Your Adrenals are Stealing Your Female Hormones
Stress and the adrenal glands play a huge role in hormone balance. After all, the adrenal glands are responsible for producing estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone during perimenopause and menopause. Chronic or sustained high levels of stress is often the only source of the hormone imbalance women feel. Once your body gets into a stress cycle, it will begin using the progesterone and testosterone in your system and transforming them into cortisol, the stress hormone. When this happens, your stress system is literally stealing from your sex hormone system, throwing off the balance and creating even more symptoms, making you even more stressed. (Oh God, even thinking about it is stressing me out!)
But worsening stress is only the beginning. Sustained levels of stress create hormone imbalances that, in turn, trigger fat storage, weight gain, and many other unwanted symptoms, like PMS, acne, painful breasts, irritable bowels, migraines, exhaustion, loss of sex drive, cellulite, irregular periods, premature wrinkles, and burnout. Yikes! Your hormones dictate virtually every part of your life—from your state of mind to your behavior, body shape, eating habits, sleep, and your reaction to stress. When you are facing ongoing high stress, your adrenals need support to keep the most vital functions going, and they will gladly steal from your female hormones to get it.
Your body is fully aware of the fact that the fight-or-flight hormones are needed to help you manage your daily dose of stress, and its priority is the adrenal glands (not the ovarian hormones). You cannot live without cortisol, but you can survive with a female hormone imbalance. (You’ll just feel like crap.) The goal for treating this is to balance your hormones. Your stress glands will then be more supported and will stop stealing resources from your ovaries so you will have little to no symptoms of hormone decline.