Perimenopause


Can CBD Help Ease Perimenopausal Symptoms?
04 Mar 2020

Can CBD Help Ease Perimenopausal Symptoms?

By Betsy Hoida, PharmD CBD. Seems like it is everywhere lately in the wellness world. It shows up in a myriad of products, from gummies to luxury facial oils. You can purchase it anywhere from the gas station to your local pharmacy (depending on which state you live in). As a clinician and busy mom myself, I am overwhelmed by all of the information out...

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Brown Blood in Perimenopause? Should I be Worried?
26 Feb 2020

Brown Blood in Perimenopause? Should I be Worried?

By Betsy Hoida, PharmD Picture this scenario. You are headed out for dinner with your girlfriends. You quickly stop to go to the bathroom, pull down your pants, and…. Ugh. Brownish discharge. Questions start running rampant. “WHAT is this?” “I didn’t plan for this!” “Am I going to have to rethink my white skirt choice?” Freaking perimenopause…. what next?? And even more anxiety-laden, “Is there...

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The Downsides of Vitamin D Supplementation in Perimenopause
29 Jan 2020

The Downsides of Vitamin D Supplementation in Perimenopause

Vitamin D (which is actually a hormone) plays an important role in the regulation of calcium and phosphorus absorption, and maintenance of healthy bones and teeth in perimenopause.  It may also provide a protective effect against diseases such as cancer, type 1 diabetes, and multiple sclerosis. Levels of Vitamin D Despite all of the benefits of Vitamin D in perimenopause and menopause, more is not...

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A to Z Facts About Progesterone and Perimenopause
15 Jan 2020

A to Z Facts About Progesterone and Perimenopause

Progesterone is a sex hormone that is produced when you ovulate. It is the first hormone level to fall as you enter perimenopause since ovulation becomes more and more sporadic. Because of this, estrogen is allowed to run the show all month, creating perimenopause symptoms like breast tenderness, heavy periods, insomnia, fatigue, mood swings, and anxiety. Progesterone is typically thought of when it comes to...

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What You Need to Know About Cervical Cancer
08 Jan 2020

What You Need to Know About Cervical Cancer

Years ago, cervical cancer was the number one cause of cancer-related death for women in the United States. Fortunately, early detection and treatment have improved dramatically over the last 40 years, reducing the mortality rate. Cervical cancer is preventable – a Pap smear can find precancerous changes in the cervix and an HPV test can determine if you carry the virus that puts you at risk for development of...

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5 Sneaky Ways Stress Affects Your Hormones and Your Health in Perimenopause
11 Dec 2019

5 Sneaky Ways Stress Affects Your Hormones and Your Health in Perimenopause

Hormonal imbalances can cause a variety of complications, from mood swings to anxiety to leg cramps, and more. And according to a recent survey of 2,000 American women ages 30 to 60, nearly half of them have experienced the symptoms of a hormone imbalance. However, 72 percent of respondents said they weren’t aware that their symptoms were related to hormone imbalances until after they have experienced them....

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The Truth About Compounded Hormones
03 Dec 2019

The Truth About Compounded Hormones

There’s a lot of talk in the medical community about bioidentical hormones. Depending on what you read, you may see that they are “ineffective, dangerous, unproven, safer, curative,” etc. Many of the myths that circulate result in increased anxiety about hormone replacement and keep women from getting products that might make a huge difference in their quality of life.  My friend, Betsy Hoida (a compounding...

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Dr. Anna’s 2019 Holiday Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Season When Your Hormones are Cranky
27 Nov 2019

Dr. Anna’s 2019 Holiday Survival Guide: How to Navigate the Season When Your Hormones are Cranky

Hey, hey! Welcome to my annual holiday survival guide!  If you’re at the point in your life where your hormones are playing tricks on you, the holiday season can be challenging. Navigating nightly holiday parties or the Christmas cookie dumping ground in the office break room can feel like walking through a minefield for perimenopausal women who are trying to keep cortisol and the rest...

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Rapid Relief for Anxiety in Perimenopause and Menopause
20 Nov 2019

Rapid Relief for Anxiety in Perimenopause and Menopause

Fortunately, for women who experience anxiety in perimenopause and menopause, there are a number of approaches that can bring rapid relief. Last week, I touched on soul-centered tactics like gratitude journaling and asking for/receiving help when it’s needed.  This week, I’ll focus on supplements that have been shown to have benefit. As with all supplements or medications, not everything works for every woman, so a...

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Soul-Centered Solutions for Anxiety in Perimenopause and Menopause
13 Nov 2019

Soul-Centered Solutions for Anxiety in Perimenopause and Menopause

In my last 2 blog posts, I’ve covered common root causes of anxiety, as well as, some often overlooked reasons for this problem. You can read these here and here. But what to do about this? Most of the women I work with prefer to avoid taking pharmaceutical medications to relieve their anxiety. Many turn to supplements and while they can provide some relief, I...

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