conception journey
It’s an exciting time when you decide to try for a baby. Growing your family and bringing a new little person into the world is a magical journey and one that many couples look forward to. Unfortunately however, falling pregnant does not come easily to some. The rate of infertility is climbing rapidly and can be attributed to a multitude of factors from environmental toxins, chemicals and pesticides in our food and water to poor diets and unhealthy lifestyles. Hormonal conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome, endometriosis, absent periods and thyroid conditions can all contribute to an inability to conceive...
LH and FSH hormones
For women, luteinising hormone (LH) plays an important role within your menstrual cycle. Together it works with follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), which is another gonadotropin made in the pituitary gland.  During puberty the pituitary gland increases the production of luteinising hormone (LH), stimulating more oestrogen and progesterone production. For women, this hormonal pathway triggers sexual maturity and with that comes breast development, additional hair growth, pelvic widening, as well as an increase in height, fat storage and oil within the skin. For men, LH stimulates the production of testosterone and in turn, stimulates sperm production. This helps accentuate the more masculine characteristics like voice deepening or...
oestrogen dominance
The well-known and controversial steroid hormone is not just produced by females, but males as well. The aromatase enzyme produces oestradiol from testosterone (predominantly in the ovaries, however in men a large source comes from the brain!). It is responsible for breast tissue changes during adolescence and pregnancy, regulating menstruation, regulating body weight (assisting in metabolism), preventing bone loss and promoting healthy cardiovascular function. There are four types of oestrogen: Oestrone (E1, made after menopause), Ostradiol (E2), Oestriol (E3, mainly during pregnancy) and Oestetrol (E4). Some forms of oestrogen are pro-carcinogenic, or encourages the growth of certain cancers. This type...
sex hormone binding globulin
A protein made by your liver, the full hormone is called Sex Hormone Binding Globulin. It binds to oestrogen, testosterone and DHT (dihydrotestosterone) removing them from direct circulation, modulating the bioactivity of sex steroids by limiting their diffusion into target tissues throughout your body, found in both men and women. This role mainly controls the amount of testosterone your tissue can use and keeping your sex-hormone processed in check. Kind of like a train, dropping hormones off at specific tissue sites and into cells directly. Do oral contraceptives (OCP) affect SHBG? Yes indeed. Any OCP’s that contain oestrogen increases SHBG....
The mother hormone of all hormones. Officially called Dehydroepiandrosterone, it’s another steroid hormone and the majority is produced in our adrenal glands (and a little in the ovaries) and derived from cholesterol. To summarise its vital role, it assists with the conversion of testosterone to oestrogens and declines as we age into menopause. A bit more detail about this important hormone: It’s an antioxidant, preventing lipid-containing plaque from accumulating, making it cardioprotective.The most abundant hormone in the bodyLevels will drop in half between 20-40 years old, decreasing more rapidly after the age of 30Can increase wellbeing, mood and anxiety levels,...