Menstrual problems

Too many women suffer from various types of menstrual problems such as painful menstruation, PMS, too long or too short a menstrual cycle, sore breasts and much more. Although painkillers can be a temporary relief, it does not solve the underlying problem. If you are considering addressing this problem and trying to balance your hormones, either by starting to take progesterone cream or taking other steps to address it, a first step is to analyze your hormones and review your hormonal values.

As with most symptoms, there can be several underlying causes for your problems. But it is possible to influence this, regardless of whether it is an imbalance in your hormones, whether you have an inflammatory process in the body or perhaps a toxic load.

Hormonal imbalance - Estrogen / Progesterone
Many women are aware that hormonal imbalances can lead to menstrual problems. When measuring the hormones, it is important to look at how the hormones are in relation to each other, so it is not enough to just look at the individual values. You can be within the reference value for estrogen, but it can still indicate too high estrogen in relation to progesterone, or vice versa.

To make it even more confusing, both too high estrogen and too high progesterone can sometimes cause similar symptoms, which can make it difficult to decide on your own what measures to take to get in balance. Both high estrogen and low progesterone can, for example, lead to PMS and in order to get the right help, it is therefore important to measure the hormones as a first step.
Here you can find tests for estrogen, progesterone and ration between these hormones. If you want a more comprehensive hormone test, you can also look here.

The fact that the hormones have become unbalanced can, as previously mentioned, be due to many different reasons, for example that there is an inflammatory process in the body, that your body is overloaded with heavy metals or is exposed to stress.

Heavy metals
Many heavy metals and other toxic substances (such as environmental toxins) are known to have a negative effect on our reproductive system. Because toxic substances tend to accumulate in the endocrine organs, they can thus affect all our hormones, not only the reproductive system but also, for example, the thyroid gland.

Even copper, which is a mineral that we need in the right doses, can affect the hormones in too high doses. High copper levels are often linked to high estrogen levels. In functional medicine, people often talk about the relationship between zinc and copper, which needs to be in balance for you to feel good. You can measure both heavy metals, as well as copper and zinc via our heavy metal test.

Stress / DHEA
Some say that cortisol can lower progesterone in high stress, this is when cortisol is formed by progesterone and the body prioritizes in a “stress situation” the production of cortisol (energy to be able to “escape”) over the production of progesterone (to get pregnant). There is as yet no scientific evidence that this theory is correct. But what is known is that stress can affect our hormones, such as DHEA, which is also a so-called prohormone and which is further converted to estrogen and testosterone.If the amount of DHEA decreases, it will in all probability therefore also affect the other hormones to which it is converted. Therefore, it is recommended that you measure several hormones in a combination and not just separately. If you only want to measure DHEA, you have the opportunity to do so, as well as that you can measure estrogen / progesterone separately and also testosterone separately. But if you want to measure them at the same time, in combination with cortisol, you can choose our test Women’s Hormone Test or Men’s Hormone Test.

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