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5 Ways to Make Peace with Skin Changes in Menopause
12 May 2015

5 Ways to Make Peace with Skin Changes in Menopause

One of my Hormone Harmony Club members recently had a hysterectomy. Within 4 weeks, she was posting questions about how to address the skin changes she was already starting to notice…wrinkles, sagging and dryness. With the exception of puberty, there is no more challenging time for your skin than when you go through menopause (or in this case, instant menopause caused by the hysterectomy). Roller...

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8 Simple Steps to Keep Hormone Party Crashers Out of Your Home
29 Apr 2015

8 Simple Steps to Keep Hormone Party Crashers Out of Your Home

Excess estrogen can cause all kinds of unpleasant symptoms in women…bloating, breast tenderness, mood swings, irritability, insomnia, and crying spells for no reason. Hormone imbalances due to changing levels of estrogen and progesterone are hard enough to deal with…and on top of that we are exposed to hundreds of chemicals that act like estrogen. These chemicals are called xenoestrogens and they lurk in seemingly harmless...

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Infertility, Panic Attacks, and Anxiety, Oh My! How Approval Addiction Made Me Sick
21 Apr 2015

Infertility, Panic Attacks, and Anxiety, Oh My! How Approval Addiction Made Me Sick

By Guest Blogger, Amy Pearson of LiveBrazen.com   Hello my name is Amy and I’m an “approval addict,” recovering with the occasional relapse. Confessions of a Gold Star Chaser I’m a “Performer.” What this means is that for most of my adult life, I’ve been chasing “gold stars” to get other people to approve of me. Not just approve, actually, to adore me. I wanted...

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6 Reasons to Think Before You Drink (Especially if Your Hormones are Wacky)
15 Apr 2015

6 Reasons to Think Before You Drink (Especially if Your Hormones are Wacky)

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and since women are more affected by alcohol than men, 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; fewer enzymes to digest the alcohol; smaller body size; and hormonal differences that may affect absorption. And as we age,...

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Why Angelina Jolie’s Ovaries Are None of Our Business
31 Mar 2015

Why Angelina Jolie’s Ovaries Are None of Our Business

Angelina Jolie is no stranger to controversy. Two years ago, she had a double mastectomy because she carries the BRCA-1 gene that dramatically increases her risk of developing breast cancer. And now she’s making headlines again for having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed for the same reason. As expected, the rush to judge her decision is on. Personally, I think this is none of...

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Is Perimenopause Stealing YOUR Zzzzs?
11 Mar 2015

Is Perimenopause Stealing YOUR Zzzzs?

Lying awake night after night staring at the ceiling? Walking through your days with a nagging headache and brain fog? Wishing you could get a solid 8 hours of sleep so you’d feel like yourself for just ONE day?? I hear you…and feel your pain. Chronic insomnia is one of the most debilitating symptoms of perimenopause for a lot of women (myself included). There’s nothing...

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14 Years of Hot Flashes and Night Sweats?? Say It Isn’t So!
25 Feb 2015

14 Years of Hot Flashes and Night Sweats?? Say It Isn’t So!

In case you missed it, PBS recently interviewed the lead researcher about her study of women and the duration of hot flashes and night sweats. And the news wasn’t good. Her team studied nearly 1500 women (aged 42–52 at baseline) who reported frequent vasomotor symptoms (6 days or more over a 2-week period) at least once during roughly 13 years’ follow-up. Vasomotor symptoms include hot...

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What To Do When Hormone Imbalance Torpedoes Your Sex Drive
11 Feb 2015

What To Do When Hormone Imbalance Torpedoes Your Sex Drive

Of all the changes perimenopause brings, lack of interest in sex due to hormone imbalance is one of THE most common (and least discussed symptoms). How Perimenopause Creates Hormone Imbalance Thanks to progesterone production, Mother Nature gives us a natural increase in the desire for sex beginning just prior to ovulation. This lasts for several days afterwards to make sure our bodies take full advantage...

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Dr. Anna’s Quickstart Guide to Cardiovascular Disease in Women
28 Jan 2015

Dr. Anna’s Quickstart Guide to Cardiovascular Disease in Women

Did you know that heart disease is THE #1 killer of post-menopausal women? Did you know that more women die of cardiovascular disease than from the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer? In women, it’s easy to miss heart attack symptoms in the early stages because symptoms show up differently than in men. Quick action can mean life or death,...

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Is Perimenopause Sneaking up on You??
13 Jan 2015

Is Perimenopause Sneaking up on You??

My client, Sarah, is ready to kill her teenage children. Her nerves are shot and her patience left the building long ago. On the days she’s not in a murderous mood, she can barely drag herself out of bed. And she is wondering what the hell is going on. If you feel like your once-pleasant personality and your mojo have skipped town together, you’re not...

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