Tag: Dr. Anna Garrett


What You Need to Know about the Differences Between Bioidentical and Conventional Hormone Therapies
14 Jul 2015

What You Need to Know about the Differences Between Bioidentical and Conventional Hormone Therapies

When I speak to groups of women, the topic of hormone replacement therapy often comes up. And what I’ve discovered is that there’s a lot of confusion, misinformation and fear out there. There are important differences between the two and it’s important to understand them, especially if you are considering hormone replacement therapy. Let’s start with bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). There are 2 key...

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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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The Answer to the #1 Question about Menopause
01 Jul 2015

The Answer to the #1 Question about Menopause

When I speak to groups of women, one of THE most common questions I get is, “when does this menopause hell end???” Many of them assume that when they pass their official menopause date (that’s a year after your last period, in case you’re unsure) that all of their symptoms will just disappear. Unfortunately, the fun may rage on long after that menopause date has...

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Has Your Body Been Hijacked by Perimenopause?
23 Jun 2015

Has Your Body Been Hijacked by Perimenopause?

If you feel like your once-pleasant personality and your mojo have skipped town together, you’re not alone. The likely explanation is that perimenopause has hijacked them! 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. And the signs can be easy to miss. Maybe...

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Your Secret Weapon for Managing the Hormonal Chaos of Perimenopause
16 Jun 2015

Your Secret Weapon for Managing the Hormonal Chaos of Perimenopause

Navigating the waters of perimenopause can feel like being lost at sea in a leaky rowboat some days. Hormonal chaos unleashes symptoms that can be scary (to you and your loved ones), make you feel miserable, and create doubt that you’ll ever feel like yourself again! But there’s a secret weapon that doesn’t get a lot of attention. It’s progesterone. This magical hormone keeps the...

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How to Turn Your Body into a Fat Burning Machine
09 Jun 2015

How to Turn Your Body into a Fat Burning Machine

When women gain weight, their first instinct is to cut calories – often dramatically! This approach can quickly backfire resulting in, at best, no weight loss and, at worst, weight gain. When you combine calorie restriction with intense exercise, the potential for this unwanted result is even higher. A significant calorie deficit will result in weight loss, but often it’s at the expense of your...

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8 Ways to Beat Hot Flashes in the Summer Heat
26 May 2015

8 Ways to Beat Hot Flashes in the Summer Heat

Summer in my part of the country is a drippy mix of 90+% humidity and 90-degree heat. That’s a recipe for disaster when hot flashes already have your body on simmer! Hot flashes are caused by roller coaster estrogen levels. Up down, up down. And that downswing is the switch that turns the heat on! So what’s a girl to do when estrogen swings meet hot...

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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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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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