What Are Hormones?
I will first talk about progesterone. Progesterone is a type of hormone that females produce in the second half of the menstrual cycle. What it does is preparing the endometrium for potential pregnancy after ovulation. It prepares the lining of the uterus to accept the fertilised egg, or our progesterone level will drop if there’s no fertilised egg. That is when we will get our menstrual cycle. Progesterone will affect us in regulating our monthly menstrual cycle, conception and pregnancy.
When our progesterone level is low, it may cause an irregular menstrual cycle and having trouble with conceiving. Increases the chance of having miscarriages and pre-term delivery of the baby. Our body must produce enough progesterone levels in our body to maintain a healthy pregnancy.
Estrogen is an important hormone that we need to balance in a female body. It is one of the sex hormones that female bodies produce. It is responsible for a woman physical appearance and reproduction. On top of affecting females physical features, it keeps the cholesterol in control, protect our bone health. It also affects our brain, mood swing, skin, heart, and other issues in our body.
Low in estrogen level symptoms:
- Less frequent or stopped in menstrual cycle
- Hot flushes
- Sleeping problems
- Drying and thinning of vagina
- Low sexual desire
- Mood swings
- Skin conditions
High in estrogen level symptoms:
- Gain in weight
- Menstrual problems such as too light / too heavy
- Worsen in pms
- Fibrocystic breasts
- Fibroids in the uterus
- Loss of sex drive
- Feeling depressed or anxious
Those are the reasons why it is important to keep our hormones balanced as a woman. There are many more about other health concerns that involve hormones.
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