Women’s hormone health is dependent on proper function of not only the ovaries, but of the adrenal glands as well. In fact, years before puberty takes place both males and females go through adrenarche, a process in which the adrenal glands continue to develop and begin to secrete increased levels of DHEA and other androgens. These androgens can affect hormone health throughout a woman’s life, with abnormal levels causing PMS/PMDD, PCOS and certain menopause problems. Adrenarche typically occurs at around 6 to 8 years of age. The adrenal glands also secrete progesterone, pregenenolone and allopregnanolone. An inadequate amount of those hormones is also implicated in causing PMS/PMDD, PCOS and certain menopause problems. So, woman’s hormone health is very dependent on proper adrenal gland health. Knowing this, Dr. Collins has incorporated herbs to enhance specific adrenal functions into each of his hormone health formulations. As a result, the formulations used for various hormone health problems are able to restore normal hormone health.
These formulations also support the hypothalamic-pituitary axes (adrenal, thyroid and/or gonadal), support healthy detoxification, control inflammation cased by hormonal imbalances, balance blood sugar, and more, which will be discussed throughout this website. The following articles and protocols will give you all the information you needs to achieve healthy, balanced hormone health. At the bottom of each protocol you will find feedback forms, which you are encouraged to use to share your success and questions. The Hormone Health Guidelines provide a detailed description on how to the get the best results from protocols. A brief summary on how to use each protocol is also at the bottom of each protocol page.
PMS & PMDD
PMS & PMDD: Premenstrual Syndrome & Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
Research has revealed that in most cases, PMS and PMDD appear to be caused by an inadequate adrenal gland production of progesterone and its metabolite allopregnanolone. Additional hormone health imbalances that can cause PMSD may include androgen excess disorders (too much testosterone, DHEA, or other androgens), and in some cases hypothyroidism. While blood sugar disorders (dysglycemias) such as…(PMS & PMDD)
PMS & PMDD Protocols: Managing Premenstrual Syndrome & Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
The symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) may be caused by one or more different hormonal imbalances. One imbalance that now appears to be common to all cases of PMS & PMDD is the inadequate production of of progesterone and allopregnanolone by the adrenal glands. Other causes may include excessive production of androgens such as testosterone and…(PMS/PMDD Protocol)
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
PCOS, PCO-like Syndrome, & Other Androgen Excess Conditions in Women
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in reproductive aged women. In premenopausal women, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which affects 5% to 7% of women of reproductive age, often presents with additional problems such dysfunctional uterine bleeding and infertility due to the anovulation commonly observed in PCOS.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Protocols: For PCOS, PCO-like Syndrome, & Other Androgen Excess Conditions in Women
The hormone imbalances associated with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), PCO-like syndrome and other androgen excess conditions in women include primarily androgen excess and low progesterone, but very can often also include hypothyroidism and…(Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Protocol)
Menopause, Perimenopause & Postmenopause
Menopause is a time of transition and change in a woman’s life that results in permanent ending of reproductive fertility and the end of monthly menstrual cycles. This change typically occurs when a woman is in her late 40s to early 50s. By definition, menopause is recognized when a woman hasn't menstruated for 12 months. If a woman misses a few periods, then has a period, then menopause is not...(Menopause, Perimenopause & Postmenopause)
Menopause Protocols: Protocols for the 12 Menopause Types® & for Specific Menopause Symptoms
Since menopause is a natural transition that presents in a wide variety of symptons, which is in large part due to the fact that there are actually twelve (12) different menopause types®, it is very important to treat each woman according to her own menopause type®. Treatment choices must first...(Menopause Protocols)