Hormones. We all have them and we all think we know a lot about them, but how much do we really know? Here’s six interesting things that you probably didn’t know about hormones…
1. Testosterone isn’t just for men
Most people think that testosterone is just a male hormone, but actually women have it too! Testosterone in women plays a role in the growth and maintenance of female reproductive tissue. It also contributes to our overall wellbeing.
2. …and oestrogen isn’t just for women
And on the subject of males and female hormones, did you know that oestrogen isn’t just a female hormone? Men have it in their bodies too.
3. Oestrogen begins to decrease in your 40’s
In your 40s your oestrogen levels begin to decrease. Oestrogen withdrawal can cause mood swings, anxiety, depression, loss of libido, insomnia, headaches and more. Sounds pretty grim, right? But don’t worry, because there are lots of options available to women who are menopausal. 23MD offer bioidentical hormone replacement therapy which can help women who are pre-menopausal, peri-menopausal, going through the menopause and even post-menopausal.
4. Progesterone is a natural anti-depressant
Did you know that progesterone has lots of benefits such as giving us energy, helping us to sleep well, it protects us against cancer and is a natural anti-depressant. Clever, huh?
5. Hormones aren’t just about fertility
I don’t know about you but when I think of hormones, I think about fertility and menstrual cycles but that’s not all they are for. Cortisol (the stress hormone) for example actually helps our body respond to stress and doesn’t have anything to do with fertility.
6. You aren’t actually hormonal when you’re on your period
Many of us say that we are hormonal when we’re on our period, but actually that isn’t true at all. During our period we actually experience a dip in our hormones.
Do you have any other interesting facts about hormones to share?
Thank you for reading.
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