Menopause and Bio-Identical Hormones

Published on Mar 20, 2019

Menopause and Bio-Identical Hormones los angeles

“Do i need hormones?” “Are all hormones the same?” “what is the safest and the best hormones and when should i start?”

These are the most common questions I am asked from women transitioning through perimenopause or in menopause. Women concerned about changes they see in themselves, friends, or family seek ways to either make it easier or prevent unwanted changes associated with reduced hormones.
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What is Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or (PCOS) ?

Published on Mar 13, 2019

“I can’t lose weight, my face is full of acne and thick hair, and my periods are very irregular. What is going on with my body?”

These are some of the most common signs of a very common hormonal condition called polycystic ovarian syndrome or (PCOS). 10-15% of women have PCOS, with associated increase in ovarian male hormone production resulting in male pattern hair growth, acne, irregular ovulation and menstrual
cycles, and difficulty in processing sugars and fat resulting in weight gain. This common condition can be recognized in women as early as teen years and lasts during the reproductive years.
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3 Signs You Might Have a Hormone Imbalance

Published on Mar 6, 2019

Hormonal imbalance occurs when there are either too little or too much hormones in the body. Even though we might not get to see or feel the hormones, they play a very important role in the functioning of the organs and the body as a whole, hence even the slightest hormone imbalance is likely to throw off the normal functioning of a woman’s body. Hormone imbalance can be caused by several factors such as genetics, age, diet, medication, or environmental conditions. A sure way to know whether or not you have a hormone imbalance is to visit a doctor specializing in women’s health. You should always be on the lookout for these 3 signs of hormone imbalance :

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Postpartum Depression

Published on Jan 16, 2019

 

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“Mothers are the root of the family tree. Without a healthy root the tree will wither. Self care is non-negotiable, it’s survival.”

Postpartum Depression (PPD)

Postpartum mood disorders range from short lived “blues” (80% of new mothers), to more severe depression (20%), and much less common psychosis (1/1000). Causes are complex and treatment may require cooperation from multiple specialties.

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“I Am Not Myself Right Before My Period”

Published on Jun 3, 2016

I hear this so frequently in my office. Cyclic changes in mood and physical discomfort that usually starts after ovulation and ends with a period is called premenstrual syndrome and is often referred to as PMS. Feelings of depression, anxiety, nervous agitation, breast tenderness, and cravings are the typical symptoms of PMS. These symptoms can begin as mild but can become very severe. With age, they can get worse. Many patients complain of feeling excessively bloated. Others feel extremely sensitive, sad, annoyed or easily irritated. Some patients shyly tell me that their feelings are so unstable that they don’t know why they become excessively agitated with their significant other.

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Compounded Testosterone Cream

Published on Mar 15, 2016

Testosterone is an essential hormone in a woman’s body. It is commonly known as a male hormone because men need a higher level of testosterone in their bodies. It peaks in women at the age of 20 and declines in perimenopausal years. They drop to their lowest levels during menopause as the ovaries cease to function.

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Hormonal Headaches and Migraines

Published on Mar 1, 2016

Changes in estrogen and progesterone levels during the cycles may cause headaches in some women complaining of pain prior and during the menstrual cycles. Prior and during the menstrual cycle these hormone levels drop and are at the lowest levels . These headaches happen regularly with each cycle and resolve as the estrogen and progesterone levels begin to rise in the first week of the cycle.

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Hormonal Contraceptives and Decreased Sex Drive

Published on Mar 1, 2016

Many women on hormonal contraceptives complain of decreased sex drive and vaginal dryness. In fact a recent study shows that 1 in 5 women reported lack of interest in sex after 6 months on the contraceptives. Hormonal birth controls such as pills, shots, or under the skin implants release hormones that effect the entire body and alter the normal ovarian hormone production. This likely is due to the effect of the systemic hormones on the function and production of ovarian hormones estradiol and testosterone.

In some women the estradiol levels sink so low that many complain of vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse. Decrease in testosterone production is also a common effect of the hormonal birth control. Low testosterone levels may be responsible for decreased sex drive and desire, and fatigue.

Hormonal Intrauterine Device (IUD) is the only birth control method that does not alter sex drive and actually may improve participants sex life by reliably decreasing the chance of contraceptive failure. This method works within the lining of the uterus and the amount of hormones absorbed into the body through the uterus is minimal. Therefore it’s effect on the ovarian hormone production is minimal.

Numerous studies have shown that hormonal IUD is safe for all women of any age with minimal side effects. Dr. Tahery’s technique of IUD insertion minimizes pain associated with insertion and virtually eliminates the chance of uterine perforation during a blind insertion. Also IUD placement is done in a sterile environment in order to eliminate the chances of infection.