Does Birth control cause weight gain?

Does Birth Control Cause Weight Gain?

Does birth control cause weight gain? It’s a common side effect women report, yet it is often dismissed because the research is largely inconclusive. Concerns about weight gain are one of the highest reported barriers to women choosing to begin birth control and one of the number one reasons women quit it. Wait, if weight gain is a top reason …

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How Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals Cause Hormone Imbalance & What to Do About It

Did you know the average woman is exposed to hundreds of chemicals every single day? And that’s only within her own home. Our makeup products, personal care products, and the cleaners that we use on our clothes and our countertops can all contain harmful endocrine disrupting chemicals that cause hormone imbalances in the body. In fact, some sources have reported …

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How to Balance Hormones Naturally

What is often treated with a laundry list of prescriptions can simply come down to a hormonal imbalance, which is particularly common in women. Things like hormone-blocking shampoo to prevent hair loss, birth control to “regulate” an irregular period, or anxiety medication for hormone-driven mood symptoms are often offered when really the necessary treatment is to naturally balance your hormones. …

10 Best Supplements For PCOS

Patients often ask me what some of the best supplements for PCOS, a metabolic disorder that can cause a whole lot of hormonal symptoms. While the foundational therapies remain nutritional and lifestyle intervention, supplements can be a helpful supported therapy to restore balance. Many women are looking for alternatives to the typical lineup of prescription drugs, which only mask the …

What is Estrogen Dominance + What to Do About It

Estrogen dominance is one of the most common hormone imbalance problems for women. It is a common condition because both stress and environment have a big impact on your hormone levels. Estrogen dominance can develop from excess body fat, environmental estrogens, poor digestion, stress, adrenal issues, and even autoimmune conditions. Common Symptoms of Estrogen Dominance Irregular or heavy periods Water retention Breast …

8 Ways to Prevent Holiday Fatigue & Lower Stress

Do you feel like the holidays might get the best of you and your energy? If preventing holiday fatigue is on your mind, I want to let you know you’re not alone.  Many of my patients share that the holidays are the most stressful time of year for them!  Travel, family, late nights, eating out… It’s easy to see why …

Easy Detox Tool for Happy Hormones

Your body is a wondrous thing – constantly working to remove toxins and excess hormones, while converting the food you eat into nutrients that fuel every cell in your body. As much as your body helps you it deserves some extra attention! This blog is all about how to do just that, how to help it detox hormones and more. …

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5 Blood Sugar Balancing Strategies for PCOS (The Secret to Happy Hormones)

One of the major characteristics of PCOS and other conditions that cause hormone imbalance is blood sugar dysregulation. This results in surges of high blood sugar followed by deep dips in energy and mood. Blood sugar dysregulation can result in symptoms like irritability, shakiness, and fatigue, or even lightheadedness and nausea. The Blood Sugar Dance Metformin is often recommended for …

Why I Prescribe High Dose Iron to My Patients

For years, the gold standard for overall health was thought to be long-form cardio. From running to biking to Jazzercise, your best bet was to increase your heart rate for an hour or more. Or so we thought. Many people still enjoy these forms of exercise, perhaps for the meditative quality of a long run or the challenge of participating …