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Do you think it could be my hormones?

This is a question I get asked almost weekly in it's various connotations.

Many of the women that come to see me, do so for issues stemming from a hormone imbalance. The usual suspects: oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone among a few other players.

So could your hormones be at play in how your current health is expressing?

Do you suffer from any of the following:

* Bloating

* Irritability

* Fatigue

* Breast swelling and/or pain or tenderness

* Headaches and premenstrual migraines

* Irregular periods

* Period pain

* Heavy periods and clotty periods

* Decreased sex drive

* Weight gain that’s unexplained (especially if around the hips)

* Acne and skin breakouts, particularly around the jaw lien

* Hair loss

* Loss of muscle

* Feeling anxious in the lead up to your period

* Mood swings

* Food cravings as your period approaches, usually for sweet but can sometimes be for salty foods

If any of these seem to ring true for you then yep, it's possible your hormones are at play. If you are experiencing quite a few of them at the same time, then it's even more likely.

However while it's common for many women to experience unpleasant symptoms with their period, it is by no means normal. What I mean by this is it does NOT have to be the case.

When our hormones are balanced and health optimised our periods needn't be painful, our cycles irregular, our breasts sore or our moods so unpredictable we feel out of control and very much not "ourselves".

I feel it's important to clarify something here- it is absolutely normal to turn inward around your period. You may feel the desire to slow down and rest more, and be even more gentle with yourself than you might normally be. However this is vastly different to having to stay in, cancel plans or take time off work due to pain and feeling vastly unwell.

So if you feel your balance of hormones may be a little (or even a lot) of kilter, and would like a little support just reach out! Send me a message, book a consultation or a free 15min chat to find out if I can help.

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