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Sara Gottfried MD Women's Health Article |PCOS|PCOS: Natural Solutions for a Common Hormone Imbalance

PCOS: Natural Solutions for a Common Hormone Imbalance

By Sara Gottfried MD | October 26, 2020

What is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)? It is a complex endocrine disorder that affects 20 to 30 percent of women. In medicine, we use the term syndrome to describe a collection of signs and symptoms that don’t necessarily have a single identifiable cause or pathological process. PCOS causes the sex hormones in women to become…

Sara Gottfried MD Women's Health Article | Vasomotor Symptoms | New Data About Hot Flashes and Night Sweats That You Need to Know

Hot Flashes and Night Sweats: New Data That You Need to Know

By Sara Gottfried MD | October 11, 2020

The most classic symptoms of low estrogen are hot flashes and night sweats, collectively known as vasomotor symptoms. Vasomotor symptoms are an extreme thermoregulatory response associated with profuse sweating, flushing, and increased heart rate. Vasomotor symptoms can last for seconds to minutes, and frequency varies throughout the day and night.

Endometriosis: Diet and Lifestyle Changes that Work |Women's Health | Sara Gottfried MD

Endometriosis: Diet and Lifestyle Changes That Help

By Sara Gottfried MD | October 4, 2020

Endometriosis is an often undiagnosed problem that affects 10 to 15% of women.1 What happens with endometriosis is that the cells of the endometrium, or uterine lining, migrate and implant outside the uterus, usually on the ovaries or other pelvic organs, causing inflammation and sometimes extreme pain.

Hormone Reset Diet |Calcium| Sara Gottfried, M.D.

Creamy Greens Soup: A Great Source of Calcium

By Sara Gottfried MD | September 8, 2020

The dairy industry would have us believe that milk is an indispensable source of calcium in our diet as calcium is necessary for healthy bones. What the milk advertisements don’t tell us is that there are many other sources of calcium besides dairy products, and that the mineral is only one of the building blocks…

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy, Part 1: What’s Safe? What’s Smart? |Hormone Balance|Sara Gottfried MD

Bioidentical Hormone Therapy, Part 1: What’s Safe? What’s Smart?

By Sara Gottfried MD | August 26, 2020

I’ve been prescribing bioidentical hormone therapy since 1994. In the 25+ years since that first prescription for bioidentical hormones, we have evidence for and against their use. This has led to confusion, misinformation, and even guidelines from mainstream medical societies that are not consistently evidence-based.1 Fortunately, a masterful new book sets the record straight: Tapestry…

Hormone Therapy for Women: What Are the Known Risks? |Hormone Therapy| Sara Gottfried, M.D.

Hormone Therapy for Women: What Are the Known Risks?

By Sara Gottfried MD | August 2, 2020

Discussion about hormone therapy for perimenopause and menopause is complex. Questions about safety, timing, and duration typically require a nuanced conversation about a person’s history, diet, lifestyle, risk factors, genetics, blood tests, and cognitive function. This article illustrates why the discussions are complicated and how I approach them. I practice Precision Medicine, which means that…

How Do We Create Antiracist Healthcare?| Racism in Medicine |Sara Gottfried MD

Health Disparity, Racial Weathering, and Social Determinants: How Do We Create Antiracist Healthcare?

By Sara Gottfried MD | July 13, 2020

I take respectful care of my patients regardless of skin color, but in the past few years, I’ve realized that is not enough. There are many sources of information that have influenced me. Conversations, particularly a recent interview with integrative physician Andrea Pennington MD. Books, mentioned in this article, including How to Be an Antiracist by…

Racism in Medicine |Women's Health|Sara Gottfried MD

Racism in Medicine: 5 Disparities That Point to Health Inequality

By Sara Gottfried MD | June 10, 2020

It’s time to acknowledge the role of racism in medicine in the United States. It’s not just the racism of George Floyd that we witnessed on video at the hands of police, it’s the daily traumatizing experiences of Black Americans at our hands as well in the US healthcare system. While most physicians and other…

Why Cardiovascular Disease Kills More Women Than Breast Cancer|Women's Health|Sara Gottfried MD

Why Cardiovascular Disease Kills More Women Than Breast Cancer

By Sara Gottfried MD | May 25, 2020

Most women I know, friends and patients, fear breast cancer. It makes sense because one in eight of us will develop breast cancer over our lifetime, which translates to a lifetime risk of 12.5 percent, and higher for those of us with a high-risk gene mutation. However, our fear of breast cancer may come at…

Hormone Testing: What to Check and Why|Hormone Balance|Sara Gottfried MD

Hormone Testing: What to Check and Why

By Sara Gottfried MD | May 17, 2020

Questions about hormone testing are common among my patients and on social media. Women want to know which hormones they need to check and why. They also want to know what hormones and other biomarkers can be tested at home. In this video and accompanying article, I cover the biomarkers that I check for myself…