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Could This Be Perimenopause?
19 Jun 2019

Could This Be Perimenopause?

Lisa is ready to lock her teenagers in their rooms. Her nerves are shot and her patience left the house long ago. On the days she’s not sniping at her family off, she can barely drag herself out of bed and her anxiety is off the charts. She’s worried about everything… and nothing all at the same time. Lisa is 43, scared and wondering what...

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#1 Mistake Women Make When Beginning Hormone Replacement Therapy
12 Jun 2019

#1 Mistake Women Make When Beginning Hormone Replacement Therapy

“My functional medicine NP just prescribed BHRT testosterone cream. How, when, where do I apply it? Anything I need to watch for in starting it?” “I went to the hormone specialist and I am in such a dilemma. The doctor told me to stop progesterone cream and prescribed Prometrium pills and estrogen gel. I am SO worried about taking these and don’t know what to...

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5 Myths and Truths About Progesterone Supplementation
05 Jun 2019

5 Myths and Truths About Progesterone Supplementation

Progesterone is a go-to supplement for many women in perimenopause (and menopause, for that matter). It is very safe and widely available over-the-counter in cream forms as well as by prescription in oral form. Despite the widespread availability and safety, many myths abound in the medical community and there is a lot of misunderstanding among women who read conflicting information online. Here are some of...

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The Link Between Hormones and Bone Health
29 May 2019

The Link Between Hormones and Bone Health

May is Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. Osteoporosis is a loss of bone density that can occur as we age. It is responsible for over a million broken bones each year, and is a major cause of fractures, back pain, spinal problems and loss of independence. Hip fractures are the #1 cause of nursing home admissions and none of us want that! Ten million Americans...

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What You Need to Know About Alopecia in Women
22 May 2019

What You Need to Know About Alopecia in Women

by Jill Grunewald I get a lot of questions like:  “How do I know this is alopecia?” “I don’t have an official diagnosis—is it still alopecia?” “I have diffuse hair loss—could it be alopecia and will your program help me?”  “I have female pattern baldness—is this alopecia?” It’s all “alopecia” because the medical term for hair loss (any pattern—total, patchy or diffuse) is “alopecia.” But...

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How Hormones Affect Women’s Bodies in Ways You Didn’t Realize
14 May 2019

How Hormones Affect Women’s Bodies in Ways You Didn’t Realize

We typically don’t realize how our hormones affect our bodies until some sort of imbalance occurs. When there’s a hormonal imbalance, it means there’s either too much or too little of a specific hormone in the bloodstream. This affects the body greatly as hormones regulate most of our major bodily processes such as your metabolism, sleep cycle, heart rate, sexual function, mood, and so much...

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Mature Woman wiith Pool Noodles relaxing in Outdoor Swimming Pool
07 May 2019

Safe Sun Care When Your Hormones Are Out of Balance

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and since summer is just around the corner, it’s time for all of us to brush up on how to care for our skin, especially when hormone imbalance is a problem for many women. A few years ago, I got a big wake-up call. It all started very innocently as a routine “get-to-know you” visit with a new dermatologist. I’d...

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What Tiger Woods Teaches Us About Midlife, Grace and Redemption
17 Apr 2019

What Tiger Woods Teaches Us About Midlife, Grace and Redemption

This past Sunday, Tiger Woods found himself in what many considered an impossible situation; leading the Masters golf tournament on the 18th green. And when the last putt fell, there he was, fist pumping, hugging his family and accepting his 5th green championship jacket. It was pure joy to watch. Who would have predicted this? Maybe you’re not a golf fan, but that’s really not...

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6 Reasons Why Alcohol Affects Hormone Balance
10 Apr 2019

6 Reasons Why Alcohol Affects Hormone Balance

For many perimenopausal women, wine is the go-to management strategy to take the edge off negative symptoms (or people). April is Alcohol Awareness Month and since women’s bodies are affected differently by alcohol than men’s, it’s important to shine a light on this topic. Women metabolize alcohol differently than men for several reasons. These include having less water in our bodies to dilute the alcohol;...

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Is Perimenopausal Health Anxiety Running Your Life?
03 Apr 2019

Is Perimenopausal Health Anxiety Running Your Life?

You might be surprised at the number of women who mention anxiety as their most challenging symptom in perimenopause. This can manifest as generalized anxiety, but for many women the anxiety relates specifically to perimenopause. They spend hours a day researching symptoms, “cures” and posting to multiple Facebook support groups looking for answers. This is unfortunate and unnecessary. Perimenopause is not a diagnosis or a...

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