Women’s Health

Seeing as we are a facility owned by women, and because most of our clients are women, this week we are going to be looking at some issues concerning women’s health. Firstly we will cover fertility issues, which tends to be a growing problem in this country, and I know several women have problems conceiving (of course we can check January’s post from children’s week on conception for more insight). Sorry guys, but we have to talk periods here. Necessary, but for me a pain in the ass, I realize the importance of having a period. And I’ve been on several experimental eating programs that caused me to stop menstruating (this is not good and these programs were usually lacking in fat, and now I realize fat-soluble vitamins). Something amazing? By the time us females are a mere 4 months all we have already produced all the eggs for a lifetime! During menses 12 follicles develop and emit estrogen. What does this estrogen do?

  • increase sexual interest
  • cervical fluid
  • cools body
  • opens cervix

Once a follicle is mature, the egg bursts into the fallopian and remains for 12-24 hours (ovulation). After this the follicle stays put in the ovary and produces progesterone. This progesterone:

  • dries up the cervical fluid
  • warms the body
  • closes the cervix
  • makes intrinsic lining spongy

If the egg is fertilized then it takes about a week for it to travel down the tube, implant and for pregnancy to begin. If it is not fertilized then it merely dissolves. Somewhere between 12 and 16 days after ovulation a new cycle starts with menstruation. After a period, cervical fluid builds up and peaks 10 days later. This means that if you paid close attention to temperatures and such and logged daily, you could naturally predict fertility and birth control. Problem? Most women ovulate infrequently. Things that can affect;

  • birth control pills
  • sexual abuse
  • sexually transmitted infections
  • alcohol and recreational drug use
  • increased stress

Of course a lot of what we’re dealing with here are hormones, which in themselves have a lot of variables (like stress, sleep and current diet like sugar consumption). Something interesting on sleep is that night-light exposure can inhibit melatonin production, which then affects the hypothalamus, throwing hormone production out of whack (another reason why I sleep in my electricity-free shed and practice circadian sleep patterns). Diet is a big issue. We live in the land of low-fat, therefore we miss out on fat-soluble vitamins. In particular we lack vitamins A and D (prevalent in animal fats, butter, yolks, liver, cod liver oil). vitamin A is essential for normal reproduction and endocrine function. Click the link to review more. But if traditional societies laid heavily upon these foods, should we disregard their reproductive powers? I think not. Bad news about infrequent ovulation? Increased risk for:

  • uterine cancer
  • diabetes
  • polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • infertility

What we learned today? Women’s health and reproductive health relies heavily upon hormones. Hormones are affected by stress, sleep, and eating. So in order to maintain a healthy fertile system we need a balance of these things and to be careful of what we put in our mouth. More coming this week on birth control, estrogen, menopause, and PMS.

 

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