High Testosterone in Women + What to Do About It

“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.

Have you been off the pill for 3 months and your period still hasn’t returned? You’re not alone. In fact, anywhere from upwards of 3-6% of women may never see the return of their period post pill with studies suggesting that women with a history of irregular periods are at higher risk. For many women, coming off of the pill signals the …

Thyroid Disease After Pregnancy: Fatigue in the Fourth Trimester

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 …

How to Improve Egg Quality Naturally

When couples are wishing to conceive there are many areas that I like to address to ensure they are doing everything possible to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Some of the things I might discuss relate to decreasing environmental chemical exposure, reducing inflammation, or tackling chronic health problems before pregnancy.   One of my main areas of focus is …

The Super Antioxidant Smoothie that Boosts Male Fertility

An antioxidant rich diet can go a long way when it comes to male fertility! Check out this delicious super antioxidant filled smoothie for future dads! Free Radicals & Fertility Free radicals, which are produced by the body and encountered in our environment, cause destruction to the cells they encounter and are responsible for premature aging.  Antioxidants are molecules that neutralize …

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Lab Tests—Could Your Doctor Be Missing Something?

Lab Tests—Could Your Doctor Be Missing Something? Have you ever received a letter or a note from your doctor about your lab results that simply says, “Everything is normal?” Unfortunately, for many people, their doctor will tell them everything looks normal, although they feel utterly terrible. Getting regular lab testing done is an important part of every person’s health journey.  It …

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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 …