…women’s health researcher, author, and former long-time sufferer of hormone imbalance issues.
I want you to know that I am not a doctor. I am a mother, wife, friend, and someone who has been through it and come out the other side.
And I’m writing this for all of the women who have suffered like I have with their hormones, who want to get better but haven’t been able to find answers.
Today, I want to give you those answers.
And in order to do this, I need to share with you my story.
Just a few years ago, I was a different woman. I was in my mid-thirties and had just had my third child.
My daughter had finally started to sleep through the night, and I was so relieved because I thought that with a decent night's sleep I would start to feel more energetic.
But as time went on and my children didn't need me during the night, I realized I was still struggling with my energy levels.
I seemed to wake up exhausted and had to drag myself through the day, only to fall into bed at night and then be tortured with insomnia.
Knowing that exercise should naturally boost energy levels, I walked and I walked, for miles every day. But still, nothing changed.
Not only was I exhausted, I was also disheartened that none of the walking seemed to be helping me to lose any 'baby weight'. In fact, I felt bigger than ever.
And the worst part about it all was the guilt I was feeling as a mother.
I had 3 small children who needed me… who wanted me to play and to give them cuddles in the middle of the night. But most of the time I just couldn't do it. I was too tired, and seemed to spend the whole time they were awake waiting for the time they would go to bed.
This wasn't the life I had imagined for my children.
I had always thought I would be one of those active, fun loving mothers I saw all the time at daycare - not one that was constantly struggling to keep it together.
As a woman who has struggled with hormone-related conditions from the age of 14, including Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, Hashimoto’s Disease, and later Endometriosis, I felt sure that once again my hormones were at the root of the problem.
Here's What My List Of Symptoms Looked Like:
No matter how much I exercised or how well I ate, I couldn’t lose any weight.
I felt emotionally out of control. I would go from irrationally sad to irrationally angry over things that wouldn’t have previously bothered me.
I was exhausted all the time, no matter how much sleep I got.
I was incredibly forgetful and struggled to focus at work.
My hair was falling out at a terrifying rate - it was like that shed you see after having a baby except much worse. My ponytail was devastatingly thin and I swear my hairline was receding.
I had adult acne on my face, on my back… actually it felt like it was everywhere!
My skin was dry but also oily. I couldn’t wear any make up because it would cause a breakout, or it would cake to my dry skin and come off in flakes.
I felt like I was constantly bloated. I was constipated half of the time and struggled with diarrhoea the rest.
It was a sad state of affairs to say the least and I was incredibly desperate to get on top of it and get my life back.
So, I went to my doctor, hoping that she would be able to tell me what was going on. She said all the right things, ordered hormone blood tests, and ruled out Postnatal Depression.
But three days later, I was devastated to hear her say:
"Ange, your test results are in the normal range - there is nothing more we can do."
What? I thought. How can that be right? Surely there has to be a reason for why I feel so tired all the time, not to mention the weight I can't stop piling on?
But my doctor simply brushed off my questions and said...
"Look Ange, you're a mother of three young kids. Have you considered that what you're feeling is just a normal part of being a busy mother?"
I felt like my head was going to explode.
I knew deep in my heart that what I was feeling was NOT 'normal' in any way.
In desperation, I asked if there was anything else that could possibly help, and she reluctantly put through a referral for me to see an Endocrinologist.
Hoping he might have more insight into the cause of my symptoms, I was crushed when the appointment turned out to be a complete disaster.
The endocrinologist barely listened to what I had to say and sent me out the door telling me I had depression and a sleep disorder - which I knew wasn’t right.
At home, I dissolved into tears of frustration and despair. Deep down I knew I wasn't going crazy - there is no way this exhaustion, weight gain, and moodiness was “normal”.
Something had changed following my last pregnancy to make me feel like a completely different person. I knew this wasn't the real me... it was my HORMONES. And I was fed up with letting them ruin my life.
So, I threw myself headfirst into finding out what the experts hadn’t been able to tell me.
One of the first things I questioned was what it actually meant for a hormone test to be defined as ‘NORMAL’ versus ‘ABNORMAL’.
And I was shocked to discover just how huge the normal range was for most hormones.
Looking back at my test results, I could see that some of my hormone levels were at either the very low or very high end of ‘normal’. So although that hadn’t raised any red flags, I wondered… was it really HEALTHY?
Over the next few weeks, I read scientific journal after journal in the field of endocrinology, to find out everything I could about hormone imbalance in women.
I also sought out the opinions of several other medical professionals, including an amazing doctor who specialises in women’s health and openly embraces naturopathic medicine as part of her practice.
She reviewed my hormone test results and helped me to confirm a suspicion I had had all along:
‘Normal’ does NOT mean ‘Optimal’.
And only once a woman has reached the Optimal Hormone Balance that is right for her body, can she be functioning effectively in all areas of her life.
After a lot more research and a little trial and error, I learned exactly what my own optimal hormone levels were.
And best yet, I learned the exact treatments and lifestyle changes I needed to undergo to maintain these levels and permanently change my life for the better.
Once I achieved my optimal hormone balance, the results were truly AMAZING:
The weight just seemed to slide off…
I was able to sleep at night…
My energy levels skyrocketed…
My skin and hair looked 5 years younger…
And I was finally back to being the fun, happy Ange my family had all missed.
I can’t tell you how relieved and elated I was to get to this point. But, there was something that was still bothering me…
I couldn’t get past how HARD it had been to find answers and to simply feel well again.
For me, learning to balance my hormones was hard work. I didn’t know anyone who had been through it, doctors kept brushing me off, my test results were coming back ‘normal’, and I felt incredibly alone.
I wondered about all of the other women out there who were feeling the same way I had been, and who were also desperate for answers.
So, that’s when I decided to compile everything I discovered about hormone imbalance and how to treat it into a step by step program, so that other women could use it to:
Recognize hormone imbalance
Create their personalized treatment plan
Discover their optimal hormone levels
Become free of debilitating symptoms
Heal physically and emotionally, and rediscover their health and their joy
And this is how The Power of Hormones movement began…
A tribe of incredible women who share the common goal of treating hormone imbalance for greater health and happiness, and refusing to accept that feeling sub-optimal is OK.
Who Would Benefit From This Program?
I believe that ALL women should become experts in their own hormone health, because it is normal for our hormone levels to change at different periods of our lives.
By recognizing the signs of imbalance and having a step-by-step treatment plan, it is possible to reverse symptoms early before they become debilitating.
There are many reasons why hormone levels can change, but some of the more common reasons include:
Changes in Exercise
Lack of Sleep
Hormonal imbalances occur when there is too much or too little of a hormone in the bloodstream.
Because of their essential role in the body, even small hormonal imbalances can cause side effects that impair everyday functioning.
And now, finally, there is something that women can do about it.
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