The Female Life Cycle

There are 3 main hormonal phases in a women’s life:

1.   Menstruation

2.   Pregnancy

3.   Menopause

The sex hormones, progesterone and oestrogen play a key role in all stages of the female health cycle. 

Our menopause stage usually takes about 10 years to complete. Commonly called the change of life it refers to the phase which leads up to the last menstrual period and more or less marks the end of reproductive life. During this period, the balance of the sex hormones is affected; the ovaries stop producing eggs and making oestrogen and progesterone. This process normally starts around 45 and is usually complete by  age 55.

At menopause, lower levels of oestrogen are made because they are no longer needed to prepare the womb lining for pregnancy. As oestrogen levels fall, menstrual flow becomes lighter and often quite irregular until it stops altogether. As the menopause progresses, many cycles occur in which an egg is not released. 

The change of life occurs gradually allowing the body to adapt to its new condition with ease. Because a woman ceases to ovulate, she no longer produces progesterone, so the body compensates by sending a message to the pituitary gland to release increased quantities of FSH and LT. The term FSH refers to-follicle stimulating hormone and LH refers to-luteinising hormone. These two hormones are responsible for the development and release of an egg from the ovary.

Bio-identical hormones are man made hormones derived from plant estrogens that are chemically identical to those the human body produces. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are among those most commonly replicated and used in treatment. Bio-identical hormones come in various forms, including:

  • pills
  • patches
  • creams
  • gels
  • injections

Balancing Hormones Naturally

Women are meant to be in harmony with their bodies; they have developed a natural monthly rhythm in which hormone levels ebb and flow. It is as nature intended and so if you work with your natural design it doesn’t have to be a disabling condition.

Our in house Clinical Lead, Roz Lee, discusses how hormones work in the body and introduces Bio-identical hormone replacement therapy as a natural alternative for healthy aging.

The Stress Factor

Whenever you take in a stimulant or react  in a stressful way to an event, the body produces the adrenal hormone, cortisol. This competes for receptor sites with progesterone. So if you are permanently stressed the net effect is less progesterone. And cortisol increases the production of oestrogen so prolonged stress contributes to oestrogen dominance. A normal liver can cope with increased levels of oestrogen, if however, a person has allergies and excessive toxins; the liver can be impaired and cannot breakdown the increase.

Stress also impacts testosterone which can then mean the development of excessive facial hair and other male characteristics.