Coming off birth control doesn’t have to be a nightmare for skin. True, it was a nightmare last time, which is why you returned to the Pill after a only few months. But this time will be different, because this time, you know about post-Pill acne. You know it will get worse for six months, and then it will get better. And this time, you know how to treat it.Continue Reading
You’re eating “healthy”, so you’re having a green smoothie for breakfast, and avoiding carbs with dinner. Maybe you’re doing it in response to a new PCOS diagnosis. Or maybe it’s because you bloat if you eat anything apart from meat and vegetables and green smoothies.
Either way, your new way of eating could become a real problem for your period.Continue Reading
Hot flashes, sleep problems, mood swings, and crazy heavy periods. Is this menopause already? And you’re only 42? No, menopause may still be a decade away. This is perimenopause, which is the 2-10 years of hormonal change that precede menopause.
Perimenopause can be a tricky time, and often causes more symptoms than menopause itself. Yet conventional medicine has very little to offer. Your doctor will think you’re too young for hormone replacement, so she will likely prescribe the Pill or an antidepressant, or tell you to just ride it out.Continue Reading
I would love for everyone to be able to choose non-hormonal birth control such as Fertility Awareness Method (FAM), but twenty years of clinical work has made me a realist. Some women like the simplicity of the copper IUD (see my last post). And some women like the flow-reducing effect of the hormonal IUD (Mirena or Skyla). I’ll go further and say that some women need that flow-reducing effect.Continue Reading