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Stress, Menopause & Hormones

Stress can play a huge role and interfere with hormonal levels because stress can create digestion disturbances, liver irregularities as well as causing weight gain that excess fat that disturbs our oestrogen levels.

Stress can play the role of interfering with hormonal stability. Liver dysfunction means that your liver is simply overwhelmed with everything that’s going on. At the same time the liver dysfunction could be some kind of pathological disease that interferes with liver’s ability to process out the excess hormones out of blood. The endocrine system itself could be damaged.

Often times in the endocrine system, it may begin with cramp that is hyper producing this hormone and then it burns itself out and no longer functions as well. So the endocrine glands damage can also interfere with its production.

As women go through their lives they approach menopause, menopause will stop the production of oestrogen and will have some hormonal imbalance. 

When the oestrogen is at its peak. There is a surge in the LH and the FSH and the egg is ovulated. This means that the egg is released from the ovary. After the egg is released from the ovary the oestrogen levels drop down until at the end of the month. They get a little more surge right before menstruation.

The ovary can locate the spot that brings egg to maturity. It helps the uterus to prepare for implantation of fertilized egg and it does this by stimulating the production of the endometrium. Progesterone is produced by the ovarian follicle after ovulation.

The ovarian follicle is the spot in the ovary that helped the egg. The spot is now going to produce progesterone because it continues to support this egg as it goes through its journey, so the progesterone stimulates the production of the endometrium.

When we think about these things, these are the hormones working in the women’s body from day one of the menstrual cycle until ovulation progesterone levels are very low. Following ovulation the progesterone level starts to climb and they peak. But when it’s time for menstruation progesterone levels will drop. So progesterone levels drop roughly two weeks following ovulation and that signals the onset of menstruation.

Mary Thompson, C.A.S., P.K.S., is a founding member and former secretary of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. She graduated from the California College of Ayurveda in 1997 where she's also taught for the past 18 years. She is not only a Certified Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist but a Pancha Karma Specialist. In 2008 she received the Charaka Award for Excellence in Ayurvedic Teaching and was given the title 'Ayurvedacharya', respected teacher of Ayurveda.

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