Women's Hormone Replacement

PMS or premenstrual syndrome include symptoms such as depression, tension, headache breast tenderness, water retention, bloating low energy and irritability. Vitamin B6 and magnesium and zinc may useful to reduce breast tenderness and swelling as they play a role in making prostaglandins. Gamma-linolenic acid, an essential fatty acid found in evening primrose oil and borage oils can also help reduce PMS symptoms. Some women with more pronounced symptoms cannot be corrected by diet and supplements alone. This imbalance is caused by estrogen dominance and relative lack of progesterone.

Estradiol is the most potent estrogen. There is a fine balance between the female hormones estrogen and progesterone, maintaining a complementary and antagonistic effect to keep the body in homeostasis.

Estrogen is a feminizing hormone. They shape the female body; enlarge breast and pelvis and increases blood supply to the skin

Progesterone prepares the uterus for implantation of a fertilized egg cell. It plays an essential role of pregnancy.

Daily secretion in young healthy women is about 60-200ug and progesterone secretion 1-2mg day in the first half of menstrual cycle and 20-40 milligram in the second half.


Fertility Nutrition

One in every four couples suffers from some degree of infertility. The chances of conceiving decreases by 2% for every year the man is over twenty-four regardless of how young the partner is. However, research has shown that if both partners are in good health and receiving optimum levels of right nutrients, the effect of age affecting the chances of conceiving and having a successful pregnancy can be reduced.
Optimum nutrition starts early; it takes 3 months for sperm to mature while the ovum takes a month. The male partner is responsible for a third of infertility cases. For men taking vitamin C, B6, zinc and essential fatty acids may increase sperm count. For women, slight deficiencies in vitaminB1, B2, B6 folic acid, zinc, calcium and magnesium have been linked to birth abnormalities.

Smoking , caffeine and alcohol should be avoided at all times while planning for pregnancy.