Many women suffer in silence from hormonal imbalances, heavy, painful periods, stress and fatigue, pre-period mood swings, skin problems, and fatigue, often related to their menstrual cycles.
Many women intuitively feel all these symptoms are connected – and the evidence now tells us they are. It has to do with how our brains talk to our ovaries and body hormones.
Heavy, Painful, Irregular Periods Start in The Brain
The hypothalamus is the body’s master hormone control center. It is extremely sensitive to stress, stress hormones, changes in sleep, negative emotions, chemical residues in our food (e.g. xenoestrogens from plastics), and medications.
The hypothalamus sends messages to your ovaries, influencing female hormones as well as testosterone. The brain also talks to our thyroid and adrenal glands to instruct them on how much thyroid and stress hormone we need, which then feedback to impact our overall hormone balance and impact the women’s health symptoms outlined above.
All of these hormonal systems are connected on a brain level. For example, we now know that women who suffer from painful, heavy, irregular periods have differences in specific brain areas such as the prefrontal and left ventral posterior thalamus.