Hormones are a powerful force in our bodies. They affect everything from our moods to our physical health, and can be especially influential during menopause. As middle-aged women living in the United States, it’s important to understand how hormones can affect us and what we can do to ensure that we’re taking care of ourselves. Let’s take a look at the basics of hormone health for women.
The Basics of Hormone Health for Women
It’s not just menopause that affects hormone levels in women—birth control pills, pregnancy, and stress can all play a role too. The most important thing is to be aware of your body and keep track of any changes you notice. If you feel like something isn’t right, talk to your healthcare provider as soon as possible.
There are several key hormones that affect women’s health, including estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol, and thyroid hormones. Estrogen is responsible for maintaining bone density and libido in women; progesterone helps regulate menstrual cycles; testosterone helps keep energy levels up; cortisol is connected to stress; and thyroid hormones help regulate metabolism and weight gain/loss. Each hormone plays an essential role in keeping your body functioning properly—so it’s important to monitor them closely!
Hormone Imbalances & Treatments
If your hormone levels become imbalanced due to age or lifestyle factors (like stress), there are treatments available that can help restore balance. Common treatments include hormone replacement therapy (HRT), herbal supplements, exercise programs designed specifically for hormonal imbalances, dietary changes such as eating more foods rich in phytoestrogens like soybeans or flaxseeds (which act similarly to estrogen in the body), acupuncture/acupressure treatments which stimulate blood flow throughout the body and provide relief from symptoms like hot flashes or night sweats associated with menopause. It’s important to talk with your provider before beginning any kind of treatment plan so they can determine the best course of action for you individually based on your specific needs.
Hormones play an incredibly important role in our lives as middle aged women living in the U.S., so it’s essential that we pay attention to our bodies and recognize when something doesn’t feel quite right—especially during menopause when hormone levels tend to fluctuate so dramatically! With some knowledge about how hormones work together within our bodies and access to the right treatments if needed, we can take control of our own health and ensure that we remain healthy into old age! Stay tuned for EWL’s Hormone Special coming soon in January 2023!