Periods, Moods and Menses…and Perimenopause, too!

Today on Couch Talk I have brought back a previous – and popular – guest, Dr. Lara Briden.
She is a naturopathic doctor with some twenty years of experience in women’s health and she runs a hormone clinic in Sydney, Australia.
Lara is here to talk with us about her recently updated book, Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatment for Better Hormones and Better Periods.
With 4 daughters I can tell you that this is an important resource book – and required reading – in my household!
What I love about …

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Fertility and progesterone, a lovely success story

I recently interviewed a 36 year old woman and wanted to share her beautiful story.
It is a story of self-discovery and self-education. It is also the story of the heart-wrenching loss of a newborn, but also, a story of future hope for more children.
Nikki has a 4 year old daughter and a 15 month old son, and they are hoping for another in the future. In between the two she had been pregnant with a baby girl and went into preterm labor …

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Female hormone imbalance as we age

There’s a lot of misunderstood ‘hormone-talk’ being thrown around out there…so I want you to have the right information, from a female doctor and women’s sexual health expert who cares!
I hope you had a chance to check out my two earlier introductory blogs on hormones. Each of these contain a short, easy to understand video as well.
The first one provides some info as to, “what the heck is a hormone anyway?” 
The second introductory blog is focused on “how your reproductive hormones change every 30 days“.

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How women’s reproductive hormones change every 30 days

In my last blog on “What is a hormone“, I spoke about the basics of hormones.
This introductory information will make this and other upcoming blogs on women’s hormone changes a whole lot clearer.  If you didn’t get a chance to check out the earlier blog (and its 6 minute video), please do so!
In this blog I want to talk about another important women’s hormone topic: What’s happening with our female reproductive hormones every 30 days?
And don’t worry…I will be talking more about what …

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What is a Hormone?

I received an email not too long ago from a fantastic woman named Karen.
Karen wrote and said…
“Dr. Anna, I have a request.  I’ve followed you and a few other doctors for some time now, and whenever they talk about hormones, they always assume I already have a basic knowledge…and guess what?  I don’t!  Most of what they say goes right over my head!  Now, I don’t want to sound uneducated, but I feel like I need to ask the basic questions to really understand what’s going …

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Are you as overwhelmed as I am right now?

Are you as overwhelmed as I am right now?
If so, here’s how NOT to live in DISTRESS!
This article contains 3 sections of information:

An explanation of how chronic, everyday stress creates “adrenal dysfunction” (sometimes referred to as adrenal fatigue) and what that does to your health.
Lifestyle changes and supplements that can reverse the fatigue caused by adrenal dysfunction.
Self-testing that you must do.

There are good stresses and bad stresses and really we need stress just not distress!
Your body routinely …

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Energy To Connect, Love and Intimacy or Redbull and a divorce attorney?

Sexual health is vitally important within our marriages as an aspect of our ability to connect and communicate.
We have a physical nature to us that is designed to inspire intimacy and connection, keeping us bonded together, a family. A good relationship is ultimately the “spice of life”. A happy and healthy marriage is key to longevity, healthy aging, fulfillment, and a general sense of peace and satisfaction with our lives.
But stress can build from outside and inside our relationships, causing DIS-CONNECT.
We have become a country …

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Are you a corti-holic?

Alcohol has a bad rap due to the abuse of what can be a beneficial substance when used in moderation. Yes, a little red wine can be healthy, but alas, too many people abuse it!.
So now the term “alcoholic” has given rise to another whole class of excesses termed “workaholic,” “choco-holic,” “sex-aholic,” etc.
So the ending of the word “alco-holic” has been conveniently tacked on the end of just about anything! Things that, although beneficial, if present in excess, soon cease to be beneficial!  …

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