Women’s health


Why We Need Consensus on Mammogram Guidelines
29 Oct 2015

Why We Need Consensus on Mammogram Guidelines

The debate about mammography heated up again last week after the American Cancer Society (ACS) changed its recommendations to state that women did not need to begin receiving mammograms until after the age of 45 and that they can be done every other year starting at age 55. The ACS is also no longer recommending that women have yearly clinical breast exams. If you’re confused,...

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How to Manage Your Risk for Breast Cancer
22 Oct 2015

How to Manage Your Risk for Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is scary business and unfortunately, much of what increases your risk is completely out of your bucket of control. That’s the bad news. The good news is that there are things you can do to minimize the chances that cancer will be a part of your life. Age is the single-most important risk factor for breast cancer. The chances of developing the disease increase...

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Make Friends with Your Girls: It May Save Your Life
08 Oct 2015

Make Friends with Your Girls: It May Save Your Life

Exactly 4 years ago, I walked 60 miles in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day event in Atlanta with my dad (not pictured), my daughters, Caroline and Stephanie, and our friend Shannon, in memory of my mother who died of breast cancer in January of 2011 and in honor of my sister who was diagnosed when she was 40. This walk was the hardest thing I’ve...

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7 Ways to Manage Breast Tenderness in Perimenopause
01 Oct 2015

7 Ways to Manage Breast Tenderness in Perimenopause

For many women, one of the more annoying symptoms that come along with perimenopause is sore, tender, enlarged breasts. This is generally a sign of estrogen dominance. This imbalance of estrogen to progesterone sets up shop as ovulation becomes more and more irregular, resulting in low levels of progesterone. When progesterone isn’t on board to balance out estrogen, breasts can get bigger, swollen and very...

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How to Build the Confidence You Need to Work with Your Healthcare Provider
17 Sep 2015

How to Build the Confidence You Need to Work with Your Healthcare Provider

Having an open and honest dialogue with your healthcare provider can be uncomfortable for many women. Many of us were brought up to believe that doctors know all and that we should follow instructions and not ask questions (if we even know WHAT questions to ask). Fortunately, I believe the tide is turning and women are realizing that menopause and all that goes with it...

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3 Reasons Women Aren’t Getting the Care They Deserve in Menopause
10 Sep 2015

3 Reasons Women Aren’t Getting the Care They Deserve in Menopause

I’ve had it. Had it with hearing how my clients are dismissed by their health care providers for being “too young” to be in perimenopause or “too far past menopause” to have hormonal symptoms. Had it with the limited options that are offered for suffering that affects all aspects of a woman’s quality of life. Had it with women meekly accepting the tiny bits of...

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mature woman using tablet computer
03 Sep 2015

September is Menopause Awareness Month!

Approximately 6,000 women in the United States enter the twisting, turning journey called menopause each day. And most of them have no idea what to expect. So many questions. So much confusion. So much fear. So much needless suffering. The mission of my work is to provide valuable information and take the mystery out of menopause (and perimenopause). I know for sure that knowledge is...

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“Female Viagra”: Is the Pink Pill Help or Hype?
25 Aug 2015

“Female Viagra”: Is the Pink Pill Help or Hype?

The Food and Drug Administration’s recent approval of a marginally effective drug to enhance the sexual drive of women with low libido raises a lot of questions. We will probably never know whether the agency made a purely scientific judgment or whether it was unduly influenced by a campaign called “Even the Score”, partly financed by the manufacturer and organized with the help of one...

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How Moving Your Butt Can Add Years to Your Life
04 Aug 2015

How Moving Your Butt Can Add Years to Your Life

Have you heard the news? Sitting is the new smoking. It’s taking years off your life. All that time you spend parked behind a steering wheel, slumped over a keyboard, or kicked back in front of the TV increases your risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and even depression. Not mention what it does to your waistline. Here’s what the research shows. Sitting for more...

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Does Progesterone Cause Cancer?
07 Jul 2015

Does Progesterone Cause Cancer?

Many people, including regulatory agencies and members of the medical community, make the mistake of thinking that progesterone and synthetic progestins have the same potential for adverse effects. This erroneous thinking is the root of women’s concerns that progesterone causes cancer. It’s also why some states require labeling on progesterone that suggests that natural progesterone products may increase the risk of cancer. What Does Progesterone...

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