Are you or someone you care about in chronic pain? Did you know that there have been studies that show a direct relationship between sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone and that getting these hormones into proper balance can reduce pain and increase your body’s ability to heal. A study published in 2010 in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism looked at how sex hormones (estrogen and testosterone) can help people with osteoarthritis. The researchers found that concentrations of these hormones can provide some pain relief to those with late-stage osteoarthritis.
Sex hormones aren’t just important for sex drive; estrogen and testosterone also help with cell growth and maintenance of muscles and bones. This is because estrogen and testosterone receptors are located in tissues of the body. Putting estrogen or testosterone into tissue cell increases the regenerative properties. Tissue from women is most influenced by estrogen; tissue from men is most influenced by testosterone.
You can now see how there is a direct correlation between a scarcity of these important sex hormones and pain. Therefore, if you have low testosterone or estrogen levels, you may feel more pain.