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 …

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Anemia & Menorrhagia: Is Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Making You Anemic?

Nikki was changing a super tampon and pad every one to two hours when she first came to see me. Even these would fail her on her heaviest days. Beyond the bleeding she was struggling with fatigue, anxiety and hair loss. The reality was, her periods had caused her to become anemic and that anemia was causing her to have …

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Acne After Stopping Birth Control and How to Heal Your Skin

Alice came to see me after her doctor advised she begin Accutane, a medication for acne, and get back on the pill because she should not get pregnant while taking this medication. She had developed acne after stopping birth control four months prior and was desperate for clear skin, but the thought of more medications didn’t sit right with her. …

Birth Control and Mood Swings

We all know someone who swears that birth control completely wrecked their mood. Whether it was making them feel anxious, depressed or like a crazy, jealous mad woman, there’s no denying there’s a link between birth control and mood swings or mood changes. And maybe you were one of those people. I know I was. When I was a teenager, …