Melatonin is a hormone most people associate with sleep, but it also has powerful effects on the immune system which can then have a flow on action to hormonal conditions involving the immune system, such as endometriosis. Receptors, which are like docking sites for hormones, have been found for melatonin, on the endometrium, and also […]Is AMH a good marker of fertility?
AMH is the acronym used for Anti-Müllerian hormone, a hormone secreted by cells in the ovarian follicles. Testing the level of AMH is currently used by some specialists as a marker to assess a woman’s ovarian reserve & subsequently suggest how fertile she is, however, there are aspects to this test that are considered reductionist […]How hormones make you motivated
Ever wonder why you’re super focused & motivated at certain points during the month, but then totally lacking in drive & clarity and other points? There are many reasons (e.g. stress, lack of sleep, inadequate nutrition) however, if you’re female, your hormones could also be a contributor. In menstruating women, levels of steroid hormones such […]Massage to improve your mood
Regular massage therapy may decrease cortisol, the hormone we release to help us adapt to stressful situations. Massage has also been shown to increase both serotonin and dopamine. These are your feel good hormones. Cortisol is a hormone that you releases in response to your perception of stress. It is very necessary to alert us […]How can I increase my progesterone naturally?
Increasing progesterone can be done in many ways. From a naturopathic perspective, ensuring the building blocks for making progesterone are fun in the diet is important, however examining social bonds is by far the most interesting way of increasing progesterone I’ve come across. To understand this concept we first need to learn about oxytocin. Oxytocin […]Light therapy for premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
There is something truly magnificent about feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin, hence it comes to no surprise that exposure to light has been shown to be incredibly important for improving mood and general well-being. Light exposure has been extensively studied in relation to reducing depressive symptoms, particularly related to seasonal affective […]