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Are period symptoms a good predictor for menopause?

by Sonia Chartier, on 3 December 2015, Menopause, Women's Health
predictor of menopause

Not precisely, but it’s always fun to guesstimate! Certain factors do influence the age at which menopause begins, but it’s not always the ones you’d expect. At the risk of disappointing many of you, it’s true that certain links between PMS and perimenopausal symptoms have been proved scientifically, but only with respect to some symptoms.

What you can control is your diet and lifestyle, and there are natural ways to prepare for the transition to make it less of a bumpy ride.

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Stress reaction: why it is different for men and women?

by Sonia Chartier, on 2 November 2015, Men's Health, Stress and sleep, Women's Health

There are an almost overwhelming number of factors that contribute to the build-up of modern day stress.

And let’s face it, who behaves at their best when they are under stress?  Perhaps you recognise yourself in one or more of these classic behaviours…

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5 essentials for your PMS survival kit 

by Sonia Chartier, on 27 October 2015, Women's Health

co-written by Josée Fortin, Naturopath and Biochemist

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a health issue that affects between 70 and 75% of women during 1 or 2 weeks prior to their period.  In 5% of cases, symptoms are so severe that the women are not able to go on with their normal activities.  30 to 40% of women claim that PMS affects their daily life…

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Is it already your perimenopause?

by Sonia Chartier, on 5 October 2015, Menopause, Women's Health

co-written by Rick Olazabal, BSc, BN 

Perimenopause is the period—and associated bodily changes—leading up menopause (prefix “peri” = around). It can start as early as a woman’s late 30s or as late as her 50s.

This process varies in duration, lasting anywhere between 2 to 10 years. A common sign of perimenopause is irregular periods due to the hormonal fluctuation occurring. As your ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone, levels gradually decrease over this time, in theory; in reality, it’s more like rollercoaster of ups and downs…

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What is your PMS type?

by Sonia Chartier, on 5 October 2015, Women's Health

co-written by Rick Olazabal, BSc, BN 

Over the past few years I’ve been asked to give several talks on women’s health issues. Being a topic that expends well across the realm of endocrinology I had no problem with it. The problem with that, however, is that I was “the guy” lecturing a group of women—the experts on this topic!

If you’re a lady, and most certainly you will be one if you’re reading this, I must apologize to you in advance. So, what can this guy tell you about PMS that you don’t already know? Well, let’s find out…

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