High Testosterone in Women + What to Do About It

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“I can’t keep up with the amount of hair on my chin! At this rate, I’m going to end up in the circus as the bearded lady,” 36 year old Shannon shared in our first visit. In addition to hair on her chin, she was now shaving her belly, experiencing terribly oily skin and acne. Shannon’s symptoms pointed to high …

Period Gone Missing After the Pill? Here’s What to Do First.

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Have you been off the pill for 3 months and your period still hasn’t returned? You’re not alone. In fact, upwards of 37% of women never see the return of their period post pill. For many women, coming off of the pill signals the beginning of a myriad of symptoms and can mean the end of regular periods.  The threat …

Thyroid Disease After Pregnancy: Fatigue in the Fourth Trimester

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Thyroid disease after pregnancy may be the most overlooked and under diagnosed condition affecting new mothers. Taking a conservative estimate, we can expect 300,000-400,000 mothers to develop postpartum thyroid disease this year. That is 10% of all new moms. But some estimate it may be as high as 17%— and those are only the women who are being tested. Many other mothers …

Is Pain Keeping You From Getting Pregnant?

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Are you one of the millions of women who is struggling with chronic pain? Well, it may just surprise you to hear that your pain may be keeping you from getting pregnant.  Headaches, gut pain, menstrual cramps, joint pain, backaches and old injuries have many women reaching of a bottles of Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Midol, and NSAIDs to get symptom relief. And …

Easy Detox Tool for Happy Hormones

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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 There are natural detoxification pathways that help to process and clear exogenous chemicals, excess hormones, and cellular waste from the body. This is how the body avoids the buildup of …

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

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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 …

Seed Cycling to Balance Pre & Post Menopausal Hormones

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Seed Cycling is a powerful tool that I teach to many of my patients to gently and effectively balance their hormones. And the best part is that it works no matter what stage you are at in life— pre-menopause, postpartum, post-menopause or even at the very beginning of your reproductive years.  I’ve witnessed women overcome infertility, resolve their long standing acne and …

10 Signs You Have Hypothyroidism

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Hypothyroidism is a highly common, yet under-diagnosed condition. In fact, it is estimated that over 27 million Americans have a thyroid disease, but more than half of them are aware they have it. 10 Signs You Have Hypothyroidism: 1. Fatigue. Do you wake feeling rested? Do you find yourself with ample energy to get through your day? If you answered …

4 Alternatives to Hormonal Birth Control

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In my clinical practice I have treated many cases of women experiencing symptoms that are associated with the hormonal birth control and a condition I call Post-Birth Control Syndrome. These women often share that they had they known of all the side effects these hormones can cause they would have never began them in the first place. Many women are …