Balancing Hormones for Every Woman

February 2, 2019 | Naturopathic Medicine

PMS and menopause are a challenge for every woman at some point.  While symptoms of PMS or menopause can be difficult to manage, understanding the many factors that are at play give you the tools to cope.  As a naturopathic doctor, I use natural methods to help balance hormones.Cholesterol and HormonesCholesterol is often high during peri-menopause and menopause to compensate for the decreasing levels of other hormones in the body, such as estrogen.  Cholesterol is needed to make both sex and adrenal hormones. Hormones are the messengers of the endocrine system, and cholesterol is key to transporting hormones to the correct receptor sites on the cells.  If you have low cholesterol, your body isn’t able to transport hormones efficiently, and if you have high cholesterol you may not have enough hormones getting into your cells.   Low hormonal levels caused by cholesterol imbalance can result in symptoms such as fatigue, … Continued

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Post-Menopausal Adrenal Support for A Healthy Sex Drive

November 10, 2017 | Naturopathic Medicine

When we think about adrenal function, we tend to think about fatigue or stress hormones. But did you know that your adrenals play a significant role in your libido especially post-menopausal? The adrenal glands are part of your endocrine system that regulates the body by secreting hormones directly into the bloodstream. These hormones are instrumental in regulating mood, growth and development, tissue function, metabolism, sexual function, and reproductive processes.The classic endocrine glands include the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, pancreatic islets, adrenals, and gonads (ovaries and testes). Prior to menopause the body relies on the gonads to support sexual function and sex drive. However, post-menopause it is the liver that is responsible for metabolizing our hormones, and our bodies rely on both the liver and adrenals to support the libido. Since a healthy liver balances hormones, regular liver detoxification can aid this process. At the time of menopause, the adrenal glands should produce sufficient … Continued

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