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The Health Hormone Series – Testosterone

Whilst you might think testosterone is only for the fella’s, think again.  Women need testosterone and the amount we need changes throughout the course of our reproductive and non-reproductive years.  For women, testosterone is made in both the ovaries and the adrenals as well as in fatty tissue.  What you may also be unaware of, is that as we age and progress through menopause, our testosterone becomes much like a superpower.  It continues to become more important and more useful as we get older, unlike oestrogen which declines once we hit menopause, testosterone is there in full force.

That during our reproductive years there is less testosterone available.  This is because Sex Hormone Binding Globulin or SHBG binds to almost all our free testosterone during our peak years and inactivates it as we age, SHBG begins to decline allowing more available testosterone and whilst the ovaries might pack-up shop on oestrogen production, they become very important to produce testosterone once menopause arrives.  It’s also this decline in oestrogen that allows more testosterone in the body.  Seems everything within you is working towards this special hormone rising as we get older.

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The big symptom cover up – why you’re being fooled.

I’ve a new found love for gardening and I’m fist pumping the air when I tell you, I’m actually winning at life with my green thumb skills (not to be mistaken for ‘green hand’ as I told my mum… seems we only need a thumb and not a full hand of fingers ….).  Anyway, just a few mornings ago, I was watering my precious strawberry and mint pot and I noticed somebody had gone to town on the leaves.  Closer inspection revealed the culprit – teeny tiny little green caterpillars, munching away at my hard earned foliage.  My initial reaction was to pull off all the leaves because my plants no longer looked like they were healthy or thriving.  They looked sad and full of teeth marks and damaged and no where near as beautiful as the day before.

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But say what you? There is a ‘cure’ for your endometriosis?

This article was brought to my attention during the week.  It shared about one young girls horrible struggle with endometriosis – an issue us chicks are no strangers to.  Not long after I saw a call to action to sign a petition to have visanne – a drug to help ‘manage’ (aka symptoms) Endometriosis, begging for it to be made available here in Australia asap.  My heart broke.  I personally suffered from endometriosis for many years.  I was that girl lying on the bathroom floor.  I was that girl who would vomit and pass out in a hot sweat due to the pain.  I was that girl who lived on heavy painkillers for the first 2, sometimes 3 days of my menstrual cycle.  I was that girl who felt like my uterus was being ripped out each and every month.  True to my word, I hated my period with a passion.  I hated it because I knew no young girl should ever have to experience such pain.  Ever.  And so with the same amount of angst, I understand both that young girl and her mothers heartache in that article.  Watching our loved ones suffer is nothing short of torture.  For me, watching others suffer when they can actually do something proactive and extremely effective… heartbreaking.  Waiting for treatments to be available – really?  What are we actually waiting for if we want to be the best version of ourselves?

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The Fertility Focus Telesummit.

How exciting – so much fertile info all in the one place!

I’ve got something super exciting to share with you… The Fertility Focus Telesummit 2014 with all the cool kids on the fertile block!

I’m pretty chuffed to be included in the Fertility Focus Telesummit’s line up – spreading my stuff about ovulation.  What’s more, my vision is that all women (and men) can be well informed and make decisions especially around their health and wellness based on educated choices.  This is your place and I’m right there alongside you!

Maybe you’ve been trying for a baby for some time, or maybe you’re going through fertility tests or treatments – you’ll know as well as I do just how confusing and distressing the whole experience can be.  I want YOU to know how you can improve your chances of success, which is why I’m sharing this special event with you today.  

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Can you ovulate whilst on the pill?

My heart hurts at the amount of stuff we just don’t know about ourselves as women. I believe with all my being that every woman has the right to know as much as she can about herself and how her body works.  Unfortunately the main reason we have disconnected from ourselves and we don’t know how to read our signs and symptoms is because of the pill.  After all, it’s designed to take everything ‘offline’, meaning that you don’t experience the ebbs and flows of the menstrual cycle, your hormones aren’t communicating with you like they are designed to do and really, we are left with little idea to what is actually going on in there.