Female Hormone Imbalances
The following hormones play an important role in the cycle of a woman,
- Follicle Stimulation hormone (FSH)
- Luteinizing hormone (LH)
In order for a woman to fall pregnant, it is important that the female hormones are in balance. If one of the female hormones are imbalanced, the function or production of other hormones may be compromised.
It is also important to note that other hormones, for example insulin that is a metabolic hormone, may also influence the production of female hormones.
The production of female hormones works in a cycle and if any of the hormones is not produced or not regulated in sequence, the cycle is broken or disappears.
The production of estradiol in the ovaries is critical for the regulation and release of:
- Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) – remember FSH is responsible for the recruitment and development of follicles (bag in which eggs develop) and the oocytes (eggs).
- Luteinizing hormone (LH) that is responsible for the release of a dominant egg during ovulation.
Without the regulation of estrogen, the brain will increase FSH and LH levels. An increase in the FSH levels will result in a number of follicles to develop but no egg may be released because the LH levels is higher than normal but does not peak to cause ovulation.
Woman is born with a fixed number of follicles (± 400 thousand). Several follicles will grow per month but normally only one dominant follicle will release its egg (ovulation).
After ovulation, the follicle that releases the egg will become a corpus luteum that produces progesterone to prepare the uterus for implantation (thickening of the endometrium) of the embryo. If ovulation does not take place, progesterone levels may not increase and there may be no menstruation phase because the endometrium did not develop.
The quality of all the follicles is not the same and several factors may have an influence on the normal development of the follicle and egg. Normally the best quality follicles will be used during the early reproductive stage and as the women gets older (above 35) , the number of follicles, and the quality of the follicles will decrease until none follicles are left (menopause).
Due to the imbalance of female hormones woman may struggle with an increase in the production of male hormaones which may result in acne, hursitism (unnatural hair development on females body) and/or Alopesia (loss of female body hair). The Ferriman-Gallwey hursitism score may be used to establish the excess of male hormones in female.
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