Tag: hormones


Phexxi, a non-hormonal vaginal gel, is scheduled to be released in September. It works by changing the pH of the vagina and slowing down the ability of sperm to swim.
01 Jul 2020

Phexxi™: A Safer Option for Perimenopausal Birth Control?

Tara is a 38-year-old woman who is at “a pivotal reproductive point” in her life. Her periods are starting to become a bit longer and heavier. She is well aware that perimenopause is likely to be just around the corner.  Her two children are no longer in the “baby phase” at ten and seven years old and part of her enjoys the freedom from diapers...

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How to Slow Down Aging in Perimenopause
24 Jun 2020

How to Slow Down Aging in Perimenopause

I’m sure you’ve noticed. It seems as if there is an entire movement dedicated to the science of anti-aging. Creams, potions, and pills galore that are designed to keep us looking good and staying healthy for as long as possible – which means slowing the aging process. In the past few decades, the market for anti-aging products and services has grown into a global industry...

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The Relationship Between Digestive Health and Hormones in Perimenopause
10 Jun 2020

The Relationship Between Digestive Health and Hormones in Perimenopause

By Elizabeth Hozier Digestion is all about breaking down food into smaller nutrients, which your body then uses for energy, growth, and cell repair. It’s what keeps your body strong and healthy. Factors like fluctuating hormones can lead to digestive problems which, at best, are annoying and at worst, potentially life-threatening. And true enough, Everyday Health notes that stomach-related chronic illnesses are among the most...

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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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3 Surprising Causes of Depression in Perimenopause
06 May 2020

3 Surprising Causes of Depression in Perimenopause

Many women struggle with new or worsening depression when the hormone changes of perimenopause begin. Signs of depression can include one or more of the following: sadness, loss of energy, feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness, loss of enjoyment, difficulty concentrating, uncontrollable crying, difficulty making decisions, irritability, increased need for sleep, insomnia or excessive sleep, a change in appetite causing weight loss or gain, and thoughts of...

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How to Manage Stress-Related Hair Loss
15 Apr 2020

How to Manage Stress-Related Hair Loss

As if dealing with all of the recent changes in our lives isn’t enough, many women are starting to notice hair loss. What is going ON? There are many reasons for hair loss in perimenopause like thyroid dysfunction, low iron, high androgens, autoimmune conditions, and changes in hormone levels. But the most likely culprit right now is STRESS, especially if hair loss is a recent...

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While you’re on lockdown during COVID-19, the temptation is to go into “comfort” mode. But your job right now is to keep your immune system in tip-top shape. Here are a few tips that your body will thank you for.
25 Mar 2020

6 Lifestyle Practices to Boost Your Immune System

COVID-19 is busy making the rounds in the world. While the news is scary, the fact is that most people recover. While you’re on lockdown, the temptation is to go into “comfort” mode. Think couch, blanket, cookies, and adult beverages to take the edge off. I get this 1000%. But here’s the thing… your job right now is to keep your immune system in tip-top...

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7 Ways to Manage the COVID-19 Anxiety Roller Coaster
18 Mar 2020

7 Ways to Manage the COVID-19 Anxiety Roller Coaster

The current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has caused chaos around the world (to say the least). Watching the news and mindlessly scrolling social media to kill time is like feeding your lizard brain filet mignon and a good Cabernet. Your fat, happy lizard brain (amygdala) then sends your adrenals the message to crank out cortisol because sh*t’s gettin’ real! That part of your brain 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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