Infertility Part Four – the web of hormones

Hormones are chemicals that serve as messengers between cells. They enable the stomach to tell the brain that you have had enough to eat, the thyroid tell all cells to increase their metabolism, and the brain to tell the ovaries that it’s time to release an egg. This truly is a web, as none of these hormones exists independently from another. When there is trouble with one hormone, we know that there must be trouble with another. That’s why women with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) may be put on Metformin, which lowers blood glucose. By treating the glucose imbalance, we also see that testosterone comes back into balance, which is so important for these women suffering from facial hair and acne. Metformin is just a band-aid, of course, and does not treat the cause. This is just an example.

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