Stress Hormones and Women Health
What is Stress?
Stress occurs as a result of some challenge, or tension. Throughout the evolution of man, stress served to ensure everyday survival of early man being threatened by various elements, such as wild animals and the elements.
Today, we typically do not encounter wild animals in our everyday lives, but consider when you are crossing the street and there is a car that may run you over, the stress response triggers the “fight or flight” response in the sympathetic nervous system that puts you on high alert allowing you to avoid being hit by that car.
Low levels of occasional stress are normal and serve our mental and physical wellbeing; it is when stress becomes severe and chronic and there is prolonged elevation in stress hormones that adverse effects are seen in our physical, mental, and emotional states.