Editor's Note: This is a special guest blog post from Dr. Gretchen Dyer, a functional medicine practitioner with the Living Proof Institute. Visit Living Proof Institute to find out how you can start restoring your health today!
Every man knows when a woman’s cycle is getting ready to start over…however wouldn’t it be nice to understand what she is going through and to help support your significant other during this time? Better yet…wouldn’t it be nice to help her achieve balanced hormones so then the suffering for both of you can end?
Each month as the cycle begins over, a woman may experience more tension or anxiety, a slight drop in her mood, tendency to withdrawal, you might even notice some weird cravings.
She is more tired, as she had been having trouble falling asleep. Not even to mention all of the physical signs/symptoms she is going through: joint/muscle pain, headaches, fatigue, abdominal bloating, acne and weight gain.
Now would you be happy if this was happening to you monthly? The good news is there is something that can be done about it!
So, lets begin by understanding what is happening and how you can help.
Many women experience estrogen dominance, this is when your estrogen and progesterone are imbalanced…leaning towards less progesterone and more estrogen. Normally, these two hormones should be in rhythm. When a woman experiences estrogen dominance, she may have the following symptoms:
So…basically she just feels like crap. So how can you help to support your loved one during this time, maybe even help her to balance her hormones, so the suffering can end?
There are many other things that can be done to help to balance her hormones, this is just the beginning. It would be important for you to encourage your significant other to get her hormones checked so she can see where her levels are at and have a specific treatment plan created specifically for her.
Be sure to look for my next post where I will be discussing progesterone and its effects.