Guest post by Dawn Pfingsten at Just Doing My Best
Creating hormone balance is different for every woman.
In our 20’s we tend to think only grandmas experience hormone issues. It doesn’t take long to find out that hormone issues can affect every woman in one way or another, some more than others. And, they don’t necessarily wait until you’re a grandma.
Now that I’m in my 40’s, it seems like every birthday brings a new “hormonal surprise”.
These changes are brought on by declining levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Yes, even woman have testosterone.
What Do Hormones Do In The Body?
Let’s talk for a moment about how they all work. First, estrogen promotes the health of the female reproductive organs, helps keep cholesterol levels down, and affects your brain (including your mood). When estrogen levels decline, usually about my age (sometimes younger), your sexual desire can be affected, and you can experience vaginal dryness, hot flashes, night sweats, and dry skin.
Second, there’s progesterone. This affects your periods and will actually stop being produced during your cycle and when ovulation stops after your last cycle (when you’re technically in menopause). Progesterone benefits the bones and cardiovascular system.
Lastly, there’s testosterone, which helps with the production of estrogen. Testosterone declines after your 20’s. It helps with libido, brain function, bone health, your sleep, and stamina.
Everyone woman is different. Some will be affected greatly by fluctuating hormone levels while some women notice very few changes.
Most women will likely notice a lot of the same symptoms associated with their regular cycle, but enhanced while approaching perimenopause (the time right before menopause). Symptoms like breast tenderness and moodiness for instance.
I have definitely experienced mood swings, my husband will attest to that. They don’t happen as much as they used to since I’ve found something that really works for me.
I love maca root. Since I’ve been using this I have more energy and muscle mass. But, the biggest difference I’ve noticed is with my libido. Most women will say their interest level decreases as they get past 40 and 50. This has helped me so much.
My husband says he’s noticed a difference in several areas. He’s noticed that my interest level has increased, but he also told me recently I’m not as moody and quick to snap, yet another piece of the hormone puzzle.
Hormone issues differ for everyone. It’s important to take care of yourself. And, when you find something natural that might help, it’s worth a try. I hope this helps you like it has helped me.
As we reach menopause it’s also important to drink water, exercise and eat well too. It all helps you stay on top of your game and feel your best.
Emotional Root Cause of Hormone Imbalance
Emotionally, a hormone imbalance correlates to feelings of overwhelm, a lack of joy, feeling overlooked, and pressure to be successful (this can relate to any area of your life - your body, your family, your health, your career, etc). Does that resonate with you at all? Take a few minutes and see where those feelings may be coming from. A lot of the time, we put un-needed pressure on ourselves. Are there any self-imposed "rules" that are no longer serving you? Where can you take a step back, simplify, and release stress?
Where can you ignite joy back into your life? Can you take a break this week and go to lunch with a friend? Stop what you are doing right now, go outside, and breath some fresh air into your body. Take 5 minutes to clear your mind and meditate.
Healing doesnt have to be hard.
Gentle food from nature, compassionate exercise, standing up for yourself and speaking truth, intentional joy, daily stress release, and supportive nutrition (maca, greens, avocado, sweet potatoes) are all things you can do to rebalance hormones.