Hormones are chemicals that are made by your endocrine glands. The glands release hormones into your bloodstream to be carried to the appropriate body part.
It’s difficult for you to function properly when your hormones are out of balance. A hormone imbalance can cause weight gain or mood swings that affect your day-to-day life. Taking hormones can help people whose bodies don’t make enough of a certain hormone, or whose hormone levels are unbalanced.
Bioidentical hormones are just one type of man-made hormones available. Of all the hormones out there, the bioidentical type is the closest to the real thing. These hormones are chemically identical to the ones your body makes, so you can absorb them easily. Bioidentical hormones are made in a laboratory and can come in different forms.
I have heard from many frustrated women that their doctors will not test their hormones. That hormone testing is not necessary. Or they have had hormone tests, and there is not a clear interpretation or reading. In this article, I am going to focus on lab testing for perimenopause. If you are not sure exactly […]
What is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome? Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS is merely a condition in which the ovaries present with many cysts. The word poly means many. On ultrasound, the ovary may look like a sac containing a string of pearls or a row of marbles. These so-called pearls or marbles are the cysts which […]
We work with a lot of women who are in perimenopause, and one of the most common complaints we hear over and over is weight gain, particularly belly fat around the middle. Many women are fine in their 20’s and even their 30’s. Once they move into their 40’s, their bodies no longer cooperate, and […]
If you are a man or the unicorns that have never experienced Premenstrual syndrome (PMS), stop rolling your eyes. Yes, PMS can be a big deal. It can make women feel uncomfortable (to put it lightly). And it can make the people around the PMSing woman run for the hills. Seriously, I know husbands that […]
To sum up what estrogen dominance feels like I want to tell you about my patient, Denise. Denise was a 36-year-old mom of 2, married SAHM. She came to see me because she was feeling awful and was tired of trying multiple birth control pills for her symptoms. Especially considering her husband had a vasectomy, […]
If you google ‘fibroids,’ what you will see this vague description: “Noncancerous growths in the uterus that can develop during a woman’s childbearing years.” Any woman dealing with fibroids knows this description does not remotely describe what it is like to have fibroids. Search online for fibroids, and you will also see loads of information about […]