YOUR PERIOD, hormones & mental health! | Kati Morton

– Hey everybody. Today we’re gonna talk about some exciting things such as your period, hormones
and your mental health. So like I said today we’re gonna talk about hormones and periods
and your mental health and before I even get
into the hormone talk, I want to explain and define what menstrual cycle is. When I say menstrual cycle and I’m reading my notes, it is the process of
ovulation and menstruation. The monthly cycle of hormones and shedding of the uterine lining. It is essentially when we have to wear pads and tampons
because we’re bleeding. So lets get into those
five important hormones that are involved in our
whole menstrual cycle. And I wanted to start off by talking about estrogen. And mainly because we
hear about that the most. And estrogen is otherwise known as the growing hormone. And I’m gonna read a little from my notes to make sure I don’t forget anything. But it’s a female sex hormone, as I’m sure you’ve heard that helps grow and mature our uterine lining. Which is the essentially
where if we decide to have a baby where the egg lodges and has enough lining to keep it safe while it grows and turns
into another human. And I found this is really interesting. Estrogen is produced
not only in the ovaries which I’d already known but also in the adrenal glands and fat tissue. Just to give you an idea of what parts of your body are producing estrogen. The second most important hormone that is involved in our menstrual
cycle is progesterone. Now progesterone just like estrogen is another female sex hormone. And it kind of helps balance out estrogen So estrogen comes into
play at the beginning, like the first half of our cycle and it helps build up our uterine lining. Progesterone’s role is to kind of balance off the effects of estrogen. And I wanna read this because I want to make sure that it makes sense to you. The role of progesterone is to control the build up
of the uterine lining. But if we aren’t pregnant right, so it’s in there and it will keep the build up goin strong if we’re pregnant but if we’re not progesterone levels will increase and go up and up and up and our lining will shed. The third important hormone involved in our menstrual cycle is the follicle stimulating hormone or F-S-H. And I didn’t know anything about this, so this was news to me. But it’s released from our pituitary glad and it stimulates the
ovarian follicles so that the egg matures and can
be ready to be released. So this has to happen like way back. This is happening at the beginning of our cycle right. So we have these they’re
stimulating our ovaries. And like hey you should
probably get ready, make sure that egg’s mature enough to go down your fallopian tubes. And then once it is they send it out. And that leads me into our fourth important hormone and that is called the
luteinizing hormone or L-H. And this is the hormone that once that egg’s matured it’s like we’re ready to go and it sends it down the fallopian tube. It’s actually the hormone that causes the release of the egg. And the fifth and final important hormone involved in our menstrual cycle is testosterone. I didn’t actually know it played a role in our menstrual cycle but hear me out, it’s actually important because it happens right before our period
and during ovulation. And what it does is it
increases our energy and our sex drive. And you can think about it, ovulation oh I’m fertile. It’s the time I can get pregnant. So if you’re out there and you’re trying to get pregnant know
that your testosterone’s what makes you think like ooh maybe I can have sex because really what your body’s saying hey we can have a baby
now maybe you should try to create a baby because that’s the role of our body. And testosterone also helps keep our bone density up and our muscle mass. So that if we do get
pregnant our bodies can hold the baby, keep the baby safe and go through all the
things that pregnancy and birth makes us go through. There are so many hormones involved in just our menstrual cycle, so you can imagine how
much that can affect our mood and how we feel. We know if we have really
low progesterone levels that can cause symptoms
of P-M-S and P-M-D-D or if we have any intense fluctuation of the other four hormones it can create those symptoms in us. And we already know
that menopause is caused by low levels of estrogen. So with all these things swirling around and changing week to
week it can really make us sometimes feel crazy. And something that I have my clients do that I think is really important is tracking your mood. And that is why I’ve decided to partner with Clue. Now Clue is a period tracking app that you can find and download
in your app store. It is available in iOS and Android phones. And what I love most about Clue is not only that you can track. So here’s my app. And I can enter today’s data. Now obviously I can say
if I’m on my period, I can say whether my flow
is light medium heavy then I can talk about if I’m having cramps or if I’m having a lot of pain. But the coolest thing is mood tracking. And it tells me whether I’m– I can tell the app whether I’m happy sensitive sad or if I’m having extreme P-M-S symptoms. And the more information that you give the Clue app, the better it gets at predicting. And this is what is really helpful because then you can
tell people in your life or you can reschedule things if you know that this time last month, you really had a hard time
for two or three days, you felt really depressed or you felt really agitated and moody. It may not be the best time to have a big social get together. You may want to put that
off for a couple days until you feel a little bit better. And Clue is the number one rated app by top doctors and researchers so you know it’s gotta be good. And my favorite part of it other than the mood component is the reminders to take my birth control because every time I go to my OB she says how important
it is that I take it at the exact same time every day. And the app will remind you. And it can even give you reminders of when your P-M-S symptoms may come or when you’re at your most fertile. If you’re trying to get pregnant that can be extremely helpful. And the cool part also
is that you can share it with someone else. I know that I often have my client’s share their mood trackers with their spouse or their best friend or their roommate because then we don’t
always have to say to them hey today’s I’m feeling really shitty or I’m feeling really depressed they can check the app
and be like oh that’s why they’re a little distant today. And know that it’s not about them or the relationship
that you have with them. It’s more about the fact that your body and your hormones are shifting and you’re just feeling
really crappy today. So give it a try. Click the link in the description and check out the Clue app. I think it’s so helpful
to track our moods. Its been really helpful to me not only to remember to take my birth control at the right time but also to notice when I may be feeling bad and why that’s happening and kind of see my cycle. Cause like I said there are over five important hormones involved in just our menstrual cycle. And that’s not even talking about our neurotransmitters, our dopamine, norepinephrine, and all the things that
make feel what we feel each and every day. So click the link. Check it out and let
me know what you think. And don’t forget to give this video a like and if you’re new to my channel, click here to subscribe and I will see you next time. Bye.



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