Reduced Stress Balances Hormones Naturally
By Elena Sokolova, M.D., N.D.
“We put drugs, of which we know little, into our bodies, of which we know less, to cure diseases of which we know nothing at all”. Voltaire
Clarice, a beautiful, enthusiastic 23-year-old, came to see me because she was suffering from severe dysmenorrhea, a condition characterized by very painful periods, so severe that her GYN thought she had endometriosis. Fortunately, an ultrasound of her uterus disproved that theory. It was clear that Clarice’s condition was exacerbated by her high stress level, as she had a very demanding new job.
Women experiencing chronic stress produce higher than normal levels of stress-related hormones that may affect the production of female sex hormones. Pregnenolone, an essential building block for the production of both sex hormones and stress-related hormones, is diverted from its normal sex-hormone pathway when you are stressed.
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