Week 5 Day 1 – The fantastical world of Hormones

Published March 18, 2014 by Katier Scott

I can’t believe I’ve already reached the end of the first month (well 28 days) of Hormones and I think the first changes are visible as I’m sure my body hair is finer. Especially on my arms where it was very dark, it’s still quite dark but I’m sure finer now.

Hormones, I’ve learnt, are incredible things and it’s a shame that the BBC tend not to leave one-off programs on their iPlayer for very long. Recently they showed a program called “The Fantastical World of Hormones with Professor John Wass” which was a brilliant watch and very insightful.

A clip of the program is available (probably just in the UK) at The Fantastical World of Hormones but sadly the BBC don’t hold programs on iPlayer for long and it’s no-longer available.  There may be illegal sources but I’m not going to post them here.

What it did tell me was just how fascinating hormones are and we may not often realise just well known some of them are. Estrogen and Testosterone are obvious, but did you know Insulin and Adrenaline are Hormones? I didn’t.

Essentially they work by ‘switching on’ what I would call a ‘mode’ in a cell. So an increase in Adrenaline causes the Heart to pump faster in readiness for the ‘fight or flight’ reflex. The sex hormones trigger soft tissue changes, skin, and hair growth.

I also found out what causes PMS, it’s a drop in Estrogen level so it’s clear it can trigger the mood of the person and the title of this blog is only so true – as being Hormonal is most definitely not a myth.

I found the last fact out as on Sunday and Monday I was very emotional, as my Estrogen intake is steady (and I’d guess probably stable now) it wasn’t likely caused by a PMS type symptom, although my Testosterone should be constantly dropping and that ‘could’ be the cause.

However in this case I think it was just ‘normal’ emotions rather than anything triggered by hormones – fascinating though they are.

An enjoyable couple of drinks, chatting to my flat mate and one of my best friends, and some fun telly watching The Great British Sewing Bee and ‘Hair’ soon sorted that :).

Next week I might feel up to a VLog – I did record one this week but didn’t feel up to editing it so decided to just do a text post this week.


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