Women's Health

Natural HRT Alternatives Hit Prime-Time

By Peggy Peck | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 3. June, 2001

Frustrated with conventional hormone therapies and fearing potential side effects like breast and ovarian cancer, massive numbers of menopausal women are turning to natural alternatives like soy isoflavones, Black Cohosh, and Red Cover. Susan Love, MD, and Deborah Moskowitz, ND, share their views.

Water Births Expected to Make Big Splash in Coming Decade

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 2, No. 3. June, 2001

For healthy, low-risk pregnant women, water births---giving birth in a pool of warm water----can reduce time spent in labor, lower the need for Cesarean section, and increase the chances that the birth process will be uncomplicated. Though popular in France, water births are still rare in the US, but the numbers are growing. Holistic Ob.Gyn., Jan Stafl, MD, describes his experiences.

Old Traumas Haunt Childbirth

By Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 3. June, 2001

Women with histories of emotional and/or physical abuse may experience a lot of emotional upheaval in conjunction with the process of giving birth. Compassionate and understanding physicians can go a long way toward easing the process.

A Word About Progesterone

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 2, No. 3. June, 2001

What exactly is Progestin? How does it differ from Progesterone and Progestogen? Find out as Dr. Deborah Moskowitz clarifies the terminology surrounding this group of female hormones.

Think "Insulin Resistance" in PCOS Patients

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 3, No. 2. April, 2002

Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome are often insulin resistant and prone to hyperglycemia. Leah Morton, MD, a holistic gynecologist, has found that controlling the insulin problem by reducing intake of high-glycemic foods often leads to marked improvement of the ovarian and hormonal problems.

Do Progesterone Creams Improve Bone Density?

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 3, No. 3. October, 2002

The role of natural progesterone creams for prevention of osteoporosis in menopausal women is highly controversial. While many practitioners report that their patients do show increases in bone mineral density following extended use of progesterone creams, the only controlled trial on this topic found no significant difference.

Is It Time to Replace Hormone Replacement Therapy?

By Peggy Peck | Contributing Writer - Vol. 3, No. 3. October, 2002

In the wake of the Women's Health Initiative, which showed that PremPro increases risk of strokes, thromboembolism, and breast cancer, many menopausal women are avoiding or abandoning conventional hormone replacement and seeking natural alternatives.

Rethinking Menopause: Individualization Is Key to Hormone Replacement Choices

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 3, No. 3. October, 2002

There's no one-size-fits-all approach to managing menopausal symptoms. The extent of symptoms and the ideal treatment strategy depends very much on an individual woman's endocrine patterns. Women's health experts including Tori Hudson, ND, and Marie Annette Brown, PhD, offer insights on individualizing treatment.

LEVITY Brings Light (and B-Vitamins) to Menopause Management

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 3, No. 3. October, 2002

Exposure to sunlight, brisk exercise, and ample supplies of B vitamins can go a long way in reducing menopausal symptoms, regardless of whether a woman takes conventional or natural hormone therapy. The LEVITY program (Light, Exercise, and Vitamin Intervention Therapy) provides women with a multi-modal, hormone-free approach to controlling midlife symptoms.

Au Naturelle: Managing Menopause Without Pharmaceuticals

By Janet Gulland | Contributing Writer - Vol. 3, No. 3. June, 2002

Managing menopause symptoms without conventional hormone replacement therapy requires much more than substituting soy or Black Cohosh for PremPro. Elena Barengolts, MD, a holistic endocrinologist, describes her comprehensive approach that includes plant phytoestrogens, ginseng, calcium, vitamin D, and various herbs to promote better sleep.