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Endocrine and Hormone

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine system disorders in women. [1] Affecting between 10 and 20 percent of reproductive-age women, PCOS is caused by an imbalance in female hormones. [2] A healthy endocrine system is responsible for many things, including the production of hormones. But, when this system is not functioning as it should, the concerns begin. In the case of PCOS, this imbalance of hormones affects the reproductive system. (more…)

I’ve been talking a lot about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, and I even discussed 7 signs of PCOS in a recent post. Many of you are probably wondering if there are ways to approach PCOS using natural methods. While there are more natural approaches to PCOS than I’ve listed here, here are a few of the most important. (more…)

Soy milk is heralded as being a healthy alternative to dairy, with many proponents noting its low levels of saturated fat and absence of dietary cholesterol. Despite these claims, soy contains phytoestrogens, compounds that can disrupt hormones. Women in particular are at an increased risk from the many hormone-disrupting substances found in soy. A woman’s monthly cycle is carefully monitored by her endocrine (glandular) system, and anything that interferes with this system can have far-reaching and devastating effects. Soy contains isoflavones that act as estrogen mimickers, an aspect that can […]

Menopause is a major change in a woman's life. It’s marked by a cessation of menstrual cycles and a rise of physical symptoms – hot flashes, decreased energy, and depressed mood, just to name a few. [1] Modern medicine has medicalized this natural experience, turning it into a diagnosable disease that can be remedied with pharmaceuticals and hormone therapies. But here is the stark truth: menopause is not a disease. Despite initial discomforts, which are often temporary and manageable, this natural transition can be a liberating experience. (more…)

Testosterone replacement therapy is a topic with many angles and one that has gotten the most attention is safety. Advocates for testosterone replacement therapy, or TRT, say the approach offers many benefits, including libido support, energy, increased muscle mass and strength, and stronger bones. Some research has even placed TRT as a helpful therapy for cardiovascular health. Opponents, however, cite research that points out HRT's lows, including its possible role for increasing prostate cancer. (more…)