Hormonal changes are natural, but what are the top ways to support transition?
To live in a woman’s body is to be intimate with change. From the constant flux of the monthly menstrual cycle to the profound transformations that occur during pregnancy and menopause, change is one of the defining features of their biological experience. It’s also what makes women’s health so marvelously complex.
Meet Your Endocrine System
All the changes a woman’s body goes through are managed by a complex system of hormones produced by the endocrine system. These hormones help regulate the reproductive cycle, metabolism, mood, energy, sleeping and eating patterns, and more.
As the reproductive hormones shift with the monthly cycle, or with age, or due to stress, they can influence other hormones and create ripple effects on our physical and mental wellbeing.
Natural Factors’ WomenSense® line of supplements is designed to help women reach their full health potential by supporting a woman’s healthy hormonal balance.* You’ve probably experienced at least one of these.
As the reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone rise and fall during the menstrual cycle, they often affect the way we feel, both physically and mentally. It’s extremely common for women to experience occasional discomfort before their periods. Bloating or swelling, breast tenderness, gastrointestinal distress, tiredness, food cravings, and headaches are all common symptoms. Since estrogen influences mood-regulating hormones like serotonin, many women also experience emotional PMS symptoms, such as mood swings, irritability, anxiety, or low moods.*
Help may be found in cruciferous vegetables. When veggies like broccoli, kale, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts are digested, they produce compounds thought to help balance estrogen levels in the body. WomenSense® EstroSense® supplement makes use of these natural compounds to help promote hormonal balance and healthy estrogen metabolism during PMS.*
Your adrenal glands manage the release of cortisol. This stress hormone is best known for activating your body’s “fight-or-flight” response. After a period of stress, many people experience occasional tiredness, sleep issues, weakness, moodiness, and brain fog. One proposed explanation is that the adrenals can burn out from too much stress, causing cortisol levels to drop.
Adaptogens are herbs that help regulate the body’s stress response and restore balance during a period of stress.* WomenSense® AdrenaSense® supplement includes time-tested adaptogens such as ashwagandha, rhodiola, eleuthero, and schisandra to help support adrenal health, restore your foundational energy, and iron out those wrinkles in your mood and sleep patterns.*
Your thyroid produces hormones that regulate your metabolism, influencing how your body uses food for energy, growth, and repair. When your thyroid is functioning at its best, you experience energy, a healthy mood, clear mind, and healthy body weight.*
Thyroid issues are much more common in women than in men, and they often appear after a major hormonal shift, such as pregnancy or menopause. This suggests that the complex interplay of women’s reproductive and stress hormones affects thyroid health.*
WomenSense® ThyroSense® supplement includes nutrients like iodine, selenium, and vitamin B5, plus herbs like ashwagandha and guggul, to help nourish and support the thyroid, support thyroid hormone production, and promote hormonal balance.*
As the menstrual cycle winds down, the reproductive hormones begin to fluctuate and decline. It’s common to experience symptoms of physical and mental discomfort, such as occasional hot flashes, night sweats, sleep issues, vaginal dryness, weight changes, low libido, moodiness, and brain fog as the body adjusts to these hormonal changes.
Menopause is a natural process, but we can manage the symptoms for a smoother ride. WomenSense® MenoSense® supplement includes time-tested herbs such as dong quai, black cohosh, and chasteberry to help reduce discomfort from common symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats.*
By Your Side
For women, change is a constant. Natural Factors is right there by your side to help you move through all the changes of your life with ease and grace.
1. Reviewed by Niven, Todd. Estrogen and Women’s Emotions. WebMD, July 2019. https://www.webmd.com/women/guide/estrogen-and-womens-emotions
2. McGrane K, Kubala J. What Are DIM Supplements? Benefits and More. Healthline. 2020 Jul 22. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/dim-supplement
3. Frothingham S, Rogers G. Adrenal Fatigue Treatment. Healthline. 2018 Aug 22. https://www.healthline.com/health/adrenal-fatigue-treatment
4. Reviewed by Skaluris Monica C and Brendan C. Stack, Jr. Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services. Last updated 2019 Apr 1. https://www.womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/thyroid-disease