21 Common Symptoms of Perimenopause

One question that we get asked a lot is “How do I know if I’m in perimenopause?”. The symptoms you experience can be an important part of answering that question.    Before we dive in, please know that perimenopause is not a disease to be diagnosed or managed like many other health conditions. Even though…

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The Healing Power of Community

We’re social beings and we are not meant to live in isolation.     The Covid Pandemic changed everything for everyone on planet earth for a good long time. The forced isolation left people clinging to their computer screens in ways that simultaneously brought us together and kept us apart.     How has this era affected…

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Am I in Perimenopause?

Do you remember when you were a young teenager and your body started changing? Do you recall that you got all grumpy and irritable, and everything felt so weird and out of control?   Well, that’s what can happen when your hormones are changing, whether it’s due to puberty or perimenopause.   One simple way…

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Hormone Therapy the Naturopathic Way

Hormone Therapy (HT) is a hot topic that has gotten some recent positive attention after years of being vilified. Here at The Women’s Vitality Center, we take a naturopathic approach to HT and this article will cover some of the unique considerations about how we approach hormone balancing from a natural perspective.      The…

UPDATE ~ TWVC Goes Hybrid

Dr. Amy here writing to share that The Women’s Vitality Center is moving out of our downtown Berkeley office. While it was a hard decision to let go of this beautiful space that has been our home for the last 5 years, I’m excited about the freedom and flexibility this move allows.   Over the…

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Hormone Testing: what, when and how

Something feels off in my body but my regular tests are all “normal”. I think I have a hormone imbalance but how can I know which hormone it is? I asked my doctor to test my hormones and they said no!  I want to know what is going on, can I get my hormones tested?…