Periods, Moods and Menses…and Perimenopause, too!

Today on Couch Talk I have brought back a previous – and popular – guest, Dr. Lara Briden.
She is a naturopathic doctor with some twenty years of experience in women’s health and she runs a hormone clinic in Sydney, Australia.
Lara is here to talk with us about her recently updated book, Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatment for Better Hormones and Better Periods.
With 4 daughters I can tell you that this is an important resource book – and required reading – in my household!
What I love about …

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A Fresh Start to Getting Back Into Balance (3 Steps)

As I write this note on New Year’s Day I am sitting here wrapped up in blankets…curled up by the fire in front of my family’s Christmas tree.
It is quiet here now. The laughter and chaos from having all my girls and family members together is now simply another treasured memory. The peacefulness of the scene was so beckoning that I moved from my office to finish my daily journaling, trying to capture how truly grateful I am to be surrounded by such love …

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More Vibrant and Painfree Intimacy – One Woman’s Story

Today I am talking with a 64 year old woman named Lisa R. about her long-term efforts to feel better “down there”!

She had been vibrant and energetic in most all of the areas of her life, feeling much younger than her years – biking, kayaking, active and enjoying her life – except for her discomfort and pain during intimacy.
She wanted to feel as young there as she did elsewhere in her life.
Lisa shared her story of trying hormones and many …

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Confused about bio-identical hormones during menopause?

Couch Talk hormones graphic

Controversy and clinical insights into the health effects and breast cancer
Today on Couch Talk I am talking with Dr. Edwin Lee. He is a past Couch Talk guest and one of the best physicians I know.
And we’re talking about one of my favorite topics, the use of bio-identical hormones in the treatment of menopausal symptoms in women.

Dr. Lee believes that the best way to treat hormonal imbalance is by natural bio-identical hormone therapy. Natural hormones are the exact and identical …

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Taking the heat out of hot flashes!

As a gynecologist and women’s sexual health expert I have heard a lot about how impacting hot flashes can be.
They can embarrass you (if you let them!). They can make you uncomfortable. And they can make you feel a little less than the “Hot Mama” you really are!

But hot flashes are a natural part of menopause, and they are the most frequently reported negative symptom women experience during this time (1).  Hot flashes usually show up in our 40’s and 50’s; when …

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Nuances to exercising over 50! Oh the joys!

Debra Atkinson

My Couch Talk guest today is Debra Atkinson, and we will be talking about exercising over 50 and how your bad exercise habits might not be serving you well.
The perfect “after 50” fitness formula!
Debra shares how you can get more energy with less exercise!
I like the sound of that!
And she is such an expert…love her videos on instagram!
If you are struggling with fatigue and reaching for caffeine in mid-afternoon, or if you can’t rev up your metabolism and lose that …

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Cooking for hormone balance with Magdalena Wszelaki

Really enjoyed this podcast with Magdalena Wszelaki, the founder of Hormones Balance.
Magdalena talked about the significant health crisis she went through as a result of a highly stressful career in advertising. A high profile and demanding lifestyle, stressful in every way! Mentally stressful, never in the same time zone, lack of sleep, hotel and fast food on the run. This eventually ended in complete adrenal fatigue, autoimmune conditions, estrogen dominance and even depression.
But she was able to heal herself and go into complete …

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Hormone to Gut Connection

I want to share a fabulous discussion that I had recently with Dr. Michael Ruscio about women’s hormones and how gut bacteria can have such a tremendous effect on them!
He is a functional medicine practitioner with an emphasis in gut health. He also specializes in autoimmune, thyroid, and digestive disorders. He is a wealth of knowledge and provided many great insights.
Listen to our discussion on “The Hormone to Gut Connection”
Key points from our interview include:

Pylori – dangerous or protective?

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Sexual health is about much more than sex

I have been posting a lot of new information on my blog lately relating to women’s “sexual health”.
I had already suspected that many of the men who follow this blog were likely getting tired of hearing about all of this “lady parts” stuff (unless, of course, they were passing it along to the special women in their lives…which I always hope they do)…oh, and guys…I have an upcoming blog just for you so stay tuned…
But I hadn’t expected a particular message from a …

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Why DHEA is optimal for vaginal dryness, pain and pelvic health

I recently wrote this very detailed article on why the natural hormone DHEA is a superior treatment option for vaginal atrophy and menopause symptoms in women. I used DHEA when developing my new restorative feminine vulvar cream, Julva, because of its tremendous vaginal health benefits and safety.
I think you will find the article informative…and it may help you immensely.

Please feel free to provide the link to this article to your friends, loved ones and/or patients. Practitioners may link to it in their …

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