As a woman, you want to do what’s best for your health and, as you might have guessed, hormones play a big role in women’s health. You want to prevent cancer. You want a solution for migraines and PMS. You want to be able to sleep and have energy. Often it’s hard to know where to turn for the right answers, especially when it comes to hormonal imbalance. Should you listen to your doctor, the TV commercials, the internet or your friends?
One thing is for sure – there are certain truths that you won’t hear about on the news or from traditional medicine. Here are a few pearls of wisdom for you. Please share these with other mothers, daughters, sisters and friends that are important to you. We want to make sure all women are informed about these hormone truths that are crucial for women’s health.
Women’s Health: 16 Truths about Hormones
1. Hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function, is commonly misdiagnosed by traditional doctors due to a single blood test. Blood tests are not a reliable way to diagnose hypothyroidism.
2. Hypothyroidism is a common cause of heart disease, insomnia, memory loss, fatigue, weight gain, infertility and more.
3. Synthroid is not the most effective treatment for hypothyroidism. Desiccated thyroid is more effective.
4. Bioidentical hormones are not only for women in midlife, but can also help hormonal imbalance in young girls. Here are certain trigger points when women commonly experience hormonal imbalance:
• While taking birth control pills or counterfeit estrogen hormones
• After childbirth
• After a tubal ligation or hysterectomy
5. Cortisol is your friend – your thyroid won’t function well without it.
6. Adrenal fatigue is a real condition.
7. Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are names for a collection of symptoms and are not an actual diagnosis. For instance, fibromyalgia means “muscle pain”. Find out why you have the muscle pain. Both conditions are commonly caused by hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue.
8. A missing link in the fight against breast cancer is bioidentical progesterone. Women with a progesterone deficiency have a greater premenopausal risk of breast cancer. Women with the most pregnancies, and therefore the most progesterone, have the least breast cancer.
9. Progesterone has a protective effect on your brain.
10. Cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease. Cholesterol is needed to produce progesterone, testosterone, estrogen and cortisol.
11. Testosterone is a natural female libido enhancer. In women who are of reproductive age, levels of testosterone peak at ovulation, thus stimulating a woman’s sexual desire.
12. Birth control pills are not the solution for PMS and can actually increase your risk of breast cancer.
13. Premarin is made from pregnant mare urine and has numerous horse estrogens that are foreign to humans. It has been linked to increased risk of breast cancer, heart attack, and blood clots.
14. A hysterectomy will throw you into menopause and give you symptoms of hormonal imbalance. It is a myth that women don’t need hormones if they have had a hysterectomy.
15. Hypothyroidism decreases the circulation of blood in your body, causing your body to send blood to the brain and vital organs. As a result, blood flow to your body’s extremities is decreased, resulting in hair loss, dry and brittle hair and nails and dry, puffy or infected skin.
16. All of your hormones work together and have a domino effect, so if one is deficient or out of balance, then they can all be affected.
Are your hormones out of balance? Take our symptom checker quiz to find out.