There are physiological differences in women and modern practices that make gall bladder symptoms in women more common than in men. What are they and learn how to deal with them safely without resorting to surgery.
Most articles on gallbladder symptoms in women give you a list of common symptoms and perhaps describe their complication, but they never give you viable solutions beyond “seek medical advise.” In this article you will not only be shown why these symptoms come about, but how you may minimize or eliminate them altogether.
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Why are gall bladder symptoms in women more prevalent?
One primary reason why gallbladder symptoms in women are more commonplace is due to physiological differences between men and women.
First, women normally have slower gall bladder emptying than men, an effect that may seem to be amplified during pregnancy and may very well be one reason why so many women suffer from gall stone formation after giving birth.
Second, gallstones affect more women than man because of the effects of estrogen and progesterone. Women secrete high levels of the hormone called progesterone during the second half of the menstrual cycle. This hormone is associated with delaying muscle contractions. During pregnancy, estrogen is also present in high levels as it helps to maintain pregnancy and stimulates the process of fetal maturation.
Both estrogen and progesterone affect the handling of cholesterol in women, a factor that often leads to abnormally high concentrations of cholesterol in the bile and decreased gallbladder movement.
The primary function of the gallbladder is to serve as a reservoir for bile used for the digestion of food, mainly fat in the intestines. But when there is infrequent emptying of the gallbladder as it is with women, and that bile is saturated with excessive cholesterol during certain periods, it causes the cholesterol and other substances found in bile to crystallize or harden. The end result is cholesterol gallstones, which account for approximately 80% of all gallstones, or pigment gallstones which is 20%. Gallstones can vary in size from a grain of sand to larger sizes.
Another culprit why gallstones occur more frequently in women is hormone-replacement therapy (HRT), a medical procedure during which a woman is administered female hormones in order to relieve the unpleasant symptoms of menopause. (1) However, the primary hormones used for this purpose is again, estrogen or a type of progestin, which does lead to gallstone formation as well as numerous other health complications and symptoms in women.
Several studies now show that the use of hormone replacement therapy doubles or triples the risk for gallstones, hospitalization for gall bladder disease, or gall bladder surgery. But there is more: the side effects associated with HRT are worst that the original symptom being originally prescribed to relieve. These may include increased risk of cancer, heart disease, kidney stones, stroke, blood clots as well as other side effects such as headaches, nausea, sore breast tissue, mood changes and bloating. Some women experience irregular vaginal bleeding as well. (2)
Another reason why women suffer from various gall bladder symptoms and diseases more than men is the wide use of birth control pills. The number of women currently taking some form of birth control is in the millions. The use of contraceptives significantly increases the level of cholesterol produced by the liver. In addition to this, when in the presence of contraceptives, there is a marked reduction in the force and frequency of gallbladder’s contractions, which causes the gallbladder to fail to open properly. This allows bile and cholesterol to become more concentrated and grow stagnant. The suspended cholesterol in the bile then begins to crystallize. The concentrated bile combines with other waste materials to form biliary sludge. Both of these lead to gallstone formation.
Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals and Barr Laboratories, the manufacturers of the common contraceptives Yas®, Yasmin® and Ocella®, are currently the subjects of lawsuits by women throughout the US, who have suffered serious health problems and dangerous side effects, including gallstone formation and other gall bladder symptoms from the use of these birth control pills. (3,4)
Another reason why women suffer from more gall bladder symptoms and diseases more than men is because of the prevalence of fad diets/rapid weight loss or cycling in female populations. In general women diet more than men as well have greater body dissatisfaction and drive for thinness than males. (5,6) This is probably due because everywhere women turn there’s a reminder that a woman needs to lose weight to be seductive and successful. It has to do with a complex of self-image; if a woman eats too much she feels bad about herself and becomes concerned, because she knows she’s damaging her image and breaking the set of rules she has adopted as her own. Therefore, women are more prone to go on “crash” diets more than men. The prolonged fasting and rapid weight loss by these diets causes the liver to over-produce cholesterol and become supersaturated which results in an increased risk of gallstone formation.
Alternative Treatments Of Excessive Gallstone Formation
Traditional methods of dealing with gallstones usually involve surgery or gallbladder removal (laparoscopic method), but it does not come without risks.
A method called Pulverexx Protocol™ is gaining an ever-wider audience involves undergoing a detoxification program that naturally pulverizes gallstones and purges them from gallbladder or bile ducts. This method is not intrusive, which means that it does not require surgery. It does not require used of hight toxic chemicals either. Unlike traditional alternative gallbladder flushes, where gallstones can often cause discomfort during their elimination, the Pulverexx Protocol™ first reduces the size of the gallstones and then it expels them from the body via stool. This way the process becomes painless. The Pulverexx Protocol™ dissolves both types of gallstones, cholesterol based as well as Calcified or Pigmented gallstones. It also helps purge any sludge accumulation in the gallbladder. The method can be done in 2 weeks time .
We have found the Pulverexx Protocol™ to be an effective means of getting rid of gallstones and therefore it is a viable alternative to gallbladder surgery.
For more information: www.gallbladderdetox.com
From the desk of Mario Avino
March 10, 2011
(1) Hart AR et al. Hormone replacement therapy and symptomatic gallstones – a prospective population study in the EPIC-Norfolk cohort. Digestion. 2008;77(1):4-9. Epub 2008 Jan 21.
(2) Srinivas Kalala, MD, et al. Postmenopausal Hormone Replacement Therapy and the Risks of Calculous Gallbladder Disease. Clinical Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, p 25-29
(3) “Yaz Manufacturer Faces Two Additional Lawsuits Following Blood Clots, Gallstones” February 09, 2011, ,
(4) “Gallbladder issues in women taking Yasmin birth control” May 25, 2010, http://www.gallbladderdetox.com/gall-bladder-symptoms-women-2
(5) Rosen, J.C. & Gross, J. (1987). Prevalence of weight reducing and weight gaining in adolescent girls and boys. Health Psychology, 6, 131-147.
(6) – Dana Maude et al. Body Dissatisfaction, Weight Loss Behaviours, and Bulimic Tendencies in Australian Adolescents With an Estimate of Female Data Representativeness, Australian Psychologist, Volume 28, Issue 2, pages 128–132, July 1993
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