The hormone circuit of the NEM stress response is the first of the circuits to be stimulated when stress hits the body. It is made up of the adrenal glands, the thyroid gland, and the reproductive glands. These three organ systems are interrelated such that what affects one affects all. These effects can be physiological, sub-clinical, or clinical in nature.

For example, if the adrenal glands become weak or fatigued, there is often concurrent malfunction of the thyroid gland and irregularity of the menstrual cycle. If the thyroid is less active, it tends to exacerbate adrenal fatigue. If there is ovarian hormone imbalance, such as estrogen dominance, any pre-existing hypothyroidism may be exacerbated.

The Ovarian-Adrenal-Thyroid (OAT) axis is the major pathway for the hormones of this circuit to work. If the OAT axis becomes imbalanced, one of the systems involved becomes clinically dominant. These imbalances, when they occur, are not typically equal across the three systems. Most of the time, the system that is damaged the most and is constitutionally weakest becomes the clinically dominant system.

Common Symptons Of Hormone Imbalance

  • Hair loss
  • Fatigue
  • Inability to conceive
  • Exercise intolerance
  • PMS
  • Feeling cold when others are warm
  • Irregular menses
  • Low libido
  • Estrogen Dominance
  • Swollen breasts
  • Weight gain
  • Dry Skin
  • Irritability

Conditions Related To Hormone Imbalance

  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Estrogen Dominance
  • PMS
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause
  • Fibrocystic Breast Disease
  • Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
  • Acne
  • PCOS
  • Primary and Secondary Thyroid Problems
  • Hashimoto’s Disease
  • Infertility
  • Post-menopausal Syndrome
  • Reproductive Disruption
  • Miscarriage
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Hashimoto’s or Graves Disease