Information & tips for hormonal health and how to find balance. Blogs written by Naturopath & Owner of The Purist Collection, Emily Bathgate.
We've got hormones to help us grow, hormones to help us get nutrients and energy from the foods we eat, hormones to help us reproduce, hormones to impact our mood... the list goes on, but just know this: we've got lots of them, and they need to be there for our bodies to function healthily. Now, to take this one step further... Yes, our hormones need to be there. But they also need to be one other thing. The key to hormonal health = balance.
What happens when the Pill suddenly stops reducing sebum prodcution? The skin, working hard to keep sebum supplies up, has no idea what's hit it and keeps playing along. But instead of it embarrassingly crashing onto its bum, in this scenario that up-regulation suddenly turns into some serious over-production, and we've got more sebum now than ever before...
A lot of women are put onto the contraceptive (aka birth control) pill for their skin in the first place. And there's method to the madness. Sure, it might be a 'bandaid' fix, but the synthetic oestrogen + other hormones in the pill work to crack down on sebum production - part of the reason that acne develops in the first place...
Our menstrual cycles consist of three main phases: the Follicular Phase, which lasts between 7 and 21 days, Ovulation, which is a single day thang, and then the Luteal Phase, which lasts 10-16 days. Therefore, all up, a healthy cycle should last between 21 and 35 days, with 28 days being the ideal down-the-middle number.