What you need to know right now about your health, losing weight, hormones + fertility
Feeling frisky? Or has your sex drive flatlined?
Valentine’s Day is the one day of the year when you really feel obliged to be frisky – and feel super-guilty if you don’t. For women, finding that ‘loving feeling’ is complicated, and there are so many reasons why you just don’t feel like getting jiggy with it at all. Here's what to eat to help.
Having a low sex drive can be the result of side effects of medication, most notably anti-depressants, blood pressure drugs and, ironically, the pill. It’s also linked to chronic medical conditions like cardiovascular disease or diabetes, and relationship problems can play a huge role, and so too can stress.
But right at the top of the list for many women is hormone imbalance. When your hormones are out of whack, your libido takes a nose-dive. Fact.
When your menstrual cycle is fully functioning, the cyclical changes in oestrogen levels mean you have a few revved-up days...
There are many different reasons you get hungry, some of them habit, some hedonistic and others hormonal. There's something you can do about all of these but right now, let's get into the business of hormonal hunger.
If I said to you ‘hormones’, you'll probably think first of your lady hormones - oestrogen and progesterone – but your body produces a whole host of other hormones which play a role in health and how you function every day. The one I'm focussing on today is ghrelin - the ‘growth hormone-releasing peptide’ that controls hunger, food intake and combined with growth hormone, fat storage. Keep a handle on that and you have solved a bit part of the hunger problem.
It's not an official statistic, but I'd say that, after years of working with women who want to lose weight, the hormonal drive for food accounts for 75% of feelings of hunger.
Ready? Ok, hold on tight because here it comes...
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What do celebrities Daisy Ridley, Victoria Beckham, Jools Oliver and Emma Thompson have in common? They have all publicly shared their struggle with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
PCOS is a common hormone disorder that affects one in five women in the UK. It can be devastating to a woman’s self-esteem and quality of life. As if this weren’t bad enough, many cases are missed because the pill is often prescribed to young women for painful and/or irregular periods and this can mask symptoms. It is often only when you are unable to get pregnant or experience miscarriages that explorations uncover the condition.
Does this sound like you?
For many women, the monthly cycle is a minor inconvenience to an otherwise amazing life. For others, their period – and the run-up to it – can feel like a living hell. They put up with long, very heavy and incredibly painful periods. If this speaks to you, your symptoms could be linked to a number of conditions (which is why you need to talk to your GP about any concerns about your cycle), and one of them is endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a long-term chronic condition that occurs when cells that are normally only found inside the uterus embed and grow outside the uterus, often on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, covering the top of the vagina or else on intestines. Doctors have even discovered endometrial cells in the eyes and brain!
Here’s where the problem is: those cells are hormonally active, just like those that line your uterus, when womb cells shed every month (your period), the other cells do, too. The blood can’t flow out of the body, and...
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