It is no joke – hormones make the woman! In her book The Female Brain, Louann Brizendine, MD clarifies the major differences around the hormonal influence upon a woman’s brain. Up until 1990’s research and common medical knowledge saw female brains and their hormones not much different than males. It is a fact that before 1990 few studies were even done on women at all in medical research. It is no wonder we are such a mystery!
Dr. Brizendine MD is a neuropsychiatrist at the University of California and her writing helps us understand that we are not crazy, but instead she tells us how our brains have significant influences by specific female hormones. One hormone more dominant in women is oxytocin. It is the feeling and falling in love hormone and helps mothers bond with their infants. It is one of several hormones that differentiates women from men.
Another misunderstood hormone is progesterone. It is sometimes named the “happy” hormone because of its balancing effects with estrogen. During pregnancy huge amounts are made in the last 3 months of gestation which why some women feel so good during that time.
After birth the levels drop drastically and sometimes never recover to pre-birth levels. Progesterone is also a significant hormone during menopause. Without the proper balance between estrogen and progesterone a woman can feel “off”, irritable, sleepless, moody, fuzzy headed or tired.
The milieu of many hormones helps us feels good or sometimes really bad. The balance of the hormonal symphony is what helps us get up in the morning, crave certain foods, affect our moods, and importantly helps generate energy to keep us going all day long. If you are crashing mid-afternoon, or can barely stay awake after supper, think hormones.
Obtaining symptoms and accurate laboratory results are both essential to successful balancing. Dr. Jeanne has many years of hormone balancing practice. Call or email her to learn how to create harmony, health and balance.