How to get my Hormones in Balance – 6 fast facts

Concerned and frustrated by irregular cycles and/or extreme symptoms in your cycle? These phenomena indicate hormone imbalances. The more I engage with this work, the more I am seeing numbers of women complaining of irregularity. What few conventional doctors discuss is what you can be doing yourself to…

  • assess your hormone balance right at home by your physiological signs – and
  • support hormones to re-balance with diet, exercise and herbal remedies

With Fertility Mapping, which serves women to understand all things fertility, even women who are not TTC can get a handle on their cycle and get great tips to regulate it – potentially doctor free!

Here are some facts to know and consider:

  1. The pituitary gland is a key player, known as the “master gland”.

what this means for you:

Through production of its hormones, the pituitary gland controls metabolism, growth, sexual maturation, reproduction, blood pressure and many other vital physical functions and processes.

There are both meditations and herbs, as well as chinese medicine systems that support good pituitary function. These are readily available, and key for women with hormone imbalances as the chain-of-command of hormones comes from this gland.

Vitex herb is already widely known and respected not only amongst natropaths. I have seen more and more conventional medicine professionals refer patients to it. An herbalist can help you with how this herb can specifically help you, and I can also share how I used it a couple of times to regulate my cycles.

  1. From the time of your period, Estrogen is first the dominant hormone and after ovulation progesterone is dominant

what this means for you:

There are different physiological signs that are the effect of which hormone is dominant. You can start to learn what those signs are and get to know if one of these hormones is high or low, potentially, and then ASK your doc to test exactly at the right time of the month.

Blood testing for hormones MUST be specifically targeted to be accurate. When you learn how to notice a potential low/high in either estrogen or progesterone in your own body, you can help the Doc target the right day to order the right blood test.

  1. Your Cervical Fluid (CF) will vary depending on the hormone that is dominant

what this means for you:

Here is one of those (above) physiological signs. Estrogen makes wet CF and vaginal sensation, while Progesterone brings on a drying pattern.

When you learn to check and track your CF, you can guess how your hormones might be behaving. Then you can tailor your diet and herbal remedies to support what exactly is needed in your hormone balance.

NOTE: FEW herbs are general hormone balancers. Most are specific to “up” estrogen or progesterone, so first we have to be familiar with which hormones might be needing a boost in order to choose herbal remedies.

  1. If you are not getting a period regularly, most likely you are not ovulating regularly

what this means for you:

If you are TTC or even just want a healthy, balanced hormonal system (like for moods, acne, sleep, weight balance), ovulating is important. I am stunned by the numbers of women I see reporting things that make us suspect they are not ovulation. These are basically healthy women. Yet, obviously, they need more support for deeper health.

If you are TTC – this might be obvious- but you REALLy need to ovulate. Sperms gotta meet an egg in there!!

Notice if you are not getting a regular period, don’t blow it off. Starting checking for ovulation signs and do it for a few months to be sure you are ovulating and/or to begin practices and DIY methods to inspire ovulation.

to check ovulation basics are:

  • BBT increase AFTER suspected ovulation
  • closed cervix AFTER suspected ovulation
  • dry CF AFTER suspected ovulation
  • LH surge (OPK positive) BEFORE suspected ovulation
  • EWCM or clear slippery CF BEFORE and usually during suspected ovulation
  1. Cortisol is a player in all the intricate hormone firings and if it is too high too much of the time it can mess with reproductive hormones.

what this means for you:

This is why “they” say “low stress” when TTC. Sure, that can be challenging especially if TTC is hard, but we must find routines and practices that help us “let go” and breathe all through the process or we reduce the chances of the very thing we want!

  1. regularity in eating and exercise is primary!!!! cannot be over emphasized. if you are the type that found excuses for years to avoid tuning up diet and exercise (not just content, but rhythm) now is your opportunity to find no more excuse!

Take note of this detail below FROM www.womenshealthnetwork.com:

Cortisol is usually lowest between midnight and 4:00 AM and then gradually increases until around 8:00 AM, in time for you to wake up and start the day. After 8:00 AM, cortisol declines incrementally throughout the day to gradually prepare you for sleep. This daily rhythm is the norm unless you encounter a stressful event. Your body should increase cortisol and adrenaline temporarily to handle the stressful event and then return to normal.

That’s the way it’s supposed to work. Yet when we live in a constant high-alert state, our cortisol levels remain unnaturally high and can cause all kinds of health problems, including:

  • Impaired healing and cell regeneration
  • Disrupted digestion, mental function and metabolism
  • Weakened ability to fight infection
  • Imbalances in other important hormones such as DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone
  • Loss of muscle and bone
  • Mood swings and depression
  • Hair and skin problems
  • Thyroid imbalances
  • Low sex drive
  • Sleeplessness
  1. There are foods that stimulate certain hormones to be produced

what this means for you:

learn more about where the imbalance is and tailor your diet. See other posts about saliva testing, if you are ready to do a full hormone panel and learn exactly what is happening with your hormone balance.

Once you are aware of what needs to be higher/lower, learn what food to use or avoid.

For instance, Flax Seed is often recommended across the board for fertility , BUT if estrogen dominance is an issue, this would be counter-indicated.

Soy and tofu products are also in that category.

 

 

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