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Hormones and Female Health

Updated on June 10, 2013

A woman can sometimes feel she's being worn down by the daily grind. That's because her sense of well-being is dictated by her hormones, which affect her behavior, mood, energy, and appearance.Throughout life, hormone levels fluctuate, from high during pregnancy, for instance, to low during menopause.

Any attempt to fix 'the blues' or recharge the libido without addressing hormone imbalances (by prescribing antidepressants, for instance) is futile and may even be detrimental to health.

Important hormones that affect a woman's overall health and well being include:

  • Cortisol,
  • Estrogen,
  • and Thyroid.

Cortisol is the stress hormone.

It’s produced in abundance in American women today, who are dealing with multiple responsibilities, time pressure and financial pressure.

Excess cortisol in the blood contributes to obesity (especially belly fat) and fatigue.

Managing cortisol levels means making time for yourself. A woman can’t be thinking about others 24/7-- some of her time must be devoted to keeping herself calm and sane. Strategy varies by individual. Some women find it relaxing to walk the dog or go dancing. For others, 30 minutes of meditation by candlelight and soothing music have a calming effect.

There are supplements available as well, such as ACT and fish oil.

A 40-year-old woman today does not have the same physiology as her grandmother did at 40. Better nutrition, medical care, and lifestyle all contribute to a more youthful appearance and activity levels. These days, much of the aging process is under your control.

Nature, of course, still brings the childbearing years to an abrupt halt with menopause-- and women hormones still begin to taper off after a certain age. Estrogen production slows after the 20's. By the time a woman is in her 40s, she may feel listless and have no interest in sex due to low hormonal production.

Supplementation with estrogen and progesterone can help reverse this trend. Instead of PMS, anxiety, low sex drive and high irritability, a woman can continue to enjoy a vital and productive lifestyle for decades.

Another energy drain is low thyroid levels. Most people are aware of this syndrome, because an under-active thyroid results in such obvious listlessness, moodiness, lethargy, and zero interest in sex. But thyroid imbalances are easy to address with a carefully monitored dietary regimen and supplementation.

Antidepressants are not the answer to restoring vitality, energy, and the sparkle that comes with good health and an active sex life. Start today to learn how natural therapy to address hormone imbalances can make you feel frisky again.


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