The Husband’s Guide to Women’s Hormones
- Posted on: May 23 2019
If you’ve been married for several years, then you’ve likely seen subtle or even overt changes in your wife. Perhaps over the years she’s gained a little weight, maybe you’ve seen a shift in her moods or energy, or could it be that she’s just not as interested in intimacy, like she once was. Balancing the day is a challenge for anyone, especially in today’s busy world. Plus, if you add children to the mix, that’s certain to add a level of strain to any woman, and could possibly affect much of her health.
Nevertheless caring husbands, no need to try guessing what’s happening with your wife, because we’ve created a resource for better understanding of the changes happening to her body. At the root of all these challenges could mean an imbalance in her hormones.
Progesterone and the human estrogen hormones, estradiol, estriol and estrone, and testosterone are the sex hormones that dramatically affect our well-being. All of these hormones are produced in the ovaries of women, with a small amount produced by their adrenal glands.
- Night Sweats
- Weight Gain
- Loss of Libido
- Diminished Mental Clarity
- Lack of Energy
- Fibrocystic Breast Disease
- Hot Flashes
- Vaginal Dryness
In women, these symptoms can all be caused by a decline and imbalance of the naturally occurring sex hormones.
If your wife is still menstruating, you may hear her complain of irregular menstrual cycles, heavier periods with cramping, premenstrual breast tenderness, mood swings, fluid retention and headaches when they have hormonal imbalance. But no need to fear your wife’s depleted hormone levels can be replenished through bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, or BHRT.
Listen as Dr. Shel explain Hormone Balance For Women:
The key hormone in women of all ages is Progesterone. Progesterone strengthens bones, protects breasts, calms nerves, promotes restful sleep and decreases fluid retention. As your wife progresses through the menstrual phase of her life, the natural aging process causes a decline in progesterone production. Inevitably they develop progesterone deficiency, also known as estrogen dominance. Progesterone provides an essential balance to the estrogen hormones.
Has your wife had a total hysterectomy? Well, contrary to conventional wisdom, women who have had that procedure can benefit from progesterone supplementation because every cell in a woman’s body has receptors for progesterone, and most importantly the cells in the brain!
Perimenopausal and Menopause
Menopause is certainly a time when you really may notice even more prevalent changes to your better half. Menopause is something that affects all women, and begins typically around age 50. A woman’s ovaries stop releasing eggs and her menstrual cycle stops. In the time leading up to menopause, often referred to as perimenopause, a woman may experience many different changes in her life: her hormones and period frequency may begin to change and she may get mild menopause symptoms. Perimenopausal and menopausal women may also suffer from estrogen deficiency as well.
This is a process that generally happens over a gradual amount of time, however for some women, it can happen all at once. For instance, if your wife has had her ovaries removed through surgery, this can cause “induced menopause” and trigger an onset of menopause symptoms all in one period of time.
Thyroid and Adrenal Function
An area that you may not be as versed in, is how thyroid and the adrenal gland may also cause changes to your spouse’ body and mind. Thyroid and adrenal functions also decline as a part of the natural aging process. Fatigue, weight gain, depression, decreased mental sharpness, insomnia, joint and muscle aches and pains, loss of libido, hair loss, cold sensitivity, recurrent infections and elevated cholesterol are some of the classical symptoms of hypothyroidism or Low Thyroid.
Stress and Cortisol
The hormones secreted by the adrenal glands enable you to deal with stress caused by allergies, hormonal imbalances, low thyroid, injury or difficult life experiences. If your wife has experienced any number of these symptoms, then be sure to keep reading.
The chronic stress that she could possibly be experiencing on an ongoing basis in today’s fast-paced society may cause Adrenal Fatigue. When adrenal glands become exhausted, the natural cortisol levels drop significantly. Cortisol is your naturally occurring stress hormone. Contrary to popular opinion, physiological levels of cortisol are essential for good health. Cortisol bolsters the immune system, increasing your resistance to infections and inflammation. Cortisol also promotes the assimilation of thyroid hormones and sex hormones by the cells of the body. Low levels of cortisol have been associated with lowered metabolism and a weakened immune system.
The adrenal glands also produce dihydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). This hormone enhances brain function, muscle tone and libido. Additionally, the adrenal glands produce pregnenolone.
Pregnenolone is the building block of all the adrenal hormones and exerts a powerful effect on the brain, enhancing memory. Is your wife more forgetful than not? This may be the reason. All of these hormones decline as we age, and their decreased availability causes symptoms that affect our quality of life. Measurement of these hormones can reveal deficiencies that we may then correct with supplementation.
How We Can Help
Share this information with your wife, now that you have a great understanding of why she may have experienced some of these changes. But remember, the great news is that bioidentical hormone treatments can reverse the decline in health and and restore your wife’s youthful energy and vitality. Visit with us at Dr. Shel Wellness & Aesthetic Center to schedule a complimentary consultation today!
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