YOUR OWN HEALTH MANAGER
Not Crazy, It's Your Hormones!
The Hormone Diva's Workbook"
by Larrian Gillespie, copyright June 2003
Chapter 1 (Continued)
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Let's follow what happens during a normal menstrual cycle. Day 1 is
the first day you bleed. As you can see, your body temperature is around
36.2 degrees centigrade, or about 98.6. Your progesterone level has
bottomed out because pregnancy did not occur. Estradiol,(E2) the active
form of estrogen, is also low at this time. The uterine lining is beginning
to shed, but really doesn't reach its lowest level until days 5-7. This
is known as the pre-follicular stage, as the ovary has yet to choose
the next egg up to bat. Around Day 10 the selected egg goes into training.
Estradiol levels start to rise and a big cheer goes up when leutenizing
hormone(LH) along with follicle stimulating hormone, (FSH) spike the
egg into ovulation. This ends the follicular phase. The luteal phase
begins with a rise in your body temp in response to Progesterone,(P)
the designated hitter, taking over and running the bases, along with
estradiol, for a double play. The uterine lining builds up, ready for
implantation. If fertilization has not occurred, both hormones get tagged
out and the uterine lining begins to shed.
a look at the hormones produced by the ovaries. Notice that estrogen should
be no lower than 200 pg/ml between days 13 and 15. Progesterone should
always be low in the first half of your cycle, because it's the ovulated
egg that stimulates progesterone production. If you don't ovulate, your
progesterone levels will be low in the second half, as will your basal
temperature reading. How do you know if you've ovulated? Here's a great
little secret "old time" docs used to determine ovulation before
blood tests were available.
So what happens when your cycle isn't a classic 28 days? The answer
lies in the follicular phase. In perimenopause, the LH surge moves up
a few days, shortening your cycle by 2-3 days. If the LH
surge is delayed or there is not sufficient estradiol and FSH to spike
ovulation, your cycle may lengthen to 32 days or even longer. The luteal
phase remains constant at 14 days regardless of the behavior of the
ovulation (Days 11-14) estrogen increases the amount of potassium chloride
and sialic acid (neuraminic acid) in your saliva. Crystals form a unique
"fern" pattern when your saliva is dried on glass, making
it simple to determine if you have actually ovulated.2,3,4 This test
is 90% accurate even in non-medical hands. In Chapter Eight I will tell
you how to obtain a sialic acid tester as part of your Hormone Diva
your symptoms as they relate to your menstrual cycle is important. Hormone
divas simply have too much on their minds to trust their memories. So
I've made a simple chart that will keep your important observations
accurate. I've placed a master copy of this chart in Appendix 1 so you'll
always have a clean one for each month. Since no two hormone divas have
the identical complaints, I've left space for you to put in any symptoms
unique to your cycle. Remember Day 1 is the first day you bleed. Rank
your symptoms each day using 1 for no symptoms, 2 for mild, 3 for moderately
severe and 4 for "feels like hell." You'll see the pattern
in no time this way.
you have a firm grasp of "what's normal" I'm going to show
you how the other team players can throw a hormonal foul ball your way.
Their lineup is composed of thyroid, adrenal and ovarian disorders than
can knock your fast pitch out of the ballpark. In order to help you
figure out their strategy, I'm going to start with a relevant quiz in
each section, so sharpen your pencils.
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step by step through a complete hormonal workup.With a hefty dollop
of knowledge, a pinch of guidance and a twist of determination, every
woman can learn the secrets to balancing her hormones.