Steve Goldring

Hormones in PCOSPolycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS is the most common hormone-related issue among women of child-bearing age. It affects somewhere around 10% of all women. It's a major cause of infertility, among many other symptoms. More importantly, it's a major source of physical, relational, and emotional pain for a lot of women.PCOS is a complex problem that involves at least 4 major hormones. Of those hormones, 2 are too

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Steve Goldring

What's the Deal With Menopause Weight Gain? If you're a woman over, say 40 or 45, maybe you've wondered what's the deal with weight gain?  Maybe you've never had an issue with weight before and 5, 10, even 20 pounds seems to come out of nowhere, basically overnight. What is going on? By the end of this post, after watching the video, you should feel a whole lot better about

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Steve Goldring

Dr. Amy BrennerAmy Brenner, MD is an OB/GYN in Mason, OH, near Cincinnati. She's been actively involved in functional medicine and hormone optimization for many years. She and I have talked a lot about optimal hormones and patient education, especially about menopause.Dr. Brenner is very aware of the ways just right hormone levels can relieve symptoms, especially for women in menopause. Optimal hormone levels reduce or eliminate hot flashes and

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Steve Goldring

The Women's Health Initiative (WHI) was one of the largest, most ambitious randomized clinical trials in history. Because it was so massive, the results of the WHI have influenced patients and prescribers for nearly 20 years. The Women's Health Initiative has fundamentally changed the way healthcare practitioners treat menopause.Chances are you've heard or read about the WHI. But many healthcare providers haven't read the report, written by the team of

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Steve Goldring

Family History of Breast Cancer If a woman has a family history of breast cancer, can she take hormones for her menopause symptoms? Marla asked me this just yesterday: Hi Steve, I’m going through menopause and having some difficulty. Since my sister had breast cancer and passed away at age 50, along with my Mom who also had breast cancer; most doctors have told me I’m not a good candidate for any hormone

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Steve Goldring

Progesterone Levels:Does low progesterone cause any major symptoms?What side effects come from high progesterone levels?How about optimal progesterone levels? How do they affect women?Child-Bearing YearsIn women of child-bearing age, progesterone levels go up every month after ovulation, then subside. So progesterone is pretty high during the second half of a woman's monthly cycle (called the luteal phase) and pretty low during the first half (called the follicular phase).PerimenopauseOver a woman's

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