Month: December 2010

Treating Female Infertility: Ovulation Induction with Prescription Hormones or Progesterone?

In our clinics, we often see ladies who have difficulty conceiving or have had one or more miscarriages. Most often, they have low progesterone levels. They may also have low thyroid levels. If a female is having difficulties conceiving a child or has suffered from one or more miscarriages, it may be due to a …

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The Glycemic Index

The glycemic index (GI) of foods has important implications for the prevention and treatment of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in western countries, including non-insulin-dependent diabetes, coronary heart disease, and obesity. The recent United Nations FAO/WHO Consultation on Carbohydrates recommended that “the glycemic index of foods be used in conjunction with information about …

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The Menstrual Cycle & Progesterone – Part 1

PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) PCOS is generally an extreme deficiency of progesterone and insulin resistance. It can lead to a host of problems for the female including difficult periods, an absence of periods, irregular periods, frustration with body weight and fat, infertility, miscarriages, mood swings, headaches, and excess hair. Not every female has the same …

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The Menstrual Cycle & Progesterone – Part 2

This is the second article of a series presented by Dr. Feste on the Menstrual Cycle and Progesterone. At the time of egg release, the FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) begins to gradually decline and the LH (luteinizing hormone) prevails to assist in maintaining an embryo should fertilization have occurred. But, equally and likely more important …

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Life’s Changes: Perimenopause / Menopause / Post-Menopause – Part 1

What is Menopause? Menopause is a normal biological event that marks the end of a woman’s reproductive years. Menopause is the transition period in a woman’s life when her ovaries stop producing eggs, her body produces less estrogen and progesterone, and menstruation becomes less frequent, eventually stopping altogether. On average, menopause occurs at age 51; …

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Life’s Changes: Perimenopause / Menopause / Post-Menopause – Part 2

What is Perimenopause? This gradual phase before the permanent cessation of menstrual periods is sometimes called perimenopausee. The process of menopause is considered complete when a woman has not menstruated for an entire year. A simple lab test that measures FSH can indicate whether a woman is in menopause or near menopause. During this time, …

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Bio-Identical Hormones “Prevent before Cure”

“The resurgence of bio identical hormones parallels the advances in space travel. Knowledge, Empowerment and Implementation” What are Hormones? • The secretion of an endocrine gland that is transmitted by the blood to the tissue on which it has a specific effect • Chemicals made in the body, act at distant sites from where they …

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What is Estrogen Dominance?

• Not the absolute deficiency of estrogen or progesterone • It is the relative dominance of estrogen and relative deficiency of progesterone • Must compare same units of measurement, i.e.. pMol/L ( molecules of each hormone) • On CPL, multiply progesterone by 1000 to compare with estrogen levels. • Best ratio is 170:1 up to …

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Conditions Associated With Estrogen Dominance

• Infertility • Menopausal symptoms • Magnesium deficiency • Pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) • Pre-menopausal syndrome • Hypothyroid-like conditions • Prostate cancer • Uterine fibroids • Endometriosis • Fibrocystic Breast • Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) • Fibroids • Breast cancer • Weight gain • Exposure to xenoestrogen ( a likely etiology of PCOS)     – Female embryo …

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