Treating PCOS Symptoms With The Pill, or – Even Better – Without

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) is a whole lot more than cysts on the ovaries. And the absence of cysts doesn’t mean that you don’t have it. PCOS symptoms can cause a whole host of issues including missing periods, heart disease, and diabetes. Symptoms of PCOS can vary based on the woman and her individual hormonal imbalances. Here are some of …

How Do Birth Control Pills Work

I don’t know about you, but I wasn’t told how the pill worked until my final years on it. And what did I care? I just didn’t want painful periods or a baby and the pill promised to deliver on both accounts. But I had to wonder as I entered medical school, “just how do birth control pills work?” And …

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Is Progesterone Cream the Answer for Hormone Imbalance?

Progesterone cream is sold over the counter and widely available. But is it really the best treatment for symptoms of hormone imbalance? And what should you look out for if you use it? Before you dive into what progesterone cream is and who benefits from added progesterone I’d like to help you understand what your natural progesterone is and what it …

The HPA Axis and Healing Anxiety

If you’re suffering from anxiety, you are not alone. In fact, anxiety affects 40 million U.S. adults or 18.1% of the total population every year. One of the key causes of chronic anxiety is HPA dysregulation, which is more commonly called “adrenal fatigue.” HPA dysregulation is a condition in which the communication between the brain (hypothalamus and pituitary) and the …

Mirena Side Effects and Other IUD Concerns

Mirena side effects can seriously disrupt your mood, your hormones, and your life. In this article I am going to share with you what you should know before you place that IUD and what you should look out for if you already have a hormonal IUD.   While there are some serious side effects and complications associated with hormonal IUDs, …

Why Do I Poop So Much On My Period?

‘Why do I poop so much on my period?’ is one of the most common questions both my patients and readers ask. Are you curious why your period makes you poop too? Ok, maybe it’s not you…but you can ask for a friend, right? This was Sonya’s question during our first visit when I asked about her period. “I get …

How Prostaglandins Cause Painful Periods + What to Do About It

Nearly every woman has experienced menstrual cramps at some point during her period. What most women don’t know is there are hormone-like substances known as prostaglandins that are behind these intense, and sometimes debilitating cramps. What Are Prostaglandins Prostaglandins are made by nearly every cell in the body. In the uterus, they’re what causes the muscles to contract each month …

What is Mastalgia + What to Do About It

Mastalgia is the medical term for breast pain or breast tenderness. This is a common symptom that as many as 70% of women experience. It is most common to experience mastalgia the week before your period as part of PMS symptoms. Ever feel you can’t walk down the stairs, exercise or even roll over in bed because your breasts are so …

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How to Balance Hormones

Kendra came to see me after her hormone imbalance symptoms became too much to handle and she desperately needed to know how to balance hormones naturally. “I’m raging and crying before every period, my sleep has gone down hill, and no matter what I do I can not lose weight,” she explained.  It was true. Kendra had tried just about …