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All About Women's Hormonal Health

Updated: Aug 26, 2018

It's not in your head. Everything you didn't know and need to know about your hormones.

What Is Hormonal Imbalance?

Have you ever gone to the doctor because something was “off” or you didn’t feel 100%? You felt tired all the time or your desire or motivation to do anything was shot. Maybe you even asked your doctor “could it be my hormones?” only to be told everything was normal? Fatigue, anxiety, depression, sleep issues, and more are all issues that affect women more than men and we aren’t getting the help we need to resolve them.

One of the most concerning disparities between women and men is depression. Did you know that women are twice as likely to experience depression than men and 3 times more likely to attempt suicide? There is actually something called the “gender paradox” in suicide that expresses the fact that women are more suicidal than men but more men die of suicide. Suicide attempts are 2-4 times greater in women according to the World Health Organization (WHO). However, men are twice as likely to die from suicide due to their more violent suicide acts.

According to the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), the only 3 treatments available for women with depression are prescription medication, talk therapy, or electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). NIMH do however, acknowledge that certain types of depression are unique to women—all related to hormones— and are currently undergoing research in this area. Unfortunately, there are no treatments available yet in the conventional medical model that address these hormonal causes.

The folks at Harvard Health have three main theories about the causes of the so-called “gender gap” as it relates to depression; genetics, hormones, and stress. What they have not connected yet is that stress causes the hormone imbalance so really it boils down to genetics and stress. From a biochemical standpoint, any woman who has any stress in her life can develop a hormone imbalance regardless of her genetics. The genetic component just makes the situation worse.

For the past 10 years as a physician I’ve been seeing women who come to me when they can’t get answers from their other doctors. There is something going on in women’s bodies that is at the root of most of the health issues we struggle with and is being completely ignored.

What are the symptoms of a hormone imbalance?

If you are living with any of the following, and it remains untreated:

  • depression

  • anxiety

  • sleep issues

  • unexplained weight gain

  • low libido

  • chronic headaches or body pain

Become an advocate for your health and do not take "it's just in your head" as an answer. I’ve perfected a system that uncovers the underlying cause of symptoms like those outlined above, and can even eliminate it naturally, without medication. So there are options available to you.

Dr. Iris Crawford

Naturopathic Doctor

"I believe women could make a bigger impact in the world if we were empowered with our health so I started the Empowered Women’s Health Project (EWHP). Click here to learn more."


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