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It’s Time to Stop Using Birth Control Pills to Manage Perimenopause
11 Jan 2018

It’s Time to Stop Using Birth Control Pills to Manage Perimenopause

If you’re on birth control pills to manage perimenopause symptoms, it may be time to rethink that choice. A recent study, which followed 1.8 million Danish women for more than a decade, upends what we’ve been told about modern contraceptives (including IUDs). Many women (and their doctors) believe that newer generation birth control is safer than what was available when the Pill was first used.  ...

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How to Use Essential Oils for Hormone Balance
28 Dec 2017

How to Use Essential Oils for Hormone Balance

Dr. Anna is taking some much-needed time off to spend with family during the holiday season so she’s re-publishing on of her most popular articles today. Enjoy!   As a healthcare practitioner who helps women find natural solutions to balance their hormones, I’m always on the lookout for new options to share with my clients. There are many great herb and vitamin supplements that I...

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Are You Shutting Off Natural Hormone Production?
13 Dec 2017

Are You Shutting Off Natural Hormone Production?

A very common misconception is that we should not be supplementing hormones because it shuts off the body’s natural ability to make hormones. I understand where this thinking comes from. Hormone production is a feedback loop in your brain, so when your hormones are low, your brain turns on and says “make more hormones”. The only problem with this thinking is that in situations like perimenopause,...

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Dr. Phil’s Got a Good Point
29 Nov 2017

Dr. Phil’s Got a Good Point

Love him or hate him, Dr. Phil has a good point when he looks his guests who are using the same old approach to the same old problem in the eye and asks, “how’s that working for you?” Because the definition of insanity is continuing to do the same things over and over and expecting a different outcome! Let’s take weight loss for instance. How...

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5 Hidden Ways to Sabotage Weight Loss
15 Nov 2017

5 Hidden Ways to Sabotage Weight Loss

Perimenopause and weight gain seem to go hand in hand. And the problem is more complex than “calories in, calories out”. It usually starts because of hormone imbalances that show up in your early 40’s (or even earlier for some) but gets compounded by habit changes that seem like the right thing to do, but ultimately backfire. Fortunately, weight gain doesn’t have to be a...

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3 Ways to Decrease Breast Cancer Risk
01 Nov 2017

3 Ways to Decrease Breast Cancer Risk

We’ve just ended Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which happens every October, but there’s one more topic I want to share with you. There’s a lot that women need to know about breast cancer, especially in midlife. The topic that gets the most attention, of course, is hormone replacement therapy, but I believe it’s even more important to understand the ways that YOU can manage your...

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The Truth About Estrogen Therapy and Breast Cancer Risk
18 Oct 2017

The Truth About Estrogen Therapy and Breast Cancer Risk

Few topics evoke more fear and confusion than the role estrogen plays in the development of breast cancer. It’s October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and pink ribbon season is here.  And while I think increasing awareness is important, I personally believe, as a health care provider and advocate for women’s health, that it’s more important to get the truths about topics that evoke...

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The “Experts” Got This Wrong
04 Oct 2017

The “Experts” Got This Wrong

There’s so much confusion when it comes to progesterone and progestins. Even the “experts” don’t always get it right when they’re speaking about these hormones. They are not the same! In this video you’ll learn: The difference between progesterone and progestins What products contain progestins Why there’s a cancer warning label on progesterone creams When oral progesterone may help you more than cream Progesterone and...

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Am I in Perimenopause? Or is it PMS?
20 Sep 2017

Am I in Perimenopause? Or is it PMS?

As we come to the end of Menopause Awareness Month, I want to talk about a question that comes up often. “Am I in perimenopause or is it just PMS?” 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 looking toward retirement. Maybe...

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The Menopause Cure We Need
06 Sep 2017

The Menopause Cure We Need

September is Menopause Awareness Month. Approximately 6,000 women in the United States enter this sometimes-bewildering transition called perimenopause each day. If you’re in the middle of perimenopause, you might be shaking your head wondering why we need a month for increased awareness. For some women, it seems like the signs never let up. But the truth is, many women (especially those in the 35-40 age...

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