It’s all quite complicated. One moment you’re the happiest woman in the world, and the next moment you’re crying because the lamp in the bedroom is broken. And your friend? He always seems happy and doesn’t cry over a broken lamp. How is this possible?
Those hormonal differences, and hormones in general, remain an annoying thing. I myself suffer a lot from them, so I thought, “I’m going to look into this.” Believe it or not, there are some really good sides to these hormones and their fluctuations! I’ll explain that further in this blog for you.
We, as humans, both men and women, have the same sex hormones—estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. The difference lies in the amount of hormones that men and women have. For example, men also have estrogen and progesterone, and women have testosterone, but in much smaller amounts. These hormone compositions never stay the same; they change over the years, and in women, hormones change with each phase of the menstrual cycle.
Let me explain the advantages and disadvantages of these sex hormones:
This hormone is responsible for breast development during puberty, the growth of the uterus, and the further development of the vagina in women. But estrogen has effects beyond the female body; it also contributes to stronger bones, normal blood pressure, and emotional balance. In men, estrogen primarily contributes to sperm production.
Progesterone prepares the uterine lining for the implantation of a fertilized egg. It also reduces muscle contractions in the uterus, decreasing the chances of rejecting a fertilized egg. Men also have progesterone, albeit in much smaller amounts. In men, progesterone is mainly produced in the testicles and serves as a building block for testosterone.
Testosterone is more well-known and is often associated with the hormone that gives us the desire for sex. It also helps build muscles quickly and is primarily responsible for maintaining and developing male characteristics. Testosterone contributes to the production of pubic hair in both men and women and ensures that we can continue to reproduce through increased libido.
This explains a bit about the function of sex hormones in our bodies. But why do women have so much trouble with them when the hormones are actually good for us? This has everything to do with the fluctuations of these hormones during the menstrual cycle. Each phase of the cycle is associated with different hormones, and a decrease in, for example, estrogen, affects our mood.
In short, there’s a lot we have no control over. If you have to cry over a broken lamp because you’re about to menstruate, so be it! Let those tears flow, just as much as your happiness when you feel happy. And if you’re in the mood for intimacy? Let that testosterone do its work! 😊
PS: I’m not a doctor, of course. If you’re experiencing severe mood swings and feel like you’re not coping, always consult a professional.