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Hormonal Contraception And Suicide

Hormonal Contraception And Suicide, everyone’s taking about it and posting it all over social media, and here is my two cents about it.  One thing I found in my years of research is that you can find a study to support just about anything even when it comes to hormonal contraception use, depression, and suicide. One study from The American Journal of Psychiatry1 entitled, Association of Hormonal Contraception with Suicide Attempts and Suicide concludes, “Use of hormonal contraception was positively associated with subsequent suicide attempt and suicide. Adolescent women experienced the highest relative risk.” Another study by The American Journal of Epidemiology2 entitled, Association of Hormonal Contraceptive Use With Reduced Levels of Depressive Symptoms: A National Study of Sexually Active Women in the United States concluded, “Longitudinal analyses indicated that associations between hormonal contraception and depressive symptoms were stable. Hormonal contraception may reduce levels of depressive symptoms among young women. Systematic investigation of exogenous hormones as a potential preventive factor in psychiatric epidemiology is warranted.”

What to believe?

Whenever I get stumped with studies and their findings, I always go back to what I’ve seen to be true in the clinic. I’ve seen thousands of patients over the years come into our hormone clinic with varying stages of depression with some contemplating suicide at times. I’ve seen what happens to these women with depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideology when given the right hormones, dosed in the right amounts, and administered in the right manner and it’s mind blowing. When women have the right amount of circulating estrogen in their blood, things like depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts are non-existent. When estrogen is sound, depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts diminish and go away for most women. Its estrogen in abundant amounts that makes a woman want to live and thrive and when it’s too low, they want to die and take everyone down with them.

“Hypoestrogenism: refers to a lower than optimal levels of circulating estrogen.”

Hormonal contraceptives are not hormones and are not to be confused with hormone therapy. Hormonal contraceptives like the birth control pill actually put a woman into chemical menopause, no matter her age. This happens because the Pill is an estrogen-like chemical that tricks your brain into thinking you’ve produced enough estrogen so your ovaries shut down your own natural estrogen production putting you into a mental, physical, and behavioral downward spiral until you get some estrogen again, and if you never get the right amount of estrogen in your blood, this downward spiral gets worse as women feel like they have no control over their mind and body anymore.

I’ve seen women of all ages at varying stages of estrogen deficiency (hypoestrogenism) and what happens to their minds and behavior the lower their circulating estrogen gets. The biggest problems women have in a state of hypoestrogenism are mental and behavioral health issues, not to mention the physical body falls apart. I’ve also seen women in deep dark depression with thoughts of suicide get better and want to live when their estrogen optimized to healthy reproductive levels. It has been clear to me when women have enough estrogen, they feel better and want to live, and when they don’t have enough; they feel like they want to die. Literally. This is why I call estrogen the life and death hormone.

Estrogen deficient women are not happy campers and experience more unrelenting emotional and physical pain than women with healthy circulating estrogen. If you’re feeling like crap and want to get your life back, find a way to get some healthy amounts of estrogen in your blood. It will make all the difference.

If you want to learn how to avoid depression, suicidal thoughts related to low estrogen, and/or reverse it, make a complementary consultation with me by clicking on the button below and let’s talk about how I can help you get to your personal “Hormone Sweet Spot”.

 


  1. Skovlund CW, Mørch LS, Kessing LV, Lange T, Lidegaard Ø. Association of Hormonal Contraception With Suicide Attempts and Suicides. Am J Psychiatry. 2018;175(4):336-342.
  2. Keyes KM, Cheslack-postava K, Westhoff C, et al. Association of hormonal contraceptive use with reduced levels of depressive symptoms: a national study of sexually active women in the United States. Am J Epidemiol. 2013;178(9):1378-88.

PMS: Where Dr. Hyman Gets It Wrong

PMS: Where Dr. Hyman Gets It Wrong.  Many people love Dr. Mark Hyman and being the Godfather of Functional Medicine, he has a real following of women and practitioners that look up to him for advice and direction. I’ve had the privilege to listen to Dr. Hyman lecture on numerous occasions over the past 15 years, and find most of his teachings enlightening with the exception of one, estrogen and estrogen deficiency conditions such as PMS.  Dr. Hyman talks about estrogen with little knowledge and clinical experience in advanced hormone therapies.

In an article entitled How to Eliminate PMS in 5 Simple Steps, Dr. Hyman gives some misinformation that could be confusing for women. He states the cause of PMS:

“The real cause for PMS is simply this: Your hormones become unbalanced, your estrogen levels increase and progesterone levels decrease, either relatively or absolutely.”

This statement couldn’t be more false and I’m not sure where he is getting his data because the opposite is true for estrogen. It’s unclear how many hormone patients Dr. Hyman has and I don’t think he has a hormone clinic of which he can gather his data himself but if he were to take a moment in his clinic and measure labs over time, he’d see that women with PMS have low estrogen levels which in turn will create lower progesterone levels. In addition, he’d see that by increasing estrogen levels to optimal, his patients would never have another day of PMS.

It’s been my clinical experience that women get PMS when their estrogen falls too low for too long, and if estrogen were restored to optimal levels, PMS is non-existent. This is not difficult to establish if the doctor knows what they’re doing but doctors like Dr. Hyman who are not hormone experts give a lot of false information. Dr. Hyman may be the Godfather of Functional Medicine, but he is way off on his PMS theory. I can’t imagine he has happy PMS patients because he doesn’t address the real problem of estrogen deficiency.

Doctors who are afraid of estrogen due to lack of education, training, and clinical experience will give women the wrong information and keep them estrogen deficient. The mindset of your practitioner will make or break you so it’s important to go to someone with real knowledge and experience in such things.

My 5 Simple Steps for getting rid of PMS:

  1. Clean up your diet, get rid of junk food, eat an ancestral diet.
  2. Break a sweat everyday. Exercise will stimulate ovaries into production.
  3. Sleep 7-8 hours when the sun is down.
  4. Balance your gut microbiota. An unhealthy gut microbiome will shut down your ovaries and under produce estrogen.
  5. Take hormone therapy if you can’t get your estrogen in optimal ranges.

PMS is a horrible condition women are told they have to live with but the truth is they do not.  It’s estrogen in healthy amounts that reverses and prevents PMS indefinitely. If you’re suffering from PMS, follow the above simple steps above and if you need help, contact me.

If you want to learn more about how to avoid PMS, and or reverse it, make a complementary consultation with me by clicking on the button below and let’s talk about how I can help you get to your personal “Hormone Sweet Spot”.

Menstrual Irregularity And Menopause

A client sent me and article entitled MENSTRUAL IRREGULARITY AND MENOPAUSE, WHAT’S NORMAL, WHAT’S NOT? and asked me to post my responses to these questions.  Below you will see some of those questions and my answers.

Why is my menstrual cycle irregular?

Because your estrogen is too low (hypoestrogenism) and you can get it back to regular status by increasing your estrogen my stimulating your ovaries into production provided your ovaries are healthy. You do this with a nutrient dense diet (no processed foods or sugar), daily physical activity (break a sweat), and sleeping when the sun is down (between 10:00pm – 7:00am). If your ovaries are dysfunctional, you’ll need to extraneously restore your estrogen to levels that mimic a healthy reproductive female with the right hormones, dosed in the right amounts, and administered in the right manner. This will create a virtually incident-free regular cycle.

What causes irregular menstruation in menopause?

Menopause is when the period has stopped for more than a year. This is caused by extreme hypoestrogenism and to restore a healthy menstrual cycle in menopause, you’ll need to extraneously restore your estrogen and progesterone to levels that mimic a healthy reproductive female with the right hormones, dosed in the right amounts, and administered in the right manner. This will create a virtually incident-free regular cycle for as long as you take the hormones.

How do I know if my period is abnormal?

A healthy period is one that occurs once every 28 days, lasting for no longer than 5 days with a peak at day three and only residual blood on day 6, without mood swings, cramps, blood clots, headaches, migraines, sugar and carb cravings, irritability, etc. If this isn’t happening to you, then your period may be normal because most women experience these things but they are not natural. Horrible menstrual cycles are directly related to hypoestrogenism.

How do I know when I have reached perimenopause?

Perimenopause can happen to any woman at any post-menarche age whenever her estrogen drops too low. You will feel it in your mind because you’ll feel like you’re going crazy and can’t think straight. You’ll feel it in your body as it breaks down and falls apart, won’t function right, you’ll get fat and can’t sleep. And you’ll see it in your behavior and how you respond to others and will have malcontent. Your self esteem will diminish as will your confidence and self worth.   You will consider suicide as a viable option for you and your family, and for some homicidal thoughts are not uncommon. Perimenopause is one of the worst things a woman can go through.

What other symptoms will I have along with menstrual irregularity?

Painful periods that include blood clots, cramps, lower back pain, headaches, and migraines. You’ll also get depression, anxiety, social isolation, loneliness, inability to cope and make decisions. You won’t be able to fall asleep or stay asleep and will gain weight and not be able to get it off. You will feel ugly and incapable and lose your mojo.

What factors impact menstrual irregularity and premature menopause?

Ovarian dysfunction is caused by a handful of things; genetics, age, a crappy diet, a sedentary lifestyle, medications, the health of your gut microflora, and poor sleep hygiene are the biggest influencers.

Will I stop menstruating completely once I have reached menopause?

Menopause is when your period has stopped for at least 12 months, but the goal is to avoid this for as long as possible or indefinitely.  Avoiding menopause by maintaining a healthy menstrual cycle by way of hormone optimization will allow you to continue having periods until you die. When a woman maintains a healthy menstrual cycle, it tells her brain she’s in a state of prime health so the body does what it can to maintain that standing mentally, physically, and behaviorally. This is done with the right hormones, dosed in the right amounts and administered in the right manner. There is no reason a woman ever need to go into menopause if she maintains her “Hormone Sweet Spot”.

If you want to learn more about how to avoid perimenopause and menopause, and or reverse it, make a complementary consultation with me by clicking on the button below and let’s talk about how I can help you get to your personal “Hormone Sweet Spot”.

The New Midlife Crisis

Today I saw an article on Oprah’s website entitled THE NEW MIDLIFE CRISIS Why (and How) It’s Hitting Gen X Women.  These kind of articles intrigue me because I’m always waiting so see if anyone will “get it” and offer women a real solution to their nightmare midlife crisis. 

What this article isn’t addressing is the root cause of why this is happening (ovarian dysfunction and offered no real solutions. The truth is women are completely dependent on estrogen to keep their minds and bodies from spiraling into a decline of depression, anxiety, and malcontent, and if the ovaries are dysfunctional, they will not be able to produce healthy levels of estrogen. Dr. Pinkerton says these things are caused by perimenopause but doesn’t really get into what causes perimenopause or how to properly fix it. To be crystal clear, perimenopause is caused by declining circulating estrogen levels creating menstrual irregularity, and can happen to any woman at any age. This decline causes the menstrual cycles to peter out until a woman hasn’t had a period for over a year (menopause), which means her estrogen is in the tank. Estrogen affects every function in the female body right down to the core of every cell, and the longer a woman goes without healthy circulating estrogen, the worse she feels. Women spend 2/3rds of their lives estrogen deficient and the older they get, the longer they go without estrogen, the more rapid the mental and physical decline.

Estrogen is the hormone that allows a woman to cope, strategize, and have a sense of control over their lives, and keeping women deprived of estrogen is barbaric. We live in an age where women of younger and younger ages are experiencing perimenopausal symptoms because their dysfunctional ovaries were handed down by their mother and have never really known what it’s like to have healthy estrogen levels because when a young woman has menstrual irregularity, they are shuffled to the doctors office and put on birth control pills and anti-depressants, with no one ever addressing the ovarian failure at the cause. So in reality, women spend most of their lives never knowing how good they can feel had they had some decent circulating estrogen.

It doesn’t matter how many hikes a woman goes on, how many meditation sessions she has, or how healthy she eats, if she is hypoestrogenic, she will never feel good mentally or physically, and have behavioral issues.

It is well documented the importance of estrogen on the mind, body, and behavior of a woman. I’m again disappointed that no one is suggesting women address the ovarian failure and hypoestrogenism and restore their hormones back to performance levels to preserve the mind, body, behavior, and menstrual cycle. If we know what causes this miserable decline, why not fix it? There is no reason a woman should ever have to go through perimenopause or menopause, or the miserable drugs, surgeries and treatments conventional medicine pushes onto women.

What a depressing article, they offer no real solution when one exists for most women.

If you’re suffering with perimenopause and would like to see if you can reverse or avoid it, make a complementary 20 minutes consultation with me by clicking on the button below and we’ll see how I can help get you to your personal “Hormone Sweet Spot”.

Post Menopause HRT

There isn’t a lot of hope offered to post menopausal women when it comes to seeing a doctor for HRT.  Post menopause HRT is something doctors don’t like to mess around with too much mostly because they don’t know what to do.  Below is a comment by a woman in a group I’m in, my response to her comment about post-menopause HR, and why her doctor is reluctant to prescribe it.

Rachel: “I waited over a week to see my doctor hoping to get some help, but I’ve just left feeling very deflated, upset and frustrated. I didn’t receive any useful advice on my sleeping problems, low moods, lack of motivation and energy. I was pinning my hopes on her offering me HRT, but when I mentioned it she said she would do more research into what type would be suitable for me! I’m 54 and have been post menopause for almost 2 years.”

Moxie:  Your experience is very typical for most women not because your doctor is a jerk, but rather, they just don’t know what to do for you. If they bothered to take a course in hormone replacement therapy, they’ve been taught to not address clinical indicators like hot flashes, insomnia, mood issues, heart palpitations, weight gain, and low energy as red flags to estrogen deficiency, but instead are taught how to manage the symptoms of estrogen deficiency with low dose hormones for the shortest amount of time, which as you know does not work.

Finding a practitioner who understands the impact estrogen levels have on the brain and body of a female, and further knows what to do about, it is your best bet. Most doctors dick around with low dose hormone therapies because they just don’t know, or that’s the schooling and training they received. There are very few places where doctors can get educated and clinical trained how to restore hormones in the right amounts and in the right manner to eliminate most physical and mental issues women have. It’s the very reason I designed my own HRT system (Panacea Protocol) and now teach doctors how to intelligently administer hormones in the right amounts and in the right way to each person’s “Hormone Sweet Spot”. When women come into our clinic with those symptoms you listed, we look at that as not enough estrogen so we optimize hormones and address diet and lifestyle until those clinical indicators are virtually gone. There is a clinical dosing algorithm that allows for this to happen if done correctly.

We also look at menopause as a choice. There’s no need to go into menopause anytime in your life. And if post menopausal already, then we restore your periods and pull you out of menopause to varying degrees depending on how long you’ve been post menopausal. The longer ovaries are shriveled up and non-productive, the harder it is to resurrect them. Our clinical goal is to restore a healthy menstrual cycle so the brain and body doesn’t deteriorate and decline in the same manner as when estrogen is deficient. Estrogen levels also dictate how all the other hormones in the body will function.

Who you go to will make all the difference. Be judicial when selecting a hormone doctor. The mindset and clinical application training of your practitioner will dictate how you will feel and function for the rest of your life.

If you need help getting to your personal “Hormone Sweet Spot”, click on the button below and make a complementary consultation with me.

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