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Hormonal Contraception And Suicide

Hormonal Contraception And Suicide, everyone’s taking about it and posting it all over social media, and here is my two cents about it.  One thing I found in my years of research is that you can find a study to support just about anything even when it comes to hormonal contraception use, depression, and suicide. One study from The American Journal of Psychiatry1 entitled, Association of Hormonal Contraception with Suicide Attempts and Suicide concludes, “Use of hormonal contraception was positively associated with subsequent suicide attempt and suicide. Adolescent women experienced the highest relative risk.” Another study by The American Journal of Epidemiology2 entitled, Association of Hormonal Contraceptive Use With Reduced Levels of Depressive Symptoms: A National Study of Sexually Active Women in the United States concluded, “Longitudinal analyses indicated that associations between hormonal contraception and depressive symptoms were stable. Hormonal contraception may reduce levels of depressive symptoms among young women. Systematic investigation of exogenous hormones as a potential preventive factor in psychiatric epidemiology is warranted.”

What to believe?

Whenever I get stumped with studies and their findings, I always go back to what I’ve seen to be true in the clinic. I’ve seen thousands of patients over the years come into our hormone clinic with varying stages of depression with some contemplating suicide at times. I’ve seen what happens to these women with depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideology when given the right hormones, dosed in the right amounts, and administered in the right manner and it’s mind blowing. When women have the right amount of circulating estrogen in their blood, things like depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts are non-existent. When estrogen is sound, depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts diminish and go away for most women. Its estrogen in abundant amounts that makes a woman want to live and thrive and when it’s too low, they want to die and take everyone down with them.

“Hypoestrogenism: refers to a lower than optimal levels of circulating estrogen.”

Hormonal contraceptives are not hormones and are not to be confused with hormone therapy. Hormonal contraceptives like the birth control pill actually put a woman into chemical menopause, no matter her age. This happens because the Pill is an estrogen-like chemical that tricks your brain into thinking you’ve produced enough estrogen so your ovaries shut down your own natural estrogen production putting you into a mental, physical, and behavioral downward spiral until you get some estrogen again, and if you never get the right amount of estrogen in your blood, this downward spiral gets worse as women feel like they have no control over their mind and body anymore.

I’ve seen women of all ages at varying stages of estrogen deficiency (hypoestrogenism) and what happens to their minds and behavior the lower their circulating estrogen gets. The biggest problems women have in a state of hypoestrogenism are mental and behavioral health issues, not to mention the physical body falls apart. I’ve also seen women in deep dark depression with thoughts of suicide get better and want to live when their estrogen optimized to healthy reproductive levels. It has been clear to me when women have enough estrogen, they feel better and want to live, and when they don’t have enough; they feel like they want to die. Literally. This is why I call estrogen the life and death hormone.

Estrogen deficient women are not happy campers and experience more unrelenting emotional and physical pain than women with healthy circulating estrogen. If you’re feeling like crap and want to get your life back, find a way to get some healthy amounts of estrogen in your blood. It will make all the difference.

If you want to learn how to avoid depression, suicidal thoughts related to low estrogen, and/or reverse it, make a complementary consultation with me by clicking on the button below and let’s talk about how I can help you get to your personal “Hormone Sweet Spot”.

 


  1. Skovlund CW, Mørch LS, Kessing LV, Lange T, Lidegaard Ø. Association of Hormonal Contraception With Suicide Attempts and Suicides. Am J Psychiatry. 2018;175(4):336-342.
  2. Keyes KM, Cheslack-postava K, Westhoff C, et al. Association of hormonal contraceptive use with reduced levels of depressive symptoms: a national study of sexually active women in the United States. Am J Epidemiol. 2013;178(9):1378-88.

Shoulder-Waist-Hip Ratio and Estrogen

As a Clinical Hormone Health Coach of over 15 years, I’ve had the privilege to witness thousands of women’s bodies make a physical transformation as they made their way to the “Hormone Sweet Spot” with the Panacea Protocol. One of the reasons I’m such a huge advocate of high dose estrogen therapies is because of how the physical body of a woman will do a reversal and restoration to as close to a reproductive aged woman to varying degrees because of estrogen levels. It’s no clinical secret that when women lose their estrogen, they lose their bodies as well. Even farmer’s know the best way to fatten up a sow is to remove the ovaries so pigs will stop producing estrogen and fatten up.

It is well documented that once women no longer produce “reproductive levels” of estrogen, her body (and mind) fall apart. Overall estradiol levels dictate what stage of life a woman is in. When estrogen is low, the brain thinks it’s time to check out and make way for the next generation and fat gets redistributed. When estrogen is not produced in healthy amounts in women no matter how old they are, fat mass increases and distribution changes. When estrogen is low, fat accumulates in the abdomen, upper arms, and back. In, addition, when estrogen is too low for too long, muscles will atrophy, tissues dehydrate, and bones get holes. The overall structure of the estrogen deficient female body is designed to deteriorate at a slow pace as fat in the belly, arms, and back increase.

When estrogen is in a particular range, meaning high enough but not too high, the brain of the woman thinks she’s in a state of reproduction so the body tries to replicate the shoulder-waist-hip ratio of a healthy reproductive female. Hormones are messengers, and when estrogen is too low, the brain and body responds in a negative way, when estrogen is sound, the brain and body also respond, but in a positive way.   When estrogen is sound, it’s a lot easier to lose fat for women. In addition, the muscle tone comes back and bones dense up for “reproductive purposes”, so the brain thinks. As estrogen is toning up muscles, the heart gets strong as well, as it too, is a muscle. This is why women get heart palpitations and shortness of breath when they get older with estrogen loss.

The goal is to get your hormones into a “Hormone Sweet Spot” so your brain and body won’t deteriorate or decline as it would without enough supercritical estrogen. You actually have the power to reshape your body with more control over your shoulder-waist-hip ratio if you get on the right HRT system prescribed in the right amounts and in the right way.

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Fluctuating Hormones

Fluctuating Hormones. I read and hear a lot of people talking about “fluctuating” hormones and that the fluctuations are what cause the mood swings women of every age experience. The term fluctuate means to change continually; shift back and forth; vary irregularly. This appears to many that this is what hormones do but the reality is hormones are not irregular. They are produced in a rhythmic fashion like the rhythm of the ocean tides and on a schedule of sorts. The term rhythm means movement or procedure with uniform or patterned recurrence of a beat like music. These “rhythm tides” can be measured, timed, and controlled to relative degree. As you can see from the chart attached, each hormone has it’s own rhythm of sheet music. These hormone tide cycles are what people refer to as fluctuations. They are to really be looked at as rhythms on a schedule.

It’s important to understand the significance of this phenomenon because it plays a critical role in in your hormone health and why you feel so crappy, and it’s not what you think. It’s not the “fluctuations” or the ups and downs of the peaks and valleys of your hormones that cause such a mess mentally and physically at any age, but rather the flattening of those peaks is what causes extreme mental and physical symptomology that many woman get diagnosed with disorders and conditions like bi-polar, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, osteoporosis, anxiety, depression, PMDD, PMS, and thousands of other conditions women are told they have to live with.

There are two critical peaks between estrogen and progesterone’s hormone tide cycles that have to be optimally maintained in order for a woman to feel alive and well. The follicular peak of estrogen at Days 12-13 dictates how all other hormones, including progesterone, will produce and function the rest of the menstrual cycle, provided you have healthy functioning ovaries. This follicular peak of estrogen, if high enough, will up regulate receptors not only for estrogen, but progesterone and all other hormones so they perform at optimal functionality. When this happens, progesterone is able to make its peak high enough to down regulate estrogen receptors so the lining of the uterus will shed for an incident-free menstrual experience.

It’s important to maintain these rhythmic peaks, not flatten them out. When they flatten, nothing in the brain or body of a woman will feel right, and she will begin the living decaying process to death. It sounds dramatic but that’s what happens. Your estrogen levels send signals to the body as to where you are in the reproductive life stage process, and when estrogen is low and remains low, the mind of the female, no matter her age, will want to check out so to speak and the mind and body will fall apart. It is estrogen that dictates all of this. Women are least susceptible to mental and physical conditions when estrogen is maintained at optimal levels with healthy peaks for receptor up regulation. Without receptor up regulation nothing works right, just mental and physical misery.

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Beauty Lies in the Beholder of Estrogen

She lingered for just a moment by the brook that runs through their family’s vineyard. I mustn’t risk discovery she pondered as she curled her toes into the sand warmed by the morning sun. Absence of the familiar boisterous noises flagged her memory. Ah yes, her brothers were out hunting, and wouldn’t be there to find her not tending to the young grape buds. I feel good, she mused to herself as her darkly sun bronzed legs carried her like a gazelle up the terraced hillside in search of her lover. Thoughts of her lover’s kiss danced lightly on the corners of her mind. Her body hungered for his attention and touch. “Oh that you would kiss me with the kisses of your mouth!”[2] “Oh that his left hand were under my head, and his right hand embraced me!”[3] “For your love is better than wine.”[4]

Her heart thrilled when she spotted her lover shepherding his flock for a drink down by the brook. No longer could she resist. Where have you been, my lover? “If you do not know, O fairest among women, following the flock.”[5] Hidden in this ancient text can be found the ageless notions of beauty, health, love and romance. It is a love story whose meaning will continue until the end of time.  

The desire to be beautiful is woven into the soul of every woman, and yet without estrogen there could be no feminine beauty, love, romance, passion, sexual desire, or procreation. Beauty, sex and estrogen lies at the epicenter of a woman’s ability to reap the rewards associated with beauty, good health, long life, sense of wellbeing, her capacity to establish meaningful emotional connections with others, and desire for sex.

Estrogen is the most ancient of all hormones.[6]  Even today, estrogen is critical to a woman’s body for a wide range of biologic processes. To achieve the distinction as “fairest of them all,” as king Solomon’s bride was, requires the convergence of multiple factors. Estrogen not only fashions the secondary sexual characteristics at puberty but also plays an important function at maintaining those characteristics throughout a woman’s life. How a woman looks, or how she feels has more to do with her estrogen production than any other single factor. This is why scrupulous attention to the factors responsible for optimal estrogen production is necessary for a woman to achieve her full biologic potential.

Thousands of physiological functions in the female body are directly dependent on estrogen for regulation. When estrogen goes missing there is a death signal propagated throughout her body heralding the start of a progressive downward spiral of deterioration. Long before she lays her ovaries in their final resting place she begins to experience distressing changes that rob her of health, beauty, joy, energy, sleep, memory, and sexual passion.

In the case of Solomon’s bride, she was molded in the finest crucible Mother Nature could provide. Hidden in the details of this ancient love story are clues to the factors necessary to assure optimal estrogen production. The best thing that could have befallen her, long before she became Solomon’s bride was to be relegated by her angry brothers to tend to their family’s vineyard. Their intent was to punish her, but it served a greater purpose of placing her in the best environment for fostering estrogen biosynthesis (how the ovaries produce estrogen).

In the case of vitamin D, its receptors are strategically expressed in the ovaries and play an important role in the regulation of estrogen biosynthesis.[7]  Exercise in the sun has a profound impact on physical and conformational development based on its impact on estrogen production. It turns out that “features of feminine beauty are associated with the highest estrogen levels.   Women with the highest levels of estrogen were rated as more attractive, healthier, and feminine looking than those with lower levels.”[8]  Puberty is a critical time in a woman’s development for establishing health and beauty. “These effects on appearance are likely to depend on the action of estrogen throughout puberty.”[9]

The combined insulin sensitizing effects of estradiol and vitamin D are instrumental in preventing obesity. Estradiol is a major determinant of body fat distribution, and promotes flat stomachs and sculpting of the gluteal and femoral region in ways that are pleasing to the eye. The influence of estradiol on body fat distribution appears to be related both to fat tissue specific expression of estrogen receptors and local tissue estrogen metabolism.[10]

On the other hand, estrogen is essential for the normal development, shape, tone, and function of the breast. Well-formed and perky breasts are the byproduct of sufficient estrogen, assuming adequate nutrition. Too often gravity is blamed for falling breasts when in actuality it is a symptom of declining estrogen.

When enough estrogen is present it blocks the deposition of fat in the fat cells of the stomach and trunk, while at the same time signaling the muscles to become more efficient at burning fat.[11] This important role of estrogen in determining regional body fat distribution not only results in the pleasing physical confirmation of the healthy female body, but also places her at 1/10th the risk as her male counterparts for developing cardiovascular disease.

Vitamin D, the mood boosting and feel good vitamin, is the precursor to a powerful steroid hormone that regulates the activation and deactivation of enzymes throughout the brain involved in the synthesis of neurotransmitters and nerve growth.[12]  Not only does vitamin D promote the biosynthesis of estradiol by the ovaries but also has a direct impact on neurotransmitter production, enhancing mood.

Additionally, estradiol has been recognized as an important neurotransmitter in the brain, but estradiol plays a critical role in the production of other neurotransmitters including the manufacture, release, reuptake and degradation of serotonin.[13] [14] [15]   Optimization of your estrogen production is one of the best defenses against symptoms of depression, anxiety or OCD. How a women looks and how she feels is critically dependent on her estrogen biosynthetic capacity.    

The capacity to feel spiritually grounded when life stressors seem over powering is the result of estrogen easing a woman’s stress response, and enabling her to take charge and effectively be the calm in the storm. When estrogen is at optimal levels a woman feels calm and she is much more inclined to pursue those spiritual quests that interest her.

“Upon my bed by night I sought him whom my soul loves; I sought him, but found him not; I called him, but he gave no answer. I will rise now and go about the city, in the streets and in the squares; I will seek him whom my soul loves. I sought him, but found him not. The watchman found me, as they went about the city. Have you seen him whom my soul loves? Scarcely had I passed them, when I found him whom my soul loves. I held him, and would not let him go until I had brought him into my mothers house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me.”[16]

Hardwired into the biology of every woman is the prime directive to transmit her genetic information. Whether she chooses to fulfill her prime directive is a personal choice. However, biology is destiny, and it is estrogen that transforms a woman into a fully operational reproductive female equipped with all the accouterments of sexual allure and armed not only with the capacity, but the passion to initiate a wide variety of mating rituals. The more completely estrogen can morph a woman into a work of perfection the more discriminating she can be in selecting her mate. Obviously, only the “fairest of them all” can seduce the heart of the prince, or in the case of Solomon’s bride, the King. What this means given the right environmental factors, estrogen can transform you into the best your genetic potential dictates.

In the healthy female, the desire for intercourse is primarily dictated by how much estrogen is produced. In accordance with the prime directive, the ultimate function of love, romance, and other courting rituals, as well as sex, is to propagate parental genes, and therefore reproduce the species. It is not primarily the desire to procreate, but sexual pleasure and the need to form emotional connections, facilitate bonding, and reduce sexual and interpersonal tensions, that are the prime motivators for sex. Without adequate estrogen, a woman perceives little to no need for sex. Without it, sex is no longer perceived as pleasurable, and for many, the idea of having sex becomes repulsive, leading to the avoidance of sexual intimacy all together.

The loss of sexual desire frequently leads to fractured relationships. Sex and sexual incompatibility was sited as the single most common contributing factor to divorce and is the catalyst behind 43 percent of all divorces.[17] The ability to produce estrogen is a function of how many eggs remain viable in the ovaries. As estrogen levels gradually diminish over time, 48% of women age 40 and older, never, or almost never have a spontaneous sexual thought, reflecting shifting priorities dictated by a woman’s declining egg count.

This is in stark distinction from those “sex crazed” teenagers, or those “overly sexed” college coed stereotypes of her younger years gone by. Even the female protagonist in the Song of Solomon exhibits a hungry desire for sexual intimacy with her lover. This can be ascribed to the natural outcome of possessing a healthy, fully loaded and operational reproductive system. At the most fundamental of levels humans can be defined as disposable DNA replicators imbued with the prime directive to pass on their genetic information to assure survival of the species. Both sexes are biologically invested in assuring the survival of our species and under ideal conditions exhibit comparable proclivities for sex and are equally libidinous.

If what you have just read doesn’t ring true with your own personal experience you’re not alone. Many features of modern civilization disrupt our endocrine function. Modern food consumption for example does not provide the nutritional elements necessary to support our basic physiology, nor does it have the nutritional power required to support the complexities of the female reproductive system. One reason our female protagonist developed sufficiently to be designated “the fairest of them all” was she grew up in a place once referred to as the “land flowing with milk and honey.” Not only was the soil rich and fertile, she ate an abundance of fruits and vegetables freshly harvested and organically grown from their family farm. She ingested plenty of protein, much of which came from freshly killed lamb, infused with omega 3 fatty acids. If your ovaries are to perform to their full potential, they require the best nutrition possible. Your ovaries will fail you in an environment of sugar, processed food and soda pop. Don’t expect to reap the full health and beauty benefits that estrogen can provide if your diet looks like the Standard American Diet.

In recent years estrogen’s reputation has been tarnished. Articles published in the last decade have women wary of anything that smacks of estrogen replacement. The trend by the media in recent years has been to pathologize estrogen and created fear and confusion among women and physicians alike. We have become so afraid of estrogen we have forgotten its central role in supporting every aspect of a woman’s health. When estrogen is balanced and nutritional optimization has been achieved, and there is sufficient fun in the sun, a woman’s body will function at peak efficiency. She will then reap the full benefits that estrogen was intended to supply.

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[1] The Song of Solomon 1:1 Revised Standard Version

[2] The Song of Solomon 1:1 Revised Standard Version

[3] The Song of Solomon 2:6 Revised Standard Version

[4] The Song of Solomon 1:2 Revised Standard Version

[5] The Song of Solomon 1:8 Revised Standard Version

[6] Trime, Susan, “Estrogen Emerges As Most Ancient of Hormones,” Columbia University Record, Vol 26 issue 21, May 7:2001

[7] Harkness LS, Bonny AE.   Calcium and vitamin D status: key roles for bone, body weight, glucose tolerance, and estrogen biosynthesis. J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2005 Oct; 18(5): 305-311.

[8] Vance, G. (2005). Hormone Levels Predict Attractiveness of Women. Retrieved from newscientist.com/article/dn8251–hormone-levels-predict-attractiveness-of-women

[9] Vance, G. (2005). Hormone levels predict attractiveness of women. Retrieved from newscientist.com/article/dn8251–hormone-levels-predict-attractiveness-of-women

[10] Mayes JS, Watson GH. 2004   Direct effects of sex steroid hormones on adipose tissue and obesity. Obes Rev 5:197-216.

[11] Mayes JS, Watson GH. 2004   Direct effects of sex steroid hormones on adipose tissue and obesity. Obes Rev 5:197-216.

[12] Welland, D.   Does vitamin D improve brain function?   New studies show low vitamin D may impair brain function: Scientific American Mind. 2009, Nov;

[13] Fink, G., et al. Estrogen control of central neurotransmission: Effect on mood, mental state, and memory. Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology. 1996; 16(3): 325-44.

[14] Halbreich, U., et al. Role of estrogen in postmenopausal depression. Neurology. 1997; 48(5): 516. Supplement 7.

[15] Studd, J., et al. Hormones and depression in women.   Climacteric. 2004; 7(4):338-46.

[16] The Song of Solomon 3:1-4 Revise Standard Version

[17] PRLog (Press Release) 2008 Sex Is Most Common Factor In Divorce prlog.org/pressreleases/

Misleading HRT Study

Screen Shot 2016-08-27 at 9.07.59 AMAnother misleading HRT study by The Pharmaceutical Journal about hormone replacement therapy (HRT) causing cancer. The only time estrogen causes cancer is when it’s kept too low. The problem with studies, articles, and reports like this one, is they throw all HRT in the same basket as if it’s all the same, and they do not conduct studies on the correct demographic of women. After reading the actual study, I failed to see where it was hormones that caused the cancer. When reading studies such as the one mentioned here, there are some things to take into consideration before coming to a conclusion as to whether the study is accurate: 

  1. What kind of hormones are they using? Not all HRT is the same. Hormone medicine has progressed over the last ten years especially with bioidentical hormones. There are four generations of HRT with the fifth generation under construction. Using first and second-generation hormones in a study is ridiculous and outdated. Bioidentical hormones are not the same as synthetic hormones.
  1. How are the hormones dosed? If the hormones given to patients are too low, then you’ll get nothing but a mess of problems. Merely treating the symptoms of hormone deficiency is not the same as truly dosing hormones to fix the problem of the deficiency, not just masking the symptoms of the deficiency. Hormones dosed to patients need to be high enough to trigger a receptor response. If this isn’t done, the patient will not be able to receive, utilize, and detoxify the hormones appropriately so the hormones get stored in the body creating problems. True hormone restoration involves restoring hormones back to healthy reproductive levels and you cannot do that with low dosing. Keeping hormones too low is a death sentence.
  1. In what manner are the hormones being dosed? Giving patients hormones in a static manner, especially low dosed estrogen eventually stops working after a short period of time because the dose is too low to trigger a receptor response for the hormones to work. Taking the same dose everyday does not mimic the natural physiology of a woman’s hormone tide-like cycle. It’s like being noseblind and the body won’t recognize them. Women (or men) do not produce hormones at the same amounts everyday. Estrogen has two peaks in a 28-day cycle with a high peak at Day 12 and another luteal not so high peak around Day 21. Dosing hormones in the natural physiologic rhythm of the male or female body allows for the production of receptors further allowing the body to properly receive, utilize, and detoxify hormones.
  1. How long has the patient been hormonally deficient? It’s impossible to resurrect the dead. The longer a patient has been hormonally deficient will determine how effective the hormone replacement will be. Using post menopausal women in a study where they’ve been so deficient for so long, already at significant risk for many deteriorating diseases, no amount of hormones can reverse or fix that. Estrogen decides how women feel mentally and physically and when women have been deficient for a while, they’re at increased risk of the degenerative diseases of aging. If you can catch women before they have one foot in the grave will keep women from going into menopause in the first place. The best time to address hormonal deficiencies is not after a woman has turned into a raisin, but when the decline begins, and that could be at any post menarche age. Many things cause estrogen to decline and most women have never had adequate amounts of estrogen due to many factors like birth control pills, medications, diet, lack of sleep when the sun is down, lack of physical movement, toxic exposure, etc. The birth control pill puts a woman in immediate chemical menopause. Take a moment to read the package insert of the birth control pill and read the warnings and side effects. You will read all the miserable things menopausal women experience because without estrogen, no matter how old a woman is, she will mentally feel like she’s going crazy and her physical body will fail. It’s a long, drawn out miserable living death. After a woman is finished having children is the best time to consider replacing hormones back to healthy levels to keep her brain and body from falling apart to begin with.
  1. What are the lifestyle factors involved? It’s never just about replacing hormones and calling it good. If a patient has a crappy diet, doesn’t sleep, taking a lot of meds, or doesn’t get physical activity in the sunshine and fresh air, they will never get the full benefits of the hormones. Taking hormones without addressing the other 15 Essential Elements of advanced hormone restoration will result in mediocre results. Patients feel better with HRT alone but the hormones work at an echelon level with combined with the right diet and lifestyle. What one puts in their body and how they live their life will determine the efficacy of the hormones. Hormone, only work well if taken in conjunction with a nutrient dense, whole foods, raw dairy diet, daily physical activity, and sleeping sound when the sun is down.

Most studies about HRT are misleading and keep women from seeking help. As long as our medical industry treats hormones, especially estrogen, as the enemy, women will feel like the walking dead. The biggest problem women face with HRT today is finding doctors who aren’t afraid of estrogen and who’re educated and trained in proper hormone restoration.

 

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