If you take care of this endocrine gland, you're less likely to have major female hormone imbalances. These two little glands are the key and they're not your ovaries. We're talking about the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands sit on your kidneys and are the size of almonds. We need the adrenal glands to be functioning properly, so that the complex dance of reproductive hormones can perform on center stage.
Estrogen, progesterone, FSH and LH have a very complex dance that forms the basis of a healthy menstrual cycle. This complex dance basically takes place on a dance floor, where the floor is laid by the adrenal glands. When the dance floor is unstable, the dancers can't perform. Let's take a look at what we need estrogen and progesterone to do in order for a health egg to be ovulated.
Here's an excerpt from my first course in my brand new In a Nutshell Series, where we focus on the 3 main hormone imbalances that account for 90% of fertility challenges in women. The course is called, The Hormone Triad. Here's we're looking at the interaction of estrogen and progesterone on a salivary hormone panel.
So, in this video we were looking at a salivary hormone test for reproductive hormones. I consider this test to be the gold standard in evaluating female hormone imbalances. This test give us a look at estrogen, progesterone, FSH, LH, DHEA and testosterone. We get test 11 times throughout a menstrual cycle, so that we can see the interaction of hormones throughout the cycle. The DHEA values in this test give us an idea of how the adrenal glands are doing.
I have a very special bonus in my upcoming course, The Hormone Triad. One of our participants has done a full salivary panel and we'll be going over her results in class. You'll learn all about the testing and how we address adrenal insufficiency and the other 2 major hormone imbalances of The Hormone Triad.
When it comes to female hormone imbalances, there is a lot of overlap in the symptoms. Fatigue is a very common symptom that many women experience and it can be due to adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, etc. We are complicated creature with our dance of hormones.
Testing DHEA with a salivary panel is one way to determine if your adrenal glands are tired. That's why I like to see a 7 or above on my female hormone panels. We generally don't see fatigue as a symptom when the DHEA is 7 or above.
The test that is the gold standard for evaluating adrenal function is the (ASI) Adrenal Stress Index. This is a salivary panel that looks at cortisol at 4 different times during the day. Ideally, cortisol would be highest first thing in the morning and then lower and lower throughout the day.
If DHEA is 6 or lower on a Female Hormone Panel and the cortisol pattern is off on the ASI, there is a good chance that weak adrenal are contributing to your fertility struggles. The first step is testing and then properly addressing the deficiencies or imbalances. Creating a strong adrenal foundation is paramount to the fertility hormones interacting appropriately.
If you found this article on the foundation of female hormone imbalances interesting and you want to delve into your hormones in depth, I strongly recommend that you join my upcoming course, The Hormone Triad. Many women, like Katrina and Jenn have written to me and told me that they finally understood their hormones and their cycles after taking my course.
If you want to understand your hormones in a nutshell, please join me in my upcoming course, The Hormone Triad. We will get to the bottom of what's going on with your hormones. The course starts February 1, 2015, so be sure to sign up today.