Our Hormones, Our Life
Have you ever wondered what happened to that freaking HOT body that you had ten years ago? Well, I’m here to tell you that the hormones that you’ve had since birth have a lot to do with that. The three that are really important are: testosterone, estrogen and progesterone.
Testosterone is known for being the “male hormone”, and while it is a vital part of any man, it also has a significant role in a woman’s body. It signals our body to make new blood cells. These new cells help our muscles and bones to stay strong during puberty and into adulthood. It is produced in the testes in men, in the ovaries in women and the adrenal glands of both. Did you know, it is this wonderful testosterone during puberty that sparks growth spurts, hair growth and genital changes in our boys? Have you noticed your sons acting more aggressive during puberty and demonstrating sexual interests? Guess what, this lovely hormone doesn’t just affect boys. Testosterone regulates the secretion of the luteinizing hormone and the follicle-stimulating hormone in both sexes. I’ll touch on those in a few minutes. Do you know the sign’s of low T or low testosterone?
Low levels of Testosterone in children can cause problems in puberty, such as a failure to grow pubic hair, experience growth spurts, may have disproportionate growth in arms or legs, and we may also notice a decrease in their strength and endurance. As our boys turn into men, these lower levels can cause loss of body hair, wrinkling of the skin, increased body fat, poor sexual performance and mood disturbances.
High levels of Testosterone for men isn’t necessarily a bad thing. However; if that same man is taking anabolic steroids, this can lead to high levels of artificial testosterone. The body will respond by exhibiting a decreased sex drive, shrinking of the testes, infertility and breast growth in that man. Irritability is also a wonderful by product of using anabolic steroids.
If a woman has too much testosterone, it can trigger acne, body and facial hair, increased muscle bulk, a deeper voice, and balding. That all sounds funJ This increase can also indicate polycystic ovary syndrome, which can affect fertility.
Higher levels in boys and girls can force their bodies into early puberty. In boys, this can cause a false growth spurt and in girls, they may experience changes to their genitals at a much earlier age. Due to these higher levels, both sexes may experience infertility problems later in life.
Now that we have discussed testosterone, let’s talk about the luteinizing hormone that it regulates and how that affects us. I’m going to keep it short on this one. Luteinizing hormone is released in the anterior pituitary gland. For females, it causes the ovaries to release the egg for ovulation. This is a tricky hormone for women. If it’s too high or too low, it can have an effect on fertility. For males, it stimulates the production of testosterone from Leydig cell in the testes. In turn, the testosterone stimulates sperm production and helps with that sexy deep voice and that handsome facial hair. Next let’s discuss the follicle- stimulating hormone.
This hormone is also produced by the pituitary gland. In females, it helps control the lovely menstrual cycle and is at its highest just before she releases an egg. In men, it helps to control the production of sperm. If a couple is having a difficult time getting pregnant, this hormone will be measured in both people. A follicle-stimulating test may be done also to help determine menstrual problems and also if a child is going through early puberty. Puberty is early in girls younger than 9 and in boys younger than 10.
Okay, let’s hit estrogen for everyone. Primarily the “female” hormone but men also need it too in moderation. In women, it keeps our vaginas moisturized, elastic, supplied with blood and ready to goJ When a woman goes through perimenopause, things start to change for her. As the estrogen decreases in her body, she may experience vaginal dryness, hot flashes, and night sweats that are killing her sleep. This lack of sleep may affect her desire for sex. That’s just greatL Her skin and hair are also going through changes from the diminished estrogen. Too much estrogen in men can cause weight gain, breast tissue to form and a loss of energy. Our last hormone is one of my favorites.
Progesterone is a very important female hormone. It affects the menstrual cycle more than the sexual cycle. Lack of progesterone affects our sleep and also can cause periods to become irregular, heavier, and longer during perimenopause. Production of this hormone stops after our final period. I remember when I started with my own HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy). Progesterone was the best gift ever! I hadn’t slept well for awhile. My body thanked me so much!
So, this article was longer than I anticipated and there’s honestly still so many hormones to cover that affect us. Testosterone, Estrogen and Progesterone are just three that are so very important. Once we get past 40, we have to monitor these if we want our bodies to work effectively for us. I was working out daily and was a rag doll, until I started HRT. My system is functioning much better now. Please remember our children also have these flooding their systems. We must pay attention to the changes that are happening within our kids to make sure that their bodies are also hormonally happy.
Hope you guys found this article informative and not too full of boring details.