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You won’t believe some of these methods – mostly women of course – have used for birth control since ancient times! Paste made from crocodile dung? Inserting partially squeezed lemons into your vagina? Douching with Lysol? Wow…
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When women team up in support of one another they can sure get things done!! And when it’s Ashley Levinson who is @PCOSGurl on Twitter teaming up with an entire PCOS community there is no telling what can be accomplished! Wow!
I nominate YOU to Take the Lemon Face Challenge!
Join the Facebook Group – Lemon Face Challenge
Upload your picture or video and challenge someone else spread awareness and/or donate to PCOSChallenge.org
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I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.
. I waited a long time for someone to create the kind of healthcare I would like to have access too but it just wasn’t happening and so I became a true believer in that saying. When I first decided to tackle women’s health from a patient perspective I couldn’t figure out why no one was doing this already but it quickly became pretty obvious to me – it is damn hard!
“The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself”
There’s another saying that I believe in with all my heart: “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much!
Helen Keller apparently said it and wow, if anyone knows what it took to achieve something phenomenal she did!
“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much!” Helen Keller
Of course no one can do it alone so I appreciate all the support of the people who have helped me get this far and especially the PCOS Community. One such amazing person is the award winning Angela Grassi from PCOS Nutrition Center. Angela is so passionate and was excited to learn about the Precision Medicine PCOS Program I’ve put together that she featured a Q&A about it on her super-informative and beautifully redesigned blog – PCOS Nutrition Center.
I love having Angela’s support – she’s a trailblazer herself! As a Registered Dietician and a woman who has PCOS, she has done some pretty amazing things to help the most underserved medical community – which I believe is PCOS. She has published 3 pretty incredible books specifically to provide women and dieticians the resources they need to help navigate their journey with PCOS. Check them out here:
I look forward to keeping you informed but even better, if you want to help create the future of Precision Medicine for women’s health, starting with PCOS, drop me a line using the contact form below or subscribe to updates at myAva.com. I think you’d be amazed at what you can achieve.
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Hypo Butterfly from World Thyroid Federation
There are so many thyroid patients around the world that the tiny little butterfly shaped gland has it’s own special day of significance around the world! Actually it has it’s own week – this whole week is dedicated to Thyroid Awareness which is near and dear to my heart because I have subclinical hypothyroidism which is controversial among doctors as to whether to treat it or not. Sometimes I feel like a ping pong ball with the different advice I get.
Thyroid Federation International (TFI) was founded in 1995 in Toronto and is now a worldwide organization that includes a network of patient organizations from a variety of countries around the world. TFI established Thyroid Awareness Week & Day – May 25th.
As common as it is, thyroid dysfunction seems to cause a lot of confusion and awareness is critical. One of the important aspects to understand is that thyroid disease can run in families and children often go undiagnosed.
This year the World Thyroid Federation’s theme is
“Catching the butterflies: Spotting the symptoms of thyroid disorders in children.”
To help children and their families learn about Thyroid Dysfunction TFI created these little animated cartoons depicting the symptoms of Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism.
Hypo is a blue butterfly, showing the symptoms of hypothyroidism, that moves slowly compared to his friends and not growing as fast. The hypo butterfly is often tired and sometimes sluggish.
Hyper Butterfly from World Thyroid Federation
Hyper is a thin, overly active, fidgety pink butterfly reflecting the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. The hyper butterfly is irritable and easily upset.
Know the signs of thyroid disorder and if you have questions or want to learn more Thyroid Week or TFI are two great places to start.
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Do you know what is considered the shortest story ever written? It’s a tragedy in six words and it goes like this:
For Sale. Baby Shoes. Never Worn.
Sadly, that tiny story is the reality for more women than you may realize. Mother’s Day brings up intense and mixed emotions for a lot of women. You feel like you are a mother or wait you were a mother or wait, was I? Nobody else is treating me like I am a mother. At least that’s what I went through – or something like it. And then…one day you meet the person who knows you are, indeed, a mother. I recall the validation I felt at being told that it was ok to consider myself a mom even if no one else did. It was such a relief.
Only those who are part of this group understand what it’s like to get through a Mother’s Day after miscarriage or stillbirth. Sadly the cost to enter this group is high. Having gone through pregnancy loss is the only way to become a part of this group – something I wouldn’t wish on anyone.
A lot of women face miscarriage alone. And then they face Mother’s Day alone. Mother’s Day is a time for celebration. But for those who have experienced pregnancy loss, it can be really tough. You may still spend the day celebrating with your own mother or other women in your life but no one acknowledges your motherhood experience. Lots of reasons why, such as: it was too brief, you didn’t hold your baby, your babe didn’t have a name, you didn’t even hear his heartbeat or just simply people don’t know what to say or are afraid to bring it up.
If you know someone who has gone through pregnancy loss it only takes a small acknowledgement to ease the pain of the day – just a little bit for mom’s who never got the chance to meet their babies.
This Mother’s Day I’ll be thinking of all the mom’s whose pregnancies were too brief, who didn’t get to hold their babies, who weren’t told they could name their baby, who didn’t get to experience the joy of hearing that first heartbeat, who still have baby sleepers that have never been worn. Even if you have baby shoes that were never worn, you’ll always be a mom.
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I sent a message to my family and friends today because I want to spread awareness among people who don’t need to know they need awareness! Most people who read my blog or who have connected with me on social media are already a step ahead – they are seeking information about hormone topics for some reason or another. I thought I’d share it with you too. I appreciate all of your support as I try to create awareness around women’s hormone health. Thanks!
Today is the First World Maternal Mental Health Day! This is REALLY Important to me on a personal level.
I am spending my day spreading awareness because I suffered from Perinatal Mood Disorder, probably with each pregnancy but definitely after my baby boy. I usually reserve my oversharing 🙂 for my Hormone Soup page but this is really important to me and it is so important to end the stigma around this debilitating illness.
My kids are learning about Mental Health this week at school and my guys are already well informed about Maternal Mental Health Awareness because we talk openly about it at my house. I never want my kids to feel like their mental health is less important than their physical health. My 9 year old son asked me if I could print off the Hormone Soup Perinatal Mood Disorder jpgs that I am sharing on Facebook and Twitter so he could take them to school! Love that kid!
Here’s what I want all my friends and family to know: (That includes the men too! Maternal Mental Health is EVERYBODY’s business.)
- Perinatal Mood Disorders are the #1 Complication of Pregnancy!
- Perinatal Mood Disorders are an Invisible illness!
- Postpartum Depression is NOT JUST depression – it can manifest as Anxiety (pick me!), OCD (me again), Bipolar, Psychosis, PTSD and can involve mood swings. And in fact Anxiety is more common than depression. Perinatal Mood Disorder is a much better term.
- Postpartum Depression is NOT JUST postpartum – it can happen during pregnancy too.
- Up to 20% of women will deal with some form of Perinatal Mood Disorders. That is 1 in 5! You are not alone!
- Perinatal Mood Disorder is not the same as Baby Blues. It can be a serious and sometimes life threatening emergency.
- If you have Perinatal Mood Disorder or ANY mood disorder you MUST get your thyroid checked! And by that I mean PROPERLY checked not just a simple TSH Test. There is a specific disorder called Postpartum Thyroiditis and is treatable.
- Perinatal Mood Disorders are treatable!
- Perinatal Mood Disorders are considered a hormonally triggered mood disorder.
- Perinatal Mood Disorder can happen to New Moms and Veteran Moms! Don’t assume because someone is having a second or third or fourth child that she isn’t suffering. Every pregnancy is different. Every mom is at risk.
- Sometimes the person experiencing the PND is the last person to recognize it! Do not be afraid to reach out.
- Many women are afraid to get help because they think they will be given a pill and have to stop breastfeeding. There is help available that does not always have to include pharmaceuticals.
- Do not assume you or your friend will be screened by your doctor. You probably won’t be – just because it is recommended that your doctor screens does not mean it happens, it hardly ever does.
- If you know someone is experiencing Postpartum Psychosis call 9-1-1 it is considered a medical emergency!
- Do not share your “scary/tragic baby or mother” story with other women – it can act as a trigger and who needs to hear such devastating stories anyway.
- There is a movement called #askher happening. When you know someone who has recently given birth, miscarried or had a stillborn child #Askher how she’s sleeping or how she’s feeling. Do Not be afraid.
- Sleep is one of the most important factors and one of the easiest things to do – help a new mom get the sleep she needs.
There are lots of resources out there and I know almost all of them through my blogging and social media connections. Please feel free to reach out or send anyone you know to my Hormone Soup blog or Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest page.
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I’m going to bet that you’ve never heard the term “Hormonally Triggered Mood Disorder” mentioned by your doctor. But yes it is really a thing, the problem is that it’s not an actual “diagnosis”. You may know that I believe that too many women’s health issues are being painted with a mental health brush. The problem with this is that we aren’t getting to the root cause.
There is good news. Dr. Jennifer Payne, M.D. and Psychiatrist Karen Swartz, M.D. created the Women’s Mood Disorders Center at John Hopkins Hospital to study hormonally triggered mood disorders and provide expert evaluation of women who suffer with such symptoms. Though they are located in Baltimore, Maryland they will see Patients across the USA as well as International Patients! Great News!
What is a Hormonally Triggered Mood Disorder?
Perinatal Mood Disorders are one of many hormonally triggered mood disorders that are treated at the Women’s Mood Disorders Center, others are premenstrual dysphoria disorder (PMDD), perimenopause & menopause-related depression, and major depression or bipolar disorder — which are both marked by gender differences.
Dr. Jennifer Payne is the first doctor I’ve heard quoted as saying this which is something I have believed for years:
“I believe there’s a distinct group of women with unusual sensitivity to normal hormone fluctuations,” Dr. Payne says. “And their problems aren’t tied to actual hormone levels so much as to changes in those hormone levels.”
Source: John Hopkins
That statement certainly fits me. And I am not alone. I often hear from women who say they are told their labs are in the “normal range” but they don’t feel right. Could it be that maybe it’s being looked at all wrong?
Thank you Dr. Jennifer Payne! Now can we get you to shout it from the rooftops?!
After 15 years of research, I absolutely believe too many women are being denied the proper help because our medical system relies on “normal ranges”~Sonya
“Mood disorders in women are understudied, to put it mildly,” says Dr. Payne and she cites the desperate need for more research.
One of the problems is that it takes 17 years on average for research findings to “find” their way into clinical practice. Yup…by then your reproductive years are long gone. Which is why I say do your research and advocate for yourself. But research is necessary and I’m excited about the future of research in this area.
Participate in Dr. Payne’s Pregnancy & Postpartum Research:
Perinatal Mood Disorders need more of the type of research Dr. Payne is involved in. I wish I had been able to participate in a study and if you feel the same here’s information on the research she is doing – check it out:
Symptoms of Hormonally Triggers Mood Disorders
- Irritability or tension
- Anxiety or nervousness
- Change in appetite or weight
- Changes in sexual interest
- Food cravings or overeating
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Decreased concentration
- Increased productivity or interest in new projects
- Changes in sleep
- Changes in energy level
- Mood changes (sadness or elevated mood)
- Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
- Racing thoughts/rapid speech
The John Hopkins Women’s Mood Disorders Center evaluates and treats women with mood disorders, with a special emphasis on the treatment of hormonally-triggered mood disorders such as premenstrual, postpartum, and perimenopausal mood disorders. The center offers:
Menstrual Cycle Symptom Consultation
For the full arcticle & information on the clinic:
The information provided on this site is not intended as medical advice – seek medical advice from a doctor. If you take medication never stop taking them without the supervision of your doctor. Postpartum Psychosis is a medical emergency if you or someone you know is suffering seek medical attention immediately – call 9-1-1.
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