We all have them. Can’t live without them. Can’t live with them, at times. Usually don’t understand them. Sometimes get into a heap of trouble because of them. What are they? Hormones, of course! And when they are raging and impacting our lives in negative ways, I think of them as a Hurricane Hormone.
Hormones are little messenger molecules secreted by the endocrine system. They are designed to regulate a variety of body functions. More than 50 of them have been identified and that’s just for starters because the endocrine and nervous systems are coordinated as an interlocking neuroendocrine supersystem. This really means that hormones influence every aspect of our lives.
A specific group of hormones, often referred to as sex hormones, promote the development and maintenance of the human reproductive structures/systems. They are present in both males and females although in varying amounts based on gender (estrogens are principal female sex hormones; testosterone is the principal male androgen). These sex hormones are responsible for the secondary sex characteristics in addition to a variety of other contributions.
All human beings have sex-hormone cycles that average between 28-31 days. These cycles continue throughout our entire lives although levels and fluctuations decrease in both genders with age. Men sometimes have difficulty believing they really do have a hormonal cycle because males rarely evidence the dramatic hormonal fluctuations that females experience. In addition, the male cycle is not marked by menstruation or menses (commonly referred to as a woman’s period). Nevertheless, ask the average female with a male partner if he exhibits behaviors related to the ups and down of hormonal cycle. Many of them will offer a resounding yes!
If everything in the body worked exactly as it was designed to work, women would breeze through their monthly hormonal cycles. In an imperfect world, however, perhaps 40%-60% of all menstruating women, experience a variety of symptoms often lumped under the heading of premenstrual syndrome (PMS). For these, the symptoms can represent a virtual Hurricane Hormone and can create a host of problems for these women as well as for everyone their lives touch. PMS is characterized by a clustering of symptoms before menstruation and a lessening of symptoms after menstruation. It is both multifactorial and cyclical. Three symptoms commonly present are often referred to as the PMS Triad: irritability, lethargy, and depression. In addition, more than 150 physical and emotional symptoms plus a variety of associated conditions have been identified.
Eventually, all women move through some form of menopause and face a variety of postmenopausal health challenges that can include an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and cancer. We’re talking a lot of women! The Unites States Census Bureau projects that the US population will increase from slightly over 250 million in the mid-nineties to 334 million by the year 2025. Currently, there may be 25 million menopausal women in the United States.
The menopausal process is a label that encompasses the entire spectrum of events relating to the cessation of menstruation. It often begins in a woman’s late forties although it can begin much earlier. Three main stages can occur in a relatively short period of time (e.g., 1-2 years) or can drag out for decades:
- Pre or perimenopause – symptoms can begin in the mid thirties or earlier with changes in the amount/duration of bleeding; can include the development of premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Menopause – the actual cessation of menses (only considered to be complete when a woman’s periods have stopped for an entire year); often occurs about age 50 or 51
- Postmenopause – describes a period of several years during which a variety of physiological changes occur. These changes can lead to the development of osteoporosis, heart disease, and other health challenges in the late fifties or early sixties.
Hope for Hurricane Hormone
Women generally have had three main choices (or combinations thereof) for dealing with the menopausal process.
- Hormone Replacement Therapy
- Do nothing
- Herbal and nutritional supplementation
For a variety of reasons, these options have failed for a large number of women. Fortunately, there is now a fourth option, a revolutionary natural choice, pioneered by IMPaX HealthPrime Inc. You just might want to investigate this fourth option.
While there may be no one right or wrong method for dealing with symptoms of PMS and menopause, there is a choice that best suits each individual. We need to take personal responsibility for identifying, embracing, and consistently implementing our choice.
NOTE: Contact www.impaxworld.com to obtain additional information or to obtain a recording of Dr. Taylor’s presentation on Hurricane Hormone.
©Arlene R. Taylor PhD, Realizations Inc