category: Women’s Health

What Do Your Gut Microbes Have to Do with Estrogen Detox?

April 10, 2021

The digestive system is connected to every other system in the body.   When we are working on optimizing our digestion, this means more than just keeping our gut happy.  Digestive health is inherently linked to our overall health and hormone balance, estrogen in particular.  Our gut microbes and the estrobolome Our gut microbiome, the collection […]

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Using Your Female Hormones to Your Metabolic Advantage

April 01, 2021

There is an underlying negative connotation associated with periods. From the time we are young women, it is ingrained in us that periods get in the way. We are taught that our female physiology works against us and that we need to work twice as hard as men to achieve the same fitness levels and […]

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Preventing Miscarriage: The One Test You Should Ask For (That rarely is done)

February 01, 2020

Pregnancy is one of the most significant events in a woman’s life, and as an expert in women’s health it is one that I spend a lot of time talking about.  And one major issue I see, is how few women are tested for this common – and preventable- cause of miscarriage.  Lack of Lab […]

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The Runner’s Fertility Journey

February 01, 2020

Let’s imagine Jane.  Jane is a 36 year old Spartan athlete and a marathon runner.  She loves the weekend long runs with her Toronto running group.  The people are great and keep her motivated.  She normally laughs and jokes with her fellow runners but lately her mind has been elsewhere.  For the last six months […]

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Libido: It’s not about the drive, it’s about the brakes

August 30, 2019

Most people who ask me about libido assume it is a hormonal issue.  Men want to know if they have low testosterone, women want to know if they maybe have too much.  But the honest answer is that while hormones can be a contributing factor in libido, our sex drive is much more complicated than […]

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Postpartum Running and Exercise: When can I REALLY return?

May 24, 2019

“When can I start doing “x” after I’ve given birth?” Up until just recently this question was only answered at the 6-week postpartum check-up.  After some quick questions and *possibly* a physical exam, new Mamas are cleared for activity or told to return when they feel ready using the common refrain, “listen to your body”.  […]

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Is it PMS or PMDD?

May 13, 2019

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a many-headed beast – with over 150 different symptoms attributed to PMS, many women find the days, or week, before their period to be a challenging time. But what about those women who are completely destroyed by their PMS? Who suffer with severe mood changes, insomnia and fatigue? Those women may in fact […]

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Hormones and Hair Loss

March 01, 2019

In my practice I focus on women’s health and hormone balance. So you would imagine that I spend most of my day talking about the lady garden.  But women’s health is so much more complicated than that. Our hormones influence everything that happens in our bodies. From how much energy we make, to our moods, […]

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I Laughed So Hard I Peed!

February 12, 2019

Ladies, ladies, ladies….. Let’s be real for a minute. Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) is a thing. You may know this thing as “I pee a little when I sneeze”, “I pee when I run”, “I pee when I skip rope” “I pee on the trampoline” “I pee when I quickly lift up my 48lbs child or […]

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The Language of (Un)Love(ing)

February 11, 2019

By Lauren Berger, MSW, RSW Love is a many splendored thing… until it’s not.  Even though love and relationships are permanent fixtures in our society, that doesn’t mean that they are easy or simple.  It seems like we have to kiss a lot of frogs until we find a great match.  Hey, that’s okay!  This […]

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