Your body's reproductive response is governed by the very complex endocrine system, which consists of hormones, organs and the orchestration of their interaction. Diet, nutrition, exercise, lifestyle, stress, emotions, and your reactions to your world all influence the main on/off switch of the endocrine system and the gonadotropin-releasing hormone. This major brain hormone affects the proper functioning of the hypothalamus, which then affects the pituitary gland, which in turn affects the ovaries, fallopian tubes and uterus.
Hormonal imbalances show up in your lab work and fertility diagnosis as elevated prolactin, elevated follicle stimulating hormone, low estrogen, low progesterone levels, poor ovarian response, uterine lining problems, autoimmune factors, poor egg quality, hypo- or hyper-thyroidism, etc.SYMPTOMS
Symptoms of hormonal imbalances include irregular and painful periods, breast or ovarian tenderness, mood swings, depression, weight gain or loss, allergies, low energy or a feeling of being revved up, skin conditions, and other.WESTERN MEDICAL TREATMENT
Western doctors will generally prescribe medications in an effort to remedy or counterbalance your hormonal imbalances. In cases of severe imbalance, they may refuse assisted reproductive treatment.DISCUSSION AND ROOT CAUSES
A CLOSER LOOK AT THE DIAGNOSES
When your world is out of balance, often that will be reflected in your internal hormonal response. One of the most stressful life developments you can experience is being told that you are infertile. If your hormones weren't out of balance when you began your fertility journey, they may have become that way as a result of the stress it has introduced into your life.
Like many of us, you may have been conditioned by your life circumstances to believe that if you want something badly enough, you will achieve it-your desire just must be strong enough and you must give enough effort. And while this may be the way of success in the material world, it is not the way of bringing life, a process which is at least part miracle, into being. A new life comes from the infinite, not through sheer effort. You may build a career, get a house or achieve a lifestyle by working harder, but the same approach is unlikely to produce a baby. Effort produces stress. Stress activates the release of adrenal hormones. When adrenal hormones are dominant, the reproductive hormones cannot work efficiently. Your body evolved to ensure that you will not become pregnant when you are under stress.
Animals in nature do not go into heat during times of stress. Nature prevents it as a survival mechanism in them, and in you too. You have all kinds of internal protective mechanisms that prevent pregnancy. And, they are even more activated in women who have been told they will have problems conceiving and those who think they are too old.EASTERN MEDICINE DIAGNOSES
While the hormonal imbalance diagnosis includes a wide array of conditions, Chinese medicine diagnoses commonly associated with hormonal imbalances are:
Because your endocrine system operates via negative feedback, taking synthetic or natural hormones does not fix hormonal imbalances-this is treating the symptom, not the root cause of the problem.
The Fertile Soul's approach is to treat the source so there will be no manifestation, no symptom, no disease and thus, no infertility. Most hormonal imbalances can be remedied naturally, without medicinal or pharmacological intervention, using dietary and lifestyle changes and supported by a custom herbal prescription. We teach you a range of therapies and mechanisms for harmonizing the elements of your life. Our goal is to help you achieve a state of hormonal balance, reproductive wellness and enhanced fertility naturally, so that you may have a healthy baby.CASE STUDIES
When a pregnancy is forced from an imbalanced body through hormone manipulation and assisted reproductive techniques (ART), the results are often less than the perfect picture we dream about. Unhealthy eggs from an imbalanced woman combined with unhealthy sperm from an imbalanced man have a greater likelihood of producing unhealthy pregnancies, miscarriages and birth defects.CLINICAL STUDIES
Key clinical studies include:
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