One of the most frequently asked questions I get is what is the best way to test my hormones? And it’s a good one, because there are different testing options, we want to focus on which test or tests will provide us with the necessary information we need to navigate and address your specific hormonal concerns. The three main types of testing are blood or serum testing, saliva testing, and dried urine testing. Serum testing is what you are likely familiar with, and involves a … [Read more...] about Hormone Testing
Receiving a positive pap result can be a scary experience, so I want to help you understand what it means, and what your next steps should be if you get a positive finding. I also want you to know how common it is as 75% of sexually active Canadians will have at least one HPV infection in their lifetime (1). Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is what causes cervical dysplasia, and there are many strains, some of which carry a higher risk of causing cancer compared to others. As a … [Read more...] about Positive Pap Result? Here’s what you need to know.
There are a variety of reasons why you may be having irregular or missing periods. Pregnancy and breastfeeding are the obvious ones, but coming off of the birth-control pill, PCOS and hypothalamic amenorrhea are other causes. Firstly, while some women may not be concerned about their lack of menstruation, it can actually be quite concerning if it persists. A regular menstrual cycle usually indicates healthy ovulation and therefore a good amount of estrogen and progesterone in the … [Read more...] about Here’s what you need to know about about missing periods.
Hot flashes are one of the most common symptoms that women experience during perimenopause or menopause. As I discussed in my previous article on perimenopause, it can begin as early as 12 years before menopause (which is defined as going a full 12 months without a menstrual period). It is estimated that approximately 85% of women will experience hot flashes at some point in their life. That’s a huge number! For the majority of women these may last for a few years, but for some women they … [Read more...] about Natural Remedies to the Rescue for Hot Flashes
Are you one of the 60% of Canadian women that experience menstrual cramps? That means more than half of us women will experience period pain at some point in our life! While common, experiencing pain with your period is not “normal”. Here I am referring to primary dysmenorrhea, which are cramps that generally start on the first day of your period and last for a few days. It is important to get a proper diagnosis, as symptoms can be caused by different underlying … [Read more...] about Natural Solutions to Period Cramps
Are you struggling with heavy periods, irregular periods, night sweats, hot flashes, low libido, insomnia, anxiety, depression, or mood swings? Are you in your mid to late 30s or 40s? If so, it could be perimenopause. Perimenopause is a period of transition from the menstrual years to menopause, which is reached after a full year without a menstrual period. Perimenopause can occur up to 12 years prior to menopause, meaning it could potentially begin in a woman’s … [Read more...] about 3 Tips For Perimenopause
Detox, cleanse, reset - these are words that frequently pop up at this time of year. Are you curious about what detoxification actually is and whether it is appropriate for you? First of all, detoxification is a metabolic process that the body undergoes to clear out toxins; those created within the body (endogenous toxins) and those coming from outside of the body (exogenous toxins). The process includes mobilization, biotransformation, and ultimately the elimination of … [Read more...] about Spring Detoxification
Are you feeling tired or sluggish? Have you been experiencing a low mood, weight gain or difficulty losing weight? These are all symptoms that potentially point to an issue with your thyroid gland. The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland that is located in the neck and controls many vital functions of the body including energy levels, metabolism, body temperature, and heart rate. The thyroid gland can be overactive (hyperthyroidism), or underactive (hypothyroidism), although … [Read more...] about Could it be your Thyroid?