A series on female health, by Dr. Chantell Groenewald (M. Tech Hom UJ)
Welcome to this series on female hormonal health, where we will focus on female hormones, and the health issues associated with dysregulation of these hormones.
This week let us start by focusing on the female hormonal system.
Female Hormonal Health
What are hormones?
Hormones are chemical messengers secreted by a special group of specialized cells called endocrine glands. Hormones function to initiate, coordinate or to control:
To illustrate the previous statement, let us look at the role of oestrogen, in the absorption of calcium from the digestive tract and the maintenance of calcium within the skeleton. Post-menopausal women suffer from a natural case of decreased oestrogen. This leads to a decrease in the amount of calcium absorbed in our bones. Osteopenia is the result of decreased calcium in our bones which causes brittle bones and if left unchecked, will eventually lead to osteoporosis. This is only one example of the effects of the above-mentioned hormones in the daily functioning of our bodily systems.
What causes a dysregulation in female hormones?
There are several factors that play a role, these include:
What are some of the signs and symptoms of female hormonal dysregulation?
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