Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers. They are produced in the endocrine glands and travel around your bloodstream, controlling many of your body’s major processes, including metabolism, mood, and reproduction.
Though women’s and men’s bodies contain both estrogen and testosterone, women’s bodies contain more estrogen and men’s bodies will contain more testosterone.
What is Estrogen?
Estrogen is a hormone that plays an important role in normal sexual and reproductive development in women. Estrogen is produced primarily in the ovaries, however, the adrenal glands and fat cells also make small amounts of the hormone.
In addition to regulating the menstrual cycle, estrogen affects the reproductive tract, the urinary tract, the heart and blood vessels, bones, breasts, skin, hair, mucous membranes, pelvic muscles, and the brain.
What Happens if Estrogen Levels are Imbalanced?
Estrogen levels naturally shift throughout a woman’s life–age, menstrual cycle, activity level, weight, and health can all influence the level of estrogen present in a woman’s body.
However, when a hormone imbalance happens, (too much or too little of a certain hormone) health issues and quality of life can suffer. Hormone imbalances can be associated with many problems, such as period problems, unwanted hair growth, fertility struggles, weight gain, and even difficulty sleeping.
How Can Red Light Therapy Help Estrogen Levels in Women?
Red Light Therapy is showing positive results in balancing natural hormone production in the body, including thyroid hormones, and mood-boosting hormones, and there are promising studies showing an improvement in sex hormones in men and women.
Estrogen & Thyroid Function Go Hand-in-Hand
Estrogen stimulates the growth of the thyroid gland, therefore if not enough estrogen is being produced in a woman’s body, the thyroid experiences hypothyroidism where the thyroid gland does not make enough of the thyroid hormone.
Estrogen also needs to be broken down by the liver to be excreted from the body and hypothyroidism stands in the way of this and creates a buildup of estrogen in the body.
A build-up of estrogen in the body can be just as dangerous as too little estrogen, leading to a higher risk of breast cancer, uterine fibroids, and ovarian cysts. Too little estrogen can cause many quality-of-life problems like headaches, irritability, night sweats, weight gain, and fatigue.
The bottom line: a healthy thyroid means healthy estrogen levels. And Red Light Therapy can be used to treat hypothyroidism and potentially have a great impact on the thyroid gland’s function!
Red Light Therapy & Hypothyroidism
Red light therapy is shown to improve thyroid function and significantly lower thyroid antibody levels. Many people who have thyroid issues take medication to correct the problem. Hormone therapy is one way that may provide a solution for an underactive thyroid that is secreting little or no thyroid hormones.
10X Health System provides a full 64 biomarker blood test that can give you a full picture of how your body, including your thyroid and hormones, are working. This information can help you decide if red light therapy could provide benefits for your thyroid function.
Menopause & Red Light Therapy
A decrease in estrogen levels is a common symptom of menopause and can lead to genitourinary syndrome (GSM). GSM causes a variety of discomfort, including vaginal dryness, burning, irritation, lack of lubrication and pain during sex, and a variety of urinary problems.
Recent research suggests that red light therapy can safely help treat GSM by increasing collagen and elastin production, which reduces the effects of vaginal thinning, including loss of natural lubrication, and strengthens the urethra and the urethrovaginal sphincter.
Many of the symptoms of menopause can be treated with red light therapy. Insomnia, night sweats, and moodiness are all menopausal side effects that can possibly be improved by using red light therapy.
According to data presented at the North American Menopause Society Annual Meeting, light therapy combined with changing sleep patterns can significantly help women suffering from depression and sleep problems due to perimenopause.
Other Benefits of Red Light Therapy include:
- Promoting wound healing
- Healing Sun Damage
- Improving the look of wrinkles and scars
- Reducing Inflammation
- Reducing chronic pain
If you are interested in learning how red light therapy can help with estrogen-related health issues, contact us today – 10X Health can help!