Hormones & the Menstrual Cycle




The female cycle is one of the least understood aspects of women in our society. Most women have no idea when they ovulate, don’t understand what their hormonal birth control does to their bodies (and minds) and don’t really understand why they get a period.

Then there are all the things that can go wrong. Hormones are complex chemical messengers that pass signals from cell to cell, and if there are too many, not enough, or any dysfunction in between, things can go haywire quickly.

Here we tackle some big and small issues, provide educational resources, and hints and tips on how to get the most out of your cycle.

Why don’t I just take the pill to fix my hormones?

The combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP), also known as “the pill”, is often touted as the answer to fixing hormonal imbalance. It is one of the main treatments for PCOS for those not wishing to get pregnant. But how much do you really know about the COCP? Only you...

PCOS and acne: how to clear your skin

Acne is one of the most stressful skin conditions anyone can have at any age. PCOS can cause acne to persist well beyond our teenage years, which can lead to low self confidence, depression, anxiety and social inhibition. Many will feel embarrassed, judged and even...

Types of pelvic relaxation syndromes

Pelvic relaxation syndromes cause tissue to move from one place, into another space that it is not supposed to occupy, due to lax ligaments, muscle, and tendons.

Unopposed oestrogen

Unopposed oestrogen can be dangerous, leading to certain types of cancers.

Congenital syphilis

Congenital syphilis is completely treatable, but untreated, can cause serious and permanent health problems.

Ambiguous genitalia

Ambiguous genitals means it’s really hard to tell if a child is a boy or a girl, and there are a handful of common causes of this anatomical abnormality.

Aunt Vadge: why did I bleed a few days before my period was due?

Hi there Aunt Vadge,  Let me first to say, that I have been following your site for a very long time. And the amount of help it has provided in means of learning about my female anatomy has been phenomenal. But I've been having some trouble lately. And I wanted to get...

The Vaginal Maturation Index

The VMI is a test for ratios of certain cell types in the vagina that help determine the state of vaginal tissues from hormonal indicators.

Oestriol (E3)

Oestriol is a weak oestrogen, the end product of E1 and E2 metabolism, useful for some vaginal conditions.

The Patch

The contraceptive patch looks a bit like a square band-aid, which you stick onto your stomach, butt or upper arm. You change it every week for three weeks on and one week off, so you get breakthrough bleeding which seems like a period (but actually isn't a true...

Vaginal prolapse

All you need to know about vaginal prolapse – causes, symptoms and treatment options.

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