Tag: Perimenopause


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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If It Doesn’t Fit, Get Rid of It!
31 May 2017

If It Doesn’t Fit, Get Rid of It!

Let’s talk about clothes. Specifically, holding onto clothes that don’t fit. I recently had a woman in the Hormone Harmony Club complain that because of weight gain, the only clothes she could now wear were shapeless shifts. But she couldn’t bear to part with the beautiful wardrobe she once wore because the clothes were expensive and she could never find ones like them again. Now,...

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How Vitamin P Deficiency Sabotages Weight Loss
17 May 2017

How Vitamin P Deficiency Sabotages Weight Loss

Perimenopause can be challenging for many women, especially when it comes to weight gain. Meno-middle (weight gain in the abdomen) is one of the most common complaints of perimenopausal women and most of them have been told that an extra 10–20 pounds is simply a rite of passage at this time of life and they should just accept their “middle-age spread.” This is crap. Unfortunately,...

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Unraveling the Top 5 Myths of Menopause
22 Mar 2017

Unraveling the Top 5 Myths of Menopause

There’s a lot of misinformation about menopause floating around in the Googlesphere. The whole transition is confusing enough without having to worry about whether the info you’re getting is good or not.  Let’s take a look at some of the common misconceptions. Myth #1:  Menopause begins at 50 Truth: The average age of menopause is 52…but there’s a huge range of what’s normal. Menopause is...

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Dr. Anna’s Quickstart Guide to Progesterone and Progestins
08 Mar 2017

Dr. Anna’s Quickstart Guide to Progesterone and Progestins

A recent post about progesterone in the Hormone Harmony Club on Facebook sparked a lot of conversation among our members. Here’s the post: My doctor told me to stop my progesterone cream and prescribed Prometrium pills (1 at bed) and an estrogen gel pump (2 pumps at bed). I am SO worried about taking these and don’t know what to do. I’ve always been afraid...

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Why Women Aren’t Getting the Care They Deserve in Menopause
01 Dec 2016

Why Women Aren’t Getting the Care They Deserve in Menopause

I’ve had enough. Enough of 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. I’ve had it with the limited options that are offered to help women reclaim their quality of life. I’ve had it with women meekly accepting the tiny bits of information when there’s...

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Dr. Anna’s 2016 Healthy Holiday Survival Guide
17 Nov 2016

Dr. Anna’s 2016 Healthy Holiday Survival Guide

If you’re at the point in your life where your hormones are playing tricks on you, the holiday season can spell disaster. Navigating holiday parties or the Christmas cookie dumping ground in the office break room can feel like walking through a minefield for those of us who are trying to manage hormone imbalances with clean eating and good behavior. It doesn’t have to be...

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Need a Bank Loan to Manage Menopause???
03 Nov 2016

Need a Bank Loan to Manage Menopause???

By Shirley Weir Note: This article contains information from the Canadian health care system. However, much of it is reflective of the US experience. Coverage for hormone management is often not provided in health care plans, especially if you are not working with a traditional medical provider. Show me a woman who isn’t starved: starved for time, money, and let’s be honest, a little sanity!...

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Are Your Hormones Like Unruly Toddlers?
04 Aug 2016

Are Your Hormones Like Unruly Toddlers?

If you’ve been in perimenopause for more than a few minutes, you’re very aware of the delicate balance of hormones in your body. Think of your hormones as a group of toddlers playing in a sandbox in the park. They’re building sandcastles and everyone is getting along fine. But it can all change in a second if one of the little darlings gets mad about...

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