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From Chaos to Calm: Unlocking Hormonal Harmony by Betlihem Michael

As the intricate dance of women’s hormones profoundly shapes well-being, understanding fluctuations optimizes support. Studies show over half of women require further awareness of their hormonal health (Blake et al., 1998; Colombo & Masera, 2001).


Four primary stages characterize the menstrual cycle: menstrual, follicular, ovulation, and luteal.  The menstrual stage commences with menstruation as hormone levels fall. Subsequently, the follicular stage sees follicle-stimulating and luteinizing hormones rise, signaling follicle development (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2022). Estrogen levels also start to rise during this stage which increases energy levels, and libido, and improves overall mood. Ovulation then occurs, releasing an egg. Finally, the luteal stage sees progesterone peak, triggering signs like increased irritability and reduced communication ability as estrogen decreases (Colombo & Masera, 2001). 


Gaining insight into hormonal interplays empowers listening to cues through mood, skin, appetite, and energy to guide decisions. “Implementing a nutrition and lifestyle plan tailored to the current hormonal phase helps support balance” (Blake et al., 1998). Unlocking hormonal harmony internally addresses mind, body, and soul with wisdom on women’s endocrine nature (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, 2022). 


Overall, gaining perspective into the intricate orchestration of feminine hormonal biology allows for the harmonizing of overall wellness. Understanding how the cyclic pattern of hormones naturally fluctuates throughout each phase empowers thoughtful accommodation that elevates balance. Tailoring nutritional sustenance and lifestyle habits while considering each unique phase of the full menstrual cycle nurtures an aligned hormonal state.


When one acknowledges and celebrates her complete hormonal identity as the dynamic force within, daily life may flow with renewed tranquility. Accepting oneself as fully and adaptably subjected to the changeable rhythms of endocrine patterns, yet aware of the ability to live harmoniously, transforms disruptive variations to gentle motion, from chaos to calm. 


References:

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2022). The Menstrual Cycle. 


Blake, M. et al. (1998). Interplay between reproductive hormones and mood throughout the menstrual cycle. Journal of Women’s Health, 7(8), 999-1008.


Colombo, B. & Masera, G. (2001). Female reproductive hormones–behaviour interdependencies with reference to the menstrual cycle. European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, 95(1), 37-42.

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