Tag: Estrogen


The Truth about Estrogen and Breast Cancer Risk
20 Oct 2016

The Truth about Estrogen and Breast Cancer Risk

If you’re suffering with symptoms of perimenopause or menopause, you may be considering hormone replacement therapy (HRT or BHRT). But you may have nagging questions in the back of your mind about safety. “Am I increasing my risk of cancer?” “My mother had breast cancer. Should I avoid this?” “My doctor won’t prescribe it for me. He says all hormones cause cancer. Is this true?”...

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How to Use Essential Oils for Hormone Balance
24 Mar 2016

How to Use Essential Oils for Hormone Balance

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 recommend to combat the myriad of symptoms that go along with perimenopause and menopause, but one area I haven’t really dived into is the world of essential oils....

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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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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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02 Jul 2014

Is It Hot in Here or Is It Just Me? 7 Ways to Manage Midsummer Hot Flashes

If hot flashes have your body on simmer 24/7, summer brings big challenges! Where I live, we regularly have a drippy mix of 90+% humidity and 90-degree heat. And that’s not a great combo for us hormonally-challenged gals! Hot flashes are caused by roller coaster estrogen levels. Up down, up down. And that sudden downswing is the switch that turns the heat on! So what’s...

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07 May 2014

Not Loving the Skin You’re In? 5 Ways to Make Peace with Mother Nature

You’d think by the time you hit your 50’s that acne might be a thing of the past. I don’t know about you, but after 40 solid years of fighting this beast, I am tired. And then there are the wrinkles that no potion or procedure can touch. With the exception of puberty, there is no more challenging time for your skin than when you...

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03 Oct 2013

4 Sneaky Ways Your Body may be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss Work

As many women enter perimenopause or approach menopause, they find themselves experiencing unexplained weight gain — especially around the waist and hips — despite their best attempts to diet. And suddenly, the usual weight loss tool box in empty. Weight gain in the abdomen is one of the most common complaints of perimenopausal women. Yet most women have been told that an extra 10–20 pounds...

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26 Sep 2013

What to do When Your Adrenal Glands are ready to Surrender

Every day, a wide range of physical and psychological stressors — a demanding job, raising a family, relationship dynamics, lack of sleep, financial pressures, suboptimal nutrition, dieting, unresolved emotional distress — signal your adrenal glands to produce stress hormones (adrenaline and cortisol). This is helpful up to a point (because it helps us get our to-do lists done), but when our adrenal glands are required...

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19 Sep 2013

Gotta Go, Gotta Go, Gotta Go RIGHT NOW!

If you’re a woman who’s entered perimenopause, you may be noticing that trips to the bathroom are becoming more frequent and less in your control. This can be annoying and embarrassing, especially if you don’t make it quite in time! What’s the connection between menopause and that “gotta go right now” feeling? During perimenopause and menopause, the level of estrogen, which helps to keep the...

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