Many people don't realize just how much biochemistry takes place in the gut. Not only is the gut a digestive organ, it is an integral part of the endocrine system. When balancing out menstrual irregularities, menopausal symptoms, infertility, addressing gut health is actually the hidden foundation. The liver and the bowel work as the main elimination organs for estrogen in your body.
Here is how it works: The liver is our body's great multi-task master. With processing inflammation, making antibodies, creating bile, detoxing the blood, storing sugar, minerals, and vitamins, added on to this vast list is metabolizing hormones. Estrogen is metabolized by the liver, packaged and sent out the stool into the small and large intestine. The bowel is actually the main escape route for estrogen.
Having 1-2 bowel movements per day indicates that things are moving in a healthy way. A snag occurs when we experience decreased bowel transit time, or constipation. When the stool moves at an abnormally slower rate (a long transit time) estrogen actually comes out of its packaging and re-circulates in the body. This re-circulation adds to estrogen dominance and can lead to disruptions in progesterone, testosterone, and even signals for ovulation in the body.
There are many reasons why constipation occurs. First, constipation can be a sign that inflammation exists and investigating the food sources of inflammation is essential. Second, nutritional components in someone's diet such as fiber and water intake are pivotal for understanding constipation. Last, consider mobility - lack of exercise and movement actually decreases gut mobility. Gut health and its considerations are unique for each person and are something you and your healthcare provider need to investigate.