Is it hard for you to function? Do you feel more sensitive, more irritable? Feel hopeless? Do you sometimes feel like nothing’s going right in your life? Do you feel bloated, crampy, hungry, constipated, and exhausted?
If you’re a businesswoman, hormone imbalances can adversely affect your ability to perform. If you’re a mom, it affects your ability to be present for you child. And it can cause contention in romantic relationships because of low mood and low libido. Your relationships suffer during this time. Cramps and headaches and body aches distract you from having a fulfilling day.
Many women experience hot flashes, fatigue, brain fog, and inability to think clearly before their period. Dreaded migraines can also accompany monthly cycles.
Ideally, the premenstrual transition period can be a time of reflection because these emotions bring you to a place within yourself to evaluate your life and what’s important to you. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to have a positive outlook during this reflective time? Hormones naturally shift, estrogen and serotonin will still drop, but we can help to balance your hormones so you don’t feel that shift in such a negative way.
Our goal at Tao of Venus is to balance your hormones so that your monthly cycles are happy, light, and stress-free. PMS doesn’t have to be a given. You don’t have to experience PMS every month. With balanced, healthy hormones, the premenstrual transition period can be a period of positive, enjoyable growth.
Progesterone and estrogen levels fluctuate throughout a woman’s cycle. Many PMS symptoms are caused caused by problems with progesterone and progesterone receptors. Progesterone receptors are present in abundance at the sites of PMS Symptoms. Symptoms ease during pregnancy because high levels of placental progesterone send calming signals to the brain and body. After childbirth there is a sudden loss of placental progesterone and progesterone levels plummet, often resulting in postpartum depression.
Progesterone receptors do not function well in the presence of adrenaline, imbalanced blood sugar, and synthetic progestins (birth control). Thus, stress, birth control pills, hormone-injected meats and plastics all affect our hormonal balance. The synthetic progestins in the birth control pill cannot be transported to the nuclei by progesterone receptors and thus the body does not function properly. A progesterone receptor cannot transport, or bind to, a molecule of progesterone if there has been a drop in blood sugar. A drop in blood sugar causes a release of adrenaline, which automatically moves sugar from cells into the blood, raising the blood sugar level. All cells contain sugar, and if sugar goes into the blood, water replaces it and enters the cell. The cells swell up, causing a feeling of bloatedness, and later, weight gain. This adrenaline release contributes to the PMS tension. With these systems balanced, the body’s craving for excess food, caffeine, smoking and other addictive behavior diminishes.
Your body is likely in an estrogen-dominant state if you struggle with PMS.
Stress can cause cortisol to rise creating a negative feedback loop to the part of the brain that signals the body to create hormones. This hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis feedback loop is what keeps your hormones balanced. When this delicate feedback loop becomes disturbed, pituitary hormone production will become altered. Many women and men have disruption in this feedback loop due to a stressful lifestyle and endocrine disruptors in the environment. Endocrine disruptors interfere with the synthesis, metabolism, binding or cellular responses of natural hormones.
We offer testing that can look at how your body is metabolizing estrogens and build a roadmap to improving your body’s estrogen and progesterone metabolism.