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Food, sex and mental torment


Let's say you are a woman and you suddenly have stopped menstruating (although there is no pregnancy). This also happens when taking oral contraceptives, and without them. When you finally reach the gynecologist, he will, of course, send you to various studies to make sure that nothing really bad happens to you. But in parallel the doctor will ask if you have been nervous and worried lately and whether you can somehow rearrange your life so as to stop this disgrace, lower the level of stress hormones, restore normal synthesis of gonadoliberin and regain your monthly bleeding - at least in As a marker of the overall well-being of the body.
Maybe worse: let's say you are a man. The good news is that the stress you most likely will not stop standing. In articles on erectile dysfunction and psychological problems, a lot is said about depression, but not about stress as such; in one of the studies tried to establish a link between stress at work and the quality of erection, but nothing statistically significant could not be detected. The problem is different. In the case of constant stress, men can have sex, but do not want - the libido decreases. In addition, the concentration of spermatozoa in the ejaculate falls (this also happens in case of one-time, but severe stress). These effects are associated with a decrease in the level of luteinizing hormone and, probably, testosterone.
But the most unfortunate option - if you are a pregnant woman and are stressed. In principle, progesterone, which during pregnancy is plentiful, has a calming effect and can prevent the development of stress reactions, but sometimes life is so heavy that it can not cope. If you take pregnant laboratory mice and make them listen to loud unpleasant sounds, then the embryos may disappear altogether, dissolve into the uterine cavity. People do not have this effect, but there is a possibility of miscarriage or developmental disorders.
In the suppression of the reproductive function, to some extent, many stress hormones are involved - in the processes of reducing the synthesis of sex hormones, adrenocorticotropic hormone, and cortisol, and adrenaline are involved. But the key role seems to play the very first hormone of the stress reaction - corticoliberin, which is released in the brain (in the hypothalamus) and also affects the brain (on the pituitary gland), triggering the entire subsequent cascade of stress hormones. Literally in the last ten years it turned out that the receptors for corticoliberin are not only in the pituitary gland, they are scattered throughout the body, in particular, there are many of them in the male and in the female reproductive system. It seems that the ovaries, testes and the placenta are able to produce a small amount of corticoliberin for self-regulation - and they can also react to this hormone, which came from the hypothalamus and carries an unambiguous signal: "Guys, give your activity, do not love us right now ".
During acute stress, we not only do not love, but not before eating. The activation of the sympathetic nervous system and the release of adrenaline abruptly suppress appetite - both due to direct influence on the gastrointestinal tract, and thanks to an increase in the level of glucose in the blood. Numerous experiments have shown that an artificial disruption of the sympathetic nervous system makes the experimental animals eat very much, and the increase in its activity slows down the consumption of food. Hormones, used in the early stages of stress, suppress the activity of the upper parts of the gastrointestinal tract, but increase the peristalsis of the lower parts. That's why diarrhea can start from a strong fright. In everyday life, this is called "bear illness" - unauthorized sources say that the term arose as a result of an attack by large groups of hunters on a sleeping bear in a den. To wake the bear, and then kill him, while he just woke up and thinks badly, they made a big noise. Allegedly, the unhappy animal woke up with severe diarrhea, and while it tried to clear the intestines, the hunters came closer and killed it. It seems that hunting is a dirty occupation!
But short-term fright passes, and in the body there are hormones associated with later stages of stress reaction, in the first place cortisol. At this stage, stress can, on the contrary, increase appetite (which is logical: immediate danger has passed, now it is necessary to restore wasted resources). There are two interesting features: firstly, it seems that after stress women experience more hunger than men. Secondly, stress provokes people not just to eat more, but to choose the most delicious (that is, high-calorie, fatty, sweet and salty: our brain believes that food that is rarely found in nature is of utmost value to us).
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