A woman’s hormone cycle can become irregular or problematic for several reasons including stress, weight loss, inadequate diet, excess exercise, drugs or an illness like Epstein Barr.
The cthat causes glandular fever or mononucleosis, can affect the adrenal or stress glands of the body. Once the adrenals become depleted, the whole hormonal balance of the body becomes disturbed.
Typically the hormone imbalance results in not enough progesterone being produced in the second half of the menstrual cycle. Estrogen remains the dominant hormone. This imbalance can lead to irregular periods, infertility, breast tenderness, headaches and in some cases heavy, painful or more frequent periods.
So what can be done to restore hormonal balance in Epstein Barr patients and re-establish a regular, pain free cycle?
Firstly the herb Vitex agnus-castus (chaste tree) is a good hormonal balancer. It helps the pituitary gland in the brain to send the correct message to other glands in the body to synchronize the menstrual cycle.
Secondly vitamins C, E and the B complex plus magnesium, zinc and fish oils can help nourish the glands and re-balance the hormones.
Liver cleansing is also a good idea as it helps the body to break down excess estrogen. The liver is often affected by EBV, so a low fat diet free of alcohol, coffee and preservatives will help.
There is no quick, easy fix in re-balancing the hormones when the body is affected by EBV. It may take several months of following the above advice before consistent results are seen.