Episode 053: The Impact of Stress on Brain Chemistry & the Menstrual Cycle

featuring Kela Smith

Most people don’t realize that the menstrual cycle is actually controlled by the brain. Puberty. Ovulation. Menstruation. All start in the brain. It’s a hormonal dance that keeps us cycling from menarche to menopause. But what about when the cycle doesn’t flow smoothly? Many women have irregular cycles and may struggle with infertility. It’s said that menstruation is an indicator of health, so what does it mean when a woman isn’t ovulating consistently and menstruation is absent?

My guest, Kela Smith goes deep into the brain chemistry behind menstruation and ovulation. She shares how imbalances in the HPA axis can disrupt the whole fertility cycle. You’ll learn how stress shuts down ovulation and interferes with normal brain chemistry. Once you understand how it all works, it makes perfect sense. Kela shares simple steps anyone can take to help balance hormones and brain chemistry, promote healthy cycling and restore ovulation in those experiencing anovulatory cycles. 


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Special Guest

Kela Smith is the CEO and program director of the Hormone Puzzle Society, a woman’s health hub for fertility, hormones, and the business of coaching. She is also one of the coaches at the Society. Kela works with women who are struggling with infertility and hormone imbalance and coaches them to get pregnant naturally and eliminate symptoms of hormone imbalance through a method she created called the hormone P.U.Z.Z.L.E method coupled with cycle syncing.  

Kela brings over 20 years of experience as a professional fitness trainer, wellness educator, and author. To date, she has published multiple books on fertility and hormones as well as four distinct online courses.  

Kela holds four different qualifications as a Certified Holistic Health & Wellness Coach. She realized her dream of creating a virtual holistic health and wellness practice and helps women all over the world solve these issues.


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