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    Women drinking from BPA water bottle affecting her hormones and requiring hormone care

    Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) can seriously affect your hormones, requiring counteractive hormone care.

    If you are one of the many women struggling with hormone imbalance, it may feel like your hormones are out of your control. But what if there was an invisible source influencing them— something in your environment? Our environment is filled with toxins that can harm our health, and endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are among the most common. We come into contact with these chemicals daily, and they can have profound effects on our hormones, from increasing inflammation to negatively impacting reproductive health. 

    Today, we will look at several common EDCs and their toxic impact on hormonal health. By educating yourself and creating a plan to counteract these harmful effects, such as making lifestyle changes or undergoing hormone replacement therapy, you can help restore your hormonal balance and overall well-being. You can count on our team at HerKare for women’s hormone care that puts your health first. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.

    You Are Surrounded by Toxins Every Day

    EDCs are harmful substances that can be found in a lot of everyday products that we use such as medicines, cosmetics, and plastic food packaging. What’s frightening is that even small doses of these toxins can be extremely harmful to our bodies, often affecting us in ways that we cannot see or feel. Whether through the skin, digestive system, or respiratory system, these toxins have the ability to penetrate our bodies unnoticed. It is important to have a better understanding of the sources of toxins in our environment so you can understand what could be impacting your hormonal balance.

    Many Toxins Disrupt Your Endocrine System and Hormones

    We live in a world full of chemicals. Everything from the air we breathe to the food we eat is contaminated to some degree or another. While many of these substances are fairly harmless, there is a wide range of chemicals that can cause serious damage to our hormonal and endocrine systems, disrupting the way our bodies function on a fundamental level. The prevalence of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in our daily lives is startling. With over 800 products classified as EDCs, it’s become increasingly difficult to avoid exposure to these toxic substances.

    From pesticides to everyday household products, we need to take action to protect our health from this threat, particularly when it comes to their impact on our hormones and reproductive systems. Bisphenol A (BPA), Phthalates, and Atrazine are just some of the commonly used chemicals that fall under this category, and their effects can be devastating. 

    • Bisphenol A (BPA): The production of BPA has steadily grown in recent years on account of its multiple applications in the plastic and manufacturing industries, such as food packaging. BPA is an endocrine disruptor that binds to estrogen receptors.
    • Phthalates: This is a large group of chemical compounds frequently used in plastic coatings and cosmetics. These chemicals are banned in the EU but are legal in the US. They alter the development and function of the hormone-dependent structures of the reproductive system.
    • Atrazine: This chemical is largely used in agriculture as a herbicide to reduce the growth of leaves and weeds in wheat, soy, and sugar cane. Atrazine alters how the central nervous system produces hormones.

    EDCs are increasingly pervasive and can significantly impact endocrine processes, including hormone production and balance. As part of our hormone care, we should all educate ourselves on the harmful impact of EDCs and take steps to limit our exposure to them.

    Women Exposed Regularly to EDCs Have a Higher Chance of Developing PCOS or Endometriosis

    Recent studies have found that women who are regularly exposed to endocrine-disrupting chemical compounds may have an increased risk of developing hormonal disorders such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or endometriosis. 

    PCOS is characterized by symptoms such as:

    • Irregular periods
    • Difficulty getting pregnant
    • Excess facial and body hair
    • Severe acne

    Endometriosis symptoms include: 

    • Severe cramping or lower back/abdominal pain during periods
    • Heavy bleeding
    • Fatigue
    • Infertility

    Because these conditions can be very difficult to manage, you should know about the potential risks associated with certain chemicals and take steps to minimize your exposure to them. By making informed choices about the daily products you use, you can reduce your risk of developing serious health problems.

    Offsetting the Harmful Effects of Hormonal Disruption on Your Body

    Women’s hormone care has become increasingly important due to the harmful effects of hormonal disruption caused by various environmental toxins. While it may seem overwhelming, there are several practical methods to offset these negative effects in your day to day life. 

    To start, you can restore your natural hormonal levels with Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) to help bring your body back into balance. Going forward, you can help support this balance in several ways. Reducing the use of plastic in your home is a simple yet effective way to limit your exposure to harmful BPA and phthalates. Choosing to purchase organic food can reduce your exposure to atrazine. You can also opt for natural personal care and cleaning products that are chemical-free. These changes will help you take control of your hormone care and promote a healthier, more balanced life.

    Restore Balance with Women’s Hormone Care

    If you are experiencing symptoms of hormonal imbalance, you can help protect your body with targeted women’s hormone care. Contact our team HerKare today to talk about how you can restore your natural hormone balance with HRT. When it comes to your health and well-being, there’s no substitute for feeling your best. We can help provide relief from symptoms caused by hormonal imbalances. Schedule an appointment today.


    It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Dr. Sridevi Panchamukhi will be discontinuing her affiliation with HerKare. Dr. Panchamoukhi’s last day with HerKare was Monday, March 27, 2023. As a patient you may obtain copies of your medical records or arrange transfer of your medical records to another physician. HerKare Physician Group, PLLC will continue to maintain your medical records. You may reach out to to obtain copies of your records. We wish Dr. Panchamoukhi the very best.