Many women today are struggling with distressing hormonal and reproductive symptoms. These often result from levels of hormones fluctuating in the bloodstream and/or altered cellular sensitivity to them.
There are many diverse causes that can lead to perpetual imbalances in these chemical messengers. These include:
- lifestyle factors
- genetic and epigenetic vulnerabilities
- physical imbalances
- functional abnormalities
- nutrient deficiencies
- chronic inflammation or infections
- …and more (source, source, source, source, source, source, source, source, source)
Although hormones are produced in very tiny amounts, they have powerful, system-wide, and essential roles in the body. This means even small variations in them can profoundly impact many organ functions and cause unwanted side effects. (source, source, source, source, source, source, source, source)
The most common approach to controlling the negative outcomes of unbalanced hormones is synthetic hormone replacement. Since this comes with risks and associated adverse drug responses, many women are seeking for safer alternatives to conventional approaches.
In my latest two-part series, I go deeper into three areas to consider when balancing hormones and my approach with my clients to balancing their reproductive woes. I cover the topics of:
- assessing hormonal levels and evaluating dosages for any hormonal intervention
- hormonal metabolism
- getting to the root cause of hormonal problems to achieve lasting relief
Part I has just been published and reviews the first two considerations. Below is an excerpt:
Many women are applying “natural” progesterone creams like regular skin moisturizers! It is important to be aware that there is no method that can accurately measure levels for adjusting dosages for transdermal progesterone.10-13
I strongly urge every woman on any form of hormonal replacement to use this guide and provide it to their physician when they are monitoring their hormones. In this way, you will both be more aware of what the results are measuring and if [urine] metabolites should be considered.
You can access the guide and the rest of the article here.
I believe the most evidence-based and effective treatment to hormonal imbalances today should be personalized. This is an area where naturopathic and functional medicine shine. In Part II, I will dig into the third consideration, evaluating and treating the underlying factors of hormonal imbalances on an individual basis.
I will keep you posted on when it is published.
Summarizing the Role of Essential Oils on Hormone Balance
It’s no secret that essential oils are one of my favorite tools to support the mind-body and ease the distress of disturbing reproductive issues. Due to this, I provided a review of selected essential oils’ impact on hormones. My recent video on rose geranium brought this series to a conclusion.
On my Saratoga.com blog, I provided a four-paragraph summary of my hormonal series and links for more details if you would like more information. You can find if here.
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This material is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prescribe for any illness. You should check with your doctor regarding implementing any new strategies into your wellness regime. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. (Affiliation link.)
Disclaimer: This information is applicable ONLY for therapeutic quality essential oils. This information DOES NOT apply to essential oils that have not been tested for purity and standardized constituents. There is no quality control in the United States, and oils labeled as “100% pure” need only to contain 5% of the actual oil. The rest of the bottle can be filled with fillers and sometimes toxic ingredients that can irritate the skin. The studies are not based solely on a specific brand of an essential oil, unless stated. Please read the full study for more information.