Category Archive: Bioidentical Hormones

B is for Bio-identical Hormones – Hormone Alphabet

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Mental Illness, Endocrine Disorder or Reproductive Disorder?

So yesterday was “End the Stigma Day” and I shared my story in my  I am the Face of Mental Illness blog post because I have no shame in having had Postpartum Mood Disorder.  I did, feel ashamed at the time though, so I can relate to why women don’t seek the help that they need. …

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Is it Really 2015? The State of Women’s Sexual, Reproductive & Hormone Health

From where I sit sometimes I feel like I get glimpses into the next millennium – hearing about and having access to some of the most incredible high-tech ideas, companies and science around the world – yet when it comes to women’s health sometimes you’d hardly know its 2015.  While there are some exciting things …

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Progesterone: The “Calming Hormone”

Bio-Identical Progesterone Syringe

Ahhhhh….the calming effects of Natural Progesterone…. Progesterone has a natural calming influence on the body.  It balances the effects of estrogen.   For a women who is estrogen dominant, balancing all that unopposed estrogen roaming freely through your body is important. So for women who have PMS related mood swings or postpartum anxiety like I …

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Me & My Spinning Head: When PMS Turns Ugly

You know the famous scene in the Exorcist?  The one where Linda Blair’s head is spinning – there was a time when I thought my own head would spin right off!  I was afraid of myself!  As my menstrual cycle approached each month my family must have wanted to run far, far away.  I know …

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Are Women’s Health Issues Being Painted with a Mental Health Brush?

I recently realized that some people view me as being “against meds”.   It’s true I refused anti-depressants for my PMS and again for my postpartum mood disorder (PPMD) because I knew there had to be a better solution.  Finally at my wits’ end with the PMS I took Zoloft for 6 weeks before throwing …

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My Baby Taught Me My ABC’s: Advocating, Bioidentical Hormones & Challenging the Status-Quo

Originally Published May 30th, 2013 I will never forget waiting for the hospital elevator with my brand-spankin’ new baby in her bucket seat. It took me an hour to dress her in her new going home outfit. I was beaming with that same sense of pride that all of us new moms share.  In fact …

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Heart Surgery for Peri-menopause Heart Palpitations?

I wasn’t all that shocked when I read this article but you might be. “Why Does My Heart Feel Like its Doing Hurdles“ It’s a Q&A from the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR) in Vancouver, BC.  The article is definitely worth a read if you’re anywhere near peri-menopause.   I’ll spoil it for …

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Re-living My Postpartum Anxiety

To be honest I should actually call this post: “What the hell was I thinking!?”  I’m sure you’ve had one of those moments.  Every single time I go against my intuition I have one of those moments.  I had one recently. If you recall, I went off my bioidentical hormones cold turkey and if you read …

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Diagnosis is An Art: What Does Your Doctor’s Palette Look Like?

I recently had a great conversation about how “diagnosis” is an art.  My dear friend is a well-respected doctor, world-renowned in his particular field (nothing to do with hormones) and he explained to me that diagnosing patients is only partly about science but rather, is a form of art.  I really believe what my amazing …

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