Menstural problems, painful periods, missing periods, irregular periods, mood swings, spotting between periods, infertility.
The word hormone comes from the Greek word meaning ‘urge on’, and hormones do exactly that -they are chemical messengers that are carried in the blood and their job is to trigger activity in different organs and body parts. The Female reproductive hormones control the monthly cycle and help to maintain a pregnancy. If there is too much, or too little of any one or a number of hormones, then imbalances can occur, and can lead to a wide variety of health problems. The hormone ‘balance’
can vary from one woman to another based on family history, lifestyle, stress, diet and individual biochemistry.
The menstrual cycle is the series of changes a woman's body goes through to prepare for a pregnancy. About once a month, the uterus grows a new lining (endometrium) to get ready for a fertilized egg. When there is no fertilized egg to start a pregnancy, the uterus sheds its lining. This is the monthly menstrual bleeding (also called menstrual period) that women have from their early teen years until menopause, around age 50.
When female hormones are out of balance we get a variety of uncomfortable symptoms which include conditions such as PMS, Hot Flushes, Painful periods (Dysmenorrhea), irregular periods, missing periods, clots in periods, spotting between periods, brown flow at beginning of period, exhaustion, mood swings, anxiety, and so on.
Symptoms of Hormone Imbalances that women should be aware of include:
• Breast tenderness
• Emotional restlessness
• Hot flashes
• Low back pain
• Low energy
• Night sweats
Abnormal menstrual cycles can be a complicated issue to fix, since women’s hormones (and men’s, too) are impacted by a number of different factors and bodily systems. According to a 2011 report about absent periods published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, frequently missed periods over an extended period of time is a relatively common condition that is present in up to 5 percent of adult women at any time. Meanwhile, many more women experience irregular periods on and off.
The hypothalamus and brain, pituitary, ovarian, adrenal and thyroid glands all help regulate menstruation and balance hormones naturally, so it’s important to pay attention to widespread lifestyle habits that can be negatively affecting hormonal levels.
The Most Common Causes of Missed and Irregular Periods
Aside from being pregnant and going through menopause, which both normally stop a woman from getting her period, here are the other major causes for irregular periods or amenorrhea.
So what can go wrong?
The complexity of the female physiology means that there are more ‘bits’ that can go wrong. Below are some key areas to look at if hormones are out of balance:
Liver function and hormonal balance – An important function of the liver in relation to hormones, particularly the steroid ones, is getting rid of them once they have done their job. If this is not done then there will be an excess of these hormones circulating in the bloodstream.
Adrenal stress..1. Stress can directly affect the reproductive system; women going through a trauma such as bereavement, for instance, can stop having periods..2. The hormone prolactin can be released when under stress and this hormone will prevent ovulation.
Excess weight –Fat aids the manufacture of oestrogen, so in situations where oestrogen dominance is a problem, weight loss is essential.
Underweight – Being underweight is a classic cause of amenorrhoea (no periods). Too little body fat can cause periods to cease and as weight is reduced, oestrogen levels also fall (thus why there is a greater risk of osteoporosis for anorexia sufferers).
Blood sugar imbalance 1. Sugar is a problem because it can cause weight gain, which then increases oestrogen production and creates a hormone imbalance. 2. Blood sugar imbalance means the body releases high levels of the hormone insulin; the more insulin released, the more food is converted into fat. As fat is a manufacturing plant for oestrogen, it is important to reduce rather than increase levels of it. 3. When blood sugar levels dip the body responds by releasing adrenaline. This blocks the uptake of the hormone progesterone in the second half of the menstrual cycle causing hormone imbalance in the form of oestrogen dominance.
SHBG levels – : Sex Hormone Binding Globulin. Too much or too little SHBG can change the availability of oestrogen to the target cell. Oestrogen Metabolism - If oestrogen metabolism is geared towards the harmful 16-OH and 4-OH metabolites there is a higher risk of conditions relating to oestrogen dominance and oestrogen dependent cancers such as PMS, endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS and breast cancer. Shifting towards the 2-OH metabolite confers significant health benefits.
Over-Exercising Although moderate exercise is very important for ongoing heart health, mood regulation, sleep and maintaining a healthy body weight, too much exercise can also put excess pressure on your adrenal, thyroid and pituitary glands. Women who rapidly start exercising at high intensities — for example, by training for a marathon or some other major event that requires a high level of physical excretion — can stop getting their period suddenly. Like other stress hormones, cortisol is released in response to any real or perceived stress, which can be physical (including exercise) or emotional. Such stressors include overworking and overtraining, in addition to things like under-sleeping, fasting, infection and emotional upsets. Today, with pressure to stay thin and in shape, some women feel they need to exercise intensely and “break a good sweat” too much and too many days per week. This kind of exertion can actually increase stress and deplete the body of energy needed to regulate sex hormones. One University of Michigan report found that running and ballet dancing are among the activities most closely associated with amenorrhea. As many as 66 percent of women long-distance runners and ballet dancers experience amenorrhea at one time or another! Shockingly, among women bodybuilders, 81 percent experienced amenorrhea at some point and many had nutritionally deficient diets! “Exercise-induced amenorrhea” can be an indicator of an overall energy drain and is most common among young women. In fact, female participation in high school athletics has increased 800 percent in the last 30 years, and at the same time hormonal imbalances have also risen. Other concerning issues that sometimes come along with this phenomena include bone density loss and eating disorders. That’s why addressing skeletal problems, heart complications and nutritional deficiencies in this population is a very high priority for physicians.
Thyroid Disorders You may never suspect it, but it just might be that your thyroid is the cause of your problems related to hormonal imbalances. Some reports show that thyroid disorders may be one of the leading causes of missed periods, with roughly 15 percent of amenorrhea patients experiencing thyroid irregularities. The thyroid gland, often called a “master gland” and considered a crucial controller of the endocrine system, largely controls your metabolism and impacts many sex hormones. Thyroid disorders, including hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, can cause widespread symptoms like changes in estrogen and cortisol hormones and missed periods. Too much cortisol circulating in the body can lead to overall hormone resistance, including thyroid resistance. This means that the body becomes desensitized to these hormones, and more may be required to do the same job.
Stopping the Birth Control Pill Some women stop getting their period somewhat intentionally while on birth control, but even when they stop the pill their period doesn’t return. While some doctors advise that a woman’s period should adjust and return within a few months of stopping the pill, many women experience missed or irregular periods for years afterward. A woman’s natural menstrual cycle is composed of rising and falling levels of estrogen and progesterone, but taking birth control pills keeps oestrogen at a sufficiently high level, which fools the body into thinking it’s pregnant and results in irregular periods. It takes the body many months or even years to correct this and return to homeostasis. One report published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that about 29 percent of women experience missed periods for more than three months after going off the pill. My advice: Just say no to birth control pills.
Ongoing Hormonal Imbalances and Disorders Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is a hormone imbalance in women that negatively impacts ovulation. When a woman has PCOS, she experiences altered levels of sex hormones — including estrogen, progesterone and testosterone — that can result in abnormal body or facial hair growth, weight gain, blood sugar problems, acne, and irregular menstrual cycles. PCOS can be diagnosed by a woman’s gynecologist who will test for hormone levels, review symptoms and family history, and potentially examine the ovaries for cyst growths. It’s also possible to go through “premature menopause” prior to the age of about 40, which can missed periods, hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness – although this is a less common reason for irregular menstruation.
Food Allergies and Sensitivities Undiagnosed gluten sensitivity or celiac disease can both impact hormone levels. Because these conditions can cause nutrient deficiencies, negatively impact gut health and add chronic stress to your adrenal glands, they have the ability to affect sex hormone production.
How to Rebalance Hormones and Bring Back Your Normal Period
The Health Transformer Approach
In every case of menstrual problems there is an underlying cause…something individual to each person. If at one time you didn’t have these symptoms and now do, obviously something has changed in your system in order that these symptoms have been produced. Menstrual issues are merely a symptom of the underlying cause. To treat menstrual issues effectively and naturally we need to address the cause. In this centre we specialize in root cause diagnosis of any health condition using our state of the art Meta Health Scan.
5 Step Protocol
1. Detect (In-Depth Evaluation & Advanced Testing)
2. Detox (Heavy Metals, Chemicals, Hydrocarbons, Bleaches, EMF)
3. Eliminate (Pathogens…virus, post virus, bacteria, parasites, fungi)
4. Rebuild (Tissues & Pathways)
5. Rebalance organs (kidneys, liver, etc.)
The 5 Steps to Restoring Health Protocol had been developed following many years of research and experience and utilizes food, nutritional supplements, herbal and energetic formula
The Meta Health Scan is carried out utilizing the amazing diagnostic ability of Clinical Kinesiology. It is reliable, accurate and reproducible. The scan will reveal the imbalances unique to your body, and how these are affecting you. The scan reveals such issues as endogenous bio-toxicity, nutrient imbalances or deficiencies, sub-clinical infections, allergies and food sensitivities. We also test for organ imbalances, hormone imbalance, and leaky gut. Any abnormality in these areas will easily be picked up during the Health Scan. We also examine your entire lifestyle, sleep quality and any emotional/psychological contributors to your condition.
In-Depth Consultation regarding your results.
Once this information is gathered we offer you an in-depth consultation to discuss your results, during which we discuss what has been revealed by the scan, where and how this has arisen, and how to remove or transform it, and reboot your system. I believe it is very important for each person to understand what has been going on in their body, how the condition has developed, and how to unravel and resolve it naturally. My intention is not just to teach you about your condition, but more importantly to empower you with understanding in order that you are able to take back control of your health.
Individually tailored Treatment Plan
Together we create an individualized tailored treatment plan for you. This may include some or all of there: a gentle detoxification protocol, dietary changes, specific supplements, life style changes, exercise, etc tailored to your specific needs. In the majority of cases treatment can be implemented by you at home without the need for repeated visits to the centre; however Health Coaching and support is built in to this package to assist you through your treatment
Once on the prescribed treatment, some clients choose to support their system with other therapies toastiest healing. This is not essential but will speed up your progress. These include;
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As you can see, a woman’s diet, level of stress, relationship with family and friends, habit of exercise, environment, and a host of other factors contribute to the quality of her life and, therefore, her state of hormonal health. While hormone imbalances can often go ignored, it’s crucial for all women to pay honest attention to how each element of their lifestyle affects their health — this way they can make choices to eliminate or tweak any aspects that are causing irregular periods.
Self Help Lifestyle changes to make include:
1. Reduce Stress
Use various lifestyle techniques that are a natural remedy for anxiety in order to combat stress, such as light exercise, healing prayer or meditation, essential oils, journaling, and acupuncture or massage therapy. Few studies have looked at the use of acupuncture for treatment of amenorrhea, but some preliminary trials have found it helpful for women who have widely separated menstrual cycles.
You can also try taking adaptogen herbs, which are a unique class of healing plants that promote hormone balance and protect the body from a wide variety of stress-related diseases. Adapotgens like maca root, ashwagandha andholy basil help with immune function and combat the ill effects of stress. Ashwaganhda can help heal thyroid and adrenal fatigue, for example.
Also, consider if you should also re-evaluate your need for intense competitive exercise, drinking coffee and using other stimulants, pushing yourself too hard at work, under-sleeping, and exposing yourself to toxic or irritant pollutants. Remember that rest and sleep are crucial for hormonal balance, so don’t let an avoidable lack of sleep run you down.
2. Improve Your Diet
Eating a variety of nutrient-dense foods is key to keeping your hormones in check. You also want to be sure to have plenty of short, medium and long chain fatty acids that are essential fundamental building blocks for hormones. Some healthy fats to add to your diet include coconut oil, nuts and seeds, avocados, grass-fed butter, and wild-caught fish like salmon.
Probiotics can also help your body produce certain vitamins that affect hormone levels like insulin. Some probiotic foods and supplements to try include: goat’s milk yogurt, bone broth, kefir, kombucha and fermented vegetables.
3. Revaluate Your Exercise Routine
Both too much and too little exercise can be problematic for controlling cortisol and stress hormones. If you experience menstrual problems, trying gentle forms of exercise in moderation might be able to help the problem.
Focus on exercising as a way of reducing stress rather than burning calories to lose weight. Walking, yoga, dancing, light resistance training, and tai chi or qi gong are soft forms of exercise that emphasize and support gentle movement of the body. Doing 30-45 minutes most days can be beneficial, but more than an hour daily, or not giving yourself enough rest, can trigger period problems.
4. Steer Clear of Environmental Toxins
You can greatly eliminate toxins in your body by avoiding conventional body care products that are high in hormone-disrupting ingredients like DEA, parabens, propylene glycol and sodium lauryl sulfate. These are all related to altered estrogen production and possibly thyroid and adrenal issues, so check your skin care and household product ingredient labels carefully.
Also, try to use glass and stainless steel kitchen equipment and containers instead of plastic or Teflon whenever possible in order to avoid BPAs, hormone disruptors and other chemicals.