How Eve Helped Me Understand My Hormones - Cheyenne's Story

Today on the blog, Eve's advertising gal, Cheyenne Welham, shares her hormonal journey and experience with the Eve Test Complete.

 

I was an elite athlete representing New Zealand for 10 years. After years of overtraining and under-fuelling as a rhythmic gymnast, I had an inkling that my hormones might not be too great, even 6 years after hanging up my leotard. (Spoiler alert: I was right).

 

Back in the day, I was in the gym training hard up to 30 hours a week while also trying to maintain the low weight and elegant body lines that my sport demanded. As a result, I suffered from extremely irregular or non-existent periods.

 

When I did get my period, it was incredibly heavy, we're talking 'bleeding through a maternity pad in under an hour' kind of heavy. But on the other hand, I could go up to a year without getting a single period. At the time, missing my period felt like just another thing that just 'happened' to all of us gymnasts - and in fact - kind of a blessing. Skimpy leotards and tampon strings weren't exactly the vibe. But as I grew older and became more aware of how female bodies work, it slowly dawned on me that something wasn’t quite right with mine.

 

In 2011 when I was barely 15, I went to see my GP about my irregular menstrual cycle and she referred me to a gynecologist for blood work and ultrasounds. Those showed high levels of testosterone and low levels of progesterone and oestrogen along with several cysts on my ovaries, putting me into a category called PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

 

In fact, my levels of progesterone and oestrogen were so extremely low that they were even considered to be in the 'post-menopausal' range. The 'solution'? Going on the pill long before I had sex for the first time.

 

The pill affected my mood drastically. I cried all the time and was always on edge. I must have tried about four or five different brands and dosages but nothing was working for me. Ultimately I ended up getting a Mirena IUD placed. But it still wasn't a cure, and I wanted to get to the bottom of what was really going on with my body.

 

So, after learning more about how hormone balance can affect your overall health and well-being, I decided to try the Eve Test Complete. It is an at-home dried urine test that measures levels of 18 different sex hormones - including oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and their metabolites.

 

When I got my report back, I nearly cried. Both my oestrogen and progesterone levels were well below the optimal range, and my testosterone levels were also in the low end of the optimal range.

 

 

My results, therefore, showed why I’m not experiencing regular cycles, and so I need to focus on supporting my oestrogen and progesterone levels to help get my cycle back. It also explained why I often struggle with low mood, feeling anxious, and being easily stressed or irritated (I think my partner audibly scoffed when he read that bit!).

 

My key lifestyle recommendations included:

  • Eating enough in general, but specifically ensuring I am getting enough protein and healthy fats with each meal 
  • Eat plenty of foods rich in iodine, vitamin D, zinc and selenium
  • Reduce inflammatory foods such as gluten, refined sugar and processed foods
  • Take steps to reduce caffeine or cut it out completely
  • Implementing some daily stress reduction techniques into my life
  • Prioritise 'me time' to unwind and soothe stress hormones
  • Opting for more resistance training rather than cardio

 

I was also recommended to start taking:

  • Eve Period Pal: This lovely herbal blend contains anti- inflammatory, adaptogenic and anxiolytic properties and was designed to support brain function, mood, sleep, and our natural production of progesterone.
  • Eve Chill Pills: These are a kava based product designed to soothe your nervous system and bring you a sense of inner calm. You can take up to three per day, so you can have them on hand to support stress or anxiety as needed or take the full dose for sleep support - they’re a fantastic addition to your stress and mood support toolkit.
  • BePure Three: This fish oil product contains essential fatty acids that act as potent anti-inflammatories in the body, and are also essential for our brain health so support mood. Omega-3s also help with hormone production and cell sensitivity to hormones, and provide DHA which is a key precursor to DHEA.

 

I feel like the Eve Test Complete has given me a clear action plan to improve my hormone health. I’ve now been taking Eve Period Pal and BePure Three consistently for about a month and I’m excited to reap the benefits. I’m also trying my best to eat right for me, opt for decaf over double-shot, and meditate for 10 minutes each day. I feel confident that I am on the right track and that I have the support of the Eve team if I have any questions or concerns in the future.

Disclaimer: This blog post is for educational purposes only. It is not designed to diagnose, treat or cure. We are all unique. For your individual health concerns it is important to discuss these with a relevant health professional.