Menstrual Cramps: The Role of Endocrine Disruptors
Many women who experience painful periods each month assume that this is a normal part of the process, but nothing could be further from the truth. Often, they have tried over-the-counter medication or even prescription drugs that don't relieve their pain.
The truth is a normal period should not make you spend a week in bed each month or cause you to take medication that knocks you out just so you can bear the pain. But what does a normal period look like?
A few days before your period starts, progesterone and estrogen levels drop off dramatically. This is a signal to your body that you didn't get pregnant this month, and it can lose the stored blood supply and start over in a few days.
This process should not cause gut wrenching cramps and wild mood swings, but there are many things that interfere with the process and a primary culprit is endocrine disruptors.
Hormones are chemical messengers that tell our bodies to do things like grow hair, make sperm, release an egg, etc. Endocrine disruptors literally disrupt this process.
I'm sure you've heard about the plastic water bottle controversy. Part of the problem is that many clear plastic containers contain the chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) which can leach into food.
BPA mimics estrogen and studies have shown that women exposed to high levels of BPA have a greater risk of developing uterine fibroids and breast cancer.
Now that's just one example. The average person is exposed to many sources of endocrine disruptors regularly.
– Hormones are added to the feed for poultry, beef, and fish to make them bigger and/or produce more milk.
– Pharmaceuticals dumped down the toilet are in the water supply.
– Crops dusted with fertilizer containing endocrine disruptors
– Skin care products are notoriously rampant with hormone mimicking chemicals
Those are just a few examples, but you get the idea. Imagine all these hormonal challenges along with a diet that's too high in sugar and starches combined with a sedentary lifestyle. You've got the recipe for a monthly ride on the pain train.
The thing is if you approach your doctor with your complaints, he or she is likely to write you a prescription for pain medication. If that doesn't work, a stronger prescription or maybe even birth control pills. Really? More hormones?!
There are many health resources on the Internet – more than any other time. The problem is they often contradict each other. Today fish oil is good, tomorrow krill is better. One book recommends vegan, another suggests the omnivore's diet.
I don't take advice from just anyone, but I do listen to experts who speak from experience and have a proven record of success. If you're looking for a holistic way to end PMS and menstrual cramps, you'll want to take a look at the Women's Health Academy. As an example of the information available, listen to Nancy Desjardin who is a Registered Nutritional Consulting Practitioner give you 7 ways to control your cravings.