PMS–Understanding the Female Anatomy

| September 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Extremely important as a woman that you have at least a basic understanding of female anatomy and the cyclical production of hormones responsible for the menstrual cycle. Ignorance of these things makes women easy prey for MSU/FUBAR medicine. Surgical procedures and drug therapy are usually preventable interventions.

The first graphic shows the basic anatomy of the ovaries, vagina, uterus and Fallopian tubes. It also shows the path that an egg released from the right or left ovary takes down the Fallopian tubes to embed itself into the wall of the uterus.

In the second graphic, you see the maturation process of the egg from being initially encased in a follicle to its release (ovulation), and the creation of the corpus luteum from what was the follicle. The bottom half of the graphic shows the corresponding changes in the uterus with an increase in uterine tissue growth and an increase in size and number of blood vessels.

The third graphic shows the cyclic hormonal orchestration that controls the events of the menstrual cycle. Most important to understand the influence of these hormones. From the beginning, every woman should be taught to chart and journal their cycles.
Day 1 of the cycle is denoted as the first day of menstrual bleeding. This is the time that one egg from one or the other ovaries starts producing more estradiol, the body’s most potent estrogen. Estradiol stimulates cell multiplication and tissue growth in cells sensitive to estrogen (Cells more sensitive to a specific hormone have an increased amount of receptors for that particular hormone). The follicle, uterine tissue and uterine blood vessels grow under the influence of estradiol. This environment nourishes the egg that has embedded itself in the uterine wall. Breast tissue also has a high density of estrogen receptors. Increased breast fullness/tenderness may be experienced as estradiol levels increase during the menstrual cycle.

Two hormones produced by the pituitary gland in your brain play a role in the menstrual cycle. Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) and leutenizing hormone (LH) cause maturation of the follicle and ovulation. Ovulation happens around day 15 of the cycle. You can see in the graphic how the egg erupts from the follicle coincidentally with peaks in FSH and LH production.

The next hormone that comes into play is progesterone. What was once the follicle becomes the corpus luteum (The name means “white body”). The corpus luteum produces progesterone. As its name indicates, this hormone is pro or for gestation, meaning it facilitates the process of pregnancy (gestation).

While estradiol causes the uterus to build up tissue like so many bricks are used to make a brick wall, progesterone is analogous to the mortar that holds each layer of bricks together. The corpus luteum has a “shelf life” of around ten days before it atrophies. This removal of progesterone support causes the brick wall to collapse. If the egg is not fertilized by male sperm, this is experienced as menstrual bleeding where the excess blood vessels and uterine tissue are shed, taking us back to day one of another cycle. Understand that the body has invested a wealth of vitamins, minerals and essential fats in this uterine tissue. Each menstrual cycle is analogous to writing a big nutritional check. Check writing must always be followed by deposits. Menstruating women need to be cognizant of the possibility of deficits in magnesium, B vitamins, iron, and essential fats.

Two hormones critical to the orchestration of the menstrual cycle are not shown–thyroid hormone and cortisol from the adrenals. Deficiency in one or both of these hormones is a common cause of infertility and miscarriages.

Understanding this anatomy and hormonal orchestration is extremely important for women to make the right choices about addressing dysfunctional menstrual cycles and fertility. You should understand that pregnancy requires the release of the follicle encapsulated egg, successful passage through the Fallopian tubes, implantation into the uterus, progesterone support and fertilization by the male sperm. Dysfunction at any point could cause infertility.
It’s also important to understand the effects of these fluctuating hormones on other places in the body. Especially if there is hormonal imbalance. Normally, progesterone production should balance with estradiol. These hormones have opposing actions. Estradiol makes cells multiply. Progesterone puts the brake on cell multiplication. Estradiol has an augmenting/stimulating effect on the senses and can cause overstimulation if not cushioned by progesterone. The relationship is comparable to the accelerator and brake in a car.

If estradiol is not balanced by progesterone, we get symptoms of “estrogen dominance”. If the corpus luteum does not produce adequate progesterone, symptoms classed as premenstrual syndrome, PMS, can occur. Migraine headaches, mood swings, acne breakouts, menstrual cramps, seizures, food cravings, water retention, Candida overgrowth, worsening of autoimmune sumptuous, depression/manic depression, and breast tenderness are just a few of the many symptoms that can be due to estrogen dominance during what is called the “luteal phase” (Referring to the ten days the corpus luteum is functioning). PMS can be devastating emotionally and physically. However, it’s preventable and reversible. The book below goes into more depth about identifying and addressing PMS using nutrition and natural progesterone. There is also an article on my website titled P. O. W. E. R. Surges that outlines a PMS protocol.

Another common manifestation of estrogen dominance is when progesterone levels start to decline with age–peri menopause. Usually, in a woman’s late 40’s you start to have “anovulatory” cycles. These are menstrual cycles where no egg containing follicle is produced. No follicle means no corpus luteum. No corpus luteum means a progesterone deficit and estrogen dominance.

Without progesterone support, there is no “mortar” holding the “bricks” together. This can manifest as an increase in menstrual bleeding. This excessive menstrual bleeding is commonly addressed with unnecessary hysterectomies. The excess bleeding is easily stopped by implementing daily use of natural progesterone. Heavier bleeding may need a few days of high dose vitamin A therapy. Vitamin A also acts as “mortar” by improving the structural integrity of uterine tissue.

Estrogen dominance can also manifest as emotional mood swings. These are exacerbated if thyroid levels are also low. The Latin word for uterus is “hyster”, the base for words like “hysterical”. In the past, it was thought that excessive emotional behavior in women had the uterus at its source. Sooooo, a solution was to remove the “hyster” with a hysterectomy. (“Ectomy” meaning to cut out). Women were also put in mental institutions with the diagnosis of “nervous breakdown “. Today, women are drugged with antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, sleeping pills and more. Again, these manifestations of estrogen dominance are reversed simply by correcting hormonal imbalances. The book “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom” goes into much more detail and should be in every woman’s library.

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(MSU is a commonly used Robyism that typically stands for “make science up” or “make sh*t up”. “Critter” is commonly used to reference Candida yeast overgrowth and inflammation.)

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