IUD Side Effects: What You Should Know

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There is no denying IUDs are effective at preventing pregnancy. In fact, they are about 99% effective with little room for user error! Wahoo! Who doesn’t love that? But like all forms of birth control, IUDs have side effects. As we roll into talking about IUD side effects it is important to understand that there are two types of IUDs—hormonal …

7 Causes of Early Menopause + 5 Ways to Eliminate Symptoms

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Has your period gone MIA, or are you waking up finding yourself soaked in sweat every night? Maybe you’re noticing that you’ve been struggling to concentrate and not feeling as sharp as you did once before? Well, these can be common symptoms experienced by a postmenopausal woman, but if you’re too young for menopause then this is not normal. If …

Stopping Birth Control Side Effects

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In my day to day at the office, I handle many topics regularly. You no doubt know, I talk about them on this blog all the time. PCOS, cancers, hormone imbalances, all sorts of issues plaguing women daily. This blog is no exception, it’s all about one of the biggest concerns on the minds’ of my patients: stopping birth control …

5 Tips for Human Papillomavirus & Cervical Health

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Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection—but it can also be one of the more dangerous. In fact, we have now identified at least 13 strains of the virus that are known to cause cervical cancer. Yes, the HPV virus is seriously disrupting cervical health. Let’s talk about what is HPV, how it can affect your health, …

10 Best Supplements For PCOS

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Patients often ask me to suggest some of the best supplements for PCOS, which is a metabolic disorder that can cause a long list of hormonal symptoms. While the foundational therapies remain nutritional and lifestyle intervention, supplements can help support your efforts to restore balance. Many women are looking for alternatives to the typical lineup of prescription drugs, which only …

7 Adaptogenic Herbs to Heal Adrenals Naturally  

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“Every little stressor feels like the end for me! I’m screaming at my kids, my husband, and gritting my teeth with co-workers for at least the last 6 months,” Alice shared in her first visit. She was 10 months postpartum with her first baby and holding down a full time job on top of a household! To say she had …

The Gut Hormone Connection

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“My acne has no pattern, I’ve tracked it and I can’t find any connection to my hormones,” Rebecca shared during her first visit with me. Rebecca isn’t the first patient to be baffled by how their skin seemed to take a dive at random times. While Rebecca’s acne issues did have a hormonal component, the bigger issue at play had …

What is Estrogen Dominance, and What to Do About It

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Estrogen dominance is one of the most common issues that I see in my practice, especially in women in their late 30s and beyond. It can develop for various reasons: age, excess body fat, exposure to hormone mimicking chemicals in your environment, poor digestion, stress, adrenal issues, and even autoimmune conditions.  The good news is, there are ways to get …