Maybe It’s Not PCOS (and PCOS Cannot Be Diagnosed by Ultrasound)

pcos ultrasoundPCOS is being overdiagnosed and causing women a lot of unnecessary distress and worry. That’s the conclusion of a British Medical Journal study called: Are expanding disease definitions unnecessarily labelling women with polycystic ovary syndrome?

The main problem is the ultrasound finding of polycystic ovaries, which means almost nothing. Why? Because polycystic ovaries are a common and normal finding, especially in young women.

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The Role of Histamine and Mast Cells in PMS and PMDD

mast cells histamine PMDDHere’s something important about PMS or PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder): At least some of the time it’s caused or worsened by histamine or mast cell activation

Histamine can cause allergy-type symptoms such as hives and nasal congestion. Or it can cause anxiety, headaches, fatigue, brain fog, insomnia, and breast tenderness, the typical symptoms of PMS.

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If You’re Not Thinking About Ovulation, You’re Not Thinking About Health

Ovulation benefits healthThis is my open letter to every clinician, personal trainer, and blogger who offers health advice without thinking about the importance of ovulation and natural ovulatory menstrual cycles.

Dear Sir,

Your health advice may cause your clients to stop ovulating. That’s a problem because regular ovulation is not just for making a baby. It’s also an important indicator or “vital sign” of your client’s general health. Furthermore, regular ovulation is the only way your client can make the ovarian hormones she needs for a healthy brain, bones, and metabolism.

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