How To Look After Your Ovaries.
Yes, hot on the heels of How To Look After Your Vajajay, we have How To Look After Your Ovaries. Ovary health, that is.
What Do Ovaries Do?
Ovaries may be small, but they are super-important organs.
They produce hormones – oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone. And they regulate our fertility. But they aren’t just important for menstrual cycles, ovulation and having babies. Oh no.
Because ovaries produce oestrogen, they have a massive impact on our general health… bone health, skin health, heart health, breast health… Who knew?
But let’s go back to ovulation. Too important to gloss right over, huh?
Ovaries release mature eggs; eggs that can go on and become embryos then babies if they are fertilised by healthy sperm. It’s the stuff of miracles.
So I make a plea for us to take care of ovary health, best we can. To protect and boost our general health and fertility.
How To Look After Your Ovaries – Ovary Health
Basically, adopting a hormone friendly lifestyle will help protect your ovaries and ovary health. As well as general health.
Here are the key ways to take care of ovary health.
#1 Eat a hormone-helping diet. A varied diet, rich in nutritious foods. Avoid processed foods, additives, GMO. Choose organic and unsprayed where possible. Avoid sugar, caffeine, alcohol too for ovary health.
#2 Watch your weight. That’s because fat stores produce oestrogen, as well as our ovaries. Avoid excess oestrogen and the health issues that excess oestrogen can cause like endometriosis, infertility, fibroids, PMS and more … by watching your weight.
Being underweight isn’t great either. It carries a risk that your body shuts down ovulation because it “thinks” it’s a time of threat or famine.
#3 Quit smoking. Smoking can deplete oestrogen levels which can affect fertility. Smoking also means eggs are prone to abnormalities and rates of miscarriage are higher in smokers. Women who smoke are at risk of earlier menopause and osteoporosis. Smoking really harms ovary health.
#4 Be Wary of Hormonal Contraceptives
Hormonal contraceptives over-ride our natural hormone balance and ovary function. It can take some time for things to settle once you stop hormonal contraception. I suggest couples take at least 3-4 months to prepare before they even start trying to get pregnant. It’s preconception care or getting baby-ready. And that includes stopping The Pill, implant etc.
#5 Reduce Stress
I’m including stress here because stress can stop ovulation and send your cycle haywire. We could all do with removing or reducing stress in our lives. It’s also good for ovary health and cycle health.
Of course, ovaries can have issues. Things like ovarian cysts. Not ovulating a.k.a anovulation. Inflammation called oophoritis. And, of course, PCOS or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. Huge, huge topics on their own.
Looking after your general and hormone health won’t necessarily prevent or cure these on their own, but it can all really help. More than that, it will mean better general health.
If you suspect issues with your ovaries and cycle, always speak with a doctor for tests and to discuss treatment options. You can always integrate super self-care and complementary therapies you choose with conventional treatments.
Go on, look after your ovaries, girls.
Love, Kathy x