About 11% of women in the U.S. have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a pregnancy to full term in the 15-24 year age group.1 Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is commonly the cause.
PCOS is a hormonal condition in which women produce excessive amounts of androgens. The ovaries may grow cysts, which can lead to hormone imbalances and difficulties with ovulation.
Symptoms of PCOS may include menstrual irregularities, weight gain, male pattern baldness, and acne.
(Health Secrets Newsletter) Life hands women enough tasks without bogging them down with PMS! During this unfortunate time, women’s stores of calcium, magnesium, and iron become depleted which worsens symptoms. However with the right foods, you can help combat and even suppress PMS symptoms. (more…)
The so-called “change of life” carries serious health challenges for women. Changing hormone levels can lead to everything from hot flashes to emotional swings. Many women also experience a loss of bone density, leaving them stooped and frail. (more…)
There’s good news for millions of women who experience occasional discomforts associated with menstruation and menopause. Natural health research has shown that synergistic blends of certain herbs, along with a healthy diet and regular exercise, may provide support for menstrual and menopausal well-being. (more…)
Endometriosis is a condition where the tissue lining of the uterus spreads to other parts of the body. Symptoms of endometriosis are not always apparent and can go undetected for long periods of time. When symptoms do present themselves it is in the form of pain, scarring, menstrual problems, and difficulty conceiving. While conventional treatment includes surgery and the use of hormone substitution drugs, there are effective natural alternatives for endometriosis which include diet, herbs, supplements, and the use of bioidentical hormones.
With endometriosis, the lining of the uterus that should have been eliminated during menstruation can attach to varied body parts. It can entwine around the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder and intestines, and in some cases can travel to distant areas such as the lungs.
Menstrual cramps are something that almost every woman has experienced. While some may only experience them in the form of mild discomfort, others may experience severe and often debilitating pain during their menstrual cycle. The good news is that there are several natural remedies which can be used to help relieve the pain and discomfort that is often associated with menstruation.
Parsley is the Rodney Dangerfield of herbs; it gets no respect. Probably not even from Rodney Dangerfield. We’re talking NO respect.
Once upon a time, most restaurants used parsley as a perky, colorful accompaniment on your plate, whatever you ordered. Most eaters ignored it, though, pretty much ending the parsley era.
We need to reconsider our attitude here. Parsley is a nutritional powerhouse. And, better yet, a little dab’ll do ya. In fact, it would be hard to munch through a dollar’s worth in a week.
So let’s talk about parsley. (more…)
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a cluster of physical and emotional symptoms associated with the menstrual cycle. Most women experience some degree of PMS at some point in their menstrual history, although symptoms vary significantly from woman to woman. Reproductive hormones and neurotransmitters are thought to play a central role in the etiology of PMS. Five to ten days prior to menses, plasma estrogens rise and progesterone levels decline. These changes are accompanied by an increase in follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) six to nine days prior to menstruation, and peak aldosterone levels two to eight days before menstruation. Prolactin levels are elevated in most PMS patients. Other biochemical pathways such as the insulin response, and uptake of vitamins and minerals are being studied as potential causative factors. One hypothesis suggests that PMS may be due to an aberration in blood viscosity and red blood cell hydration during the menstrual cycle. (more…)
Question on Krill oil and PMS. I’ve been taking EFA Icon and I just noticed that it mentioned this could be beneficial for PMS. I was wondering if there is any benefit or known research for increasing dosage during the PMS time (for healthy individual with PMS being more of an emotional component than pain). Any comments appreciated. Thanks.
Estrogen dominance accounts for many health complaints in women during their 30s and 40s as ovulation and progesterone secretion become inconsistent in the years before menopause. Estrogen dominance occurs when estrogen levels remain normal or high while progesterone secretion declines. Symptoms of estrogen dominance include breast swelling and tenderness, abdominal cramping, backaches, bloating, headaches/migraines, irritability, anxiety, depression, food cravings, brain fog, sleep difficulties, and/or lowered sex drive. These symptoms characterize premenstrual syndrome (PMS), which is linked to estrogen dominance.