Find yourself each and every month wading through a battle of fluid retention, tender breasts, a mood that matches your 94 year old grandpa (on a good day) and a feeling of of hefty overwhelm? I’ve got some clues! It’s time to unlock some truths as to what might really be going on and why your hormones are begging for little housekeeping.
Making sex hormones is a tough gig. Here’s why;
Your ovaries are master players in sex hormone secretion, specifically the big guys – oestrogen and progesterone. Whilst the majority of your progesterone is produced in the ovaries, a small amount is also produced in the adrenals. It then gets converted to other hormones, including cortisol.
I’ve spoken about your adrenals many times here before but I have to say this specific topic of hormone battle is one of my faves, that is how cortisol can have it’s way with your sex hormones. This is probably because so many women fall victim to this torturous coping mechanism and it is one of the most common issues I see in clinic to date.
You’re adrenals are super important. They are constantly sensitive to the stress you expose your body to and truth be told, this happens whether you think you ‘cope’ well with stress or not, they are always to your rescue and at the read to protect. Their response is to produce cortisol as well neurotransmitters to help push the body into overdrive under stress and switch off any unnecessary energy usage like say, digestion (because who needs to chow down on a bowl of pokè when you’re trying to save yourself from danger?). Nobody – not even Wonder Woman.