Period Blood Color — What does it mean and what’s normal?

Have you ever started your period and noticed the blood was brown, black, red, or even purple? Or, maybe you’re like most women, and you’ve never paid attention to the color of your menstrual blood — until you saw something out of the ordinary and panicked. The variations in period blood colors are usually not pathological from a medical perspective. …

Starting Hormonal Birth Control? Here’s How to Reduce the Side Effects

“I’ve been considering starting hormonal birth control, but I’m concerned about the side effects,” Natasha shared in her first visit. Like many women considering hormonal birth control, she wasn’t ready to start a family and she felt apprehensive that other methods would work for her. “It’s true that just like your natural hormones, synthetic hormones can affect every system in …

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What are the health benefits of Maca powder?

Maca is an herb that has long been used in women’s health to increase energy, boost libido, and eliminate uncomfortable symptoms like hot flashes. Adaptogens are gaining steam in the health and wellness realm, as more and more people are learning how these herbs (many of which have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years) can bring balance …

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The Contraception Guide

Information about contraception can make your head spin. There are so many kinds of birth control available today (yay!), and what works for one woman may not work for another. In my work with patients I’ve always advocated for an individualized review of risks and benefits so that each woman can choose the best form of birth control for her …

Bacterial Vaginosis Symptoms & 5 Natural Treatments

Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a common vaginal infection that affects women in their reproductive years. It is caused by the overgrowth of normal bacteria found in the vagina. While many women don’t have symptoms, others can experience unpleasant symptoms as well, such as unusual discharge, itching and a fishy odor.  In this article, I’ll break down exactly what BV is, …

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What Is Adenomyosis & How Is it Treated

Struggling with abnormally painful periods, heavy flow, bleeding at irregular times or feeling like your lower abdomen is growing despite the same diet and exercise habits may be a sign that there are more than the run of the mill period problems happening. In some cases these wickedly painful periods can be due to elevated prostaglandins, endometriosis, estrogen dominance and …

What Causes Heavy Periods & How to Treat Them Naturally

“My periods are so heavy I find myself wearing a tampon and pad, but that barely contains it. Using a menstrual cup was a complete failure. I feel hopeless. When I told my doctor I was having heavy bleeding with clots she said birth control was my only option to control the flow, but my husband has a vasectomy and …

The Best Prenatal Vitamins and When to Start Taking Them

When it comes to preconception care, getting pregnant naturally, and having a health pregnancy, taking the best prenatal vitamins is a must. In general, it is recommended that women begin taking a prenatal well in advance of trying to conceive. They’re also often taken by women who aren’t planning on becoming pregnant because they can help create luscious, shiny hair …

Biotin—The Importance of Vitamin B7

Looking for better hair, skin, and nails? Biotin is hands down one of the best nutrients to help with strong nails, healthy skin, and luscious locks. But there is a whole lot more to biotin than just looks.  Biotin (vitamin B7) is one of the eight B vitamins. It is an essential nutrient with myriad functions in the body. Today, …