libido, bone formation and proper blood clotting. Progesterone is produced by the corpus luteum in the ovaries and by the adrenal glands. Progesterone is one of the main hormones in helping to regulate the menstrual cycle. It works to balance the effects of estrogen. Progesterone also signals the release of insulin, playing a role in a person’s susceptibility for diabetes or insulin resistant PCOS. Adequate levels of progesterone are vital for proper fallopian tube function. Almost all of your other hormones are made from progesterone.
Progesterone is vital for conception and maintaining pregnancy. One of the main actions of progesterone is to help support a developing embryo. During pregnancy the placenta produces progesterone to help sustain the developing baby
3. LUTEINIZING HORMONE (LH)
This hormone is produced in the anterior pituitary gland. LH surge is responsible for triggering ovulation and development of the corpus luteum. LH works synergistically with FSH. It stimulates specific cells to produce testosterone.
4. FOLLICLE STIMULATING HORMONE (FSH)
This hormone is also released and synthesized by the anterior pituitary gland. It regulates the body’s development, growth and maturation. It also regulates reproductive processes. FSH works alongside with LH.
FSH signals some of the follicles in the ovary to begin maturing in preparation for ovulation.
Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands, but it is controlled by the hypothalamus. Its primary function is to increase blood sugar, aid in fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism and suppress the immune system. Cortisol is released in response to stress.
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone):DHEA is a precursor to testosterone and estrogens. This means that those hormones are made from it. DHEA is necessary for protein building and repair. It is made by the adrenal glands. DHEA levels decline dramatically as we age.
Testosterone in women is in much lower amounts than in men. It helps to support a healthy sex drive .SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS of HORMONAL IMBALANCE
Symptoms of hormonal imbalance can be a blessing. This is because they are the body’s signal that something needs to be changed
SYMPTOMS OF HORMONAL IMBALANCE IN WOMEN
- Unexplained weight gain
- Vaginal dryness
- Foggy thinking
- Hot flashes
- Cold hands and feet
- Mood swings
- Thinning hair
- Facial or body hair
- Thin or dry skin
- Intolerance to heat or cold - - Sluggish metabolism
- Fat gain around stomach area
- Allergy symptoms; hives, asthma
- Decreased sex drive
- Irregular periods
- Increased blood clotting
- Recurrent miscarriage
- Not ovulating
- Breast swelling
- Water retention
- Heart palpitations
- Rapid heartbeat
- Poor egg health
- Premature Ovarian Failure
- Fluid discharge from breasts
- Cravings for carbs, sugar, salt later in day
- Frequent illness/long recovery time
- Caffeine dependence
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1. Dong Quai
3. Hot Goat weed
4. Borage seed oil
5. Evening Primrose oil
9. Green Tea
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