Tag: Menopause


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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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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How to Plug the Energy Leaks in Your Life
19 Feb 2020

How to Plug the Energy Leaks in Your Life

There’s a lot in life we tolerate. We ignore the check engine light, give the stink eye to the socks our partners toss on the floor, put up with the critical friend, and mindlessly accept the annoyances that drain our energy. And we become numb to the negative impact these things have on our lives as they drag us down. What’s Going on in Your...

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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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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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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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Hidden Causes of Anxiety in Perimenopause and Menopause
06 Nov 2019

Hidden Causes of Anxiety in Perimenopause and Menopause

In last week’s post, I focused on common causes of anxiety in perimenopause and menopause; like, low progesterone and stress. These causes are familiar in perimenopause and menopause. But what about hidden reasons that increase the likelihood of anxiety?   What you may not realize is that nutritional excesses and deficiencies, as well as, genetics can have a significant impact on anxiety.  Symptoms of anxiety...

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