If you’ve followed me at all over the years you know that “Test, don’t guess!” is one of my favorite mantras. You can’t fix something if you don’t measure it. Once you have a number you can work with, you can make big or small changes that influence the outcome.
For instance, stepping on the scale gives you some indication about how much you weigh compared to a goal. Testing your eyesight helps you know which glasses you need in order to achieve 20/20 vision.
If you want to know how healthy you are, one way to measure it is to determine how alkaline or acidic your urine is. In general it’s healthier to be at least a little alkaline…
Raise your hand if you sometimes experience irritability, hot flashes, sleep problems, fatigue and/or vaginal dryness. Don’t worry; no one’s watching you!
Is your hand raised? (And not just to cool off after that most recent hot flash)! Hey, don’t be shy - I’ve been there too, that’s why I’m The Girlfriend Doctor. You can ask and tell me anything. No shame or judgement here. I want you to live your best life! So many of my clients start feeling better within 2 weeks. I want that for you too.
Regardless of your age, these very common symptoms – which can dramatically affect your quality of life - are all signs of hormonal imbalances associated with premenstrual syndrome (PMS), perimenopause, menopause, the effects of a heavy daily/many toxins, or simply a less-than-healthy lifestyle.
As the second most frequently diagnosed cancer* among women worldwide, breast cancer affects everyone. (*Second only to non-melanoma skin cancer.) If you haven’t had it yourself, it’s extremely likely that you know someone who has. The more women you know who have breast cancer, the more you begin to see that you may be at risk as well.
As an Ob/Gyn I have seen many patients who had been diagnosed with breast cancer and came to me for help. I always ask a patient with a new diagnosis, “Why or how did you get breast cancer?”
It nearly always turns out that the underlying issue was never addressed.
And let me tell you, when we tease out the underlying issues that caused my patient’s breast cancer, it changes everything...
When was the last time you had a conversation with someone, not just about sex, but about yoursexual health?
Maybe you find it’s easy to talk about it, but in my practice I’ve found that many women are a bit embarrassed to go into too much detail! And women who aren’t in a relationship aren’t even sure there’s anything to talk about!
Well sexual health doesn’t only refer to the times in your life when you have a partner. Just like your mental, physical, and emotional health, it’s with you for your entire life! And all four different types of health are interrelated with each other, so your sexual health affects the other three, and they also affect your sexual health. Together they make upyou, as a whole person. That’s why it’sso important to talk about it.
Just when you think you have life figured out… you have to transition into another phase! These transitions are sometimes psychological, sometimes emotional, and sometimes physical. And most often are all three!
When it comes to physical transitions you may feel like your body is betraying you. As hormone levels change many women deal with hot flashes, inexplicable weight gain (even though you haven’t changed anything about how you eat or move), night sweats, “brain fog”, and maybe even a short temper! ...
I receive lots of positive feedback from my program participants. When I hear “hot flashes are almost gone” or “no more skin flare ups” or “I can finally sleep” or “I’ve got my figure back” and other success stories, I get really excited! Especially because the healing is based on diet, NOT on taking prescription drugs or other symptom-masking medical interventions.
Sex hormones are an important topic no matter how old you are, and regardless of whether or not you are actually in a sexual relationship right now.
You may already know that as you age your sex hormone levels change. This affects women, who then often suffer from vaginal dryness and hot flashes, and men, who may experience erectile dysfunction or a loss of libido. But these vital hormones do much more than support libido and sexual function.
They also influence many other important health conditions in your body including brain function, bone health, metabolism, and the stress response.
It’s that time of year again! The summer days are winding down and the nights are getting cooler. Depending on where you live you may need to put on an extra layer when you first go out in the morning.
I love how the seasons transition from one to the other and I love the crisp fall colors.
But as kids return to school - whether it’s a “hybrid” school year for your family this year or full-time in school - we are also reminded that in addition to avoiding Covid-19, the regular flu will begin making its rounds pretty soon too...
It’s hard for me to believe that it has been four years since I created my internationally acclaimed feminine restorative cream, Julva®. WhenI initially developed Julva to address vaginal atrophy symptoms such as vaginal dryness, discomfort, diminished libido and urinary leaking, I had no idea how successful it would be and how it would transform so many women’s daily lives.
No one likes a pudgy waistline or a muffin top but sometimes, especially during and after menopause, it seems really hard to get rid of them! You can blame it on your reduced levels of estrogen, which shifts body fat to your waist. I get it, and I’ve experienced it. It’s frustrating and depressing to try to wriggle into a skirt, or button up jeans that used to fit. Expanding belly fat does more than make it hard to zip up your clothes though.