This post is a follow-up from Monday. (I actually forgot I brought this up already (!) but I found more info about it that’s worth further investigation…)
The hormonal aspect of cellulite is still a mystery to me. We recently received some fascinating intel that provides a solid clue to the cellulite/hormone connection.
I have suffered from cellulite since I was a teenager. I am now in my forties. It is very visible on the front, sides and backs of my legs… there was one point in my life when I was completely and utterly cellulite free… I was pregnant with a boy, and during the pregnancy and for up to one year afterwards, I was cellulite free.
I’ve heard of women losing their cellulite while nursing, so I thought maybe it was coincidence that she was pregnant with a boy. So I asked Jessie if she had any other pregnancies and if she noticed a difference with her cellulite then.
Turns out she was pregnant three times, with big gaps in between. First with a girl, then a boy, then a girl again. The only one that affected her cellulite was her pregnancy with the boy. Fascinating, right?!
I did some sleuthing online and most sources seemed to confirm that the sex of the child didn’t have a significant impact on the mother’s hormones.
But then I found this study published in 1978 in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Researchers measured the testosterone levels of 180 women during weeks 7 to 20 of pregnancy. Testosterone concentrations in women with male fetuses showed an increase beginning in week 7, reaching a maximum during weeks 9 to 11, followed by a decrease until weeks 15 to 20.
Could it be the boost in testosterone is what helped Jessie get rid of her cellulite? Please share your thoughts on the cellulite/hormone connection. We need a breakthrough here!
I’m still figuring out how to set up our forum, but feel free to come over and say hi while I’m working on it. It’s always nice to hear from my fellow cellulite investigators!