How Hormones Impact Mental Health

Prof Kulkarni says the roles that the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone play in a woman’s reproductive health are well known, but it’s less commonly known that they also impact mental health. “The point to make, is that even though we tend to think of these hormones as ‘the reproductive hormones’, they also have a really, really big impact in the brain”, she says

She explains that mental and physical health are closely connected, and this applies to our hormonal health too. “For a long time, we put all things mental health in one box, and all things physical health in another box … so, for a long time, people like me have been working to say ‘look, these hormones – oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone – are potent brain chemicals.

Read the full article as Prof Kulkarni answer all these questions and more, as part of Women’s Health Week.

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