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N-Acetylcysteine and PCOS

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in reproductive aged women, affecting up to 10% of this population. It is characterized by hyperandrogenism, polycystic ovaries and oligo- or anovulation, and is often associated with insulin resistance and weight gain2. N-acetylcysteine is a popular supplement that is used in PCOS patients to improve […]

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Lifestyle Factors That May Be Affecting Your Fertility

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Around 16% of Canadian couples experience infertility, which has increased from around 5% since 1984. Despite the continuous growth with  assisted reproductive technology such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI) and intracytoplasmic sperm injections (ICSI) there are modifiable risk factors that still play a huge role in our reproductive health. Below are a […]

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Alleviating Period Pain

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Dysmenorrhea, or abdominal and pelvic pain associated with menses affects more than half of menstruating women, with 15% having such severe pain that they are debilitated for several days per month. This is an astounding number, as these women are often unable to engage in normal daily activities and may require absence from work each […]

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age, affecting approximately 5-10% of this population. The diagnostic criteria, known as the Rotterdam criteria suggests a diagnosis if 2 or more of the following are present: Oligo-ovulation or Anovulation – Oligo-ovulation is irregular ovulation, which is typically characterized by menstrual […]

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Tracking Your Menstrual Cycle

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Tracking your menstrual cycle can provide more information than just an estimation of when your next period is. It can provide insight into your hormonal and reproductive health and give you more clarity as to when you are more fertile, therefore providing a better understanding of when your chances of conceiving are higher during each […]

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Everyday Natural Therapies for Acne

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Acne is characterized by inflammation of the hair follicles and sebaceous glands, often on the face. The production of acne is due to an excess production of keratin (skin cells) and a hormonal related excess production of sebum by sebaceous glands. This leads to a blockage of the hair follicle, leading to an environment that […]

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Herbs for Acne

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Acne is a treatable condition that is often a manifestation of a deeper internal imbalance. In many cases, acne is a result of inadequate detoxification and insufficiency of the liver to process chemicals and hormones. This results in a backlog, and higher than normal levels of hormones left in circulation. These excess hormones, particularly testosterone […]

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Sun Safety: How to Choose a Low Risk Sunscreen

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If you’re like me, the moment the sun finally makes its long-awaited debut you just want to spend all day soaking it in. I’m sure many Canadians feel the same way, as we only have a few short months of summer so the opportunity to take advantage of the sun’s natural source of vitamin D is short […]

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Adapting with Adaptogens

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Adaptogens are herbs that buffer the body’s physical, mental and emotional response to stress. They work predominantly via the endocrine system and provide support to our adrenal glands. These glands sit above our kidneys and release hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol in response to stressors on  the body, in an attempt to maintain homeostasis. […]