Women’s Health

What You Can Learn From Tracking Your Cycle – Self Improvement Article

When I started tracking, I wasn’t sure exactly what I would learn, but I knew I wanted to find out everything I could about how my hormones were working month by month (again, I’m a big nerd). In a practical sense, you’ll learn if your cycle is regular and if it’s a length that is considered “normal.” This seems basic, but it’s more important than you might think. An irregular cycle, or one that is very short or extremely long,…

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Birth Control Side Effects: Oral Contraceptives May Make Women Struggle With More Complex Emotions – Self Improvement Article

Many millennial women spend a significant portion of their adult life taking oral contraceptives to prevent pregnancy. Birth control pills can help control acne, heavy periods, and endometriosis, and they also reduce the risk of developing some cancers. But those little pills can also cause difficult side effects for some women, like weight gain, anxiety, and high blood pressure. And this month, a new study out of the University of Greifswald in Germany found something else we might need to…

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Beyond The Pill Excerpt – mindbodygreen – Self Improvement Article

In my experience, when women are done with hormonal birth control, they are done. This can mean just jumping off the pill, pulling off the patch, or making a trip to the doctor to remove that IUD. But I want this to be as easy as possible on you, so here’s the deal:  First, if you ever used hormonal contraceptives to treat symptoms, the chance of those symptoms returning is pretty big and it’s part of post-birth-control syndrome. But we’re…

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Insulin Resistance During Perimenopause – mindbodygreen – Self Improvement Article

My investigations led me to discover something no doctors were telling their patients: Although hormones like estrogen and progesterone grab most of the attention, there also three other hormones running this change-of-life show: insulin, cortisol, and oxytocin. Insulin affects many other hormones, including the sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone). So when it is unbalanced, other hormones go out of kilter too. In perimenopause, you can become “insulin-resistant.” This means you have excess insulin in your body and your cells no…

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What Is Perimenopause? Signs, Symptoms & What To Expect

The major consequence of this lack of practical knowledge about perimenopause has been anxiety—for a lot of women, for a really long time. We agonize about what our bodies will go through and wonder whether or not we will still feel like ourselves. Will we be miserable for years on end? There’s a lot of fear in the unknown, but just like with our periods, the more we know about them the more we can optimize them. By taking this…

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The Pill & Weight Gain

True, testosterone is often thought of as the “male sex hormone,” but it’s an important hormone in women’s health too. Testosterone plays a role in our mood, heart health, bone strength, libido, and muscle mass. And while it can cause acne, oily skin, and hair loss when out of balance, it is still an essential part of your health. Acne and PCOS are some of the primary reasons women are prescribed the pill for noncontraceptive reasons. That is because the…

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Sheeva Talebian, M.D., On Fertility & The No. 1 Reason Women Are Not Getting Pregnant

We also discuss the role of environmental toxins and genetics in fertility, and Sheeva says, “The two can collide and make it the perfect storm.” She lets us in on the first step to take when wondering about your fertility and where to go from there. For women looking to get pregnant, new mothers, or those eager to understand more, Sheeva’s wealth of knowledge surrounding the science of fertility, as well as what you can do to find success in…

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The Hormone-Allergies Connection You Need To Know About

The good new is that reducing your estrogen load can help you reduce histamine intolerance. You can start by reducing outside sources of estrogen from phytoestrogens, such as soy and flaxseed, and birth control pills and hormone replacement therapies. Some environmental toxins can also mimic estrogen, leading to increased allergic reactions, so it’s a good idea to reduce your exposure to BPA, phthalates, parabens, and many others common in skin care products, pesticides, plastics, food additives, and industrial products. Eating…

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