There’s an old saying that you’re probably familiar with: Mind over matter. This is a nice thought, but most of us realize that body and mind are connected much more closely than that phrase might suggest. Indeed, anyone who has ever battled a serious illness or a long-term disability will surely attest to the fact that (more…)
Recently I held a webinar on thyroid health. We learned that many symptoms of low thyroid function are also symptoms of PCOS and hormone imbalance. Things like weight gain, trouble losing weight, depression and anxiety, no ovulation, heavy periods or irregular cycles, digestive problems, hair loss, fatigue, miscarriage, acne and more. So it’s confusing! What is really going on? Do you have a thyroid condition or do you have PCOS? Well the answer is... (more…)
If you are a woman with symptoms of hormone imbalance or have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), then most likely you are constantly on the lookout for safe and natural ways to deal with the symptoms. Pharmaceutical drugs are the typical starting point for most of us when recently diagnosed, but they all have nasty side effects and don't ever address the underlying cause. The best remedy of all is (more…)
Vitamin D Makes Women with PCOS *SHINE*by Robin Nielsen
Vitamin D isn't actually a vitamin. It's a steroid hormone that you can get from food, sun exposure and supplementation. Vitamin D3 is the real vitamin D. A study in 2011 found that D3 is 87 percent more effective than D2.
My good friend and colleague Dave Asprey, aka The Bulletproof guy, wrote in his blog his Top 5 Reasons Vitamin D Makes Women Bulletproof. They are (more…)
The process to being officially diagnosed with PCOS can be a long and tedious one with many different required tests and exams. Blood tests are one of the first and most important examinations done to determine if a woman is suffering from PCOS. Blood tests are used to assess varying hormone levels as well as to (more…)
One of the most insidious aspects of PCOS is that it has so many diverse and apparently unrelated symptoms. Up to 20 have been counted. The symptoms include everything from weight gain and an inability to lose weight, absent or irregular periods (amenorrhea or oligomenorrhea), infertility and excess facial and body (hirsuitism) to thinning hair, acne and ovarian cysts. The list can also include fatigue, mood swings, sleep apnea as well as high levels of heart-damaging cholesterol and blood pressure, which, if neglected, can lead to metabolic syndrome and diabetes. As if all those weren't enough, there's a new sympton to look out for: urinary problems. Researchers in Turkey were studying 140 women with PCOS when they discovered a link between high testosterone levels associated with the disorder and increased urinary urgency, incontinence, a need to urinate at night, bladder or pelvic pain and pain during sexual intercourse. So if you're having trouble with your bladder and your doctor has not found an infection or other clear cause, it could be that high levels of testosterone brought on by PCOS are contributing to the problem. Be sure to report this possibility to your doctor. There are at least three self-help measures you can take to bring your hormones, including testosterone, into better balance. First, consume more whole foods and minimize processed, manufactured foods of all kinds. Second, reduce your exposure to chronic stress. And third, get regular exercise and be physically active.
Yesterday we reported on research that questioned the long-term safety of some "third generation anti-androgen" birth control pills with a synthetic progesterone called drospirenone. The pills are often prescribed to help women improve their hormone imbalance caused by PCOS and regulate excess levels of androgens - male hormones like testosterone. One of these newer birth control pills is called Yasmin and a study by the University of Wisconsin suggested that the product, which includes drospirenone, impaired mental agility in women taking it. Birth control pills containing drospirenone may have another disturbing attribute according to a different report. Researchers at the Universitaire du Sart-Tilman in Belgium compared 32 young women taking birth control pills containing drospirenone and ethinylestradiol (synthetic estrogen) with 30 young women not taking birth control pills. They found the birth control users had significantly higher levels of lipid peroxides than the women not using the contraceptive. Lipid peroxides are basically rancid fats that cause a chain reaction of cell damage.