Female fertility is controlled by reproductive hormones. An imbalance in these may cause an inability to ovulate (release an egg) called anovulation. Anovulation may lead to symptoms of a hormonal imbalance, or possibly a woman may not ovulate due to a hormonal imbalance. This cyclic balance between hormones is needed for fertility in women.
After menopause, imbalance is normal due to the aging process. For some younger women, even in their thirties or younger, symptoms of early onset of these hormonal imbalances and the associated disorders has become more and more of a problem.
What factors may present in young female patients?
Hormonal imbalance may be dependent on some continuing factors in a woman’s life, such as:
Nutrition or lack of it,
Basic diet imbalance,
Environmental reasons, including pollution,
Contraceptive and birth control medication,
Exercise or lack of it,
Above average consumption of non-organic foods,
Animal products that have disproportionate amounts of estrogen,
Anovulation may lead to the significant problem of disturbing hormones. When a woman is not ovulating it means she may be producing too little of one hormone, and/or too much of another. The production of progesterone from the ovaries does not take place during an anovulatory cycle. The direct cyclic result is that the normal value or level of progesterone starts to decline. Also, the estrogen level starts to rise.
Note: The amount of these hormones produced in a woman’s body can fluctuate from one month to the next even in healthy women, but is that there is an incorrect relationship between progesterone and estrogen levels which may lead to infertility.
Some surgical procedures may affect one’s ability to ovulate for a short period of time. For example, after a tubal reversal some women may undergo a temporary phase of hormonal imbalance between progesterone and estrogen levels. This will resolve as the body recovers from the tubal reversal.