The Female Hormone Cycle

Female hormones are complicated. There are so many moving parts that need to be functioning well in order to trigger the events to allow a woman have a healthy conception.

This is what a healthy 28 day female hormone cycle looks like. One of the things I look at when I work with clients having female hormone imbalances is this cycle. I use a Cycling Female Hormone test that analyzes eleven samples of your saliva throughout the month to track your hormone levels.

Most fertility clinics only test the hormones for one day of the month. There is no way to get a complete understanding of what is happening and how to correct it with one single sample.

The first half of your cycle (follicular stage) is about developing one healthy follicle that is ripe for fertilization. The second half of your cycle (luteal phase) is about creating a healthy environment for implantation of the egg.

When I look at your test results, some of the questions I ask are: How many days is her cycle? Is the dominant follicle healthy enough to produce enough estrogen to stimulate a strong LH surge which will trigger ovulation? Did she ovulate? Is she having an appropriate FSH surge to stimulate the follicle to grow into a healthy egg? Does she have a high enough progesterone output to sustain a fertilized egg into a healthy and viable pregnancy?

This test can be used to better understand why a woman is not conceiving as well as any other hormone imbalance issues she may be experiencing.

Shannon South, FNTP

Shannon South, FNTP

Shannon South is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner specializing in fertility and hormones. She gave birth to her one and only child at age 43, after a long struggle with infertility. She and her beautiful family live in Brooklyn, NY.