Is It PCOS or Hypothalamic Amenorrhea?

PCOS is the condition of androgen excess when all other causes of androgen excess have been ruled out. It can be associated with irregular periods or no periods.

Hypothalamic amenorrhea (HA) is the loss of periods due to undereating. It can also present with mild acne or facial hair.

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Cannot Be Diagnosed by Ultrasound

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) cannot be diagnosed by ultrasound because polycystic ovaries are not cysts. They’re follicles or eggs which are normal for the ovary.

It’s normal for all women to sometimes have a higher number of follicles. It’s normal for young women to always have a higher number of follicles because young women have more eggs. That’s why the new international PCOS guidelines state that “ultrasound is now not recommended in diagnosis in those within 8 years of the start of periods.”

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

Benefits of ovulation and ovulatory cycles.

This 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 restrictive dietary advice may cause young women to stop ovulating which is a problem because ovulation is how women make hormones.

That makes ovulation an essential part of human physiology and not just for making babies. Ovulation is not optional. Thank you.

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Why Zinc Is My Favorite Prescription for Healthy Periods

zinc for hormonesLooking for a simple solution for period problems? Before you reach for a women’s supplement like chaste tree or natural progesterone, consider the humble mineral zinc.

Zinc is effective treatment for acne, PCOS, period pain, and many other periods problems. It’s the supplement I prescribe most often for women’s health (second only to magnesium).

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