Why does your body react so strongly to a lack or a dip in certain hormones? Children don’t seem to need them to be happy and function properly, or do they? Do we get addicted to our hormones and our bodies experience withdrawal symptoms?
As children we do have hormones, just very little and without fluctuation. The cyclic nature of female hormones creates the physical changes our bodies need to reproduce and then the withdrawal of the hormones causes the shedding of our uterine lining resulting in our period. Yes, our cells “get addicted” to our hormones. Our sex steroids stimulate growth, which our cells need to survive. So our cells “ask” for more hormones. Our hypothalamus keeps the fluctuations in check with a negative feedback system that acts like a seesaw. If the hormonal fluctuations are severe, you experience withdrawal symptoms like migraines.
For instance when you’re under stress, your progesterone gets used up by the adrenals to make the stress hormone cortisol. That creates a deficit of progesterone resulting in estrogen dominance. If stress reaction is chronic, estrogen dominance becomes the steady state, just like an addict who needs more and more drug to get high. Now your cells have more estrogen receptors than they really need so when you experience the slightest cyclic fluctuation, your cells react like an addict who can’t get enough drug. It’s not the sex hormones. It’s stress that’s the issue. Or rather our habitual stress response.
This is where the mindset trainings in the Hormone Healing Circle to help us learn to Choose Love over Fear, which can help temper our hormones so we don’t roller coaster so drastically.