Quick question, gang: How did you get your hormone education? We probably all learn about pregnancy and periods in one fashion or another at school. But were you ever taught about hormones? If you’re anything like us, there’s a good chance you learned everything you know through hard work and a ton of doctor’s appointments. And as far as we’re concerned, that’s not good enough.
As anyone who’s ever dealt with the medical establishment will likely know, hormones aren’t the most well-known of bodily processes. Which is kind of odd, given how many things they’re involved in. The reasons for that lack of knowledge are numerous and often involve the historic sidelining of “women’s” health issues. Things, though, seem to be slowly changing. That’s down in no small part to women demanding more information about their bodies. And it’s one of the main reasons Hormona exists.
“I’m a firm believer that knowledge is power. And for so long women haven’t had access to the most basic knowledge about their body or cycle, myself included,” says Jasmine Tagesson, one of Hormonas co-founders. “One of my favorite things about building Hormona is that I learn something new about my hormones every single day. There’s still so much to discover!”
Those learning experiences, though, aren’t always confined to bodily functions. “One of the craziest realizations was how little information is given to young women in schools and other situations.” Which cannot be right. And there’s a reason hormone education is crucial for young women, particularly those with period issues and the like, as Jasmine can attest.
“I have many times looked back to when I first started the pill. There was a complete lack of explanation as to how a hormonal contraceptive works. All I knew was, “This won’t get me pregnant.” I had absolutely no idea that it also stopped my natural hormone production. Or that I wouldn’t have a “real” period during a time when my hormones and cycle probably hadn’t had a chance to find their rhythm and regulate themselves. Today, I find that absolutely mind-blowing.”
Thing is, that’s a situation that continues the world over. Hormonal contraception is prescribed for anything from irregular periods to depression and acne, as well as contraception. And chances are, patients won’t be given any more information about how it actually works now than they were then.
For Jasmine, Hormona presents a unique opportunity to make a huge change in hormone education. “Young girls everywhere should be equipped with information like this before they make decisions that could potentially affect their health and wellbeing for years to come.”
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Part of Hormona’s unique opportunity is the chance to meet, and talk to young women about their hormones. And for Jasmine, that’s an opportunity she doesn’t want to miss.
“I want Hormona to be part of that educational journey. To help women from a young age understand the impact their hormones have on their body and mind throughout their cycle — and their lifetimes. So that they’ll be able to optimize their diet and lifestyle to live in harmony with, and capitalize on, the unique power of their hormones.”
We believe that educating young women is key to improving health outcomes for everyone. So, if you work in education, or with young women, and would like Jasmine to help kick-start the hormone conversation, get in touch! Send us a message, or ping us on Insta or Twitter and let’s get talking!
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