Why Zinc Is One of My Favorite Supplements for Women’s Health

zinc for hormones

Want a simple solution for period and hormone problems?  Consider the humble mineral zinc.

According to a 2020 paper called The Role of Zinc in Selected Female Reproductive System Disorders, zinc might be an effective treatment for many women’s health conditions including PCOS, period pain, endometriosis, and the vaginal dryness of menopause.

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How Soy Affects Hormones and Health

Soy contains phytoestrogens or “plant-estrogens,” which sounds bad but by out-competing estradiol, phytoestrogens can have a beneficial anti-estrogen effect in women of reproductive age.

That’s why soy and other phytoestrogens can make periods lighter and improve estrogen excess symptoms such as PMS and heavy periods. 

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The Right Way to Test Progesterone with Your Cycle

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The next time your doctor orders a progesterone test, ask yourself: “When is the right day to do this test?”

Forget “day 21 progesterone.” There’s no reason to test progesterone until you are approximately one week before your period. That will change depending on how long your cycle actually is.

Here’s what need to know about progesterone testing.

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