How Women Can Recognize Hormone Imbalances
Many causes for hormone imbalances in women have their genesis in the menstrual cycle, according to the online article, Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance in Women. This article calls hormone imbalance “the incorrect relationship between progesterone and estrogen levels in the body,” and asserts that the amounts of these two female hormones can fluctuate from month to month in any individual due to variations in “stress, nutrition, exercise and ovulation, or the lack of ovulation.”
In explaining a woman’s menstrual cycle, the article reminds us that oestrogen is only manufactured within the initial 10 to 12 days of the cycle. On about day 28 of the cycle, menstruation occurs as the levels hormones decrease. However, the ovaries only make progesterone if ovulation occurs, and women can menstruate without ovulating. It is this menstruation without ovulation that causes many symptoms of hormone imbalance, as oestrogen now outpaces progesterone within the body.
Even more oestrogen, says Symptoms of Hormone Imbalance in Women, bombards women’s bodies as the result of stress, processed foods, skipped meals, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) after hysterectomies, birth control pills, household chemicals and “car exhaust and other environmental xenoestrogens.”
The article, Estrogen Types–Phytoestrogens, Xenoestrogens, Synthetic Estrogens, explains the three versions of oestrogen “made outside the body.” Phytoestrogens–taken from plants like soy beans, red clover, cereal brands, and flax–are “quite a bit weaker than” a woman’s own oestrogen, but may, nevertheless, treat menopausal symptoms. Synthetic oestrogens, of course, are pharmaceutically-produced. But, it is the xenoestrogens, mostly petroleum-based, which are truly toxic to a woman’s body.
Xenoestrogens are “much more potent” than ovary-made hormones, and “too much (environmental) exposure to them can result in problems with…reproduction, and may cause cancer.” Hourly, women use “plastics, electronics, medicines, foods, soaps and pesticides” which are replete with xenoestrogens. And, the runoff from factories inundates our soil, air, and water with these oestrogen-unbalancers.
The unwise “lifestyle choices” described here–along with our information about the ubiquitous xenoestrogens–will, hopefully, convince women to mentally check themselves for the following symptoms, all indications of female hormone imbalance: retaining water and bloating, continuous urinary tract infections, headaches, difficulty concentrating and remembering, endometriosis, depression and fatigue, the inability to feel aroused, and allergies.
If you are suffering from an hormonal imbalance, please contact me for more information about natural and holistic treatments. My approach is not one that only treats symptoms, but aims also to educate you, so that you might take complete charge of your health.