Ever noticed a dramatic change in mood in the lead up to your period? It might be worth tracking your cycle to see if there is any relationship that links your mood symptoms and your menstrual cycle. Why? A meta-analysis of 32 papers involving 3791 women observed a 13% greater risk of psychiatric admissions in […]Is AMH a good marker of fertility?
AMH is the acronym used for Anti-Müllerian hormone, a hormone secreted by cells in the ovarian follicles. Testing the level of AMH is currently used by some specialists as a marker to assess a woman’s ovarian reserve & subsequently suggest how fertile she is, however, there are aspects to this test that are considered reductionist […]How hormones make you motivated
Ever wonder why you’re super focused & motivated at certain points during the month, but then totally lacking in drive & clarity and other points? There are many reasons (e.g. stress, lack of sleep, inadequate nutrition) however, if you’re female, your hormones could also be a contributor. In menstruating women, levels of steroid hormones such […]How can I increase my progesterone naturally?
Increasing progesterone can be done in many ways. From a naturopathic perspective, ensuring the building blocks for making progesterone are fun in the diet is important, however examining social bonds is by far the most interesting way of increasing progesterone I’ve come across. To understand this concept we first need to learn about oxytocin. Oxytocin […]High prolactin + your thyroid
Studies show that women with hypothyroidism can often experience elevated levels of the hormone prolactin. When the brain senses there isn’t enough thyroid hormone in the body, it stimulates a feedback system whereby the brain tells the thyroid to release more hormones. Thyroid releasing hormone (TRH) stimulates the release the of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) […]Light therapy for premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
There is something truly magnificent about feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin, hence it comes to no surprise that exposure to light has been shown to be incredibly important for improving mood and general well-being. Light exposure has been extensively studied in relation to reducing depressive symptoms, particularly related to seasonal affective […]PMDD: PMS on steroids
Premenstrual syndrome more commonly referred to as ‘PMS’ is a common complaint encountered by women of reproductive age each month. More than 150 different signs and symptoms have been reported, and include a range of pyschological, physical & behavioural signs and symptoms. For a diagnosis of PMS to be made, symptoms need to begin in […]Nutrients to improve your IVF outcome
Use of IVF has increased dramatically as many couples struggle with sub-optimal fertility; however its not just couples with fertility issues opting for IVF, I also see women who are seeking naturopathic assistance to enhance their egg quality as they are freezing their eggs pro-actively due to not having a partner or not being quite […]