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
Endometriosis is not like other period problems. It’s not a hormonal condition like PMS and PCOS. It’s affected by hormones, yes, but fundamentally endometriosis is an inflammatory disease and probably an autoimmune disease.
Conventional treatment has not yet caught up with the new autoimmune research. Hormonal suppression remains the primary treatment, which is unfortunate, because it has many side effects and does not work all that well.
There is another way.Continue Reading
I consider iodine one of the most important supplements for women’s health (just behind magnesium, vitamin D, and zinc).
I prescribe iodine for breast pain, ovarian cysts, ovulation pain, and PMS, and I prescribe it even when there is no thyroid problem. In fact, I am more cautious when there is a thyroid problem (because iodine can damage the thyroid gland).Continue Reading