It's My Ovaries, Stupid!by Elizabeth Vliet
Women's health is more than breast cancer, pregnancy,
This landmark work in women's health identifies and offers solutions to the hormonal dysfunctions afflicting millions of young women, teens, and even children, that rob women of future fertility and contribute to devastating problems -- from early onset puberty and obesity to depression and increased cancer risk.
Women's health is more than breast cancer, pregnancy, and menopause. In this groundbreaking new work, Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet identifies and explains rarely acknowledged, pervasive threats to young women's health and fertility -- PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), POD (Premature Ovarian Decline), and Premature Ovarian Failure (menopause in the young) -- and the overlooked causes of endometriosis, cystitis, early puberty, allergies, heart disease, mood disorders, depression, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, bone loss, anxiety, obesity, and diabetes.
A kind of Silent Spring of women's health, It's My Ovaries, Stupid! presents compelling evidence from worldwide research that common environmental toxins and endocrine disruptors in pesticides, plastic food wrappers, food additives, preservatives, soy supplements, aspartame in diet sodas and junk food, and more -- as well as lifestyle factors such as stress -- can all profoundly disrupt hormone function, even in childhood.
Insidious robbers of quality of life, fertility, and health, hormone dysfunctions are on the rise today, afflicting younger and younger women.
Why? What can you do about it? How can you get tested? What treatments are available? Dr. Vliet interprets the latest scientific research and draws on more than twenty years of clinical experience to answer these and many other crucial questions about common health problems in young women.
Whose job is it to take care of the ovaries...beyond their function in reproduction? Why do you have trouble getting help for "hormone problems" that are clearly linked to your monthly cycle? It's My Ovaries, Stupid! bridges this gap in women's health care and shows you how to understand your symptoms and get reliable tests, how to receive treatment and improve your health, how to wade through the controversies surrounding hormone replacement therapy, and how to explore cutting-edge options for thyroid problems.
You can't afford not to read this book. Your life, your fertility, and your long-term health may depend on it. It's not all in your head, and it's not just stress. It's your ovaries!
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Self-Test: "Is This Me?"
Take this self-test to see what health problems you may be experiencing that may be linked to your ovarian hormones. As you read further, I will provide explanations and helpful options so you can begin to feel better! But first, write down your answers below.
Answer the following questions honestly with a yes or no. Then total the number of yeses and nos and write the totals below.
___I feel tired and barely have energy to get through a normal day.
___I have trouble sleeping through the night and do not feel rested when I wake in the morning.
___I feel more irritable and edgier than is usual for me.
___I have angry outbursts that seem out of proportion to events.
___I feel nervous and tense, especially a week or so before my period.
___I feel depressed, especially a week or so before my period.
___I have crying spells for no apparent reason.
___I have more mood swings than I used to.
___I am gaining weight even though I haven't changed my eating habits.
___I have lost more than ten pounds without trying to diet or change my eating habits.
___I crave sweets/chocolate/carbohydrates more than I used to.
___I crave salty or fatty foods.
___I drink more than one alcoholic beverage a day.
___I find myself craving alcohol and have a hard time resisting it.
___I drink more than one soft drink (colas, etc.) a day.
___I eat processed and prepared foods daily or quite often.
___I have trouble with chronic constipation or diarrhea.
___My muscles and/or joints ache, or are frequently stiff.
___I have more allergies than I used to.
___I am sensitive to perfumes and chemical smells (i.e., get headaches, feel dizzy, can't think clearly, or have other symptoms when around strong smells).
___My menstrual cycles are more irregular.
___My menstrual flow is much lighter/much heavier than is usual for me.
___I have been skipping a lot of menstrual periods lately.
___I have gone more than two months without a period.
___I have tried to get pregnant and haven't been successful.
___I don't have my usual sex drive.
___I have trouble having an orgasm.
___I am losing hair/my hair is getting quite thin and brittle.
___I feel lethargic, sluggish, and slowed down a lot of the time.
___I frequently have problems with my memory and concentration.
___I have trouble making decisions, feel as if my thinking is scattered, or have trouble focusing.
___I have swelling of my hands or feet.
___I have more headaches than I used to.
___I have been having palpitations or racing heartbeat, especially around the time of my menstrual bleeding.
___I have dizzy spells.
___My skin is itchy/dry/feels as if there are ants crawling inside.
___My family/I use pesticides at home, either inside or outside.
___I/We use chemical cleaners for bathrooms, kitchens, carpets, and such.
___My mother took/may have taken DES or other hormones during pregnancy.
Total number YES____ NO____
If you have answered yes to more than four or five of these questions, you may be experiencing the damaging effects of the endocrine disruptors around you, or you're having premature ovarian decline causing lower than desirable levels of estradiol, testosterone, and other key hormones.
Copyright © 2003 by Dr. Elizabeth Lee Vliet
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