Natural Hormone Treatment For Women

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How does taking hormones of any gender change a persons voice?
    Its fascinating that all one has to do is take hormones. But scientifically, how does this work?

    • ANSWER:
      Well, you have to understand how gender works. Female is the default gender. It's testerone (triggered by the 'y' chromosome) that signals tissues to become male instead of female.

      When people start taking hormone treatments, they're basically entering puberty again, the vocal cords respond to the testosterone and the tissues start to grow as they would in a male body.

      It's easier for women to transition into men because female tissues is designed to become male when exposed to testosterone, that is, if it's in an area that is designed to change during puberty, like the vocal cords. It's that natural testosterone in teen boys that suddenly makes their voice become deeper.

      It's not as easy for men, because male tissue is not designed to go back to being female once it's come in contact with testosterone. This is why, MtF transgenders have a much easier time transitioning, and have less noticeable masculine traits, if they start hormone treatment in their early teens. This way their body is never subjected to the testosterone that will permanently change their body.

  2. QUESTION:
    Are there any proven alternatives to chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment?
    I have heard about natural therapies like Ayurveda etc. but I want to know about success stories and their reliability. Does anyone have an opinion for/against?

    • ANSWER:
      Breast cancer is treated by surgery, and in some cases radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormone therapy, or a combination of one or more of these, is recommended.

      Chemotherapy is not appropriate or necessary in every case of breast cancer. The treatments recommended depend on each individual's cancer.

      So, many people with breast cancer receive treatment that doesn't include chemotherapy.

      Of the women who were in hospital for breast cancer surgery at the same time as I was, two of us were recommended the whole package - chemo, rads, hormone treatment; one was recommended chemo only; one was recommended hormone treatment (daily pill for 5 years) only; and one was recommended no post-surgery treatment other than regular check ups.

      There is not a scrap of evidence that 'alternative' or 'natural' treatments have ever had any effect on cancer. If a treatment has been tested and proven to work, it cannot be called 'alternative medicine'; it becomes simply 'medicine'. Alternative, in this context, is another way of saying 'unproven'.

      And certainly ayurveda has no proven effect against cancer.

      If you are asking for yourself or someone you care about, I recommend that you do a search on this site for information on any alternative treatment you are tempted by before investing money, hope and (most dangerous of all for a cancer patient) time in unproven, ineffective and occasionally dangerous 'treatments':

      http://www.quackwatch.org/

  3. QUESTION:
    Can HGH therapy work for treatment of secondary amenorrhea?
    have had amenorrhea(lack of period) for about a year and a half. I have read that HGH (human growth hormone) treatments can help with a wide variety of health issues ie. high blood pressure, bone density, menstrual cycles, hair skin and nails. I was wondering if anyone new a little more first hand about the possibility of using HGH as a treatment.

    • ANSWER:
      Instead of HGH, I would recommend Amino Acid Balance, B-Vitamin Complex, and a good multi-vitamin to improve over-all health. I like Anabol Naturals Amino Balance, Jarrow B-Right, Twinlab Dr. Greene Prenatal Complex (for those who are malnourished) or Rainbow Light Women's Nutritional System or Liquid Health Products Complete Multiple (tasty liquid multi-vitamin) .To help encourage menstrual cycle I would take an herbal supplement like Chasteberry (Vitex), Red Clover, False Unicorn, or Black Cohosh which are used to balance hormones. Good herbal supplement brands are Nature's Answer and Nature's Way. I like to order my supplements online to save money.

      Caution:
      Do not take if pregnant or lactating. May interfere with hormone medication.
      Chasteberry can cause rash with prolonged use in some people.

  4. QUESTION:
    Why do they treat some woman with breast cancer with a drug called herceptin?
    How does this drug work?

    And how come they treat other women that have the same cancer with a drug called Tamoxifin, and both drugs work?

    Why can't they treat all patients with the same cancer with the same drug?

    • ANSWER:
      There are various targets in the cancer cells that these innovative drugs attack in the effort to kill the cancer cells or stop the cancer cells from growing further and hence allowing the body natural mechanism to eliminate old cells(apoptosis).

      One such target is called a Hormone Receptor in the breast cancer cells,To be exact its the Estrogen Receptor(ER). The natural role of this ER is for the Estrogen to fit into it nicely and stimulate(switch on) the breast cells to grow and function. In breast cancer cells, the normal Estrogen in the blood would be attached to the ER and stimulate the cancer cells to grow more and hence the enlargement and spread of cancer cells. Tamoxifen is a drug that fit into the ER but instead of switching it on like Estrogen, it switches off the ER, thereby reducing the cells ability to function and grow. As a result, the cells can be attacked the body defence which result in cell death and hence cancer control.

      The other target of attack on the breast cancer cells is the Antibody Receptor(Antigen). The well known antigen in the breast cancer cell is known as cERB2 receptor. By certain chemical and biological processing called DNA Engineering, an antibody has been created to attack this antigen and switch off the function of the breast cancer cells. Herceptin is the propreitory name of this antibody.

      Patients are not all the same. Some breast cancer patient has ER positive but cERB2 negative on their cells-this patient would be given Tamoxifen but not Herceptin.
      A patient with cERB2 positive but ER negative would be given Herceptin but not Tamoxifen.
      If both are positives, the patient will get both treatment of Tamoxifen and Herceptin.
      If both are negatives, then the patient will get neither.

  5. QUESTION:
    What causes a woman to have facial hair?
    Is it normal? What is an easy inexpensive way for a woman to get rid of it, if they can? If it is normal (which I heard), then why do so few woman have a problem with it? I guess I can ask the same thing for chest and back hair?

    • ANSWER:
      Some women are more prone to increased facial hair than others usually contributing to hormonal balance. With age, change in hormonal balance can increase the appearance of darker or coarser facial hair compared to when one was younger with finer and lighter hair coloring.

      Hormone levels are the biggest contributing factors to any body hair overall. The simplest way for women to remove facial hair is through an over the counter facial hair wax removal kit.

      American women are more likely to "perceive" a greater annoyance with facial hair and most likely will deal with it as it is our society's standards to be smooth body and little or no hair ALL over. American men seem to be of the same vanity with body hair as well. Especially, if they are fitness buffs who want to accentuate the clean lines of their defined muscle build.

      http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/women/9911/29/excess.facial.hair.wmd/

      What's abnormal

      The disorder in which excessive hair growth is stimulated by androgenesis is called hirsutism. Hirsutism can be accompanied by other changes, such as balding, deepening of the voice and cessation of menstruation. In other words, excessive hair growth is usually not the only symptom of a true medical disorder.

      Most hirsutism is caused by overproduction of androgens from one of the two natural sources of androgens in women: the ovary or the adrenal gland.

      The most common condition associated with excessive androgen production is called polycystic ovarian disease

      Treatments

      With PCO, or when the cause is elusive, birth control pills can be used to limit hair growth. The birth control pill works by rendering some of the circulating androgen inactive. Adrenal hyperplasia is treated with a different hormonal antidote.

      For women with minimal facial hair, there are a number of options, but all have drawbacks. Temporary solutions such as shaving and depilatories can irritate skin. Electrolysis is costly and uncomfortable, but it does yield results. Laser therapy is similarly costly, and it should be used with caution by women with dark skin, since permanent skin blotching can occur.

      The most encouraging development is a cream called Vaniqu

  6. QUESTION:
    When do women start getting those crease lines around the lips? I mean, an average range?
    So I'm about to be 30, and only b/c of the commercials talking about them,
    I'm noticing those creases around my lips?
    Is this normal?
    What to do?
    PS I have this Burt's Bees natural lip balm with oils and eucalyptus... I htink that's supposed to draw more blood to them and plumpthem naturally.
    Does this backfire after a while?

    • ANSWER:
      Post menopausal women get those creases! So it really depends the age you are, when your hormones decide to abandon you. When they leave you they leave lots of things behind to remind you that you are now officially 'over the hill' and no longer need to be attractive to men. You will wake up one morning and suddenly notice those attractive mouth creases you mentioned..also a lovely saggy jowl and droopy eyelids. Your bottom will shift forward and become a nice big stomach - so you'll have to start wearing all your pants backwards....and you'll develop these delightful little flabby bits of skin that hang on the inside of your upper arm.
      I have been using good quality and expensive creams, balms and lotions on my face since I was 13 years old and they do not seem to have slowed down my aging process...but then again, what the hell might I I look like today, had I not been using those products.!!?? You're still young...and any nice treatment to your face will not go to waste. Enjoy your youth while you have it.

  7. QUESTION:
    Has anyone tried and concieved using natural or holistic treatments?
    I have heard that taking licorice daily can help stabilize hormones and boost ovulation and conception.
    Also acupuncture and reflexology.
    Has it worked for you?
    I am taking clomid but to be honest I am very into Natural medicines and alternative treatments
    I am also open to any suggestions! I am going to stick with the clomid so maybe something else will give it a boost?
    TTC # 1 for 18 months! Been on clomid 3 months.

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, I've tried several natural remedies but none of them have worked thus far. I am going to keep trying until I find something whether it be scientific or holistic that will work! I've tried pre-natal teas,Royal Bee Jelly and Chakra cleansing....to be honest I never finished the Chakra cleansing but oh Well. Best of luck and i hear alot of Women have success using Vitex!

  8. QUESTION:
    What are other methods of assisted reproductive technology?
    My husband and I want children.

    I am now seeing a reproductive specialist who is encouraging me to have IVF. I just read that IVF is a major treatment in infertility when other methods of assisted reproductive technology have failed.

    MY OB/GYN hasn´t even tried any other methods. I´m new to all of this, so please tell me other methods before we do something major to become pregnant.

    • ANSWER:
      You are asking good questions - do some research, find out why your specialist want to jump into big guns liek IVF so soon - maybe there are good reasons

      A lot depends on reasons for the infertily

      Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) is the umbrella term for a variety of medical procedures used to bring eggs and sperm together without sexual intercourse. The objective of ART is to create an embryo by bypassing the factor(s) causing the fertility problem.

      There are meds, sperm enhancement procedures, intra-uterine insemination (IUS) etc
      I had it Clomid and IUS and now have 3 children - only needed help the first time

      I strongly advise getting involved in Resolve - a support organization for people with fertility problems
      http://www.resolve.org/site/PageServer

      http://www.fertilitylifelines.com/advancedtreatments/art/index.jsp

      Typically, ART will use therapies such as Gonal–f® (follitropin alfa for injection) for controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH) as part of the protocol. These medications either supplement or replace a woman's natural supply of hormones to stimulate development of multiple follicles and to control the timing of the reproductive cycle. A woman's eggs and a man's sperm are then collected and brought together to create an embryo in a laboratory. Perhaps the most familiar ART procedure is in vitro fertilization (IVF).

  9. QUESTION:
    Natural ways of shrinking uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts?
    Today I was diagnosed with three uterine fibroids (3 cm each) and a small ovarian cyst. I don't want to get surgery as it could be dangerous for other organs. Are there any natural ways of shrinking them?

    Thank you.

    • ANSWER:
      Fibroids are benign uterine growths. Many women have no symptoms while others experience bleeding, increased urination, bladder displacement, urine retention, constipation, infertility, miscarriage, pain during intercourse and anemia. Ovarian cysts are enlarged follicles that fail to rupture and release an egg. Women may experience general pain, disrupted periods, pain in the back and abdomen and painful intercourse. Both of these conditions are caused by imbalances in estrogen production. There are many natural treatments to deal with both of these conditions. Talk to your doctor about any natural supplements you are using.

      Herbal Treatments for Fibroids

      Herbal treatments that address bleeding often work quite quickly, but supplements that control hormone levels take about three months of use before bringing about noticeable results.

      Black cohosh controls bleeding and relieves pain; take 500 milligrams daily. Cinnamon oil has a long history of use in traditional American medicine to control bleeding fibroids. Use 10-to-15 drops every 15 minutes until the bleeding stops. Dan shen, which should only be used under professional supervision, treats congealed blood, dark red clots during menstruation, and relieves pelvic congestion. Reishi tincture alleviates pelvic inflammation. Take one tablespoon in ¼ cup of water three times daily.

      There are three traditional Chinese formulas that are commonly used to treat uterine fibroids. Take as directed on the product label.

      Augmented Rambling powder lowers estrogen levels and is most useful for women who are also suffering from painful or difficult urination. Cinnamon Twig and Poria Pill lowers estrogen levels without interfering with the menstrual cycle or causing weight gain. Four Substance Decoction treats fibroids and is especially useful for women who eat a poor diet.
      Herbal Treatments for Ovarian Cysts

      Dioscorea tincture, also known as wild yam, alleviates cramping caused by ovarian cysts. Take as directed on the label. Dong quai relieves pain resulting from this condition. Take 1,000 milligrams daily during the two-week period after menstruation and then discontinue for two weeks.

      There are several Chinese formulas used to treat ovarian cysts. Use as directed on the product label.

      Dong Quai and Peony Powder reduces estrogen levels and the formation of inflammatory substances in the tissues that line the uterus. Two Cured Decoction reduces estrogen levels. Augmented Rambling Powder and Cinnamon Twig and Poria pill, which are listed above, can also be used for ovarian cysts

      Estrogen is produced from body fat. Excess weight increases the amount of estrogen in the body, so make an effort to maintain a normal weight. Do your best to exercise regularly and reduce stress levels. Avoid the following herbs that stimulate estrogen production: Coleus, Cordyceps, fennel seed, licorice, and moutan.
      What Are Uterine Fibroid Cysts?
      Uterine fibroid cysts are noncancerous tumors that grow in or around the uterus. Uterine fibroids are a common medical complaint, occurring in up to 80 percent of ...
      Uterine Cysts
      Uterine cysts are tumors that can vary in size from less than 1 inch to as large as a melon. Also referred to as uterine fibroids, or simply fibroids, these growths ...
      Dong Quai Benefits

      Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) is a plant found at high altitudes in the mountain regions of China, Korea and Japan. It has been used for thousands of years to treat a ...
      How to Cure Ovarian Cysts & Uterine Fibroids

      Ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids are two problems that commonly affect women. In many cases, they go away on their own, without requiring treatment. However, they ...
      Uterine Fibroid Laser Treatment

      Uterine fibroids are quite common, and usually go away on their own. Even when this does not occur, these fibroids are usually benign. However, when they result in ...
      How to Treat Uterine Fibroids With Natural Medicine

      Uterine fibroids are hard growths that occur in the muscle tissue of the uterus, particularly in women between the ages of 35 and 45. Often fibroids cause little or ...
      Herbs to Take for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

      Polycystic ovary syndrome is a disorder of the ovaries that causes multiple follicles to develop and form into clumps. Rather than disintegrate during menstruation ...
      Ovarian Fibroid Procedures

      According to the University of Pennsylvania, fibroids are a common abnormal growth within the uterus and are the No. 1 reason U.S. women have a hysterectomy. Fibroids ...
      Homeopathic Treatment Help for Shrinking a Uterus Fibroid

      In some cases, homeopathic medicine can be extremely helpful in shrinking uterine fibroids. A fibroid is a muscle tumor that can produce heavy menstrual bleeding ...

  10. QUESTION:
    What are the natural remedies for getting my hormones back into balance after a miscarriage? ?
    I had a miscarriage at the end of May. I have only had one period since then and I'm anxious. I don't feel right. My body feels "inactive" or at a stand-still. I was wondering if anyone knew of natural herbs/supplements that help a woman regain her cycle and renew health at the same time.

    • ANSWER:
      A woman's vitamin will help you be get you proper nutrients. But don't forget a miscarriage is the same for your body as giving birth. You could be displaying symptoms of Post Pardum Depression. (PPD). Your Ob/Gyn can diagnose you accurately with treatment, but if your against pills. Serotonin may help.

  11. QUESTION:
    Can hormone levels effect hair growth or loss in woman?
    I've been experiencing hair loss and think it may have to do with my hormone levels. I've been taking prenatal vitamins so that i know im getting a high dose of iron and other nutrients to help but it does'nt seem to be doing anything.
    Any suggestions?

    • ANSWER:
      Women Can Lose Hair from From hormones but in most cases its heriditary. The best resolution would be treatment. The human body is a complex organism and each individual responds differently to drugs and medications. What works for some may not work for others. Provillus contains the clinically tested ingredient Minoxidil 2% approved by the FDA to help re-grow your hair. Minoxidil 2% is FDA approved topical ingredient clinically shown to help re-grow your own natural hair. It is a blood vessel dilator and has anti-androgen properties. Women Me sure you take the 2%. For more information check out This site..

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  12. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for a urine pregnancy test to be positive?
    Started having unprotected sex 3 months ago and had it a few times in the last month.
    I have several of the pregnancy symptoms.
    I took 2 tests last week and 1 today, and all came out negative.
    Do I just not have enough pregnancy hormone in me, or is something else going on?
    okay...Just so everyone knows, i dont have a period unless I am on birth control pills.
    yes, i dont EVER have periods.
    im no longer on the pill. so im always gonna be late.

    • ANSWER:
      This is tricky because usually a pregnancy test will give a positive reading just about 11 days after fertilisation of the ovum, but in your case, if you never get periods, you need to get checked out to see if you are actually ovulating at all.

      Birth control pills don't give you real periods ( i.e. based on a normal hormonal cycle of ovulation, and then shedding of a non-pregnant uterine lining). With birth control pills your body is conned into thinking it is pregnant so that you don't get pregnant! You then get a 'bleed' when you stop taking it. Natural hormones of all kinds are the 'messengers' used by your body to control all kinds of functions. The sex hormones are the messengers that tell your ovaries and your uterus when to do what they are supposed to do. Birth control pills are artificial messengers which cause artificial symptoms. Women are sometimes prescribed birth control pills to reduce their menstrual flow if their periods are particularly troublesome, heavy and painful.

      If your own hormones are out of balance to the degree that you don't get periods at all, I think it is highly unlikely that you would be ovulating, and therefore the chances that you could become pregnant are virtually nil. Even girls with irregular periods sometimes have difficulty getting pregnant. Having said that, it only takes one egg and one sperm to make a baby!

      Please go back to whoever prescribes your birth control pills and tell them what is happening with your body. I'm surprised that you were prescribed birth control pills when you don't have periods. Don't leave these things to chance. It may be that you need altogether different treatment and that these pills are causing you symptoms you shouldn't be having. It sounds like your body is confused and needs some help.

      Artificial hormones are very powerful - they can make men grow breasts and women grow beards!

  13. QUESTION:
    Since feminists claim superiority because women can have children, what do they think of post-menopausal women?
    Feminists, when confronted with the demonstrable facts that men are smarter, more accomplished and physically stronger than women, inevitably fall back on a woman's childbearing capability as evidence of their superiority. But what about those women that are barren because of age or even medical condition? Do feminists see these women as inferior to men?
    Jade196: Virtually every metric shows greater male accomplishment. For example, even though more women now go to college, men receive 5 times as many patents as women.

    • ANSWER:
      Freedom from "Gods divine punishment" for outstanding service in the Estrogen and Progesterone department is what I think of Post Menopausal women. It's like retirement with a huge 401k full of emotional plateaus (after it kicks in fully).

      Whether you can successfully bear a child or you cant bear a child its just about as painful. Either physically, emotionally or both. I miscarried at 8 weeks and emotionally- it ripped me apart. My sister had early onset menopause when she was 20. She cant have a child either and I might have a condition that will prevent me from carrying a pregnancy to term and the medical treatment was painful and emotionally traumatizing.

      Now, some women do persecute other women about childbearing. There is anger, jealousy, depression and raging hormones. I've been on the bump.com and looked at those message boards and those women are vicious. Are they feminists? No. A feminist will not discount a woman because of a natural disability. If they do, then they're not a feminist- they're a persecutor and they are intolerant of the gender they claim to support.

      The grass is always greener on the other side. It's just as hard being unable to do what you were born to do and sometimes harder than just 9 months of being pregnant. It's the same as a man being infertile or his manhood isn't large enough to successfully reach the cervix making conception harder (not sure if it's true, but John Gosslin had Kate + 8 because of rumors of his small penis size being unable to fertilize her egg which is how John and Kate wound up with 8. He had the swimmers but not the conduit- it's just as hard for a man and makes him feel emasculated just like women that cant conceive feel like they're not a "real" woman).

      Either way. Women face a lot of pain and because we have a lot of emotions and they tend to control us and sometimes make us feel bad is all the reason why I think we're not superior to men, but we're emotional warriors. Men tend to be afraid of their emotions- we aren't. We battle them. Men hide them. Men are physical warriors and protectors.

      I think feminism has a lot to do with lashing out about oppression and rights and not who is better than who. Just like Martin Luther King, a true civil rights leader does not persecute the people who persecute them. Martin Luther King was a peaceful man and did not show disrespect to Whites he reasonably showed disagreement and protested in an orderly fashion. He was so successful because of his compassion and objectivity and peace. Not because he told White people that his race was more superior. You attract more flies with honey and not vinegar as the saying goes...

      Of course this is just my opinion, I don't want to offend anyone else if they think differently. I respect everyones opinion on an issue. There's more than one way to look at things. I think thats why I like Yahoo Answers so much.

  14. QUESTION:
    What are some ways to lower your testosterone level?
    Most women have a small amount of the testosterone hormone however the amount in my body is abnormal. What are some natural ways to lower my testosterone level? What are some non-natural ways? Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Taking an anti-androgen medicine will reduce the effects that testosterone has on you. I would strongly suggest getting regular blood tests though if you take this route.

      All the drugs listed can have damaging & unwanted side effects. If you fail to get checked on a regular basis, you could permanently damage your body.

      If you are diagnosed as having PCOS, there are plenty of useful places on the web where you can find a lot more useful information than I have placed here.

      I would also recommend that you find out why your body is producing high levels of testosterone if you do not have PCOS. There are several conditions that I can think of. Some are related to chromosome issues and will require careful diagnosis & specialist treatment.

      I've listed some popular drugs used to suppress the androgen levels (including testosterone) below.

      Androcur (Cyproterone acetate) was banned in the USA because it was used to chemically sterilise men, but will do this job effectively.

      Casodex (Bicalutamide) prevents testosterone from binding to any receptors in the body but again is not recommended for women.

      Proscar (Finasteride) is very effective for reducing one particular for of an androgen that affects hair-loss in men. There are some other side effects too and it is not recommended for women.

      Spironolactone creates a lot of work for the liver and does require an increase in fluid intake.

      Prostap & Zoladex will also reduce your estrogen levels so should not be used in your case.

      I suspect that you will require only small doses of these drugs. Each comes with some side effects and thorough research is required before you embark on taking any of them. I have listed some useful sites below to help with researching the side effects of the drugs that I have mentioned above.

      I am not a medical professional. My personal life has caused me to become interested in the above medications.

      Edit: Alcohol can actually increase the levels of testosterone in your body whilst you are drinking & getting drunk.

  15. QUESTION:
    How do I know if I am going through Early Onset Menopause?
    The only real symptom I have is a screwed up menstrual cycle. I work with menopausal women that say I am about to go through the change. I am only 42. No night sweats, in fact I am always cold.

    • ANSWER:
      You should talk to your doctor but here's some information.
      http://www.epigee.org/menopause/early.html

      Early and Premature Menopause

      When we hear the word menopause, we usually think of older women above the age of 60. Very rarely do we ever think of ourselves. However, menopause is not a stage necessarily relegated to elderly women. Early or premature menopause is more common than most women realize - it affects about 1% of women between the ages of 15 and 45. Early or premature menopause can occur for a variety of reasons, but in the end it leaves an imprint on the lives of all of the women it affects.

      What are Early and Premature Menopause? Early onset menopause is often confused with premature menopause, but actually the two are different things. These terms hinge on the age of the woman involved; if menopause occurs before the age of 45, it is considered early menopause; if menopause occurs before the age of 40 it is considered premature menopause.

      Because doctors are finally beginning to recognize the symptoms of menopause in younger women, more and more women are being diagnosed with early or premature menopause. As a result, women who are experiencing infertility or are dealing with menopause symptoms at a young age no longer have to wonder why.

      What Causes Early and Premature Menopause
      More often than not, doctors are unable to determine a cause for menopause in younger women. This can be very frustrating for women as it makes it difficult to accept and deal with this new stage of life. Sometimes though, there are very obvious causes of premature or early menopause.

      Premature Ovarian Failure (POV): Premature ovarian failure is another name for naturally-occurring premature menopause. Women with POV have ovaries that aren’t functioning properly. Either they stop producing eggs or no longer produce the hormones needed to ovulate. POV can occur for a variety of reasons. Autoimmune disorders are responsible for more than 65% of POV cases. With these disorders, the body sees itself as an invader and develops antibodies to its own products, including ovum and menses. Genetic factors may also be involved in POV. Five per cent of women seem to follow in their mothers’ footsteps, entering into menopause early. Some women are born with irregularities in their X chromosomes, interfering with egg production before menopause should begin. Other women are just born with very few eggs, causing menopause to occur years before it should.

      Surgical Menopause
      Surgical menopause involves the conscious decision of forcing women into menopause for specific health reasons. Women who suffer from endometriosis, polyps, or ovarian cancer may have to undergo an oopherectomy (removal of the ovaries) or a hysterectomy (removal of the uterus, fallopian tubes, and sometimes ovaries). These surgeries dramatically cut off ovarian function causing estrogen levels to drop suddenly and forcing the woman into menopause.

      Menopause Caused by Cancer Treatment
      Menopause can be caused by chemotherapy or radiation cancer treatments. Chemotherapy and radiation kill cancer cells but, unfortunately, they also kills healthy cells. Hair cells, digestive cells, and ovarian cells are particularly at risk. Some women who have undergone cancer treatment temporarily enter menopause, while others permanently enter menopause.

      Infection
      Infection is also linked with premature menopause. Infections such as the mumps and tuberculosis can infect the ovaries, affecting your hormonal balance. This is extremely rare, however.

      Early Menopause Symptoms
      Premature menopause symptoms are essentially the same as those of natural menopause. Women commonly suffer from night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia, headaches, and joint or muscle pain. Body shape changes are also common, causing you to put on weight around the abdomen. Additionally, water retention and menopause commonly go together.

      Menopausal women can experience emotional ups and downs, including anxiety, depression, cravings, and forgetfulness. All of these symptoms are triggered by the fluctuation of hormones in the body during menopause. In particular, estrogen levels reduce dramatically during the onset of menopause, causing a variety of changes in the body’s functions.

      Early and premature menopause tends to be associated with more severe symptoms than menopause occurring after the age of 45. Because early menopause is often due to illness, surgery, or genetic issues, there is a rapid decline in the amount of estrogen (known as "estrogen crash") in your body. This causes you to enter menopause more quickly than other women. Estrogen crash can cause extreme hot flashes, fatigue, mood swings, and depression in some women. In a survey of early menopausal women, 100% of women who experienced surgical menopause experienced a number of menopause symptoms in quick succession. 90% of these women complained that their symptoms were severe and lasted more than 8 years.

      Treatment Options
      Unfortunately, there are no menopause cures. Menopause treatment has progressed by leaps and bounds over the years, though. It is suggested that most women who have undergone early or premature menopause seek out hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Menopause symptoms will be very sudden and severe, especially after surgery, and can be lessoned by taking appropriate doses of estrogen. If oral medication is too difficult to take directly after surgery, estrogen patches that release hormones through the skin can be used to help lessen symptoms.

      A good support network is also recommended to help you through the difficult times. You may be unprepared for such an immediate entry into menopause and friends, family, and other menopausal women can really help you see the light at the end of the tunnel. Living life after menopause isn’t so bad – in fact, it can be a very rewarding time when you have the right support.

  16. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know of any good herbal remedies for hirstuism?
    I have polycystic ovarian syndrome which unfortunately causes excess facial hair growth. I am disgusted and frustrated with this problem. I've tried the pill(side effects didn't agree with me) and I can't affort the pricey hair removal treatments. Can anyone out there offer me any advice for this problem? I wonder if anyone has tried any supplements or herbal remedies that have worked?

    • ANSWER:
      Hirsutism is caused by excess of androgens in the body of the woman. It can be caused by exposure to androgens in diet and environment. It can also be caused by excess stress which really affects the whole body not just your mind. It can also be caused by hypothyroidism which causes a host of other problems in the body. It can be accompanied by tumors or not.

      Hirsutism can cause social anxiety and mental distress because of how women, women's body and "beauty" are viewed in society.

      I have had hirsutism for the last 5-6 years. I am 31 at the moment so it's definitely not a menapause or age related thing. At first it was minimal, and so I attributed it genetics. but about a couple of years ago, my hair started growing so profusely and rapidly that it scared the crap out of me. I did some research and took some herbs that literally slowed down and sometimes even stopped the growth. I also discovered that I had hypothyroidism which is part of the cause of the hirsutism. Also, intense mental stress, which had a lot to with my social and family environment and with traumatic experiences of childhood, caused my body to react the way it did.

      I still take the herbs because it takes time for the herbs to effect the system and heal it. I believe that the right medication, lifestyle, diet, environment, mindset, can all help to heal the disease.

      I use Saw Palmetto quite a bit. A tea or decoction of the following herbs is quite helpful.

      Vitex Chaste Berry
      Saw Palmetto
      Black Cohosh
      Fenugreek
      Goat's Rue
      Stinging Nettle
      Pygeum Africans
      Schizandra Berry

      I also take other herbs that all affect the sexual hormones of the female body. For example, the following herbs really help with my painful menstrual cycle and general overall hormonal health... which in turn helps the issues of hirsutism amd hypothyroidism.

      Dong Quai
      Schizandra Berry
      Shilajit
      Shatavari etc.

      I take things that help with hypothyroidism which can be a cause of hirsutism.

      Seaweed especially Bladderwack
      helps a lot.

      I also take things that help to de-stress the system.

      Kava-kava
      Gotu Kola
      Chamomile
      Lavender
      St. John's Wort
      Valerian
      Flax seeds
      almonds or almond oil etc.

      Raw foods help a lot. I absolutely do not use non-organic dairy. I am even picky with the organic dairy that I buy for not all organic companies allow a healthy diet and lifestyle for the cows. I would recommend, if you can do it, getting off dairy completely for a while. It helps slow down the hair growth. Only do organic foods and cut out sugar. If you want to do sugar than I have found maple syrup, honey, agave to be better substitutes. I also found Rapunzel Rapadura to be an excellent and more nutritious substitute for regular sugar.

      Don't forget exercise especially Yoga helps a lot. And so does meditation. Creating a soothing sacred environment in you home and work place if possible really helps to heal the mind and body. We are really unaware of how our environment and the people we are around affects our bodies and minds.

      I would also recommend staying away from regular cleansers, bleaches, detergents and switching to more natural products that don't hurt the body. We may not realize it but they do end up in our system and affect the organs of hormone secretions. Minimizing use of plastic, styrofoam and other such volatile materials that break down easily and get into our food, water and body directly affect our hormonal health. I no longer use plastic bottles or eat in or with plastic materials. I no longer use the microwave to heat food. I filter my water with a reverse osmosis filter which is very important.

      By the way, a lot of the hormones injected into the cows get defecated and urinated out of the their system and end up in our water supply. It takes months for them to break down and they don't get filtered out before they come through our tap.

      Also, doing liver, kidney and colon cleanses helps quite a bit. Liver health and balance is really important for metabolizing all the hormones and what not in our system.

      These are some ways that have helped and are still helping me to heal from hypothyroidism and hirsutism. It takes time but it works.

  17. QUESTION:
    Has anyone taken herbal oestrogens do they work?
    I am getting symptoms of menopause like night sweats, aches fuzzy head dizzy spells etc, that point to a drop in oestrogen levels, I thought about trying the natural herbal oestrogen replacements, but there are so many. Has anyone taken them and did they actually work?

    • ANSWER:
      No.

      In the UK, a recent national guideline from Clinical Knowledge Summaries states that "CKS does not recommend the use of complementary therapies". The reasons include:

      * They have not been shown convincingly to work very well.
      * There is very little control over the quality of the products available, which may vary.
      * Some of these treatments (ginseng, black cohosh, and red clover) have oestrogenic properties and should not be used in women who should not take oestrogen (for example, women with breast cancer).
      * Long-term safety (for example, effects on the breast and lining of the uterus) have not been assessed.
      * Some may have serious side-effects. For example, severe liver damage has been reported with black cohosh and Java. Kava has been withdrawn from the UK market because of concerns over safety.
      * Dong quai and some species of red clover contain chemicals called coumarins, which make them unsuitable if you take anticoagulants (such as warfarin).

      A consensus statement from the British Menopause Society also states ...

      "This guidance regarding alternative and complementary therapies is in response to the increased use of these strategies by women who believe them to be safer and more ‘natural’. The choice is confusing. Evidence from randomised trials that alternative and complementary therapies improve menopausal symptoms or have the same benefits as hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is poor. A major concern is interaction with other treatments, with potentially fatal consequences. Some preparations may contain estrogenic compounds, and this is a concern for women with hormone-dependent diseases, such as breast cancer. Concern also exists about the quality control of production."

      For night sweats you could try Clonidine. You need to have a chat with your GP really.

  18. QUESTION:
    Does Progesterone help regulate the menstrual cycle or is it considered a fertility drug or both?
    This situation involves a woman with amenhorrea (no menstrual cycle). It is my understanding that some drugs, like Provera, are merely to help the menstrual cycle, while other drugs, like Clomid, are actually intended to help fertility (i.e., help the patient get pregnant)? Where does Progesterone fall? Is it merely something that can help the menstrual cycle or is it intended to help patients get pregnant?

    • ANSWER:
      Progesterone does not help patients conceive and it is not considered a fertility drug (like Clomid) but it is sometimes used in fertility treatment.

      Progesterone is just another hormone in the complex equation of hormones that govern a woman's menstrual cycle. Progesterone plays its most important role after ovulation when it helps to nourish and maintain a nutrient-rich lining in the uterus for possible pregnancy. If no pregnancy is achieved, the progesterone level crashes which triggers the uterine lining to shed (your period). Provera, a synthetic progesterone, is given to women to try to induce a period. Provera/progesterone is taken for several days (usually 10 days) then it is stopped, which mimics the body's natural progesterone crash that triggers the lining to shed.

      If pregnancy is achieved, progesterone levels remain high to support the pregnancy. It is sometimes used in fertility treatments during the two week wait to help support a possible pregnancy if the woman does not produce enough progesterone on her own. Some women take progesterone supplementation for the entire first trimester - it depends on their diagnosis and treatment.

      Progesterone does not increase your chances of conception because conception occurs before progesterone factors into the pregnancy equation. It will help your chances of carrying a pregnancy through the early stages if it is shown that your body does not produce adequate levels of progesterone on its own.

      Hope that makes sense.

  19. QUESTION:
    How to get rid of uterine fibroid without surgery?
    I want to kow if there is any natural method of getting rid of a fibroid. I have a very huge fundal fibroid outside my uterus, though it is not creating any discomfort, I am only 28 and this may cause complications in my pregnancy.

    Can anyone suggest any natural methods for treating this

    • ANSWER:
      It is perfectly possible to learn how to get rid of uterine fibroids naturally but first and foremost you must understand that this is not a quick fix approach and will require a committed and systematic approach from yourself.

      Your fibroids did not grow overnight and although common, not every woman will have fibroids. There are various causes of uterine fibroids and most of these are caused by lifestyle and dietary issues. Certain conditions need to exist for uterine fibroids to grow-there is never any single cause of this condition, but it happens due to the subtle interaction of various factors which cause an environment which triggers off growth.

      By neutralising the conditions which caused fibroid growth in the first place, this will cause the fibroids to shrink naturally and once the conditions cease to exist, fibroids cannot grow any more. There is certainly a strong connection between the Western lifestyle fibroid growth. This does not just apply to our Western diet, but also factors such as stress, lack of exercise and poor sleep patterns all come into play.

      To get rid of uterine fibroids naturally, you will need to use a tried and tested plan. Implementing ad-hoc treatments may help give symptomatic relief, but will not provide a proper solution.

      The components of a successful plan will include:-

      * A robust detox to help eliminate toxins

      * Systems to rebalance hormone levels

      * The correct diet for fibroid sufferers

      * How to control stress levels

      * The role of herbs

      * The link between yeast and fibroids

      Combining these elements makes for an extremely powerful method to rid you of your uterine fibroids.

  20. QUESTION:
    How long a woman has to undergo pains of menopause?
    I am 49 year old and I stopped mensurating in the last 9 months and I have a horrible experince of menopause. I have hotflush, moodswings, flucuating high blood pressure and some funny feeling in the skin and palputations. Can some one suggest how long this goes on for a woman once it starts

    • ANSWER:
      Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause :-
      Menopause is the medical term for the end of a woman's menstrual periods. It is a natural part of aging, and occurs when the ovaries stop making hormones called estrogens. This causes estrogen levels to drop, and leads to the end of monthly menstual periods. This usually happens between the ages of 45 and 60, but it can happen earlier. Menopause can also occur when the ovaries are surgically removed or stop functioning for any other reason.

      Low estrogen levels are linked to some uncomfortable symptoms in many women. The most common and easy to recognize symptom is hot flashes ÷ sudden intense waves of heat and sweating. Some women find that these hot flashes disrupt their sleep, and others report mood changes. Other symptoms may include irregular periods, vaginal or urinary tract infections, urinary incontinence (leakage of urine or inability to control urine flow), and inflammation of the vagina. Because of the changes in the urinary tract and vagina, some women may have discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse. Many women also notice changes in their skin, digestive tract, and hair during menopause.

      Homeopathic Medicine & Treatment for Pre-Menopause (PMS) & Menopause

      #Lachesis [Lach]
      Suits especially women who never get well from the change of life; "have never felt well since that time." It corresponds to many climacteric troubles, such as haemorrhoids, haemorrhages, vertigo,burning on the vertex and headaches. It is remedy for women worn out by frequent pregnancies, with sudden cessation of the menses, trembling pulse, headache, flushing of the heat and rush of blood to the head, cold feet and constriction about the heart. Amyl nitrite. Flushes of heat at change of life. The 30th potency acts well here. Strontiana carbonica. Flushes of heat with head symptoms relieved by wrapping head up warmly. Sanguinaria. Flushes at climaxis; headache with profuse menses. Caladium. Pruritus at menopause. Aconite. Derangements of circulation at menopause. Hughes also praises Glonoine for these conditions. Veratrum viride. Perhaps no remedy controls the flushes of heat, so annoying to women at the change of life,as well as Veratrum viride.

      #Cimicifuga [Cimic]
      is very often the remedy for the suffering incident to the change of life. There is sinking at the stomach, pain at the vertex and irritability of disposition. The patient is restless and unhappy, feels sad and grieved. Bayes prefers the 6th and 12th potencies to the lower dilutions. It is but just to state that many have been disappointed in the use of this remedy. Caulophyllin 3X. Dr. Ludlam praises this remedy for nervous conditions following the climaxis, when there is "great nervous tension and unrest with a propensity to work and worry over little things." Sepia. Congestion at the climaxis, in characteristic Sepia constitutions, are quickly benefited by the remedy.

      #Bellis perennis [Bell]
      Our English confreres use this remedy quite extensively in what is termed a "fagged womb." The patients are very tired, want to lie down, have a backache. There is no real disease, but a marked tiredness all the time. Carduus is of supreme importance for liver troubles at the climaxis Ustilago. Often rivals Lachesis in controlling the flooding during the climaxis. Vertigo is characteristic.

      http://www.hpathy.com/diseases/menopause-symptoms-treatment-cure.asp
      ______________________________________

      Please read my answer to this question too about Menopause and its Homeopathic Treatment :- http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AuDZpbpnTutG2J6Bx5qFoSHty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20070813073654AAdv6Ha&show=7#profile-info-eXe749CZaa

      Take the remedy which is similar to your symptoms. No side effects or complications if taken as directed, please do not exceed the given dosage and under any circumstances do not try to mix any remedies and avoid Chocolates, Mints, Coffee, Red Meat, Alcoholic and Carbonated drinks, Spicy Rich Food while taking any Homeopathic remedies, and keep the medicines away from direct sunlight, heat strong smells and perfumes and do not store them in the fridge.
      Curing without any side effects or Complications Thats the Beauty of Homeopathic Medicine (Cures Par Excellence)

      I hope this proves to be of help to you.

      Take Care and God Bless you.

  21. QUESTION:
    what can i do to control acne during pregnancy?
    I know your hormones are out of control, but is there anything that will help acne breakouts?

    • ANSWER:
      I can't see why you can't use "tea tree oil" i use Thursday Plantation 100% pure Tea Tree Oil..and i use redwin hand wash on my face to cleanse...it's soap free/ph balanced/no perfume..costs for 750ml..and a pure witch hazel toner. I moisturise with neutrogena oil free moistuizer for sensitive skin...i find this combo works for me as i have monthly breakouts.
      Just note what not to use below "sacylic acid is one of them" so im thinking stay away from harsh chemicals that absorb into the skin.
      Here's the article i found--
      The changes that a woman’s body goes through during pregnancy are numerous, and often frustrating. Acne is one of those problems. Breaking out in acne during pregnancy is a fairly common occurrence. This is especially the case for the woman who is naturally prone to having acne breakouts. Changes in hormones and hormone levels during pregnancy result in the skin producing more oils, and thus more acne. This increased oils production is probably also responsible for the “glow” that many pregnant women seem to have. During pregnancy, acne can break out not only on the face, but also on the body. Fortunately, there are some things that you can try to use to deal with breaking out in acne during your pregnancy.

      One of the most obvious but also the most effective ways to deal with breaking out in acne during pregnancy is to keep your skin clean. After you clean your skin, rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water to remove any soap residue that might be left over. Use an oil-free facial cleanser, and avoid soaps that contain oils or other irritating substances.

      Another important part about dealing with acne during pregnancy has to do with prevention. Specifically, it is important to keep your hands off. Here, it is important to keep in mind that touching your acne will only make it worse. Keep your hands off those pimples. As tempting as it is to pop them or pick at them, this can cause the bacteria to spread. Picking at them can create acne scars.

      During pregnancy, stress management is extremely important, not only in terms of your overall health, but in terms of your acne breakouts. Controlling stress may help to control your acne. Along with stress, keeping an healthy diet and regularly exercising can help control acne. Regular daily exercise can help to increase blood flow to the skin, and will help it to be more tone and stay more healthy.

      Finally, you should take caution when using acne medications during pregnancy. Over-the-counter Acne treatments that include benzoyl peroxide have been tested as safe to use while pregnant. A prescription treatment called Oral erythromycin is an alternative to tetracycline that is safe for use in pregnant women and young children. There are also many natural skin-care products that may be safe for both you and baby. Stay away from any acne medications that contain Tetracycline, Salicyclic Acid (a common ingredient in over-the-counter acne treatments), Tretinon (sold under the brand name Retin-A), and Isotrentinoin (sold under the brand name Accutane).

      With some extra care and a little patience, you may find that you can avoid or reduce breaking out in acne during pregnancy

  22. QUESTION:
    Are there any treatments for hormonally influenced acne in men?
    Something like what birth control does for women, but for men.

    • ANSWER:
      It doesn't matter that your acne is caused by hormones--most acne is which is why it becomes common in puberty.

      If you are looking for a low cost, effective way of getting rid of acne I suggest that you try red clover acne tea. It's actually and blend of serveral natural ingredients and good for a variery of inflamatory skin conditions, acne being one of them. I personally endorse this product because I use it and began using it without telling my familiy about it, drinking it one to two times a day.

      Shortly after beginning to use it--about 2 weeks--I was helping my mother do something on the computer. She kept looking looking at me. Finally, she just stopped and said "What did you do to you skin?" Confused, I said "Nothing. Why?" She said "It looks so much better and so healthy!" Thinking rapidly I responded "Oh, that. I started to drink this special tea to help me with my acne. I suppose it's working!"

      I've now been using red clover tea for a few month and my skin is healthier than ever. The bumps on my face have gone down, my skin is smoother than ever and my skin is less oily. The bumps on my back have also gone down. I still have a few but compared to before they're nothing about which to complain. The best part is that it only costs me every 6 weeks to 2 months to maintain my acne fighting routine which is significantly less than other acne fighting systems like Proactiv or Klear and my skin is not left feeling dry and tight, as is a common side effect with those systems.

      I do continue to clean my face a few times a week with a facial cleanser and I do use a drying agent every now and again as they do have their benefits but I do not rely on them anymore.

      Red Clover Acne Tea has been the most effective acne fighting product I've ever tried and will continue to us it.

      If you'd like to try it go here:

      http://www.jewelry-city-and-more.com/product/red-clover-acne-tea

  23. QUESTION:
    How long does it take for your body to reset after an abortion?
    I am scheduled to have an abortion this Wednesday. It is a valid medical reason and the health of my unborn child would be at risk due to the treatment for my condition. I am not looking for any snappy answers or comments that I am killing anyone.

    I was wondering how long it takes for the hormone levels to drop and for your body to "reset" itself so to speak.

    • ANSWER:
      Depends on you and how pregnant you are. The hormones in your system can last up to 8 weeks after but it can take a few months to heal after the end of an pregnancy (no matter how it ended). I would say give it 3 months/12 weeks to 'reset'. Afterwards your uterus always has a wound in it, this is where the pregnancy was attached (when it's a live birth, this is where the placenta detaches). The faster this wound heals, the more stable your hormones will be and the faster you will 'reset' - midwifery taught me this tidbit.

      This is something I tried after getting of off birth control, my miscarriages and my abortion and the birth of my daughter; it really helped balance my hormones out, better than if I had been without it, in my opinion.

      Chaste Tree Berry (Vitex)
      Chasteberry has the effect of stimulating and normalizing pituitary gland functions, especially its progesterone function. The greatest use of Vitex Agnus Castus - or Chasteberry - lies in normalizing the activity of female sex hormones and it is thus indicated for dysmenorrhoea, premenstrual stress and other disorders related to hormone function.
      It is especially beneficial during menopausal changes. In a similar way it may be used to aid the body to regain a natural balance after the use of the birth control pill. Because it can increase progesterone and extend the luteal phase, some women begin taking it when they ovulate, though regular daily use is indicated in the promotion of fertility.
      As vitex is safe, it may be used by women seeking to become pregnant to increase chances of conception. More specifically, it can be used by women with irregular ovulatory function and by women with shorter luteal phases. Vitex may also be used after discontinuing use of birth control pills to restore normal ovulation.
      http://gaiaherbs.com/product.php?id=268
      This is what I take. It's just a suggestion to balance your hormones out and help speed healing. It would also be suggested that you up your intake of vitamins especially iron and calcium for faster healing. More herbal suggestions for faster healing, if you are interested - http://www.sisterzeus.com/post_ca.htm

      Any other questions, my email is always open.

      ~Pro-Choice Momma; Have had an abortion and I have a 12 month old daughter . I believe in protecting my daughter's choice.

      Abortion: There is a Consensus
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsSQiazUv

      Ps - As for others who would judge you, this is your business and their opinion don't have to mean anything to you. They are strangers after all, who don't know you or your situation. I hope you heal well.

  24. QUESTION:
    How does a female increase her libido?
    Is there certain food or natural herbs that can be included in the diet to accomplish this?

    • ANSWER:
      Some natural herbal aphrodisiacs can be potent in terms of increasing female libido

      The natural herbs listed below can increase the pleasure of sex naturally and work on the physiological state of the body making it more active and energized making sex a more enjoyable experience.

      The most popular natural herbs for increasing female libido and desire are listed below

      Gingko

      Gingko for sexual function was first investigated after an older man who decided to take ginkgo to improve his memory. His sexual function improved so dramatically that it caught the attention of researchers. Subsequent investigation found that it also has a positive effect on female libido

      A test using Ginkgo biloba extract with 63 patients was found to be effective in 84% of patients with antidepressant-related sexual dysfunction.

      In the study, all areas of sexual libido saw improvement, including desire, excitement, and orgasm.

      Arginine

      Arginine is an amino acid, also referred to as L-arginine.

      It is one of the more popular supplements for sexual dysfunction for both men and women and is referred to us natures Viagra.

      Arginine is needed by the body to make nitric oxide, a compound that works to relax blood vessels and allow more blood to flow through arteries and this of course includes to the sexual organs.

      In a clinical study 77 women with decreased libido were given either a combination product or placebo.

      Women taking arginine showed greater improvement such as increased reported sexual desire in 71% compared to 42%

      They also reported other improvements such as they were happier with their sex lives, improved the frequency of orgasms, and experienced better clitoral sensation.

      DHEA

      DHEA is a hormone produced naturally by the adrenal glands.

      It is converted in the body to both the female hormone estrogen and the male hormone testosterone. Levels of DHEA decline naturally with age and this can lead to decreased libido

      Because older people with a natural decline in sex drive, several studies have examined whether supplemental DHEA can improve libido in these groups.

      Research so far suggests that it can help improve sexual function in both men and women.

      Physician supervision is strongly advised when using DHEA.

      You need to consult an experienced professional before using it and make sure you have the correct dosage and are in good health.

      Ginseng

      Ginseng may improve sexual dysfunction in both men and women and has been used for thousands of years in China for this purpose.

      The active ingredients, ginsenosides, are again believed to facilitate the release of nitric oxide in blood vessels which increases blood flow to the clitoris resulting better orgasms.

      Ginseng is known to possess phytoestrogen activity and is believed to help the body adapt to stress, which again helps female libido

      Dong Quai

      Dong quai is an aromatic herb that grows in China, Korea, and Japan and is used by herbalists as a treatment for a variety of gynecological complaints from regulating the menstrual cycle to treating menopausal problems and is known as:

      “The women’s herb”

      It is used as a general blood tonic and contains vitamins E, A and B12 and rich in tannins.

      Researchers have identified six coumarin derivatives that exert antispasmodic and vasodilatory effects.

      The essential oil in dong quai contains Ligustilide, butylphthalide, Ferulic acid and various polysaccharides are also present.

      These elements can help reduce blood clotting and relax peripheral blood vessels.

      Although not used specifically to increase libido its affect on the overall body can help women feel more virile as again it has an effect on blood vessels which carry blood to the sexual organs

      Female Libido is complex and may result from both medical and psychological conditions.

      For female libido women a combination of all the herbs above can help women feel better and increase desire by improving mood, reducing stress, increasing nitric acid and improving blood flow generally.

      As with any herbs only use under the supervision of a experienced physician.

      Hope this helps......

  25. QUESTION:
    What can I do naturally to treat secondary amenorhea?
    I took cycloprogynova and my period, but when i stopped it my period stopped. I need something natural.

    • ANSWER:
      The main causes of amenorrhea are generally emotional stress,
      weight loss, and excessive physical exercise.

      Do you know the cause of your amenorrhea? There are several other causes but they are not common and DO require medical treatment. After menarche did you suffer from anovulation?

      As always, check with your doctor. You may be allergic to some of the herbal remedies.

      There was an over the counter progesterone creme made from yams. I don't know if it is still on the marked. It was made by AllVia and was called Progensa. You applied it for 25 days, stopped for 5 days then repeated.

      There is also an herb called Blue Cohosh that supposedly brings on menstruation.

      DO NOT confuse this with Black Cohosh which is supposedly for hot flashes and menopausal women. Women who are thinking about any form of hormone-replacement therapy should consult their doctor before taking black cohosh!

      Here is a site to read up on Blue Cohosh: http://www.viable-herbal.com/herbdesc/1bluecoh.htm

      Have you checked in with a homeopathic physician? Sometimes they can help.

      As always check with your Doctor, I can't repeat this often enough.

      Good Luck I hope this helps.

  26. QUESTION:
    What's a good product for eliminating blackheads on my face?
    I had a baby a few months ago, maybe my hormones are playing a role in it. I never had perfect skin, but it's getting worse. It seems like my pores are getting bigger or something like that. My face is covered with few pimples and lots of blackheads. I wash my face every morning and night. I use a foaming cleanser - not soap - and I exfoliate once a week. Is there something out there to help fix my skin? I've tried a lot of stuff, but nothing works. Would ProActive work? ...Or is that for acne only? Please help.

    • ANSWER:
      THIS WORKS FAST & CHEAP!!!
      I used Tetracyclin, Proactive, Retina A and had many expensive facials with less than good results.
      This has worked for me and many many other happy people.

      Go to pharm.,Drug store, or Walmart, buy "PURPOSE" bar of soap - Blue box - Made by Johnson & Johnson - wash your face with this
      2-3x's per day. Also pick up a LOW strength Benzoyl-peroxide cream, apply the cream by dabbing
      to the individual blemishes.... DONT rub it in works using a oxidation/reduction reaction..It will unclog
      dry it out and bring it to a head...DONT over use this or put anywhere else on your face. It will cause drying and make you look worse.

      Salicylates such as found in regular asprin among other products work very similar but also remove layers of skin...
      other over the counter creams with this product will dry out pimples but maybe too hash and cause surrounding skin trauma..
      I have seen many people recommending crushing asprin and making a paste which probably will dry out the blemish but again
      pretty strong and probably will cause more tissue damage and bigger scars as an anti inflammatory
      probably would take the reddness out... again pretty harsh for sensative skin.

      Also, If need which probably will for moisture ASK FOR "NUTRADERM lotion" - the orginal not the new stuff, this works
      great and wont clog pores or leave a residue on your skin...Any lotion that is completely oil free and hypoallergic should
      work but again I recommend Nutraderm. I have heard from people online that "Purpose" also makes a lotion that is good, Nutragena, and Nivea
      make good products also. I recommend Nutraderm from experience and my dematologist.

      "Purpose Bar" & "Nutraderm" are oil free and hypoallergic they contain no perfumes and are great for both men and women.
      I have also heard great reports of this soap helping improve skin tone. Some people recommend the "Purpose luqid soap" saying
      that the bar did dry out their skin some. The rational behind using the bar is that there are no ingredients in it that will clog pores, and
      according to dermatologists they recommend the Bar. I have also heard good responses from "cetaphil soap". These products are safe for all skin colors and tones. I highly discourage use
      of Proactive and other harsh chemicals for people with some natural color in their face due to the bleaching and drying effect it has
      shown in many many people.

      Additonal TIPS: acne, pimples, etc are frequently cause by a bacteria or hormone issues that cause clogging of pores.
      DONT PICK POP POKE (your hands are the dirtiest part of your body) and will cause: infections, spreading of germs, more breakouts and scarring
      DONT EVER listen to people online who tell you to scrub your sensative skin or use harsh chemicals
      such as: Lemon juice, vinagar, alcohol, etc... DONT EVER use that APRICOT CRAP!!! DONT USE
      PROACTIVE- this is expensive and harsh it may kill the bacteria cause also Benzoyl based wash but
      will irritate skin and cause bleaching of face and neck.... Other similar treatments may work.. also
      things such as Accutane but have SERIOUS side effects such as Major Depression, & birth defects in unborn children, among others
      If you wear make up make sure it is oil free, & hypoallergic...Eating healthy...Drinking plenty of water.. changing pillow cases freq.
      etc ...avoiding dirty sports equp. such as helmets...can not hurt...Acne/pimples again are caused by pores/hair follicles becoming plugged
      up, this plugging then causes an inflammatory reaction - reddness and infection (pimple)..black head is dirt trapped in pore, while a white
      head is the same thing you just dont see the dirt instead you see white pus (lymphocytes that accumulate in the area to fight the infection)
      It has been shown in many studies this most often not caused by what you eat (chocolate etc... or how clean you are) but most often by either excess oils plugging pores or a bacteria
      on the skins surface. - Proactive works in some people because it is a strong Benzoyl peroxide based washed but is most freq. to strong
      for people with sensative skin - this is why alot of people get excessive drying and flaking, rashes, bleaching or breakouts from the product.
      Retina-A does decrease the bacterial growth on your face but also removes dead/living skin, this can work well in some individuals and
      has been shown to reduce wrinkles and scars but again I feel this is pretty harsh on sensative skin prone to breakouts. If you choose
      Retina-A never use this product during the day only at night due to the sensativity it will give you to the sun. You must also get a perscription
      for this product and I really don't believe it is worth the damage it does to your skin. In some rare cases for very deep/large boils and cyst types
      of pimples oral antibiotics maybe needed but I would first recommend trying "purpose" and a low dose "benzoyl-peroxide cream" along with a good
      oil free moisturizer "Nutraderm... etc" this does work well.

      THIS WORKS FAST AND CHEAP!!! I no longer get expensive facials, take oral antibiotics, or even NEED makeup... I am very happy - Have
      very good skin... and have many many other happy friends... THANKS again to my WONDERFUL
      DERMATOLOGIST... TRY THIS!! GOOD LUCK.... PS. "PURPOSE" costs about ---------------------------------------------
      ----PSSS---sorry I have to keep adding more information to this to address common questions that always being asked....

  27. QUESTION:
    What are your experiences with depot lupron?
    I have had horrible side effects from the Depot Lupron shot (3-months doasage), now I am not talking about depot provera, this is a stronger shot to treat endometriosis. It has helped with the pain and lessened the growths, but I have bad hot flashes, weight gain, dryness, the list goes on. Anyone have better experience with it? Can anyone suggest an alternative treatment?? BCPs don't work, i tried them already.

    • ANSWER:
      Stay FAR away from Lupron!!!!!

      Endo is an estrogen dominance disease. You need to replace the progesterone that your body is missing with a NATURAL PROGESTERONE CREAM! Email me and I can tell you more.

      This is some very nasty stuff. :(
      Here is an article I found....

      Be Careful of Lupron for Endometriosis, It Could Be the Kiss of Death
      By Nicholas Regush

      This particular saga began a decade ago with an injection of a powerful prescription drug called Lupron. Lynne Millican took the shot for endometriosis, a condition in which pieces of the lining of the uterus are found in other parts of the body, especially in the pelvic cavity.

      Ten years later, Millican believes she is still suffering from the effects of that injection. Her many symptoms have included the development of a noncancerous tumor, breast cysts, cardiac arrythmias, dizziness, swelling and fatigue.

      Millican is a registered nurse (and paralegal) living in the Boston area who has become deeply involved in a grass-roots movement to force the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Members of Congress to take a close look at Lupron.

      The FDA first approved Lupron in 1985 for treatment of men with advanced prostate cancer, and then approved it for treatment of endometriosis in 1990 and uterine fibroids in 1995.

      "There are thousands in the United States who say they have been victimized by this drug," Millican said, emphasizing that symptoms can be severe, such as tremors, seizures and memory loss.

      "Many women I know say their symptoms didn't stop when they stopped taking the drug."

      The FDA has received a wide range of reports of serious side-effects, including death, suspected to be associated with the use of Lupron, but the agency, which holds that the drug's benefits outweigh the risks, does not believe there is sufficient proof to blame Lupron.

      TAP Pharmaceuticals Inc., jointly owned by Abbott Laboratories and Takeda Chemical Industries of Japan, has steadfastly maintained that Lupron is safe.

      Millican, who feels that the FDA has been very slow on the draw with Lupron, is also frustrated by the lack of response from almost all of the many senators and representatives in Congress to whom she has written. She has even submitted written testimony to various committee hearings - but to no avail.

      "It seems that no one but the people who suffer from Lupron are interested in looking into this drug," she said.

      Millican cannot even recall anyone with an MD degree who has voiced strong concern about Lupron.

      At the very least, she feels Lupron's safety should be an issue because doctors use it for purposes that were never approved by the FDA. While legal under federal law - once approved for an indication, a drug can be used for other purposes - unapproved use often occurs without the benefit of appropriate safety and efficacy studies.

      One of Millican's main concerns is Lupron's unapproved use in fertility clinics. The drug is essentially used to suppress female hormones which produce a mature egg. This allows fertility doctors to then induce "controlled" stimulation of multiple eggs.

      "I am concerned that women who undergo these procedures are not being sufficiently informed about Lupron's side-effects," Millican said.

      There is even much more at stake, according to Millican. On September 5, she provided testimony to congressional committee hearings on stem cell research, pointing out that the use of Lupron in the process of creating embryos may cause "the very diseases that are being claimed as those
      diseases necessitating embryonic stem cell research for a cure."

      Millican finds it hard to swallow that the debate over stem cell research has totally ignored Lupron.

      Redflagsweekly January 25, 2002

      Dr. Mercola's Comment:

      Folks, Lupron is a disaster drug that in no way shape or form treats the cause of the problem.

      I have seen it absolutely devastate many women's lives. It is one of the few drugs that I actually cringe when patients tell me that they have taken it.

      It is my experience and belief that this drug causes permanent neurological damage.

      This drug needs to be avoided at all costs.

      It is usually used for endometriosis, which is an estrogen dominance problem and is typically treated quite nicely with natural progesterone, a dietary program, and addressing the emotional stresses which cause the adrenal glands to become impaired

      Since the adrenals is the main biological of estrogen and progesterone, it is important to restore the proper functioning of this gland.

      One could take adrenal glandulars, or DHEA and pregnenolone, but those tend to be natural band-aids that don't address the reasons the adrenal became impaired.

  28. QUESTION:
    Whats the quickest way to relieve a migraine without medication?
    I suffer from frequent migraines, i have been to my doctor and they suggested taking mersyndols, which are strong pain medication. I am sick of taking all these pills, as i hate to think what this is doing to my liver.
    I have a very healthy diet, i dont not smoke, drink or do drugs. I do regular exercise.

    Does anyone know of any natural ways to relieve migraine!! the pain is 10 outta 10!!
    Just wanted to say thankyou to the first answer, im not sure how to give the 10 points iv just recently got onto level 2. I found it helpfull and wrote down all the things i had eaten during the day. I havent drank caffeine in ages, and i think that was big factor and also dehydration!!

    Thankyou!!

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I suffered with migraines for years and finally got free.
      I asked someone to pray for my healing, instead the woman prayed what seemed to be an unusual prayer, but it turned out to be a wise healing prayer.
      She prayed I know the reason for my migraines.
      I learned after the prayer, my triggers were allergies, including cigarette smoke.
      Hormones, especially around cycle time.
      And a neck and shoulder injury, whcih I treated with a chiropractor with and finally got some relief.
      For cig smoke, allergies such as cat, avoid.
      For hormones someone mentioned motrin precycle will lower pain triggering hormone, forget if estrogen or pregesterone,
      could try, and maybe just get one lesser migraine, this is something that should lessen as you get older. Over the counter motrin might help. I used to drink liquor those days instead of meds, hormones harder to control.
      I got best relief with chiropractic treatments, but neck IS very tricky to treat and you need a really good chiropractor. Then needs time to hold adjustment in place, strengethen weak muscles, used to holding out of place, or stretched out muslce from being out of alignment.

      DO NOT SLEEP ON YOUR STOMACH, really bad for neck. Took me a while to switch to side. Try ortho or chiro pillow, cervical pillow, I just bought one with memory foam from Macy's, OK.
      Sleep and positions major trigger of pains.
      I am using over the counter, OTC naprosyn, aleve, Walgreen generic, daily, gets inflamation down.
      I have gone from literally, kill yourself to get out of pain, 24 hours, 7 days a week, crawl on the ground so don't pass out and fall over, vomiting migraine pain, to 1 to zero migraine hits a month. Big change. God bless the woman I met preaching on the streets who prayed a most effective prayer for me.
      I was fired for complaining about cigarette smoking from other coworkers in the booth job I had. Was violation of Federal law, because company received federal funds.
      Had to put health first. So biggest change and reduction of migraine triggers was avoiding cigarette smoke.
      Other triggers, champagne, wine, skipping coffee dose if you drink coffee, sleep patterns.
      I use coffee for relief, opens blood vessels, chocolate and sometimes sugar.
      Sometimes you just need to eat. Important not to trigger headaches if you suffer from migraines, because most headaches will trigger a migraine.
      Sometimes pasta, carb can relieve, helps with brain chemicals. I now don't eat pasta, no wheat or gluten and wonder if that also triggered migraines. I haven't had a migraine for a few months now.
      Meds, Imitrex, if you have a healthy heart is good. Combined with darvocet helped, although I had to double dose with Darvocet at times.

      Naprosyn, Motrin, and Tylenol higher , double dose when I am desperate to get out of pain, and off prescription meds.

      Vitamins, take multi's.

      Foricet milder med for migraines. But when have full trigger, imitrex best relief. Expect migraine pain, even into relief , to take it's toll on the body, expect to sleep more than usual.
      Good luck, hormone hardest to control, worse case scenario 3 days migraine a month, use Imitrex, plus tylenol.

      First reader reminded me, don't let your head lean forward, when walking, stting. Ears should be at shoulders. Forward incline of 1 inch approximates additional 10 pounds of head weight on shoulder, neck structure. That will trigger neck shoulder, up into head migraine pain.
      I eventually used botox with a pain management doctor, for areas of pain, from my injury which were untreatable regardless how many meds I took. It paralyzed it, for a deep muscle relax and healing. Prior I used muscle relaxers in my RX cocktail mix, and that helped with a large area shoulder, up neck into head migraine, one of three migraine triggers. When all three triggers hit at once, forget it, disabled. When I figured the triggers, was able to separate them, and lessen miraine, then I could figure best solution for me.
      To vote best answer I think a certain amount of time has to past first.

  29. QUESTION:
    Why don't they use the hormone treatments used on male to female transexuals for "normal" breast augmentation?
    I believe that the hormone injections male to female transexuals receive are estrogen injections. I have heard that these injections induce growth in breast tissue. I'm not sure. It would strike me that breast augmentation for a non transexual female via this route would have a more natural appearance.

    • ANSWER:
      Because it wouldn't work.

      An XX woman who has completed puberty has all the breast development that oestrogen is going to provide.
      The oestrogen that transsexual women take (incidentally, it's usually taken orally or transdermally, not by injection) is effectively the ONLY oestrogen we have in our bodies. It causes breast growth in exactly the same way (and at the same rate) as it does in XX girls at menarche; once pubertal breast development has completed, breast tissue is no longer sensitive enough to oestrogen to continue, other than the small fluctuations that occur with the menstrual cycle.

      But if it makes you feel any better; most transwomen develop small breasts, due to the pre-emptive effects of testosterone on the oestrogen receptors.
      For most of us, a 'B' cup is the best we can do; which is why (particularly in the US) many transwomen also have breast implants.

  30. QUESTION:
    What is the best non-hormonal form of birth control?
    I am tired of being on the pill. It makes my desire for sex go way down and changes my mood a bit. I want to get on a birth control that has no hormones or maybe very low hormones. Any suggestions?
    I only have sex with one partner so STD protection doesnt concern me.

    • ANSWER:
      My wife and I faced this question a number of years ago, and what we finally decided was for me to take a much more active role in understanding exactly when we could f*ck and not risk pregnancy (without using condoms). Absolutely best book I read was Toni Weschler's "Taking Charge of your fertility". We've used the methods in this book for 7 years... completely successful. And my wife has appreciated my involvement in this process (I became the record keeper for her temperature and other indicators during her menstrual cycle). Toni continues to update this book, and she has the broadest perspective on natural birth control of any author that I've read. Here is an excellent summary from Amazon...

      This comprehensive book explains in lucid, assured terms how to practice the fertility awareness method (FAM), a natural, scientifically proven but little-known form of birth control (which is not to be confused with the woefully ineffective "rhythm" method). Author Toni Weschler has been teaching fertility awareness for almost 20 years, and it's only just now gaining in popularity. As the book explains, by using simple fertility signs including peaks in morning body temperature and changes in cervical position and cervical mucus, it's possible to determine when ovulation is taking place. Fertility awareness is therefore useful for not only couples who are trying to conceive, but for those who are aiming to avoid pregnancy without the use of chemical contraceptives. It will be of special interest to those women who have suffered from infertility; many FAM practitioners have told the author that by filling in the detailed charts in the book, they've realized that they were chronically miscarrying, even when their doctors told them they weren't conceiving at all. As the book explains, by charting body temperature, it's simple to tell when pregnancy has occurred--and when there's danger of miscarriage. Taking Charge of Your Fertility also explains how to choose the sex of your baby by timing intercourse according to certain fertility signs. It also features thorough, easy-to-understand explanations of hormones, the menstrual cycle, and menopause, along with fertility tests and treatments and their long- and short-term side effects, plus a topnotch resource section. Recommended for any woman who wants to better understand her body.

  31. QUESTION:
    After a hysterectomy, is it necessary to have hormone replacement therapy? If so how long for?
    Im 46 and have to have a hysterectomy. If the ovaries are taken out, will i still produce any hormones? If not, how will this effect me? If I had to go on hormione replacement therapy how long would I have to do it for?

    • ANSWER:
      Hello,, and generally yes, if you have a complete hysterectomy your doctor will want to put you on hormone treatments. But at your age you shouldn't have to take them for more than a few years. Most women are thru menapause by 55. And yes your body will still put out some estrogen but not enough. If your 46, you've probably already started going thru menapause so you know about hot flashes and night sweats. They may become worse after the operation. But, actually,, no you don't have to have hormone therapy if you don't want it. There are natural ways to get the hormones you need. I have had a heart condition since I was 37 and was advised not to take hormones by my obgyn, as they can cause heart attacks in women who have heart trouble. So I've never taken hormones. I do use natural hormones tho. I take flaxseed oil capsules and eat flaxseed on my cereal,, soy is great for hot flashes,, you can get this in many different forms. I really like Soymilk,, the brand I use is Soy Silk. There are many different brands of natural hormones. I've attached a link that tells you about natural hormones. It also tells you about synthetic hormones. Did you know that one of the hormones doctors give you for estrogen comes from horse urine?? It's something most women don't know and should. Anyway,, hope this link helps. And good luck with your surgery

  32. QUESTION:
    Is it possible to reverse polycystic ovarian syndrome?
    I've been diagnosed with PCOS (I get my period every month, although on 'unexpected' days). The side effects I dislike are hairiness and weight gain. Being on the Pill makes me gain weight, which worsens the symptoms. Is there a natural way to reduce or totally reverse PCOS?

    • ANSWER:
      Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is one of the most common endocrine disorders in reproductive age women. This disorder characterized by the absence of menstruation or irregular and abnormal menstruation, excessive amounts of body hair, excessive body weight, and infertility. Women with PCOS often have multiple ovarian cysts, high levels of androgen hormones, and insulin resistance.

      Estimates suggest that polycystic ovarian syndrome is seen in 4-10% of women of reproductive age.

      Because the cause is not really understood, conventional treatment of PCOS is directed at treating the symptoms of the disorder.

      Weight reduction
      Medroxyprogesterone (Provera) for 10-14 days per month
      Low dose oral contraceptive pills
      Antiandrogens (spironolactone, flutamine, cyproterone)
      Metformin (Glucophage) to regulate blood sugar and improve insulin sensitivity
      Other medications may be used such as GnRH agonists and induction of ovulation
      Surgical treatment includes ovarian wedge resection, ovarian laser ablation, or ovarian electrocautery.

      Natrual or Alternative Treatment for PCOS

      Natural treatment of polycystic ovarian syndrome is multifactorial.

      Lifestyle. Exercise and weight reduction have been shown to be highly beneficial in the treatment of PCOS and its symptoms. Exercise can helps reduce weight, regulate menstrual cycles, and reduce risk factors for diabetes and heart disease which are associated with PCOS.

      PCOS Diet. Women with PCOS respond well to a low glycemic index, low simple carbohydrate, low animal product, high fiber diet which helps reduce weight, regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, and reduce inflammatory prostaglandins.

      Nutritional Therapy. Depending on your specific presentation of PCOS, there are a variety of nutritional therapies which will be considered. Nutritional therapies can help to regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, reduce circulating androgens, improve ovarian function, improve fertility, reduce risk of heart disease, and support liver detoxification of estrogens.

      Herbal Therapy. Depending on your symptoms of PCOS, a variety of herbal therapies may be considered. The goal of herbal medicine might include: reducing circulating androgens, optimizing ovarian function, and supporting optimal endocrine function.
      ***

  33. QUESTION:
    When you get cramps what does it feel like girls?
    And I mean menstral types of cramps or ovulation cramps where your hormones are causing the cramp. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You can feel menstrual cramps in a lot of different places sometimes... in your lower belly, across the front of your hips, in your lower back and even in your buttocks or down your legs.

      Your uterus is squeezing and sometimes sort of twisting, and that can be uncomfortable all by itself... but when it does that it can sometimes pull on the suspensory ligaments that hold it in position. Those ligaments are attached to several other ligaments and muscles where they meet your pelvis, and a tug on any uterine ligament can sometimes make all the other tissues attached to the same area of the pelvis react as if *they've* been tugged at.

      That can cause pain that rates *really* high on the scale... but it doesn't happen to all women, and most have only some discomfort or minor to moderate pain.

      Avoid caffeine... get extra potassium (bananas, ginger). Seriously.

      One simple and cheap way to help with cramps (it's also by *far* the quickest and the most convenient and natural way) is having an orgasm by masturbating. It doesn't work for *all* women, but it does help many... and for some, it can get rid of cramps entirely for several hours.

      It makes no profits for anyone's company or its stocks, and it involves something to do with "sex and masturbation" taboos, which is why you won't ever read about it in the newspapers (although Cosmo and mags like that do bring it up now and again): but the truth is that orgasm is absolutely *the* single most effective relief ever known for uncomplicated menstrual cramping.

      http://www.epigee.org/menstruation/sex.html

      "... an orgasm can cause your uterus to contract, enabling it to use up excess prostaglandins in the process. Prostagladins are hormones produced by your uterine lining. They help to stimulate contractions that move menstrual blood out of the uterus, and are also responsible for those cramps that occur throughout your period."

      http://www.kadir-buxton.com/page8.htm

      "Primary Menstrual Cramps can be a debilitating problem for some 10% of women. Conventional treatment can even be as drastic as exploratory surgery whilst looking for a cure. A less intrusive solution is available. Orgasm from masturbation has been found to relieve the painful symptoms of menstrual cramps. Whilst it is not always convenient to masturbate for the necessary five minutes until the pain subsides, hands free masturbation is still possible. In order to do this one simply has to clench and then relax the vagina repeatedly for five minutes. With this method no one need know of the discomfort being suffered, and the pain soon goes. "

      http://organizedwisdom.com/Masturbation_and_Menstrual_Cramps

      "The flexing and contracting of an orgasm basically relieves the cramp. Reduces the intensity of the cramps. Also eases some of the other symptoms of premenstrual syndrome."

      -

  34. QUESTION:
    What are the alternative treatments available in India on Breast cancer?
    I am treating my wife with the help of an experienced Naturopath with mainly 'wheat grass' juce as main ingradient for last three months since she had been dignosed for the cancer. Though it has not spread anywhere in the body, it is quite under controll. I want to know is there other remedy which will add to fast recovery. We are working on the way shown by Ann Wigmore. Will anybody from this group will suggest any thing else from Wheat Grass therepy?

    • ANSWER:
      Alternatives treatments take time, they are slow and cure to the grassroot level.

      Here is a natural cure for Cancer,

      CANCER

      The word ‘cancer ‘ comes from the latin "carcinoma" meaning crab. It is the most dreaded disease and refers to all malignant tumors caused by the abnormal growth of a body cell or a group of cells. It is today the second largest killer in the world, next only to heart ailments. The term covers more than 200 diseases.

      The majority of cancers occur in the age group 50-60. Sex does not affect the incidence of the disease. It, however, affects the site of growth. In men, cancer is usually found in the intestines, the prostate and the lungs. In women, it occurs mostly in the breast tissues, uterus, gall bladder, and thyroid.

      Symptoms
      The symptoms of cancer vary according to the site of the growth. The American Cancer Society has prescribed seven signs or danger signals in general which may indicate the presence of cancer. These are: a sore that does not heal; change in bowel or bladder habits; unusual bleeding or discharge; thickening or lump in breast or elsewhere; indigestion or difficulty in swallowing; obvious change in a wart or a mole, and a persistent and nagging cough or hoarseness. Other symptoms may include unexplained loss of weight, particularly in older people, a change in skin color, and changes in the menstrual periods, especially bleeding between periods.

      Causes
      The prime cause of cancer is not known. Certain cancer- causing substances, known as carcinogens, however, increase the chances of getting the disease. About 80% of cancers are caused by environmental factors, 40% of male cancers in India are linked with tobacco, a known cancer-causing agent. The consumption of pan, bettlenut, tobacco, and slaked lime has been linked with lung and throat cancers. Heavy consumption of alcoholic drinks can cause esophageal, stomach, and liver cancers. Occupational exposure to industrial pollutants such as asbestos, nickel, tar, soot, and high doses of x-rays can lead to skin and lung cancers and leukemia. Other factors contributing to cancer are vital infections, trauma, hormone imbalance, and malnutrition. Many well-known biologists and naturopaths, however, believe that a faulty diet is the root cause of cancer. Investigations indicate that the cancer incidence is in direct proportion to the amount of animal protein, particularly meat, in the diet. Dr. Willard J. Visek, a renowned research scientist explained recently a link between excessive meat eating and cancer. According to him, the villain is ammonia, the carcinogenic by-product of meat digestion.

      Treatment
      The effective treatment of cancer consists of a complete change in diet, besides total elimination of all environmental sources of carcinogens, such as smoking and carcinogenic chemicals in air, water and food. There has recently been a surge of popular interest in the concept that diet is not just a minor, but rather a major factor in both the development and the prevention of cancer. The disease can be prevented and even treated by dietary programs that include ‘natural foods ‘ and the use of megavitamin supplements.

      As a first step, the patient should cleanse the system by thoroughly relieving constipation and making all the organs of elimination - the skin, lungs, liver, kidneys and bowels - active. Enemas should be used to cleanse the colon. For the first four or five days, the patient should take only juicy fruits like oranges, grapefruits, lemons, apples, peaches, pears, pineapples and tomatoes. Vegetable juices are also useful, especially carrot juice.

      After a few days of an exclusive fruit diet, the patient may be given a nourishing alkaline-based diet. It should consist of 100 per cent natural foods, with emphasis on raw fruits and vegetables, particularly carrots, green leafy vegetables, cabbage, onion, garlic , cucumber, asparagus, beets, and tomatoes. A minimum requirement of high quality protein, mostly from vegetable sources such as almonds, millet, sesame seeds, sprouted seeds and grains, may be added to the diet.

      Dr. Ann Wigmore of Boston, U.S.A., the well-known naturopath and a pioneer in the field of living food nutrition, has been testing the effect of a drink made of fresh wheatgrass in the treatment of leukemia. She claims to have cured several cases of this disease by this method. Dr. Wigmore points out that by furnishing the body with live minerals, vitamins, trace elements, and chlorophyll through wheatgrass juice, it may be able to repair itself.

      Johanna Brandt, the author of the book ‘The Grape Cure‘ has advocated an exclusive grape diet for the treatment of cancer. She discovered this mode of cure in 1925, while experimenting on herself by fasting and dieting alternately in the course of her nine-year battle with cancer. She claimed to have cured herself by this mode of treatment. She recommends a fast for two or three days so as to prepare the system for the change of diet.

      After the short fast, the patient should have a grape meat every two hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. This should be followed for a week or two even a month or two, in chronic cases of long standing. The patient should begin the grape cure with a small quantity of 30, 60, to 90 grams per meal, gradually increasing this to double the quantity. In course of time, about 250 grams may safely be taken as a meal.

      Recent researches have shown that certain vitamins can be successfully employed in the fight against cancer and that they can increase the life expectancy of some terminal cancer patients. According to recent Swedish studies vitamin C in large doses can be an effective prophylactic agent against cancer. Noted Japanese scientist, Dr. Fukunir Morishige, and his colleagues who have been examining the healing potential of vitamin C for the last 30 years, have recently found that a mixture of vitamin C and copper compound has lethal effects on cancer.

      According to several studies, vitamin A exerts an inhibiting effect on carcinogenesis. It is one of the most important aids to the body’s defense system to fight and prevent cancer. Dr. Leonida Santamaria and his colleagues at the University of Pavia in Italy have uncovered preliminary evidence suggesting that beta-carotene, a precursor of vitamin A may actually inhibit skin cancer by helping the body thwart the cancer-causing process known as oxidation.

      Recent studies from all over the world suggest that a liberal use of green and yellow vegetables and fruits can prevent cancer. The 20-years old, ongoing Japanese study found that people who ate green and yellow vegetables every day had a decreased risk of developing lung, stomach, and other cancers. A Harvard University study of more than 1,200 elderly Massachusetts residents found that those who reported the highest consumption of carrots, squash, tomatoes, salads, or leafy green vegetables, dried fruits, fresh strawberries or melon had a decreased risk of cancer.

      The other useful measures are plenty of rest, complete freedom from worries and mental stress and plenty of fresh pure air.

  35. QUESTION:
    Are there options to treat my Hypothyroid without taking prescription medications?
    I am drowning in medical debt, and to get either Synthroid or Armour Thyroid I have to go through hoops of lab work which I can not afford. Not to mention having to meet with the doctor to read the results and prescribe the medicine. I dont have medical insurance and dont qualify for assistance. I really believe there has to be a more natural method for treating this.

    • ANSWER:
      Below are some supplements that might help improve your thyroid health. Always remember to also include a good multivitamin supplement to make sure you are not deficient in any vitamins.

      Iodine -- You can increase your iodine intake through diet and kelp supplementation. Kelp is rich in iodine and is very affordable. I buy it in tablet form with 225 mcg. of iodine per tablet. I had low levels of iodine because I didn't like to salt my food. Now I use natural sea salt that doesn't have iodine in it and so I supplement with kelp tablets. There used to be plenty of iodine in vegetables and fruits but the soil is very iodine depleted in most areas today. Foods that contain iodine are yogurt, eggs, meat, fish and other seafood, radish, parsley, potatoes, oatmeal and bananas.

      Selenium -- Many people diagnosed with hypothyroidism were found to be selenium deficient. Selenium is required to convert the T4 thyroid hormone to the active T3 form. As an example, the selenium containing enzyme type-I-iodothyronine-deiodinase is important for the conversion of T4 to T3. So selenium deficiency can reduce the activity of the thyroid hormones.

      Tyrosine -- Tyrosine is an amino acid needed by the body to manufacture thyroid hormones from iodine. And so the use of tyrosine as a dietary supplement increases production of thyroid hormones.

      Thyroid Glandular -- Thyroid glandular supplements have been used since the beginning of thyroid treatment. Usually it is only sold through your practitioner or by prescription (like Armour) but there are some over-the-counter thyroid glandular supplements available.

      Bladderwrack -- Bladderwrack is a seaweed that is a rich source of iodine. Traditionally it has been used for weight loss and hypothyroidism. The low incidence of goiter in maritime people has been attributed to the iodine in bladderwrack. It also contains the minerals potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, etc. Bladderwrack is thought to stimulate the thyroid gland increasing metabolism.

      Dulse: A reddish and chewy seaweed that grows on rocks in the North Atlantic and Northwest Pacific oceans. It’s a plant rich in protein and is a great natural source of iodine. Dulse is a sea plant that helps support thyroid function naturally by providing the essential trace mineral, iodine. It also contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C and calcium potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, copper, chromium and zinc.

      Avena sativa: It comes from the wild oat plant and is used as a nerve tonic. It’s used in herbal remedies for anxiety, eczema, hypothyroidism and high cholesterol.

      Coleus forskohlii: Studies conducted in laboratories show that coleus stimulates metabolism. In a recent study, six women took 25 mg of coleus forskohlii twice a day for two months and at the end of the eight-week trial they had lost an average of ten pounds and reduced their percentage of body fat by almost 8 percent. What’s more, coleus has proven to increase thyroid hormone production and the release thereof.

  36. QUESTION:
    How do I get my hair curly again?
    I have naturally curly hair but about a year back I started using Sauve Keratine shampoo and conditioner so that I could let my hair air dry straight. Now I want my naturally curly hair back. Is Keratine permanent? I changed my shampoo and conditioner to Sauve Curls but how long will it take for my natural curls to come back?

    • ANSWER:
      Depends, how you've 'tampered' your hair. Heat & chemicals are hair's worst enemies and heating tools can tamper your hair. Hormones changes the texture of your hair too!

      FYI:
      Hair-straightening products are allowed to contain small concentrations of formaldehyde (0.2 percent). But several hair-straightening solutions have been found to contain well above the allowable limit. For example, one popular hair-straightening product that advertised itself as “formaldehyde-free” actually contained 6.8 percent to 11.8 percent formaldehyde.
      Another example: Fourteen women, including two from North Texas and one from Houston, are suing Unilever, the maker of a product they claim caused permanent damage to their hair.
      "It transforms frizzy, unmanageable hair into hair that's sleeker and easier to style," said the commercial for the Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion 30-Day Smoothing Kit, which is no longer being sold
      When she began looking online for more information about the product, she said she found some people who said it worked, but more who said it damaged their hair.
      She discovered a Facebook page devoted to angry consumers, and there are multiple postings on YouTube. I've been warning people about relaxers since 2009 and people are giving me thumbs down!
      BTW: A variety of hair-straightening products used in professional salons can expose both hairdressers and their customers to formaldehyde. The results show that three professional hair-smoothing treatments labeled "formaldehyde free" can produce the cancer-causing chemical at concentrations above the occupational exposure limits set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. They tested four products: Coppola Keratin Complex Blonde Formula, Global Keratin Juvexin Optimized Functional Keratin, La Brasiliana Escluso Keratin Treatment with Collagen, and Brazilian Blowout Acai Professional Smoothing Solution. While ChemRisk tested four popular brands of hair straighteners, THERE ARE HUNDREDS on the market. Nov. 11-11

      By contrast, beauty salon owners and stylists generally lack a scientific background and don't have a keen awareness of the danger of working with products that contain formaldehyde, experts say.

      Watch: Good Hair a documentary by Chris Rock 2009 on BET or HBO. According to Tyra Banks, 80% of the black population are part of the billion dollar hair industry. Clips on youtube videos, also.

      Chemicals can enter the body through the skin.

      Sources:
      Google FDA.gov & search for Hair Dye & Relaxers.
      Google: Hair Dye FAQ's Are Hair Dyes Safe?

  37. QUESTION:
    Are there any good alternative therapies for endometriosis?
    Im having a lap soon but wondered after it are there any natural ways to help endo?

    • ANSWER:
      Yes- hormonal changes. Most hormonal treatments would be considered birth control, however pregnancy can change your hormone levels and stop endometriosis for the lucky. It's not 100% effective but many women have reduced or eliminate endometriosis symptoms after delivering a healthy baby

      As for other alternatives. You can try herbal remedies and such, however most just relieve cramping, pain, swelling. Most do not stop endo tissue from developing unless you are using herbal treatments to alter your hormone levels.

      I belong to a support group and chat w many women who have endometriosis. I have known many women who have tried a 100% natural approach. After spending a lot of money on herbal remedies, teas, ect... most found it led to a build up of endo and had to have surgery again. You need to find a good gynecologist who can monitor you and your symptoms whether you decide to follow a holistic approach or not.

      One more thing, having laparscopic surgery (or as the person above put it laser burning it off) can bring you relief in the long term. However keep in mind there is almost a month of recovery time after surgery. It is not an instant sensation of being healed. Once surgery is performed there is no way to prevent new endo from being formed unless you do follow up with a gynocologist and have a plan for treatment and prevention.

  38. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know a natural alternative to spironolactone for pcos?
    I have elevated androgens, acne, mild hair loss, excess body hair. My weight is perfect though. I also have mild hypoglycemia due to insulin issues.

    I HATE DRUGS. Has anyone found an alternative to spiro? One of my holistic docs (the endocrinolist one) is suggesting spiro and metformin.

    Yes, drugs have plants in them. But they also have toxic man made ingredients.

    • ANSWER:
      You are very, very wise to try to avoid pharmaceutical drugs if at all possible. Yes, there are alternatives to spironolactone and metformin in the treatment of PCOS. Natural treatment of polycystic ovarian syndrome is multifactorial. You should see a qualified naturopath for specific herbal remedies and diet recommendations, but the basics are below.

      Lifestyle. Exercise and weight reduction have been shown to be highly beneficial in the treatment of PCOS and its symptoms. Exercise can helps reduce weight, regulate menstrual cycles, and reduce risk factors for diabetes and heart disease which are associated with PCOS.

      PCOS Diet. Women with PCOS respond well to a low glycemic index, low simple carbohydrate, low animal product, high fiber diet which helps reduce weight, regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, and reduce inflammatory prostaglandins.

      Nutritional Therapy. Depending on your specific presentation of PCOS, there are a variety of nutritional therapies which will be considered. Nutritional therapies can help to regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, reduce circulating androgens, improve ovarian function, improve fertility, reduce risk of heart disease, and support liver detoxification of estrogens.

      Herbal Therapy. Depending on your symptoms of PCOS, a variety of herbal therapies may be considered. The goal of herbal medicine might include: reducing circulating androgens, optimizing ovarian function, and supporting optimal endocrine function.

      By the way, just to let you know why you are so wise to avoid spirolactone: Even though the drug that your endicrinoligist is suggesting has been shown to be effective in hormone-induced acne it has various unpleasant side effects. Spironolactone is a diuretic [it causes you to pee a lot]. The side effects in low-dose spirolactone are:

      irregular menstrual cycle [most common]
      breast tenderness [most common]
      thirst, dry mouth
      stomach cramps, vomiting, and/or diarrhea
      headache
      dizziness
      increased blood potassium levels
      low blood pressure

      Both blood potassium levels and blood pressure should be checked periodically while you're taking this medication. Also, you shouldn't get pregnant while using spironolactone. And spironolactone isn't a good choice for you if you have kidney problems, or a history (or family history) of breast cancer, uterine cancer, or ovarian cancer. According to the National Institutes of Health, spironolactone is known to have caused tumors in lab animals.

      Metformin is also much less desirable than the low Glycemic Index diet that is recommended for PCOS patients. Its side effects include:

      MALAISE.
      GI DISTURBANCE.
      VITAMIN B12 MALABSORPTION.
      ELEVATED HOMOCYSTEINE
      PREGNANCY COMPLICATIONS.
      ANEMIA.LIVER OR KIDNEY PROBLEMS.
      MULTIPLE MEDICATIONS. You may be at risk for health problems or symptoms if you take metformin in addition to other medications.
      HAIR LOSS.
      LACTIC ACIDOSIS.
      BILE ABNORMALITIES.

  39. QUESTION:
    What are the natural ways to increase sperm count?
    My neighbor is 44 years old, married, both are normal, no children.

    • ANSWER:
      There is now a great deal of scientific knowledge about the use of nutritional supplements and their beneficial effects on both male and female fertility. These supplements can be very effective in re-balancing hormones, as well as improving overall health, which is so vital for successful conception. Supplements are necessary because even the best diet in the world will not contain all the nutrients you need to give you the best chance of conceiving.

      Folic Acid

      Research has shown that giving B6 to women who have trouble conceiving increases fertility and vitamin B12 has been found to improve low sperm counts

      Zinc

      Zinc is found in high concentrations in the sperm. Zinc is needed to make the outer layer and tail of the sperm and is, therefore, essential for the health of your sperm and, subsequently, your baby. Interestingly, several studies have also shown that reducing zinc in a man's diet will also reduce his sperm count.

      Selenium

      Good levels of selenium are essential to maximise sperm formation. Blood selenium levels have been found to be lower in men with low sperm counts.

      Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)

      These essential fats have a profound effect on every system of the body, including the reproductive system and they are crucial for healthy hormone functioning. For men essential fatty acid supplementation is crucial because the semen is rich in prostaglandins which are produced from these fats. Men with poor sperm quality, abnormal sperm, poor motility or low count, have inadequate levels of these beneficial prostaglandins.

      Vitamin E

      Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant and has been shown to increase fertility when given to both men and women. Men going for IVF treatment with their partners have been given vitamin E, and fertilisation rates have, as a result, increased from 19 to 29 percent. It has been suggested that the antioxidant activity of vitamin E might make the sperm more fertile.

      Vitamin C

      Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, and studies show that vitamin C enhances sperm quality. Some research has indicated that certain types of DNA damage in the sperm can make it difficult to conceive in the first place. Vitamin C also appears to keep the sperm from clumping together, making them more motile.

      L-Arginine

      This is an amino acid found in many foods and the head of the sperm contains an exceptional amount of this nutrient, which is essential for sperm production. Supplementing with L-arginine can help to increase both the sperm count and quality.

      L-Carnitine

      This amino acid is essential for normal functioning of sperm cells. According to research, it appears that the higher the levels of L-Carnitine in the sperm cells, the better the sperm count and motility.

  40. QUESTION:
    Anyone fighting breast cancer been thru treatment and prepparing for hormone therapy?
    I have read articles on hormone threrapy and find myself being very nieve about this treatment. My doctors have left me with so many open questions I am not sure what to do. So my real question is " what do you feel about hormone therapy or is there a natural remedy to equal the hormone drug therapy.

    • ANSWER:
      Hi, I'm sorry that you are going through this as I know personally how difficult it can be. I am approaching my 4th year of Tamoxifen therapy and am very grateful to have this option for treatment (I am 4 years in remission so it appears that the Tamoxifen is working for me!) The side effects are pretty tolerable and it's in a daily pill form which is easy to manage. Depending on your age, you may be considering Arimidex which I have also heard positive things about. I know how hard it is to make these kind of decisions and my heart goes out to you. I personally make my choices based on what I can live with long term. For example, will hormone therapy give you peace of mind long term or will the potential side effects be a bigger issue for you? Your Dr. likely explained to you the positive results of hormone therapy in reducing a recurrence. That is a very important factor to consider when making your decision. There are many women who do not have hormone sensitive cancer and so the opportunity to use this therapy should not be taken lightly. I know a lot of women who have had breast cancer in all different stages and my best advice to you is to do everything you can to protect your health and your life. It is a precious gift. Good luck and god bless!!

  41. QUESTION:
    What causes me to not ovulate and possible fixes?
    I am 22 and have only ovulated once in the past 6 months. My doctor doesn't believe me because my cycles fall 20 - 38 days apart, but varies greatly all the time. I take my bbt every morning and have not gotten above 97.5 (norm is 96.8-97.2).
    We are trying to conceive a child and obviously not ovulating is really hindering our attempts. I am a little overweight but not obese. We walk our two toy dogs about an hour a day, not too strenuos.
    What are some reasons I may not be ovulating and what are some remedies?

    • ANSWER:
      Is this a regular doctor, or an infertility doc?

      Do some research on natural progesterone. It is used in IVF treatments. Increasingly in the area of fertility therapy, medical doctors are concentrating on prescribing more natural substances for women. It would be wise to try to locate one in your area who will work with you and understand your needs when it comes to natural hormone replacement therapy.

      Natural Progesterone treatment can also be used to induce fertility when there appears to be ovulatory dysfunction. A study was performed involving fifty women who had lived with infertility for a minimum of one-and-a-half years. Seventy percent of the women conceived within six months while exclusively using natural progesterone therapy.

      Additional reports indicate that without natural progesterone treatment, women with luteal phase defect are at very high risk for spontaneous abortion. Natural Progesterone has been found to be important in maintaining a pregnancy during the early months.

      Although the data are not entirely clear, it appears that progesterone may also have an effect on transport time of the ovum in the fallopian tube, and it may make the ovum more susceptible to sperm penetration.

      Jerome Check, M.D., an infertility specialist and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University and Hahnemann University, says that "too often physicians will treat the infertility problem with strong medication or even surgery without checking progesterone levels first... But for many women, natural progesterone therapy has been very effective in helping them to become pregnant and to carry the child to term. Only after this treatment is tried should more drastic procedures be considered."

      When used topically, benefits of progesterone supplementation are quite significant in helping regulate periods and bring the body back into synchronisation, and in some cases, triggering ovulation.

      Often the introduction of progesterone back into the body can 'crank up' the ovaries, particularly where there has been a considerable shortfall of this hormone in the body. Fertility may follow. If, however, your follicles are depleted, progesterone cannot restore fertility. Appropriate tests can establish your state of fertility.

      I hope this helps. Get yourself some natural progesterone and have fun!

  42. QUESTION:
    Why is hormone therapy important to women with Von Willebrands?

    • ANSWER:
      Von Willebrand disease is an inherited disorder of the blood which leads to abnormal bleeding. Unlike other bleeding disorders, such as haemophilia, Von Willebrand disease can affect both men and women. In fact it's the most common bleeding disorder and about one in 100 women have it.

      It's not actually one condition but a group of similar diseases all caused by a problem with one particular protein in the blood (known as Von Willebrand factor or VWF) which plays an essential part in clotting by helping tiny cells called platelets to stick to the walls of a damaged blood vessel. VWF also has another important job, carrying another clotting chemical called Factor VIII around in the blood.

      So if levels of VWF are low or it doesn't work properly, there's abnormal bleeding.

      Symptoms of Von Willebrand disease

      easy bruising
      frequent nose bleeds
      bleeding from wounds which takes a little longer than normal to stop
      excessive bleeding when teeth fall out
      heavy or prolonged periods
      bleeding from the gut or bowel
      bleeding into muscles and joints in more severe cases
      often people don't realise they have a problem with bleeding until they have an accident or operation

      Three types

      There are three types of Von Willebrand disease. In type 1, which about 75 per cent of affected women have, there are low levels of VWF. In type 2, the VWF doesn't work properly, and in type 3 (the most seriously but fortunately the rarest form) levels of VWF are almost undetectable and so Factor VIII levels are very low too. As low levels of Factor VIII are also the problem in the main type of haemophilia, so symptoms of type 3 Von Willebrand disease are similar to those of haemophilia.

      Treatment depends on severity of disease

      Treatment for Von Willebrand disease depends on the severity of the condition, and the nature and location of the bleeding. Most people can be treated very easily. In less severe disease, particularly Type 1, no special treatment is needed, although women may need to be particularly careful to watch out for anaemia as blood loss during periods can be greater than usual.

      However, sometimes medical treatment is necessary. These include:

      Desmopressin: a synthetic version of a natural hormone which releases VWF from the lining of blood vessels.
      Tranexamic acid and similar drugs: these drugs help to clots being broken down once they've formed.
      Thrombin: a natural clotting agent.
      Concentrate of VWF and Factor VIII: these compounds, derived from blood, are used in more serious Von Willebrands.

      This article was last medically reviewed by Dr Trisha Macnair in January 2007.
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/health/ask_the_doctor/vonwillebrand.shtml

      http://www.netdoctor.co.uk/ate/heartandblood/203147.html

  43. QUESTION:
    What are the most likely causes of excessive hair loss in a young adult?
    I am 18 years old and i have noticed throughout the years since middle school my hair is thining and getting shorter but i have no bald spots and my hair line hasnt changed. I have had about 2 perms in the last 5 years but I frequently use the flat iron. I do npt have any known deficiencies. Very worried any help on how to get it back and strengthen it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      There are many factors for why someone (man or woman) experiences hair loss, ranging from diet, medications, natural hormones, pregnancy and childbirth, improper hair care and certain diseases. Each of these factors affects each individual differently. Additionally, while chemical treatments, pollution, hair-styling products and blow-drying have not been found to directly cause hair loss, they can dry and weaken hair, increasing breakage and perpetuating hair loss. Straightening and curling your hair does not directly lead to hair loss but it does damage and weaken your hair so that temporary hair loss may occur. The heat from these and similar products dry out even the oiliest hair with too much use

      Alopecia areata is a form of temporary hair loss that can occur on the scalp, in facial hair, or even in hair on other areas of the body. It can be caused by genetic factors or it can occur as a result of autoimmune disorders like thyroid disease.

      Telogen effluvium results in sudden and drastic, although temporary, hair loss. Patients with telogen effluvium usually experience overall thinning, and they are known to lose handfuls of hair while washing or using a hairbrush. It is caused by a shock to the system, such as an illness, intense psychological stress over a life incident, sudden weight loss, or nutritional deficiencies. Once the experience is over, however, natural hair cycles should return to normal.

      Traction alopecia is another type of temporary hair loss that creates bald patches due to unnecessary pulling of the hair or constant use of tight hairstyles that can strain or damage hair follicles. Hair growth should return to normal once the strain on follicles is eliminated.

      Based on your description, it seems like you are experiencing temporary hair loss, which is good because with the proper tools your hair will be back to normal. If hair loss persists or hair breakage is unprompted by chemical treatments or styling, it may be a symptom of a medical problem in which case Bosley professionals suggest that you contact a doctor or a Bosley clinic.

  44. QUESTION:
    Does anyone know any good acne treatments?
    I have moderately bad acne. My mom sells Mary Kay and she thinks its the best and doesnt want me to use anything else. The problem is, ITS NOT WORKING! I still have acne and it like doesnt go away.

    Does anyone know any good acne treatments and/or a way i could get my mom to let me use other products?

    • ANSWER:
      There is a range of treatment options to help treat acne. As acne can't be cured, treatments aim to control the symptoms by:

      preventing new spots forming
      improving those already present
      preventing scarring
      Your GP will usually assess your treatment after six weeks and, if beneficial, treatment will continue for four to six months.

      Self-help
      It's important to keep spot-prone areas clean, so wash the affected area twice a day with an unperfumed cleanser. The skin needs a certain amount of oil to maintain its natural condition, so it's best to use gentle soaps and not to scrub your skin too hard when washing.

      Medicines
      There are a number of over-the-counter remedies available from pharmacies to treat mild acne. These usually contain antibacterial agents such as benzoyl peroxide (eg Oxy and Clearasil Max).

      As well as its antibacterial effects, benzoyl peroxide can dry out the skin and encourage it to shed the surface layer of dead skin. Together, these effects make it harder for pores to become blocked and for infection to develop.

      Benzoyl peroxide can cause redness and peeling, especially to start with. This tends to settle down if you reduce the number of times you use it. You can then build up your use gradually.

      Home treatments for acne won't work immediately. It can take weeks, sometimes months, for significant effects to be noticeable. If home treatments haven't worked after two months, or you have severe acne, you should visit your GP.

      Your GP may start your treatment by prescribing a preparation containing benzoyl peroxide. If this doesn't work, or if you have more severe acne, there are a range of other treatment options. These come as creams or lotions that your can rub on to your skin, or as tablets.

      Creams and lotions
      There are several creams and lotions you may be prescribed, including those listed below.

      Azelaic acid (Skinoren) is an alternative to benzoyl peroxide and may not make your skin as sore as benzoyl peroxide.
      Retinoids (eg Adapalene) are medicines based on vitamin A, which you can rub into your skin daily. They work by encouraging the outer layer of skin to flake off.
      An antibiotic lotion, such as clindamycin (eg Dalacin T) or erythromycin (eg Stiemycin), applied to your skin can be used to control the P. acnes bacteria. You will need to continue this treatment for at least six months.
      Creams and lotions that combine an antimicrobial with other acne medication are also available (eg Quinoderm).
      Creams and lotions are only effective where and when they are applied so you should apply these daily to all areas of your skin that are prone to acne.

      Tablets
      There are several oral treatments you may be prescribed.

      Antibiotics, such as tetracycline, can be prescribed for inflammatory acne. You should take these daily for around three months, although it might take four to six months for you to see the benefits. The success of this treatment can be limited because the strains of bacteria are often resistant to the common antibiotics. Antibiotics don't prevent pores from becoming blocked so treatment to prevent blackheads, such as benzoyl peroxide, is often also prescribed at the same time.

      Some types of oral contraceptive tablets help women who have acne. A combination of the usual contraceptive pill hormone called ethinylestradiol with cyproterone acetate (eg Dianette) suppresses male hormone activity. This drug has been shown to reduce sebum production so is often used in women with acne.

      Isotretinoin (eg Roaccutane) is a medicine known as an oral retinoid, which is also available as a cream (see Creams and lotions). Isotretinoin works by drying up oily secretions. It tends to be prescribed to people with severe forms of acne that have proved resistant to other treatments. There are a number of serious side-effects of this drug, such as liver disorders and depression. You shouldn't take isotretinoin if you're pregnant, as it's very dangerous to an unborn baby. For safety reasons, isotretinoin is only prescribed under the supervision of a dermatologist (a doctor specialising in skin conditions).

  45. QUESTION:
    Any recommended alternative treatments for PCOS?
    I have PCOS and my hormones are just kind of out of whack, so to speak. Any recommended herbal remedies or other holistic and natural remedies that might help regulate my hormones?

    • ANSWER:
      1.Lifestyle. Exercise and weight reduction have been shown to be highly beneficial in the treatment of PCOS and its symptoms. Exercise can helps reduce weight, regulate menstrual cycles, and reduce risk factors for diabetes and heart disease which are associated with PCOS.

      2.Diet. Women with PCOS respond well to a low glycemic index, low simple carbohydrate, low animal product, high fiber diet which helps reduce weight, regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, and reduce inflammatory prostaglandins. Dietary changes, including reducing animal products and fats, while increasing foods that nourish the liver such as carrots, dark green vegetables, lemons, and beets, can be beneficial.

      3.Bentonite Clay. You would use this to bathe in. It has a drawing agent that acts like a sponge. It literally pulls toxins out through the skin. This would also help to balance your hormones, while also pulling any other toxins out of the way.

      4.Dietary Supplements -There is a wide range of supplemental nutrients that may help you alleviate the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and reduce the incidence of ovarian cysts. Not all of them are appropriate or necessary for every woman.

      5.Alternative treatments - PCOS can be addressed using many types of alternative treatment. The rebalancing of hormones is a primary focus of all these therapies. Acupuncture works on the body's energy flow according to the meridian system. Chinese herbs, such as gui zhi fu ling wan, can be effective. In naturopathic medicine, treatment focuses on helping the liver function more optimally in the horomonal balancing process.

      Essential fatty acids, including flax oil, evening primrose oil (Oenothera biennis), and black currant oil, act as anti-inflammatories and hormonal regulators. Western herbal medicine uses phytoestrogen and phytoprogesteronic herbs, such as blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides) and false unicorn root (Chamaelirium luteum), as well as liver herbs, like dandelion (Taraxacum mongolicum), to work toward hormonal balance.

      Supplementation with antioxidants, including zinc, and vitamins A, E, and C, is also recommended. Constitutional homeopathy can bring about a deep level of healing with the correct remedies.

      I recommend that you consult with a licensed healthcare professional regarding the best supplements and treatment for you.

  46. QUESTION:
    Conservatives, what is this "traditional marriage" you are fighting for?
    If traditional marriage means heterosexual, is a heterosexual marriage between a very butch woman and a feminine man a "traditional marriage"? How about one where the man is a house husband and the woman brings home half a million dollars a year? "Traditional marriage"?

    So when you are fighting to keep marriage "heterosexual only" is heterosexuality all you are asking for, or is there a much longer unspoken list?

    • ANSWER:
      Its because we don't have a weird perversion in our genes to like the same gender as you homosexuals. Why should the nation bend for 1.7% perversion. I guess you homosexuals would also support incest, polygamy and animal/ inanimate object marriage too since both/ multiple are willing too. We would like to keep the marriage as its supposed to be.

      Marriage: Union between a man and woman.

      Not even the president or congress can change the definition. It would have to be accepted internationally, which its not.

      "love" as you claim doesn't exist. Its just unnatural hormones for homosexuals. So you claim "love on this one is busted too. For Heterosexuals its natural hormones.

      Define "natural" you ask me: Look at mammals, they reproduce sexually, thus causing the irregular gene of homosexuality possible. We are not sure which one as the body is made of multiple genomes, its literally trying to find a needle in a hay stack hidden in a random NY city shed.

      When you put a homosexual mammal near a heterosexual mammal it will be shunned. If you put a homosexual animal in a heterosexual pack, it will be shunned. Its natural instinct. Even animals know it is wrong.

      Instead of asking why is irregular marriage illegal, what can I do to fix my sexuality. I bet the gay community would also get support from the left and the far right community instead of opposing the right. Its not a physiological so the old treatment for gayness wouldn't work. It embedded in your hormones so it would be next to impossible. Modern technology can alter the gene in the pituitary gland and other parts of the brain that release hormones. Its just a question of which gene.

      Notice I didn't bash gays using the bibles or other irrational claims. I used modern science and animal behavior that its unnatural so it must be kept illegal. Liberals not everything different is good.

      If you thumbs down you are just as irrational as those who quote from the bible.

  47. QUESTION:
    What causes miscarriage besides those natural things that can't be prevented?
    Please help thanks !

    • ANSWER:
      Hormones
      When we talk about a hormone problem, you have likely miscarried in less than 10 weeks. After that, the placenta has taken over hormone production and any normal deficiency you have is not a factor. Low progesterone, the most common problem, is not as easy to treat as you might hope.

      Chromosome Defects
      There are many factors that come in to play when the egg and sperm unite and form that first cell. Even if both the egg and sperm come with perfect chromosomes, the first few cell divisions can see an abnormality crop up that would certainly be devastating. Chromosome defects that cause a newly fertilized egg to die can account for as much as 60 percent of early miscarriages.

      Physical Problem with the Uterus or Cervix
      Some women have a uterus that does not have the usual shape. Others have a cervix that may be weakened by a number of causes, including multiple D&C procedures or their mother taking DES when she was pregnant (although note that DES was discontinued in 1971 and most DES daughters are leaving their childbirth years behind.) Both of these problems can cause early labor, usually during a critical period from 12-24 weeks. This cause is responsible for 12 percent of miscarriages during this time period. As the baby grows, especially during the very rapid growth spurt during this time frame, the irregularly shaped uterus may not be able to expand or the weak cervix may start to open up and let the baby out. There are treatments for both of these that are quite effective—corrective surgery on the uterus and a cervical stitch that holds the cervix closed. This problem WILL REOCCUR if not treated.

      Immune Disorders
      While many experienced and well respected reproductive endocrinologists specialize in this field now, many "regular" ob/gyn doctors are quite resistant to the idea of this type of miscarriage cause and its treatment. Specialists in immune disorders claim up to an 80% success rate with women who have had three or more miscarriages, but there is still much skepticism even among infertility and reproductive specialists.

      Premature Rupture of Membranes and Early Labor
      Many miscarriages begin with cramping and labor-like symptoms, but true PROM and Early Labor are usually associated with babies that are in the second or third trimester. Early labor can often be treated with drugs that relax the uterus and women are placed on bed rest either at home or in the hospital.

      Others -- Infections, Age, Chronic Disease
      Many infections can cause miscarriage, but they are the big ones like syphilis, mycoplasma, toxoplasmosis, and malaria. An upper respiratory infection is NOT going to cause a miscarriage, even though it may worry you to death. Viruses are the same. Normal illnesses like the common cold will not cause a problem, but AIDS and German Measles can. Infections that directly affect the uterus are bigger risk. This does NOT include yeast infections, which are extremely common in pregnancy. See the section on Premature Rupture of Membranes for more information on these infections.

  48. QUESTION:
    How can a woman lose thigh fat without bulking / toning up her thighs?
    Hello, and thank you for reading my question.

    I have heard that LUNGES help in getting leaner thighs.

    However, in one article I also read that doing lunges can develop muscle and bulk you up.

    Now, I would HATE bulky, toned muscles.

    Is there any exercise by which I can do to lose fat from my thighs without bulking up ?

    I do cycle 30 min, treadmill 30min, elliptical 30 min. What else can I do ?

    Thank you for your answer.

    Thanks.

    • ANSWER:
      Read my answer here ---> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AvljUrt4pe2HHh8dnZ51bpXsy6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20130222095350AAniRxU

      Any exercise will burn calories but no exercise will burn fat unless your diet allows it. You can burn fat in your sleep or you can run all day and never burn any fat. It all depends on your diet.

      Fat loss is determined by calorie control, not by exercise. Good exercises for burning calories are speed walking, biking, swimming, dancing, etc. and ANY other physical activity which makes you move a lot of weight for a long time. But NO exercise is good for burning fat if you eat too many calories because you can always eat more calories than you can burn.

      Too many people waste energy and time because they do not understand this one simple point. The result is too often giving up in frustration, abandoning gym memberships they continue to pay for, and many other unnecessary problems not the least of which is a lack of success.

      An average person must walk about five miles every day for a week to burn the calories equivalent to a pound of body fat. So, unless you think walking about five miles a day (or doing an equivalent amount of exercise) with no guarantee of fat loss makes sense, focus your fat loss program on diet.

      Diet for fat loss. Exercise for fitness.

      Lunges without weights (bodyweight only) will not add but a tiny amount of bulk to your thighs. Most women don't need to worry about bulk because they have so little of the hormones that build muscle. However, exercise is not the solution to your problem. It's diet. All you can do is lose fat and wait for it to leave your thighs while hoping to maintain your cup size or booty or whatever fat deposits you consider positive attributes.

      When you are in a fat loss mode and burning body fat, it is your body (based on your genetics) and only your body that determines where that fat loss will happen. You have absolutely no control over where your body loses fat first, last, and in between no matter what you do.

      It is not possible to lose fat only from a specific part of your body of your choosing. Where your body stores and removes fat is determined by your genetics and there is nothing you can do to change that short of radical procedures such as liposuction. And, in general, where it stores fat first is where it will lose it last and visa versa. The world of health and fitness has an unfortunate abundance of myths and spot reduction is one of them. There is no exercise, no pill, no supplements, no spa treatment, and no natural way to spot reduce. Your only choice is to create a caloric deficit with diet and exercise, burn fat, and wait for it to leave the desired body parts.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spot_reduction
      http://www.exrx.net/WeightTraining/Myths.html
      http://www.fitnesstipsforlife.com/the-spot-reduction-myth.html

      If you need to learn how to lose fat, read my answer about how to lose fat --> http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=As615QJM4X_3ID9_05qmmlXty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20111028185603AAVcP4D

      Good luck and good health!!

      PS: Here are some good websites you may find useful.
      • A MUST FOR DIETERS http://www.freedieting.com/
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      • BEST FOODS FOR YOU http://www.choosemyplate.gov/index.html
      • NUTRITION DOT GOV http://www.nal.usda.gov/food-and-nutrition

  49. QUESTION:
    what size does the Ovarian follicle should be? how many does a women release each month? ?
    whats the correct size so a women can pregnant???

    i had one of 21 the other one 18
    and the other too were 15 and 13???

    do i have a chance to get pregnant this month???

    i did 4 this month cause im in clomid and shots to get pregnant and increase my chances

    but a normal women that dosent get pregnant through treatment how many does she produce?

    • ANSWER:
      You begin with many follicular (regardless if you are fertility meds or not) each containing an egg and competing for dominating position and hormones. Around cycle day 8, one becomes the dominating follicular and will be the one that ovulates. Most of the other follicular have dies or are too small in size to have a chance to ovulate. These remaining small follicular stay around to support the dominating follie by producing hormones for it and the lining.
      An dominating follicular sends signals to the brain (when its around 18-22 mm) to lh surge. The lh surge finishes the egg maturity and causes the follicular sac to burst and the egg released. The follicular sac can measure around 20 to 29 mm at ovulation. Natural cycles (without fertility meds) tend to release eggs at a smaller size (22-24 mm). RE's try to mimic that with their IVF patients. Clomid causes follicular to grow and release at a larger size (25-29 mm). Follicular grow about 2mm a day. Final size depends on the eggs response to fsh (and other hormones) and it's rate of growth and development. The egg inside the follicular sac it always the same. It's the fluid and cells surrounding it that cause the enlarging size of the sac.

      Fertility meds work by giving your body the extra fsh it needs to get the other follicular a chance. So instead of just having one dominating and the others die, you get several of them to keep growing into eggs. Human's have the most wasteful reproductive systems. Baby girls are born with about 1 million eggs, which drops to about 300,000 in adolescence and near zero at menopause. We only ovulate 1 egg a month on average.

      The 21 has a good chance. The 18mm might have a chance but the other two are way to small.

  50. QUESTION:
    Who to see for hair loss and growth?
    I have been experiencing for a long time now hair fall. My hair used to be super thick and straight, now it is curly and thinned way out. When I am stressed, hair falls more than when I am not. So, what I want to know is if a dermatologist is the right doctor to see for these issues. If anyone has any suggestions for products I can use at home or some sort of home treatment please feel free to suggest some.

    • ANSWER:
      PROVILLUS: A PREVENTIVE CURE FOR HAIR LOSS

      To prevent hair loss from occurring Provillus, an all natural supplement has a positive outcome. Provillus is a supplement built to block the DHT(Dihydrotestoterone) in the body. Provillus contains compound ingredients such as, biotin, gotu kola, magnesium stearatern Muria Puania, pumpkin extract, Saw Palmetto, silicon dioxide, vitamin B6, and zinc.

      These compound ingredients help prevent thinning hair follicles form becoming thinner-leading to baldness. The nourishing blend of nutrients in Provillus helps the hair become thick. Provillus hair loss treatment is FDA-approved. No prescription is needed because it is stored as a supplement; therefore, it can be bought from over-the-counter from a local drug store.Provillus was created by the Ultra Herbal Company. It is a natural treatment for men and women suffering from hair loss, also known as Androgenetic alopecia. With men hair loss is caused by hormone testosterone.

      When DHT(Dihydrotestoterone) enters the body the hair follicles thins and cuts off the blood flow in the body. The more DHT in the body the more the man is at risk of experiencing baldness. In the United Stated two out of eight women experience hair loss. There is no pattern for hair loss in women. Few women experience hair loss at a young age, but it mostly occurs in older women. Unbalanced hormones, thyroid disease, and menopause are common risk factors of hair loss in women.

      Child birth is also a common risk factor for hair loss in women. However, hair loss in women is far more harder to deal with than for men experiencing hair loss.An effective cure for men and women who experience hair loss is Provillus. Not only will Provillus prevent hair loss from happening-it will also regrow the hair. With only being on the market for less than five years, Provillus has been rated the number #1 treatment for hair loss prevention. The topical ingredients in Provillus are FDA-approved and guaranteed to get hair back to being strong and healthy. No side effects have been reported from users of Provillus. Before using Provillus you should read the information provided carefully. You should also consult a doctor if any problems occur after usage.


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