What are hormones?
As well as our birth to death hormonal blueprint, these powerful chemical messengers called hormones have mini blueprints throughout our lifetime. Some of which are repetitive, such as the female menstrual cycle called an infradian rhythm, and a 24 hour pattern all humans experience called a circadian rhythm.
Hormones are incredibly powerful components of human existence. They are equally as important as the air we breathe. There are over 200 different hormones and hormone-like substances that help us function and support process such as metabolism, growth, mood and energy. The word hormone is not exclusive to the ‘sex’ kind nor only to women. So the phrase ‘feeling hormonal’ can apply to us all.
Specifically the hormone story of menstruation to menopause has a pivotal family called Oestrogens. They are a group of steroid hormones divided into major and minor. [It is also noteworthy that both males* and females have circulating oestrogens from birth to death. ]