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If asked, most practitioners understand the basics regarding sex hormone production or report “hormones are made in the ovaries.” However, this only scratches the surface. Understanding female sex hormones requires a deep understanding of the dynamic dance between the brain, theca, granulosa, and lutein cells of the ovary. The female body, when of cycling age, centers just about everything around her potential to become pregnant whether she wants to or not. Women are born with about 2 million follicles on her ovaries and by puberty, have 300,000-400,000 that she will use to create the hormones testosterone, DHEA, androstenedione, estrone, estradiol and progesterone. While signaling starts in the brain, the health and careful orchestration of communication between the follicular cells will influence or determine her health outcomes as it relates to gynecological health, mood health, heart health, immune health, musculoskeletal health, nervous system health, cancer risk and more. This webinar will serve to provide practitioners with the more complex anatomy and physiology of the ovaries and sex hormone production so that they can truly address female complaints from the teenage years through menopause.
- Review the anatomy of the ovaries to include the blood supply, lymphatic system and nerve innervation that helps with follicular development and hormone production.
- Review statistics on follicular numbers and development
- Discuss follicular progression from pre-antral to ovulation.
- Understand the physiology of theca cell development and the hormones produced.
- Understand the physiology of granulosa cell development and the hormones produced.
- Understand the physiology of lutein cell development and the hormones produced.
- Apply dietary, lifestyle and supplemental support to optimize each of these stages.
- Discuss medications and lifestyle factors that can disrupt each of these stages.
- Briefly review how disruptions in these cells can lead to hormonal dysfunction such as PCOS, anovulation, relative estrogen dominance compared to progesterone in the luteal phase and more.