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What Does Your Contraception Say About You? Episode 4

Is your contraception a choice or a treatment for a more serious issue?  Many women don’t choose to take birth control – they are told it is the only option to treat serious health issues including endometriosis, PCOS and other gynaecological and hormonal issues.  In Episode 4 of The Wellness Collective Podcast, I’m excited to say, Cecelia and I discuss the truths of using contraceptives like the pill and the mirena and how your hormone fix may be a far lot simpler than you might think.

We’re after long term solutions – not bandaids.  I think you’ll agree, treating the root case of any issue rather than just skimming about the edges treating symptoms makes far more sense.  You’re going to love this episode!

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Intermittent Fasting – What It Really Does To Your Hormones.

So you know, I’ve been fasting.  Truthfully you may not actually know but I did post a picture on my socials sharing of how I had been intermittent fasting for the past eight weeks and I can safely say my body is loving me crazy for it.  You, my favourite people had a LOT of questions and so in true NK style I knew I needed to pin down a date with my keyboard and tap this out for you, so here we are.

Intermittent Fasting in a nutshell is going for select periods of time without food.  I have written about it here before and dived right in, it’s worth taking a read.  Maybe if you had asked me just three short years ago my thoughts on fasting, I would have told you it’s a big NO for your hormones.  Truthfully though, we are always learning and hit fast forward I’m here today to say, I’m a big fan.  Not only have I been trialling it myself, but I’ve also been doing this with my patients for some time too.

With this in mind, I want to answer the questions that have hit my inbox over the past few days – to really help you decide if this is something for you or not.

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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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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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What’s Causing Your Heavy Bleeding?

Your body, each and every day is talking to you in weird and wonderful ways.  Sometimes gentle and other times it’s like a fog horn to our eardrums, the words it is speaking to us can be overwhelming at best, especially if we don’t really understand what in the world is going on.  It was only a couple of days ago it was brought to my attention I hadn’t written in any depth about heavy bleeding.  We’ve talked about bleeding by way of spotting previously, but never really dived into it’s big sister – bleeding or for some haemorrhaging.

Heavy bleeding is outlined as being a flow that is approximately 80ml or more. That equates to approximately 16 or more soaked pads or tampons in a cycle according to our recent Period Party Podcast with Robyn Srigley.  That might seem like a lot to you, but bleeding is something that many women face each month and for some, it may continue for days at best sometimes weeks on end.  It’s always important to get to the bottom of why this is happening to you and as a first rule, visiting your health care practitioner may help provide insight and discuss an appropriate plan of attack. As a first point of call, it’s good to tick off any discrepancies with a pap smear.  We’ve talked about how to treat abnormal cervical cells before here and here.