Hormones are a hot word for women, and usually have a negative connotation attached to it. But what are hormones, anyways? Here is a quick science lesson. Hormones are part of our endocrine system and can be thought of as chemical messengers. They travel through the bloodstream and send messages to different parts of the body. Similar to the way a key fits into a lock, hormones reach a specific site and bind to a receptor, which causes that body part to take a specific action. Without these vital messengers, crucial events wouldn’t take place that our body needs to function!
The Ovulatory Hormones
When it comes to women’s reproductive health, there are 5 main hormones involved in the ovulatory cycle: FSH, LH, Estrogen, Progesterone, and Testosterone. Each one plays a unique role in the ovulation cycle, and they work together to keep the body in balance. Think of it like a domino effect. If one hormone is off, the rest of the cycle is affected. This is why it is necessary to find the root of what is causing the issue when it comes to women’s hormonal health.
Hormones affect our metabolism, growth and development, libido, what foods we crave, ability to have a baby, energy level, and much more. Being in tune with our bodies and hormones can help us to live in harmony with our hormones, instead of being in a constant battle against them.
Live in Harmony With Your Hormones
Know your ovulation cycle. As women, we have been gifted with an extra vital sign of health: the ovulation cycle. While some may roll their eyes even reading that, it is true. A healthy woman ovulates every cycle and has balanced levels of her hormones. Abnormal hormone levels or other health problems result in no ovulation, irregular cycle patterns, and symptoms many women experience such as acne, migraines, depression, anxiety, weight fluctuation, PCOS, pain, irregular bleeding, and fertility. Tracking your whole ovulation cycle, and not just menstruation, can help you to monitor your hormone levels and identify whether your hormonal patterns are healthy or abnormal. It can also help you connect the dots between symptoms and lifestyle factors that may be affecting your hormones and contributing to or taking away from your reproductive and overall health.
Ladies, we have an amazing tool available to us! Gaining a deeper knowledge of our bodies can help us unlock the key to the amazing benefits our hormones have to offer. Harness your hormonal power today, and don’t settle for anything less.