The doctor’s view
Dr Sascha Edelstein, a fertility specialist at HART Cape Town fertility clinic, weighs in
Women with normal ovulatory cycles will have predictable hormonal changes during their cycle. These hormonal fluxes may influence mood and behaviour, with several studies showing that women experience negative mood symptoms to a greater extent in the second half of their cycle. Other studies have suggested that the ovarian hormones do not determine mood, but rather act to dampen or magnify emotional arousability, which is in turn determined by psychological factors.
There is no conclusive evidence that ovarian hormones have a greater influence than psycho-social factors on prevailing mood. However, for those women who are sensitive to hormonal changes and who do experience cyclical patterns, understanding their hormonal cycle may help them to structure their exposure to stress. While all ovulatory women experience similar hormonal fluxes, they do not all have the same, or a predictable, response.
This type of ovarian hormone tracking would not work for women who are not ovulating; certain medications, like combined hormonal contraception and some psychiatric medication, can also modify a woman’s response to hormonal fluxes. Fertilityspecialist.co.za