A Health Coach’s Guide to Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

If your clients (or you) experience impostor syndrome, you are not alone. Coined in 1978, the term “impostor phenomenon” is used to designate an internal experience of intellectual phoniness that appears to be particularly prevalent and intense among a select sample of high achieving women.1 What kinds of people have imposter syndrome? Despite objective evidence of academic, professional, and other accomplishments, people struggling with imposter syndrome believe that they are…

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Ectopic Pregnancy: Symptoms, Causes, Treatment, & Recovery

All women’s health and wellness professionals who are working with women with pelvic pain must be knowledgeable about the risk of this common pregnancy complication. What is ectopic pregnancy?An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg implants outside of the uterus, 1.Ectopic pregnancy is common, accounting for 1-2% of all pregnancies. What are the associated risk factors?Women and people with a history of a previous ectopic pregnancy, pregnancy loss, previous Chlamydia trachomatis…

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Functional Medicine: Women’s Health Coach Certification

What is functional medicine?Functional medicine is a systems biology based approach that looks for the root causes of diseases and symptoms. Functional medicine aims to optimize functioning of the body’s cells, systems, and the environmental systems where the person lives.The goal of a functional medicine perspective is not simply to quiet the symptoms, but to relieve the symptoms at the root cause.Functional Medicine vs. Functional Nutrition Technically, functional medicine is only practiced by providers…

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How To Build a Healthy Breast Milk Supply

For moms and parents in your practice who decide to breastfeed, there is so much that you can do to encourage them to build a healthy breast milk supply. [caption id="attachment_8139" align="alignleft" width="615"] "I make milk. What's your superpower?" - Unknown[/caption] Supporting your clients to build a healthy breast milk supply is beneficial to the newborn babies as well as the mom or breastfeeding parent. There are several factors to…

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Why Integrative Pelvic Healthcare?

The foundation of our mission at The Integrative Women's Health Institute is to help provide higher-quality, integrative pelvic healthcare for ALL people. My name is Dr. Jessica Drummond, and I am the founder and CEO of The Integrative Women's Health Institute, where our mission is to educate and empower practitioners in order to help improve the standard of care for women and people of all gender identities. Pelvic healthcare in…

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Best Probiotics for Endometriosis and Chronic Pelvic Pain

It can be hard to determine the best probiotics for endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain. The "best probiotic" can be challenging to choose from among the many options.  It's even more difficult to determine which probiotics are best for endometriosis and chronic pelvic pain. As health and wellness professionals who support clients with endometriosis and pelvic pain, we have to educate ourselves about the research on the best probiotics for…

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7 Strategies for Perimenopause Weight Loss

When it comes to my perimenopausal clients, I don't like to focus on weight loss. However, for my clients it's often a welcomed side effect of addressing hormone imbalances, calming the nervous system, and regulating the body's processes.   I believe there are far more important things to worry about than weight loss when it comes to our health and frankly, our lives. As Glennon Doyle famously said,  “Your body…

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How to Heal and Treat Vulvodynia

How to Heal and Treat Vulvodynia Vulvodynia affects over 14 million people in the US alone. This complex pain syndrome is a frustrating condition to treat. Vulvodynia is a condition that causes pain in the vulva (or specifically in the vulvar vestibule). The root cause of vulvodynia is not fully understood. Vulvodynia is most bothersome when provoked and when the tissue is irritated. This often happens during sex, when wiping…

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Gluten and Endometriosis

Gluten and Endometriosis Is there a link between gluten and endometriosis?  Should women avoid gluten to lower their risk of endometriosis or to help to resolve the symptoms of endometriosis? Let’s look at the research… First, it’s important to consider that endometriosis has many characteristics of an autoimmune disease (Eisenberg, et al., 2012).  It is clear that endometriosis is an inflammatory disease process.  In endometriosis, the presence of endometrial glands…

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Sleep, Melatonin, and Endometriosis

Sleep issues and endometriosis often go hand in hand. Patients with endometriosis frequently struggle with a variety of sleep issues, including insomnia, pain-insomnia, poor sleep, chronic fatigue, restless leg syndrome, and more. But...why is it so common for people with endometriosis to struggle with poor sleep and sleep issues? When cortisol goes up, melatonin goes down. Cortisol, a key stress buffing hormone, inhibits melatonin, and melatonin is an important hormone…

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