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Acne – does it ever go away?

Sista, I feel your pain when it comes acne.  Been there, done that and from time to time, still got that – acne. (sigh) You feeling me?  As part of this months LIVE membership call, I dived real deep into the dark and gloomy depths of hormones, acne and skin issues that seem to arrive unannounced.  Acne can be relentless but the most difficult facet to treating acne is to get a hold on is the why.  Getting to the bottom of your skin woes certainly isn’t something that stops with the skin itself. Acne is a sure sign your hormones are unhappy and your gut health needs some TLC and that all starts from within.  Lotions and potions, come what may can only do so much with the root cause of the issue within.  To help you work out what the heck is going on, I wanted to share some of the key talking points that I shared to our little girl gang – aka The Wellness Collective Membership (you’re totally invited too).

Consider the timing.

It’s important to stop at work out when your acne shows up.  Here are the most common times;

Puberty

Pregnancy

During high stress

Post Travel

Peri-Menopause

But of course there are cycles within cycles and we need to be mindful how that affects our skin too!

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What To Do – Should I Take The Morning After Pill?

I’m frequently asked what the alternatives are to the Morning After Pill (MAP).  It’s a good question and in the spirit of World Contraception Day (Sept 26th), I feel its rather timely.  The MAP is heavily relied on as an emergency form of contraception, perhaps in the incidence of a ‘whoopsie,’ a break in a barrier contraception such as a condom or to be frank a seriously irresponsible moment. Harsh news is, there really are no natural options when it comes to tackling emergency contraception.  But rather than being left feeling hopeless, it’s about being at it’s mercy but doing what we can to support the body in any given moment and a great time to be thankful for the efforts of western medicine in such instances and do what you can to support your body should you choose to use it.

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5 things at the core of your PCOS.

The question on around 5 million women’s lips (or so it’s estimated) – Why do I find myself not only with my very own ‘brand name’ aka Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) but with a loot of symptoms that follow me around like really bad body odour?  PCOS symptoms can be nasty but what’s worse, stubborn and for the 20% or so of women battling with it each and everyday, it can be nothing short of relentless.

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Does The Pill Protect Your Bones?

Every month, I host a Facebook LIVE in our very special membership area. A place for people like you to land and explore your health, safely.  This month we dug into the Ovarian – Adrenal – Thyroid Axis (OAT axis). Aka the relationship between a few of your essential hormone making or regulating endocrine glands.  Whilst preparing for the Facebook LIVE (I tend to look into research, I love to feed my brain like that!), I started to think about how many women (yet again) were being affected by the pill; being told it was supporting their health positively.  I wish it did. However like all medications, the pill has some pretty hefty side effects yet we’re not necessarily informed when we commence taking them, nor are we generally supporting our body in it’s attempt to compensate for their effects.  We’ve spoken about the pill oh-so-many times here (just go and type ‘the pill’ into the search function above), its effects, how you might lose your hair after you’ve taken it…  but one very common worry of my patients especially those with issues like PCOS or amenorrhea is that they have been told if they don’t take the pill, they aren’t looking after their bones.  Righto.  Here’s some food for thought.

Nat (95)

What You Need To Know About Freezing Your Eggs.

When I first started out in clinic, many women were coming in for assistance with their egg quality in preparation for egg collection as part of their IVF treatments.  To date, this is still very much part of what we do however in recent times, there has been an increasing number of women requesting support for egg quality and fertility not necessarily for the near future, but for if and when the time is right to conceive.

Many young women are being encouraged to freeze their eggs for several reasons be it circumstance, health issues or fertility concerns, but the most common reason is age.  There are a few facets that need to be considered when it comes to egg freezing and supporting women more in this intriguingly new space and somewhat new approach the longevity of a woman fertility. Forgive me if this post is long, I will try and break it down simply with the facts to support you, help increase your egg quality and fertility too, no matter where you are at.  Fertility isn’t just about babies, but rather a thriving reproductive system ready when you are to fire away.