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Hormones & Your Mental Health

Feeling down or depressed & can't figure out why? Our hormones play a vital role in our overall mood and can heighten certain mental health problems. Oftentimes mental health issues stem from an imbalance in hormones. Instead of getting to the root cause of the problem, doctors & psychiatrists prescribe anti-depressants which can throw hormones for a loop. See the vicious cycle?

The connection

Hormones are powerful things. They regulate everything from digestion to reproduction and play a role in your mental health. In fact, hormones are responsible for the vast majority of mood swings in women. Oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone – are potent brain chemicals when levels are off it can contribute to mood swings, depression & anxiety. This can be heightened if you've previously struggled with mental health problems. Let's take a look at a few examples that show the direct link between the two!

Postpartum depression & hormones.

Postpartum depression is a serious mental health issue that affects an estimated 15 to 24% of new mothers. It is a major risk factor for postpartum psychosis, which can lead to suicide; postpartum anxiety, and other mental health issues, including anxiety disorders and eating disorders. Some studies suggest that women with low estrogen levels during pregnancy or after childbirth may be at higher risk of developing postpartum depression.

Birth control & hormones

Birth control pills and other hormonal methods, such as intrauterine devices and implants, can positively affect mood. A study in 2012 found that women taking birth control pills were less likely to be diagnosed with depression than those who were not using them. These results remained even after adjusting for factors like age, weight and smoking habits. Other studies have come up with similar findings about other hormonal birth control options including intrauterine devices (IUDs), implants that slowly release progestin into the body over several years,and shots of hormones under your skin every three months or so

Menopause & mental health

Perimenopause occurs when you're between your mid-40s and early 50s, while menopause is the time after your final period. Both of these can cause mental health challenges, including depression and anxiety. This is especially true if you have a history of mental health-related issues. As we age, our hormone levels naturally change. This shift in hormones affects how they feel physically, mentally and emotionally.

How BHRT can help!

The good news is that mental health challenges related to hormones can be treated and even prevented. One of the most effective treatments for hormone imbalances is bio-identical hormone optimization. The goal is to restore balance in your body and help you feel better again. In addition to treatment options for those who have already noticed a change in their mental health as a result of hormonal imbalances, there are also preventive measures you can take if you think you may be susceptible to these issues in the future. These include eating balanced meals and getting plenty of exercise each day.

Optimize your life and start feeling better today!

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