Cortisol is a stress hormone that gives us the drive to maintain our busy lives. We require cortisol for a large number of normal bodily functions but too much cortisol is also not a good thing and can have adverse effects. Excess cortisol blocks the release of other important hormones required for energy, proper sleep, digestion, immunity and fertility.
Symptoms of Elevated Cortisol:
- Low libido
- Irregular cycles and PMS, issues with ovulation
- Feeling tired but wired
- Abnormal weight gain in the abdomen and thigh
The good news is that excess cortisol levels are easily treated! Through bloodwork, looking at hormone levels and by taking a thorough health history, we can create a treatment plan for lasting hormone balance and optimal fertility! Stress management techniques, acupuncture, herbal medicine and proper nutrition will all play a big role.