Women are not mini men

Dr Agnes Ryu

Women are far more than smaller, weaker versions of men.  Women possess profound biological and psychological complexities that make womanhood wondrous.


Intricate Feminine Biology

Women and men have fundamental hormonal differences extending beyond muscle mass alone. The feminine hormones estrogen and progesterone orchestrate a monthly symphony, influencing emotions, metabolism, and more.

Periods and pregnancy require a delicate hormonal balance.  The female capacity to create and sustain new life is biologically intricate.

Beyond hormones, women and men differ genetically, neurologically, reproductively, and psychologically. Female brains process emotions, language and stress uniquely based on subtle structural variations.

Different perspectives, preferences, relationships, and ways of nurturing reflect this female wiring.


Thriving Within Male-Focused Systems

In conventional medicine, the innate cyclical nature of the female body has rarely been regarded or respected. For too long, male-focused medicine has overlooked multi-faceted needs of women. But embracing differences allows to thrive as envisioned.

Many medical treatments are tested on men yet applied to women. Many health and fitness trends are also optimized for the male body and promoted to women.

Certain fitness regimes can unexpectedly impact women’s cycles and fertility although not affecting men.

The “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” mentality may apply more to men, whose bodies can be less sensitive.


Nurturing Cyclical Nature

I regard fertility as one of the most important biomarkers as women’s health aligns closely with fertility.

Young women should appreciate that maintaining healthy menstrual cycles is an intricate and biologically expensive process, requiring abundant energy and nutrients.

Women’s sensitive systems can be profoundly impacted by overload and stress.

When the brain is overwhelmed, the delicate hormonal symphony governing fertility can become disrupted. Activities like prolonged fasting, excessive training, and consistent ice baths can tax the body until ovulation ceases.

The body diverts its resources towards immediate survival rather than procreation.

In approximately 30 fertile years, women must nurture these cyclical systems, not strain them and need to get nourished by the right hormones at each stage.

By honouring natural rhythms, women bloom vibrantly during fleeting fertile seasons.





Agnes Ryu

Agnes Ryu

Dr. Ryu is a clinician and biochemist specializing in integrative medicine. Her clinical interests include fertility, hormones, metabolism, healthy ageing, menopause, and natural breast cancer care. As an integrative practitioner, Dr. Ryu aims to uncover the root causes of health issues and strives to empower patients with the knowledge and tools to take charge of their own health.

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