Last week we talked a lot about hormones and fertility. Today we are going to continue that talk on hormones and go into more reasons why our hormones, especially estrogen and progesterone are important!
Estrogen and progesterone also play a part in bone health. We have heard that estrogen deficiency causes post-menopausal bone loss. Estrogen has profound effects on strength and structure of bone as it promotes building up of bone. Any prolonged reduction in estrogen levels threatens the integrity of bone leading to osteoporosis and fractures. If you have a deficiency pre-menopausal, your bone density will be negatively affected in your post-menopausal years if not before. We need both hormones to build up and maintain bones.
While there are many things that I don’t love about my period, there are some great health benefits! Monthly periods work like a cleaning system in a woman’s uterus where the old uterine lining is removed to make way for the new cycle. The menstrual period is a natural way for the body to release bacteria and toxins from inside the reproductive system. A woman’s reproductive system is truly remarkable!
Many girls/women do not have a complete or accurate understanding of the normal biological process of the menstrual cycle. Once this knowledge is gained, it may help her feel more comfortable with her body, feel empowered by understanding this process, and may even help her pick up on early signs of trouble!
If you are having any problems or questions about your period, come see us at the clinic as we are a source of support and education regarding period problems! Let’s get to the root cause together!