Hover or cover? Public restrooms – should you be concerned?

I travel a good deal and am often confronted with that feeling of dread that most women display when needing to use a public toilet. Ewww!
You enter the restroom, scanning the environment to assess just how dirty it might be. Then you typically pick the stall at the far end thinking it will be more private or less utilized (research confirms this!), push open the door with a grimace on your face, hoping for the best.
Often-times you’ll find an unflushed toilet, used …

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Using Julva cream if you’ve had breast cancer

So many of you have asked…
My number one intention for all women is to optimize their quality of life, and  to always do so safely taking into consideration their unique medical history and current health status.
Women having had a history of breast cancer need to be particularly diligent about anything – even natural products – that they put in or on their bodies.
I’ve had hundreds of women asking me about the use of Julva® given their history of breast cancer. It is …

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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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Diving Deep into Pelvic Floor Dysfunction

Today I have a guest blog from Dr. Brianne Grogan, PT, DPT.
I interviewed Brianne a while ago for a Couch Talk podcast focused on Pelvic Health…if you missed that, you can still view it here.

As I have been talking about for a while now, keeping your overall sexual health in optimal shape as you age involves a lot of things…you need to have the right diet and exercise, reduce your stress and nurture your relationship, address dryness and other vaginal atrophy symptoms, …

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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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JJ Virgin: The Miracle Mindset (will you become the victim or fight?)

I recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with my good friend JJ Virgin about her new book, Miracle Mindset. Listen to our interview (and get your free gift from JJ, below, as well)!

JJ and I go back a long way! Our lives have been intertwined for over a decade now, and for that I am incredibly grateful.
Miracle Mindset is about a huge tragedy in JJ’s life, when her 16-year-old son Grant was in a brutal hit-and-run car accident and …

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Trolls and oxytoxin…a love letter from Dr. Anna

I wanted to wish you a happy Valentine’s Day, but you caught me watching my absolutely favorite movie of the year… Trolls!
Why Trolls?
I will tell you below, but first here is my idea of the perfect Valentine’s Day this year.
Dr. Anna’s Single Mom’s Valentine’s Day Wish!
What I wish for:
Breakfast in bed with a mimosa! 🙂 Poached eggs, smoked salmon with capers and onions, an espresso, and yes a Mighty Maca shot, too! Then…
…hugs and kisses…
and the kiddos get …

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Grab a mirror and let’s find your vulva

Research shows that as our hormones decline we suffer symptoms with our “lady parts” such as dryness, painful sex and incontinence; and that these distressing symptoms are key to our waning sexuality and how we see ourselves.
So we really need to get a handle on these symptoms, ladies!
In medical terminology these symptoms are referred to as vulvar-vaginal atrophy symptoms. Wow…that’s a mouthful, but I’m providing a short video today that will help you understand a bit more about your anatomy when it comes …

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Estrogen versus Androgen – Do you know your body’s secrets?

Today I want to talk about something every woman should know about, because all women have it and many women use it…but few really understand it.
I’m talking about estrogen.
Now if you’ve been reading my last several blogs (check them out if you’ve missed them…they focus on hormones and each blog also contains a simple to understand/quick video…I’ve also posted the videos below), you know that our estrogen hormones fluctuate during our cycles and works with and responds to our other hormones as well.

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What is a Hormone?

I received an email not too long ago from a fantastic woman named Karen.
Karen wrote and said…
“Dr. Anna, I have a request.  I’ve followed you and a few other doctors for some time now, and whenever they talk about hormones, they always assume I already have a basic knowledge…and guess what?  I don’t!  Most of what they say goes right over my head!  Now, I don’t want to sound uneducated, but I feel like I need to ask the basic questions to really understand what’s going …

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