Women’s health


Welcome to Menopause Awareness Month
04 Sep 2019

Welcome to Menopause Awareness Month

September is Menopause Awareness Month. I remember when I first wrote about this topic a few years ago. I chuckled to myself and thought, “As if any woman who’s in the thick of it needs to have her awareness raised. Who is this for????” But then I realized there are PLENTY of women who actually do need to have their knowledge up-leveled, so I wrote a...

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Declare Your Independence from Perimenopausal Chaos
03 Jul 2019

Declare Your Independence from Perimenopausal Chaos

One of the questions I am asked regularly is, “Will my hormone symptoms get better when I reach menopause?” And the answer is, it depends.  For many women, the fall of hormones to post-menopausal levels is what they need to feel as if a new normal has arrived. For others, estrogen dominance symptoms continue because of ongoing hormone imbalances related to lifestyle, stress, and exposure...

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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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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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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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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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The Resources You Need to Write Your Own Prescription for Hormone Harmony
27 Mar 2019

The Resources You Need to Write Your Own Prescription for Hormone Harmony

Last week was huge for me! My book is launched and making its way into the world and I couldn’t be more delighted. You can check it out here: www.perimenopausebook.com. I’m often asked why I decided to write a book. There are many reasons, but my main inspiration was a huge gap that I didn’t feel was being filled well. My first clue was in...

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