Tag: Perimenopause


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 2017 Healthy Holiday Survival Guide
17 Nov 2016

Dr. Anna’s 2017 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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Are you Living in the Circle of Perimenopause Hell?
21 Jul 2016

Are you Living in the Circle of Perimenopause Hell?

If you feel like your once-pleasant personality and your mojo have skipped town together, you’re not alone. Symptoms of perimenopause can start as early as your mid-late 30’s. And the signs can be easy to miss. Maybe you notice that you’re just a little grouchier or that your periods aren’t quite as regular. Your PMS symptoms, which were once mildly annoying, are now raging. You...

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When Perimenopause Meets Middle School: A Survival Guide
23 Jun 2016

When Perimenopause Meets Middle School: A Survival Guide

My client, Lisa, is in a tailspin. She’s just entering the throes of perimenopause. Sleepless nights, hideous mood swings, crying jags at odd times and crushing fatigue are making her life hell. And to top it all off, there’s her once-darling 7th-grade daughter, Meredith. Meredith is a ticking time bomb most days. She’s prone to go off about anything and nothing on a moment’s notice....

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How to Keep the 7 Dwarves of Menopause Under Control
05 May 2016

How to Keep the 7 Dwarves of Menopause Under Control

Let’s talk about progesterone. This is the magic potion that keeps the 7 Dwarves of Menopause (Itchy, Bitchy, Bloaty, Sleepy, Sweaty, Forgetful, and Psycho) and YOU cool, calm and collected. Progesterone is the hormone that is primarily produced in the second half of your menstrual cycle. In the first 14 days of the cycle, estrogen is in charge. Estrogen’s job is to grow the cells of the...

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How to Banish Meno-Middle with 3 Simple Steps
14 Apr 2016

How to Banish Meno-Middle with 3 Simple Steps

Do you feel like you’re barely eating enough to keep a bird alive? Tired of marathon sessions on the elliptical trainer only to see the numbers on the scale climbing? You wonder what you’re doing wrong. And your meno-middle (AKA muffin top)  keeps growing. The good news is that YOU may be doing nothing “wrong”. The bad news is that your cortisol may have climbed...

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Is Perimenopause Stealing YOUR Sleep?
31 Mar 2016

Is Perimenopause Stealing YOUR Sleep?

If you’re over 40 and suddenly find yourself lying awake night after night or waking up WAAAYYYY too early in the morning, chances are good that your hormones are to blame. 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 worse (IMHO) than lying awake staring at the...

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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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