birth control guide

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, …

bioidentical progesterone

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 …

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.   Benefits of Mirena While there are some serious side effects and complications associated …

Birth Control and Mood Swings

Can Birth Control Cause 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 …

Birth Control Pills and Breast Cancer

I remember reaching my ten year anniversary with the pill and feeling a deep concern about my own health. Especially as it related to birth control pills and breast cancer. You see, many experts have concluded that the longer we are exposed to high dose estrogen the higher the risk of developing estrogen-related cancers.  We’ve known there is a risk …

Birth Control and Depression – Is there a link?

“Depression, anxiety, and mood swings are symptoms women have reported since the introduction of the pill,” I told Michelle during our initial visit. “Check the package insert of your pill pack and you’ll find depression listed in the side effects,” I said. But Michelle had been told, like so many other women prescribed the pill, ‘birth control and depression were …

Birth Control — What Doctors Don’t Say About Birth Control Effects on Body

Worldwide, 100 million use some form of birth control… Without knowing how it actually works and the possible damage it can do to their bodies. Are you aware that most women, at some point in their life, have been recommended the birth control pill by their doctor? The CDC estimates 10.6 million women use oral contraception in the U.S. alone. …