Women’s health


How to Tell the Difference Between PMS and Perimenopause
27 May 2020

How to Tell the Difference Between PMS and Perimenopause

Perimenopause can be sneaky. Signs of perimenopause can start as early as your mid-late 30’s. While you’re in the thick of raising kids (or considering having more), your ovaries may be making their retirement plan. Maybe you’re having vague signs that something is changing such as insomnia, bloating, breast tenderness, anxiety, feeling tired all the time, or wonky periods (heavier, lighter, irregular, twice a month)....

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May is Women’s Health Month and to celebrate, I’m going to take a broader look at more areas of health that are important to maintaining a healthy mind and body throughout midlife.
20 May 2020

Beyond Hormones: How to Uplevel Your Health in Perimenopause

May is Women’s Health Month and to celebrate, I’m going to take a broader look at more areas of health that are important to maintaining a healthy mind and body throughout midlife. I normally write about all things hormone-related, but good health in perimenopause is about so much more! If you want to rock your mojo well into old age, you’ll want to think about...

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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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Is stress putting your health at risk?
12 Feb 2020

Is stress putting your health at risk?

Typically, we think of work, finances, or relationships when it comes to stress. But the list is much bigger and broader than this. Lack of sleep, dieting, skipping meals, and winning the lottery are also stressful!  Why? Because all of these situations signal your body to produce cortisol, one of your stress hormones. This is helpful up to a point (because it helps us get our...

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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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