menGents we have a problem….we are in the midst of a hormonal epidemic and its permeating influence through our lives and indeed all of society. Our lives are so intertwined with that of women, we can no longer turn a blind eye to the fact that many of the women in our lives are suffering from the effects of imbalanced and fluctuating hormones.

Your mothers, aunts, wives or girlfriends (or both), grandmothers, work colleagues and even daughters are suffering from a wide range of conditions associated with their hormones. Common conditions include endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, menopause, perimenopause, fibroids, premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder to name a few.

These are just the physical issues that come from hormonal imbalances. There are a wide range of mental and emotional symptoms that go with hormone imbalances as well such as mood swings, irritability, depression and anxiety which are very real symptoms and we as men need to understand the current status quo.

The problem is with the mental and emotional symptoms women experience is that in many cases women don’t realise that their hormones are making them feel this way. So all of a sudden leaving the toilet seat up or your underpants on the ground become a massive issue. For the unaware man we can wonder what the hell has happened. Well hormones have fluctuated, making women’s emotions fluctuate.  Without realising this a simple episode can escalate into a larger confrontation.  This can then develop into a permanent relationship issue, without either party realising that hormones are at the core of the issue, not the fact that you keep leaving the toilet seat up.

As men we must also understand the physical symptoms that come with hormonal imbalances which can be debilitating. Endometriosis for example can literally cripple a woman every month. Polycystic ovarian syndrome can make a women put on weight despite eating well and exercising and even cause infertility. Menopausal hot flushes can lead women to the point of suicide.

So it’s real and as responsible men we must support the women in our lives and not stick our heads in the sand and think it’s not our problem. It is our problem and we must support women in whatever way that we can.

We are in the midst of a hormonal imbalance epidemic, no one is game enough to have honest discussions with the women in their lives about it, either through lack of awareness or fear of repercussions. It’s a real issue and we as men must openly confront it and discuss it. The days of retreating to your shed with a beer have gone. We cannot hide from the fact any longer.

There are many reasons why we are faced with this situation. Largely our western diet and lifestyle contribute to unbalancing a women’s endocrine system which causes the hormonal imbalance. Sugar plays a major role as does our over processed food chain. The level of stress women are faced with contributes to the disruption of their endocrine system via constantly elevated levels of the adrenal hormones. Then the overuse of synthetic hormones via contraception and as a treatment method further imbalances women’s hormonal systems. This has led to many of our younger women and daughters being born with a susceptibility to hormonal imbalances. And the circle continues.

Recovery

Thankfully there is a solution and I’m going to give you the steps to follow to help the women in your life find balance again and be happy.

Step 1. Sit down and have the discussion with the different women in your life if you see there is an issue. Hormones are not a sexually transmitted disease. There is no reason at all in this day and age to be embarrassed about symptoms associated with hormonal imbalances.

Let them know that you understand and are willing to support them through the recovery process. Create an open dialogue where you can to discuss if your wife, mother or daughter is maybe being emotional linked to hormones. Or if they are feeling depressed or down as a result. Or if they have pain associated with their cycle. Trust me if you can have this discussion they will be very grateful.

Step 2. As I mentioned diet and lifestyle play an important role in the development and recovery of hormonal imbalances. So be supportive of these changes that need to happen in the household. It won’t hurt you to clean up your diet and will actually contribute to improving your own hormonal balance and testosterone levels but this is another article.

Step 3Download our free ebook that explains exactly how hormonal imbalances develop in the first place. Having this knowledge will allow you to better understand what’s happening and support from an educated standpoint rather than being ignorant to the whole issue. It’s not rocket science and it makes sense when you understand the basic pathophysiology.

Step 4. Try and take some of the load off in terms of duties around the house and actively encourage time out to go for a walk, a run, the gym, some yoga or meditation. Its vitally important that women manage their stress levels as it is one of the most common triggers for hormonal imbalance.

Step 5. Don’t insist on synthetic hormone contraception. It’s dangerous for women and if you care for your partner the risk vs reward in my opinion does not warrant the use. Maybe think about the snip or get a bit better control over your old fella in the bedroom.

Step 6. Often diet and lifestyle is just not enough to balance a woman’s hormones which is why I created a natural supplement to support the balancing of the endocrine system and hence hormonal imbalance. I have specialised in women’s health for over 20 years and along with the supplement have developed an 8 week program to reset their hormonal systems.

It works and it works very well. So do yourself a favour and read some of the information we have and order the program for your own sanity and the women in your life. Ask your partner to let you read some of the stories in our private Facebook group. Or read some of the stories from the website here.

Step 7. Be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Embrace this as a real concern and issue. Have the discussion with your mates and your sons. Show your sons its ok to care for the women in their lives and that it is a responsibility of being a good man. Then we can start to change the stereotypes and it will be better for everyone.

Summary

So there you have it gents. It’s time to man up and take better care of the women in your life and not play dumb to the whole issue of hormonal symptoms. As they say “happy wife, happy life”. It’s a very real issue and as a society we need to do something about it, especially for our younger women and daughters to prevent them having to go through the same issues which literally can destroy lives.

Best of luck

Jeff-B-signature

 

About Jeff Butterworth:

Jeff Butterworth B.App. Sc, N.D is a Naturopath with over 20 years experience specialising in treating hormonal disorders. Jeff developed the Happy Hormones program after discovering a unique way of treating hormonal disorders - by focusing on endocrine balance rather than hormonal levels - which gives long-lasting and dramatic results.