Oxytocin: The Big “O” in Women’s Well-Being – Naturopathic Doctor News and Review. Trina Doerfler, ND, DC Oxytocin is a hormone that has been given too little attention outside the well-known arenas of parturition and lactation, and much too little respect in its power to restore health and well-being in today’s modern women.
Far more than an agent of uterine contraction and the let-down response, it is an incredibly important and underutilized ally in the battle waged by women to feel well while keeping their multi-tasking, modern lives galloping along. The Ever-Changing “Role” of Women In the last 50 or 60 years, the lives of women have changed dramatically. For untold millennia, women occupied primarily the same half of the division of labor pie: birthing and care of the young and elderly, growing and gathering food and other materials for the home, cooking, sewing; activities described without a bit of irony as “women’s work.” These strategies now have been practically abandoned by women in modern life, much to our detriment. Common Syndrome for Today’s Women. The Relationship Between Adrenal Function and Menopausal Symptoms – Naturopathic Doctor News and Review. Kathryn Retzler, ND Many clinicians have observed the increased severity of menopause-related symptoms in patients who have experienced chronic stress.
Since the adrenal glands “take over” sex hormone production postmenopausally, holistic treatment for menopausal symptoms necessitates optimizing adrenal gland function. This article explains hormone changes during the menopausal transition, testing of stress hormones to help determine treatment and enhance compliance, as well as steps to consider for optimizing adrenal gland function. Menopause Defined Menopause is permanent cessation of menses for 12 months due to declining ovarian function. Symptoms of low cortisol. The HPA Axis- why treating just the adrenals doesn’t always work. About Women Fatigue. In addition to gastrointestinal and blood sugar disorders, adrenal gland dysfunction is one of the most commonly seen imbalance in today’s society.
Adrenal gland imbalances are also one of the major factors that cause thyroid hormone imbalance. What Happens When You Don't Take Your Thyroid Medication? I had an interesting discussion with a friend of mine.
Her 20-something daughter, diagnosed with autoimmune Hashimoto's thyroiditis and hypothyroidism, had decided not to take the thyroid medication her doctor prescribed. The daughter said that since starting her treatment, her irregular, scanty periods had become regular. She liked less frequent periods, and so she decided to stop taking her thyroid hormone replacement medication. She felt that the benefits she'd noticed since starting treatment—losing weight, less hair loss, more energy—were just not worth it. Adrenals Need a Break? Try Dandelion Coffee. How do I know if it is Hypothyroidism or Adrenal Fatigue? By: Michael Lam, MD, MPH Hypothyroidism The following table outlines the key differences in the signs and symptoms between adrenal fatigue and hypothyroidism. 70% of people taking thyroid replacement medications continue to complain of symptoms.
Other thyroid illness. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (Hashi’s) is the most common cause of hypothyroidism.
It is autoimmune in nature in that the body attacks its own thyroid gland. Early on, when there is destruction of the thyroid, the release of thyroid hormone can temporarily cause a hyper state. When enough destruction has occurred and the thyroid gland can. Natural Treatments For Adrenal Dysfunction. By Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP Restoring The Energy You Thought Was Lost In this article: Phytotherapy for adrenal health — the role that plant medicine plays within our body.
Psychological Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue. By Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP You’re irritable and quick to lose your temper.You’re prone to road rage or become extremely angry over little things.You feel as though you’re constantly on edge, ready to “lose it” at the least little thing.You feel listless, depressed, or emotionally numb.Your sex drive is low.You frequently have nightmares.You often feel an overpowering urge to cry.You have trouble concentrating or feel mentally foggy.You suffer from free-floating anxiety.You are easily startled.You simply feel stressed all the time.Everything seems like a chore.
As you can see, some of the symptoms are contradictory: can’t sleep/can’t stay awake; always on edge/listless and depressed. That’s because adrenal dysfunction is a progressive condition that moves through successive phases, manifesting differently as the condition gets worse. The condition also shows up differently in different women, primarily as three main types.
Adrenal Fatigue Crashes and how to Recovery from Them. Adrenal Crash Basics The adrenal glands are the main stress modulation centers of the body.
When stressors (either physical or emotional) overwhelm the adrenals ability to compensate, Adrenal Fatigue may ensue. This is usually a slow and insidious process that progresses through many years, though some can experience it after an intense episode of acute stress, such as death of a loved one, financial distress, or acute infection. The job of returning the body to its normal function rests with the adrenals. This process is indeed complicated and convoluted, accompanied by many unpleasant symptoms. Adrenal crash is therefore the body's strategy of returning to a state of simple living dominated by bed-rest. 9 Steps To Heal Adrenal Fatigue Naturally. Have you ever caught yourself thinking, Wow, I'm burned out!
It's a feeling most people can identify with. But what does that really mean, and how does it happen? I recently saw a patient whose story exemplifies true burnout. Thyroid Adrenal Pancreas Axis.