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Ever wonder why your cycle and hormones are important? Do you find yourself wishing you could skip cycles or not mad when they don’t come every month? Read on to learn WHY we have hormones and why they’re so important.

This guest post is written by Julie Grafmeyer, CNP. She is my functional CNP from CAPS Wellness Center. I couldn’t recommend her more! She helped me with my blood labs, anti-inflammatory diet, PCOS supplements and ultimately helped us conceive on the first try.

Read on to hear what Julie has to say about embracing our hormones!!

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Just today, I met a woman who enjoys not having periods. And sure, I understand the convenience of bleeding once every few months or less, but each time I have this discussion, I flood my patients with information in hopes that they see what they are missing.

There are multiple reasons a woman may not be having regular periods: Some women know that they have PCOS, some women are hearing about PCOS for the first time, some have lost their cycle due to lifestyle choices such as over-exercise or under-eating, and some women are on hormonal birth control and using those methods intentionally to avoid bleeding.

Hormone Basics

It’s important to focus on a basic understanding of hormones and their roles in our bodies. The more we know and truly understand, the more we will embrace our periods and value all the changes that happen during our monthly cycles, and yes, that includes an average of 5-7 days of bleeding.

There are 3 female sex hormones: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

Each of these hormones plays a special role in keeping our bodies and minds healthy and vibrant. Here are just a few examples… this is by no means a comprehensive list.

the importance of regular cycles

Benefits of Estrogen

  • Supports energy
  • Improves mood
  • Optimizes skin moisture and texture
  • Improves sexual desire
  • Protects against major chronic illnesses such as osteoporosis, dementia, heart disease, and stroke

benefits of estrogen

Benefits of Progesterone

  • Improves and calms mood
  • Promotes restful sleep
  • Minimizes PMS and heavy menses
  • Helps protect against breast and uterine cancer
  • Promotes implantation of a fertilized egg and maintains pregnancy

benefits of progesterone

Benefits of Testosterone

  • Supports energy
  • Improves mood
  • Optimizes strength and endurance
  • Improves sexual function
  • Supports fat burning
  • Maintains muscle mass, therefore supporting metabolism
  • Optimizes skin thickness and texture

benefits of testosterone

What happens if you aren’t having regular cycles?

So, when you have PCOS and you are not having regular monthly cycles, you are missing out on many of the above benefits. You may also have symptoms of hormone imbalance such as acne, hair growth on the face or body, hair loss on the head, weight gain, fatigue, infertility, and mood issues.

If you are not having periods for any other reason, you are still missing out on all of those powerful benefits. When women ask me, “Why should I have a period?” I can’t stop listing the reasons why!

Your monthly period is a sign, telling you that your hormones are balanced. That you are getting the benefits. That your body is protected. That your mind is supported. And with this balance, should come acceptable and manageable monthly bleeding.

Embrace your hormones!!

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