What Are Your Hormones Telling You?

Getting to know your hormones is key to long term wellness. 

With your ovaries, thyroid, adrenals and brain being catalysts for your hormones it can help to know what hormone is responsible for different symptoms. 

Female Hormones
Oestrogen

Our ovaries make hormones right through our menstraul years to post- menopausal years. 
Oestrogen- There is no one hormone called oestrogen. Oestrogen is actually the name of a class of hormones. The three major oestrogens produced by women are estriol, estradiol and estrone. Estradiol is the most potent of the three.

High estrogen is often associated with estrogen dominance and can contribute to:

 Heavy Periods / Menorrhagia
 Painful Periods / Dysmenorrhoea
 Breast tenderness / swelling
 Endometriosis
 Polycystic ovaries
 Ovarian cysts
 Obesity / Weight gain or inability to lose weight especially around the middle
 Breast cysts and other benign and/or malignant breast lesions
 Water retention/ bloating
 Fatigue
 Premenstrual-like mood swings
 Loss of sex drive
 Heavy or irregular menses
 Uterine fibroids
 Craving for sweets

Women can experience Oestrogen Dominance often when on the pill, post menopausally and post stress. 

Low Oestrogen can contribute to:

 Hot flushes
 Low sex drive
 Vaginal dryness
 Dry skin
 Poor skin tone
 Anxiety
 Mood swings / depression
 Poor memory and concentration
 Night sweats,
 Sleep disorders
 Lack of menstruation

 

 

 

 

Remember you don’t need to be in menopause to suffer from low oestrogen. This can occur after long term stress, poor ovarian function and mineral deficiencies. 

 

Progesterone 

Progesterone is important for woman whom are in their menstruating years. It is an important hormone for preparing the uterus for a pregnancy each month as well as sustaining pregnancy if it occurs.
Low progesterone usually causes symptoms more leading into a period such as PMS.
Low progesterone symptoms are:
 Mood swings
 Depression
 Fluid retention
 Insomnia
 Appetite changes
 Weight changes
 Irritability
 Lack of concentration
 Anxiety
 Fatigue
 Frequent menstruation
 Irregular menstruation
 Low sex drive
 Migraine

Long term treatment of increasing progesterone will help decrease estrogen levels.
Progesterone deficiency is the most common hormone to be low in menstruating woman, therefore PMS is such a widespread phenomenon. On your saliva testing report we should see progesterone at least 1000. 

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