Get together with some friends and start a THRIVE! discussion and goal setting group!

You can support each other as you start climbing the spiral staircase of well-being to your thriving life!  A THRIVE! group works like a book club on a mission!

Here's how to get started:

Step One:  Send a link to the FREE ebook The Spiral Staircase of Well-Being to some friends and ask them to join you in a discussion and goal setting group about living a thriving life!

Step Two:  Read the ebook and set a date for your first meeting

Step Three:  Get togethr!  Have fun discussing the questions at the back of the ebook.  At the end of the meeting, have each participant share three personal goals they will work on until the next get together!  

At the beginning of each subsequent meeting, share the successes and challenges you encountered while striving to achieve your goals before you start the discussion of the next topic!

THRIVE! groups will cover seven topics in all:

  1. Overview of the Spiral Staircase of Well-being
  2. Get a Life and the Power to Live It:  Goal Setting and Willpower is the Center Pillar of the Spiral Staircase
  3. Mindsight:  Focus, Balance and Communication as Three Secrets to a Thriving Life
  4. Natural Hormone Balance:  Making Hormones an Asset Rather Than a Liability
  5. A Happy and  Meaningful LIfe:  Watch Out World Here I Come!
  6. Get Lucky, Love Smart:  Learning About the Brain On Love
  7. Emotional Makeover:  Learning Your Emotional Style and How to Boost Positive Emotion in Daily Life

Each topic, found as an ebook in our store, is targeted towards helping you close the major information gaps and hurdle some of the biggest obstacles to women thriving today!  You will have fun, deepen your friendships, learn valuable information and goal set your way to the life you desire and deserve!  

 

 If you have questions, please contact Dr. Laurie Heap for more info at laurieheapmd@yahoo.com.

THRIVE! is a women's wellness program developed by Dr. Heap in 2013 at the University of Kansas.

The purpose of THRIVE! is to empower women with the knowledge they need to live a thriving life!

Consider the following questions for a few moments:

How would you define a thriving life?


When you look around at women today, do you see a lot of thriving?


The general consensus to this question is—not really.  And researchers are confirming what we are observing all around us—happiness in women is decreasing.  This phenomenon has a name—researchers are calling it the paradox of declining female happiness.


The paradox of declining female happiness:  What is it and why is it happening?

The paradox of declining female happiness was big news in 2009 and left everyone with a “WTF?” type of attitude. The study showed women are not more satisfied today compared to 50 years ago—this left researchers and feminists scratching their heads.

I have to admit, when I read this research, my reaction was the opposite…“no ----, Sherlock!”  Why?  Because I have been talking to women and couples about well-being, happiness and love for the last 15 years, and I've run across very few women living the thriving, rockin’ lives of their dreams!


The big question is—why and what do we do about it?

 

Dr. Heap says, "I am not suggesting we should have stayed in Leave It to Beaver land back in our grandparents/great grandparents era, or roll back time so our best case scenario would be to find a nice husband to make us barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen!  You cannot tell me June Cleaver was actually happy.  No one can be that positive all the time!  Research backs this up, by the way.  If a person has more than 11 positive comments to one negative comment (called your positivity ratio), that person is being insincere and unrealistic.  This was June Cleaver in a nutshell!

Today we have super-model, airbrushed bodies to live up to, whereas the previous generation’s equivalent was- bake a fabulous meatloaf while bringing your husband the morning paper looking perfect and maintaining a pristine smile.  Both are impossible standards and neither will make us happy, but given the choice I would rather try and live up to the supermodel (by the way I plan to hit Sonic for some onion rings over lunch- anyone want to join me?).


I love the fact that 50% of my medical school class was made up of women and the sky’s the limit when it comes to our opportunities!  Society needs women involved in leadership roles—the planet needs what we have to offer!!  So why in the world aren’t women thriving!?

Take a few minutes to come up with an answer to:  If one hundred percent of women want to thrive—then why are so many failing to create the life they desire?


From what I have gathered by meeting with women and offering insights from research in the areas of reproductive medicine, positive psychology, and the brain science of love (plus a few more sources like the cognitive neuroscience of self-regulation, the psychology of goal setting, and cognitive behavioral therapy…), we are dealing with an information gap!  You don’t have to be a doctor, a psychologist, or a brain scientist to understand and benefit from the information emerging in these amazing areas of science!

Most women, and men for that matter, believe that you are lucky if you do not struggle with chronic illness as you age.  You are lucky if you are happy and satisfied with life.  You are lucky if you are successful in your work.  You are lucky if you found a great guy, have an awesome marriage and really great kids!

By waiting and hoping to “get lucky” we lose control of our lives!  By hoping to “get lucky” we do things to ensure that “luck” eludes us!

In addition to buying into the myth of “luck”, we also have assumptions and perceptions that have been handed down to us by the previous generation about health, happiness and love that guide our decisions.  The big problem lies in the fact that many of these assumptions are leading us to do things that are counterproductive to attaining happiness, health and thriving love according to recently emerging research!  And we are working very hard at these counterproductive goals!

We need to create our own luck by powering up with the knowledge—based in recent research—that will empower us to be our own advocate in the doctor’s office, satisfied in whatever work we do, and find, fall in love with- and stay in love with- Mr. Right for life!


This kind of a thriving life is 100% possible!  You just need solid and up to day information to make it happen!  Learning about what causes well-being is a first step--download Dr. Heap's FREE guidebook on the spiral staircase of well-being in our store!

For up-to-date information on wellbeing, check out the THRIVE! blog on our site!

THRIVE! is the name of a program developed by Dr. Heap in 2013 at the University of Kansas to help women find well-being.

The purpose of the thrive program is to empower women with the knowledge we need to live a healthy, happy, flourishing love, prosperous career, fabulous, awesome, magnificent, rockin’, envy-inspiring, every woman’s dream kind of thriving life!

Consider the following questions for a few moments:

How would you define a thriving life?

 


When you look around at women today, do you see a lot of thriving?


The general consensus to this question is—not really.  And researchers are confirming what we are observing all around us—happiness in women is decreasing.  This phenomenon has a name—researchers are calling it the paradox of declining female happiness.


The paradox of declining female happiness:  What is it and why is it happening?

The paradox of declining female happiness was big news in 2009 and left everyone with a “WTF?” type of attitude. The study showed women are not more satisfied today compared to 50 years ago—this left researchers and feminists scratching their heads.

I have to admit, when I read this research, my reaction was the opposite…“no ----, Sherlock!”  Why?  Because I have been talking to women and couples about well-being, happiness and love for the last 15 years, and I've run across very few women living the thriving, rockin’ lives of their dreams!


The big question is—why and what do we do about it?

I am not suggesting we should have stayed in Leave It to Beaver land back in our grandparents/great grandparents era, or roll back time so our best case scenario would be to find a nice husband to make us barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen!  You cannot tell me June Cleaver was actually happy.  No one can be that positive all the time!  Research backs this up, by the way.  If a person has more than 11 positive comments to one negative comment (called your positivity ratio), that person is being insincere and unrealistic.  This was June Cleaver in a nutshell! 

Today we have super-model, airbrushed bodies to live up to, whereas the previous generation’s equivalent was- bake a fabulous meatloaf while bringing your husband the morning paper looking perfect and maintaining a pristine smile.  Both are impossible standards and neither will make us happy, but given the choice I would rather try and live up to the supermodel (by the way I plan to hit Sonic for some onion rings over lunch- anyone want to join me?).
 

I love the fact that 50% of my medical school class was made up of women and the sky’s the limit when it comes to our opportunities!  Society needs women involved in leadership roles—the planet needs what we have to offer!!  So why in the world aren’t women thriving!?

Take a few minutes to come up with an answer to:  If one hundred percent of women want to thrive—then why are so many failing to create the life they desire?


From what I have gathered by meeting with women and offering insights from research in the areas of reproductive medicine, positive psychology, and the brain science of love (plus a few more sources like the cognitive neuroscience of self-regulation, the psychology of goal setting, and cognitive behavioral therapy…), we are dealing with an information gap!  You don’t have to be a doctor, a psychologist, or a brain scientist to understand and benefit from the information emerging in these amazing areas of science!

Most women, and men for that matter, believe that you are lucky if you do not struggle with chronic illness as you age.  You are lucky if you are happy and satisfied with life.  You are lucky if you are successful in your work.  You are lucky if you found a great guy, have an awesome marriage and really great kids!

By waiting and hoping to “get lucky” we lose control of our lives!  By hoping to “get lucky” we do things to ensure that “luck” eludes us!

In addition to buying into the myth of “luck”, we also have assumptions and perceptions that have been handed down to us by the previous generation about health, happiness and love that guide our decisions.  The big problem lies in the fact that many of these assumptions are leading us to do things that are counterproductive to attaining happiness, health and thriving love according to recently emerging research!  And we are working very hard at these counterproductive goals!

We need to create our own luck by powering up with the knowledge—based in recent research—that will empower us to be our own advocate in the doctor’s office, satisfied in whatever work we do, and find, fall in love with- and stay in love with- Mr. Right for life!


This thriving life is 100% possible!  You just need to know how!  Learning about what causes well-being is a first step--download Dr. Heap's guidebook on the spiral staircase of well-being in our store!

Women are frequently overwhelmed by the amount of women's health information that is on the web--so I have put together a summary ebook and three simple steps for you to get on the path to health and wellness!

Step One:  Download the free ebook "Living in a State Of Natural Hormone Balance for Women in Their 20's, 30's and 40's" by Laurie Heap M.D.  If you are short on time, read a section or a few pages every night.

Step Two:  Take the NHB self- assessment.  What symptoms are you living with....and don't have to!

Step Three:  Choose a guidebook based on your symptoms and what you have learned from the self assessement.  Or email Dr. Heap at laurieheapmd@yahoo.com and find out how she can help you choose the guidebooks that are right for you!  

How many times have you mumbled this under your breath? 

When you hear the word “HORMONES”….what do you think?

Something you just have to live with….

Irritability

Feeling down

Grrrrrrrrrr….

Exhaustion

Anxiety

Can’t sleep

Headaches

Cramps

Bloating and weight gain

Reproduction

Hormones are like men—can’t live with them, can’t live without them!
Even though these are the things women associate with hormones.  The truth is that if you are living in a state of natural hormone balance you should have a profound sense of well-being.

What is "living in a state of natural hormone balance" for women?

Living in a state of natural hormone balance is your path to feeling well in the present and optimal health in the long term future.  Sounds good…right?  You may be asking what is natural hormone balance?  In women, NHB involves our ovaries, thyroid, and adrenals all doing the right thing at the right time.

The Ovaries

Your ovaries produce two hormones:  estrogen and progesterone.  Estrogen rises and falls in the first half of “the month” and progesterone dramatically increases and decreases in the second half of your cycle after ovulation.

When you look at this diagram—what do you think?  Most women say…..”No wonder I’m crazy!”  Ironically, we only struggle with all the symptoms we associate with “being hormonal” when our hormones are NOT making these dramatic changes during the month.  Struggling with irritability, fatigue, anxiety, sleep problems, pain, headaches and depression is not normal and is your body’s way of telling you—something isn’t right!  The good news is there are real solutions!

Take the NHB quiz to see if you are dealing with problems that are fixable!

The Adrenals and Chronic Stress

The second factor in the natural hormone balance puzzle involves the adrenal glands and cortisol. The adrenals are two small glands that sit like two little tiaras on top of the kidneys.

These unassuming little glands have a multitude of jobs, but are important to natural hormone balance because of cortisol—a hormone produced in response to psychological and physical stress.  During times of stress, cortisol keeps you awake and alert in order to deal with the problem.  It helps you stay vigilant during the night, to care for a sick child.  It helps you cram for final exams at the end of the semester.  Cortisol can be your friend during times of crisis and stress …..as long as the stress doesn’t last too long!  Chronic stress is another story.

But who doesn’t deal with chronic stress today?

In the context of chronic stress, cortisol disrupts a woman’s natural hormone balance in both a direct and indirect way.  The direct effect occurs because the adrenals need progesterone to make cortisol.  The adrenal glands can make a small amount of progesterone to keep up with normal demands, but cannot keep up in the face of chronic stress.  In this situation, the adrenals will begin to pull progesterone out of the bloodstream to make cortisol.  This leaves you with a progesterone deficiency and all the symptoms that accompany progesterone deficiencies--PMS, heavy painful periods, irregular cycles, cyclical depression, headaches, etc.  So, then we end up adding “feeling lousy” to the list of stressors…..and let the vicious spiral downward begin!  The indirect effect of chronic stress on your natural hormone balance is through the thyroid….keep reading to learn how!

Take the Chronic Stress Quiz.

Thyroid

The thyroid gland is a small butterfly shaped organ located in the neck.  The thyroid gland is small but has very broad effects in our bodies.  If you are experiencing a symptom—a thyroid problem can cause it!

The thyroid gland produces an inactive form of thyroid hormone that is converted to active form in the cells of the body.  Active thyroid hormone regulates your metabolism.  Your metabolism is made up of all the little biochemical reactions that help the cells do their jobs. Every cell in your body has a “metabolism.” Chronic stress and cortisol have a negative effect on thyroid function by blocking the conversion of inactive thyroid hormone into active thyroid hormone in the cells.

Your natural hormone balance is affected by low thyroid function because your ovaries have cells with biochemical reactions that must function at a certain rate to produce the right amount of estrogen and progesterone at the right time.  Experts believe that anywhere from 15 to 40% of women may be dealing with low thyroid function due to chronic stress.  Unfortunately, the typical screening test for low thyroid function can be normal in women with this type of thyroid problem and even in some women on thyroid supplements.

Take the Thyroid Quiz to see if your symptoms could be due to low thyroid function.

Living in a state of natural hormone balance is not only important for your sense of well being, but has tremendous effects on the long term health of several key aspects of your body!  Learning about hormones and whole body health is important in desease prevention and a healthy lifestyle-whether your are 16 or 60!  

For the whole picture in one click, download our free e-book "Living in a State of Natural Hormone Balance in Your 20s, 30s, and 40s!"

Hormone Imbalance:  In young women, painful periods are often due to a hormone imbalance that needs to be corrected.  Low progesterone in the second half of your cycle causes overgrowth of the lining of the uterus.  This overgrowth is the root problem that leads to heavy, painful periods.

Hypothyroidism:  Low thyoid function can cause all sorts of problems that are related to hormone imbalance, including low progesterone.

Fibroids:  Fibroids are small non-cancerous tumors that grow in the uterus.  They are very common in older women, and extremely rare in young women.  Fibroids can cause no issues at all, or can be at the root of very painful periods and  heavy continuous bleeding.

Endometriosis:  Endometriosis is a type of autoimmune disease.  Cells from the lining of the uterus (called endometrial cells) travel through the fallopian tubes and out into the pelvis.  These cells stick to the bladder, the intestines and the ovaries and cause inflammation.  The inflammation is the direct source of the pain.

Each one of these possible underlying root problems have been identified as increased risks for other serious long term illnesses like cancer, cardiovascular disease and infertility.  Knowledge about your risks is important for prevention of these diseases.

What can you do about painful periods?

Long and irregular cycles are a symptom of an underlying hormone imbalance that is often accompanied by some serious long term health risks.  If your cycles are longer than 38 days and you also deal with hair growth on your upper lip, upper arms, chin and chest then there is a 93% chance that the underlying cause is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). 

Women with PCOS produce too much estrogen compared to progesterone and have higher than normal testosterone.  PCOS is also connected to "insulin-resistance" which is the underlying problem in type II diabetes.

The hormone imbalance of PCOS is associated with an increased risk of uterine cancer, breast cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and infertility.  These are serious risks that need to be addressed in a constructive way.

Masking the symptom of having acne and an irregular cycle does not correct the underlying problem and only compounds long term health consequences of infertility, cancer risk and cardiovascular problems.

What can you do about it?

Whether you are 14 or 40 and struggling with hormone related acne, the underlying culprit is the same hormone imbalance.

If your body produces too much estrogen compared to progesterone this imbalance leads to abnormally high testosterone. Testosterone affects oil production in your skin. Increased oil production combined with something called hyperkerininzation (overgrowth of the skin cells surrounding your pores) and certain bacteria on the surface of the skin lead to acne.

Acne of this nature does not just negatively affect your appearance.  The hormone imbalance that leads to acne is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer, infertility, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes—so it’s important to address the underlying cause—not just mask symptoms.

What can you do about Hormone-Related Acne?

There has to be better alternatives to standard treatment!

You are struggling with symptoms that you know are hormonally related.

You have been into your physician's office.

What did your doctor offer you?

Or you are told there is nothing wrong and you keep loading up on coffee to keep going and just live with the irritability, restlessness, food cravings and other symptoms you know are due to a hormone imbalance.

Has anyone ever drawn a hormone level to diagnose the root of the problem?

Has anyone offered a form of treatment that is geared towards restoring natural hormone balance--rather than mask symptoms?

Treatment that restores balance to your body and corrects the underlying problems causing your symtpoms is possible--you just need to know what you can do for yourself and what a doctor can do for you!

Treatment geared towards restoring balance is also better for your overall health--learn about how hormone balance affects every system of your body!

Check out information in the Are You Healthy Guidebooks for the treatment of PMS, Irregular Cycles, Infertility, Painful Periods, Thyroid Problems, and Hormome Related Acne.

If you want a personalized guidebook to address your specific symptoms consider personalized consulting.

Timing is Everything When it Comes to Diagnosis and Treatment

There are a lot of resources available promoting the use of bioidentical hormones, but very few discuss how to time the hormones in a way that cooperates with your body.  Timing is EVERYTHING when it comes to treatment aimed at restoring natural hormone balance to your body—and timing doesn’t mean taking progesterone on day 21 of your cycle.  Each woman is unique, and treatment must be tailored to your body.   You need to let your body tell you what it needs and when it needs it.

An approach to your symptoms that gets to the root of your problems and restores balance includes:

These treatment strategies are twice as effective as the conventional “symptom-masking, medicine stacking” solutions you have been offered in the past.

Start to answer YES!  To the question….ARE YOU HEALTHY?

If you are ready to feel like yourself again and take control over your own health, check out the e-books we have in our store.  Each e-book contains the information you will need to get started on the path to hormonal health.

Each e-book contains information on:

We have e-books available on:

How Many of the Following Symptoms are Affecting Your Life?

General well-being:  inability to concentrate, difficulty remembering, decreased sex drive, depression, fatigue, listlessness, irritability, lightheadedness, low motivation, clumsy, anxiety, low self esteem, panic attacks

Allergies:  allergies, asthma, hay fever, hives, sinus drainage, stuffy nose

Heart and cardiovascular system:  low blood pressure, high cholesterol, chest pains, palpitations

Intestinal problems:  heart burn, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers

Diet:  easy weight gain, easy weight loss, excessively tired after eating, food cravings, food intolerances, hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)

Ears:  ear infections, ringing in ears

Eyes:  blurry vision, dry eyes

Fertility:  infertility, miscarriage, low sperm count, decrease in the length of sperms’ life

Skin, Hair and Nails:  brittle fingernails, dry hair, hair loss, prematurely grey, thinning of outside third of eyebrows, acne, light or dark spots, skin blotchiness, coarse skin, dry skin, easy bruising, flushing, increased skin infections, itchiness, slow wound healing

Hands, Feet and Joints:  Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, numbness or tingling in hands or feet, joint aches, arthritis, muscle aches, slow reflexes

Head:  headaches, migraines

Infections:  ear infections, frequent colds, frequent sore throats, frequent urinary tract infections

If you are struggling with multiple symptoms from this list and you have not found relief in standard treatment—low thyroid function could be the underlying cause.  Take a look at the thyroid section to learn more!

If living in a state of natural hormone balance is so fabulous for your sense of well being and for your overall health—why aren’t more women running around living in this wonderful state?  In my experience talking with thousands of women, I have found three main obstacles standing in the way.

Obstacle One: Limited Number of Options for Family Planning

The first obstacle is that women are given a very limited number of options, when it comes to family planning that are both effective, reversible and do not disrupt the normal function of your body.  The synthetic hormones in hormonal contraceptives are very potent (100 to 1000 times more potent than your body’s own estrogen and progesterone) and are nowhere near living in a state of NHB!  Because these synthetic hormones disrupt the normal balance in your body—research has shown that they increase your risk for both breast cancer and increase certain cardiovascular risk factors.  It makes sense that there would be negative effects on the systems of your body that NHB protects.  

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a method of family planning that allowed you to effectively avoid pregnancy while living in natural hormone balance?  

Fortunately there are family planning systems available that do just that!  Drug-free, device free, hormone free family planning with a 99.6% effectiveness rate is available if you just know where to go to learn about it! I call these systems some of the best kept secrets in women’s medicine today!  Fertility management systems empower you with the knowledge you need for true reproductive freedom.

Obstacle Two:  Limited Number of Options for Hormone Related Problems

The second obstacle standing in the way of women living in a state of NHB is a limited number of options offered for the treatment of hormone-related health problems like PMS, painful periods, irregular cycles, acne, and infertility.  The typical approach to women’s health issues is to mask the symptoms—not fix the underlying cause.

For cyclical depression, you get an anti-depressant.

For cyclical headaches, you get a headache medicine

For cyclical anxiety, you get anti-anxiety pills

For trouble sleeping, you get a sleeping pill

For painful periods, you get pain-relievers

For irregular cycles, you get the birth control pill

For acne, you get the birth control pill

For fatigue, you self-medicate with coffee

Most women are not satisfied with this symptom-masking, medicine stacking approach to their problems, because it leaves them feeling “drugged up” rather than normal.

Wouldn’t it be great to have a treatment option that discovered the root cause of your symptoms and focused on restoring balance to your body, rather than just putting band aids on the problem?

What Can You Do?

Hormones are not just about reproduction and the emotional roller coaster ride 85% of women deal with each month.  Hormones are not just something you have to “live with” because you are a woman.  Hormones give women all the wonderful characteristics of nurturing, intuitiveness, generosity, strength and caring that we love…..AND hormone balance dramatically promotes the health of almost every system in the body!

Systems of your body that need hormonal balance from your teens to your 50’s to stay healthy include:

Cardiovascular system:  Hormone balance prevents atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes

Breasts:  Hormone balance protects from the cell damage that leads to cancer cells forming and decreases growth rate of cancer cells that are already present

Brain:  Hormone balance promotes normal brain development giving us all kinds of wonderful feminine characteristics, fosters positive mood, makes us awake, alert and sharp, and protects the brain from Alzheimer’s

Bones:  Hormone balance promotes strong bones and prevents osteoporosis

Immune system:  Hormone balance promotes both parts of the immune system-the part that fights viruses and the part that fights bacteria

Skin:  Hormone balance fosters clear, vibrant complexions

Fertility:  Hormone balance protects a woman’s fertility and prevents the development of infertility

The bottom line is that you really SHOULDN’T deal with the fatigue, irritability, sleepless nights, painful periods, or headaches, BECAUSE THESE ARE SIGNS OF HORMONE IMBALANCE THAT AFFECT THE HEALTH OF YOUR ENTIRE BODY.  By empowering yourself with the knowledge you need to restore balance to your body, you can take charge of your health and be your own advocate in the medical system to find solutions that really work!

 

The first step to living in a state of natural hormone balance is to identify the common obstacles that are standing in your way!

PMS symtpoms you don't have to live with include:

 

Throid symptoms you don't have to live with:

Perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms you don't have to live with:

Early signs of perimenopause (women in their 40s):

 

 

As we get closer to our cycles ceasing, menopausal symptoms include all of the above as well as:

 

If you identified with many of the symptoms in the lists above--a hormone imbalance could be the root of your problem (most women know this inherently) and you need to restore balance to give you back your sense of well being adn protect your long term health!

Take a look at the information on Menopause,  PMS, irregular cycles, infertility, painful periods, or hormonal acne to understand what you can do about it!

Or download our free guidebook on "Living in a State of Natural Hormone Balance in Your 20's, 30's, and 40's."  Please note that this download is available through the store-but no payment information is required!

If you are ready to learn how to address these symptoms and restore balance to your body, Dr. Heap will look at your symptom list and make recommendations on which guidebooks would be most helpful!  Email her at laurieheapmd@yahoo.com to find out how!

If you are dealing with any of these issues—chronic stress could be at the root of how you are feeling physically.  Take a look at the “are you HAPPY?” section of the website to begin learning some effective stress management techniques. 

Two Forms of Personal Consultation

Mini-Personalized Consult 

The Mini-Personalized Consult consists of:

1)  Downoad and fill out the Symptom Questionaire

2)  Dr. Heap will look at your list of symptoms make suggestions that will help you get to the root of the underlying problem in a short written report along with the guidebooks that apply to your particular problem

 

Personalized Consultation and Customized Guidebook

The second form of personal consulting consists of:

1) Download the symptom questionaire and Dr. Heap will review your symptoms, ask follow up questions

2) Dr. Heap will put together a fully customized plan (20 to 30 page document) based on your symptoms

3) You will have a personal conversation (at least an hour) with Dr. Heap on the phone, via skype, or in person at her office.

4)  In addition to the customized plan, Dr. Heap will also help you find a physician in you area to support your decsion to restore balance to your body rather than simply mask symtpoms,

If you have questions about personalized consulting or would like a personalized consultation, email Dr. Heap at laurieheapmd@yahoo.com.  She can answer your questions and will need some initial information to ensure that she can help with your health concerns.

Here is what one woman said after a personalized consultation:

I met with the doctor you recommended today for the first time.  I just wanted to say thank you for your help with my personal guide book and for the recommendations you made.  I feel taken care of for the first time with all this infertility mess!  Thank you!!

Women often search for answers to their women’s health issues without finding satisfactory solutions. 

After bouncing from doctor to doctor and spending money on over the counter remedies that do not work, eventually women give up hope and simply live with their symptoms or live with the side effects of the “cure.” 

Laurie Heap, MD, is passionate about helping women restore hormone balance and therefore wellness through targeted lifestyle changes, nutritional supplements that have been proven to reduce particular symptoms, and empowering women with the knowledge they need to become equal partners in their evaluation and treatment—rather than the recipient of prescription medications. 

Some natural hormone balance physicians do not take insurance, and the out-of-pocket cost is substantial, but for the vast majority of women—unnecessary. 

Laurie Heap, MD, has the professional objective to save women both time and money by putting together a comprehensive plan to get them on the path back to health and wellness, and connecting them with the right physicians, or giving them the knowledge they need to effectively communicate with their current doctor. 

Description of Personal Assessment and Consulting Service

Women’s Health Issues Laurie Heap, MD, addresses:

Following an initial evaluation of symptoms, clients receive a written, six-point personal health assessment and help finding a physician who will fit the client’s needs. 

The final report includes:

  1. Explanation of possible root causes and what tests can be done to identify the root causes
     
  2. Talking points to more effectively communicate with current physician or recommendations of physicians who are trained in natural hormone balance
     
  3. Information on what can be done by a physician to correct the most likely underlying cause of the symptoms
     
  4. Over-the-counter nutritional and supplement plan targeting symptoms, addressing underlying hormonal defects and marginal vitamin deficiencies
     
  5. Plan for lifestyle changes helpful in attaining and maintaining natural hormone balance
     
  6. Educational resources toward the path to effective stress management (if applicable)

The cost of the consultation is $ 225.

Rarely are painful periods due to only one of these problems.  Endometriosis is often accompanied by hormone imbalances.  Low thyroid function usually goes hand in hand with progesterone deficiency.  A comprehensive approach is necessary to restore overall health to your body and eliminate the pain.

Dietary changes, vitamin supplements and bioidentical hormones can bring significant relief and help you avoid harmful treatment containing potent synthetic hormones or more invasive treatment like a hysterectomy.  Restoring balance to your body and getting to the root of the underlying problem is the best approach for relief of pain in the present and long term health in the future.  Painful periods are not just inconvenient; it is a symptom of an underlying imbalance that needs to be addressed.  Not only do you not have to live with it….you really shouldn’t.

Are You Healthy Guide to Painful Periods


For $2.99 this 25 page guidebook contains three steps to a pain-free life including:

Step One: What are the underlying causes of painful periods and why is identifying these important for your overall health--some causes of painful periods are associated with an increased risk of ovarian cancer!

Step Two: Learn how to monitor yourself for signs that hormone imbalance may be contributing to your problem

Step Three: Information on dietary and lifestyle changes, supplements, vitamins, and bioidentical hormone supplementation that can help you relieve the pain.  Education on what a doctor can do for you. Out of all the hormone related issues--women with painful periods recieve the most symptom masking and medicine stacking.  Don't let your health slowly spiral downward--learn alternatives that are proven to work and better for your overall health!

Tips on how to find a doctor and what to ask the office when you call to determine if the doctor is right for you!

 

The Are You Healthy Guide to the treatment of painful periods contains treatment strategies proven by valid clinical research--in a short and to the point book (who has time to read a 150 pages on painful periods). Rather than trying multiple supplements and searching through the mountain of information on the internet--it's all in one book!  By purchasing the guidebook you will be helping yourself and supporting the education of other women!  Help stop the symptom masking and medicine stacking in women's health!

The underlying cause of severe menopausal symptoms can be four-fold. 

Early on (early forties) in the perimenopausal era, your symptoms are most likely due to a decrease in progesterone.  Worsening PMS is the first sign to declining hormone levels.  Estrogen declines as your periods stop and this decline is accompanied by the foggy brain, night sweats and hot flashes.  The other two factors involve the thyroid and cortisol levels. 

As women enter their 40’s and 50’s, thyroid function naturally declines and cortisol levels naturally increase.  Both changes can make menopausal symptoms worse and you need to be aware of the fact that hypothyroidism can mimic menopause, and increased cortisol can affect memory, concentration, weight gain and sleep.

What can you do about severe menopausal symptoms?

The typical approach for women (not seeking treatment for infertility) is the birth control pill.  Unfortunately, this treatment only masks the disease by fixing some of the symptoms, but the root of the problem is still smoldering under the surface.

The best treatment for your overall health is to identify the underlying causes and systematically correct each problem.  

By approaching the problem this way, you can restore the normal function of your body and have the best chance of reducing the risks associated with PCOS. 

Are You Healthy Guide to Long and Irregular Cycles


For $2.99 this guidebook contains three steps to restoring balance for the treatment of irregular cycles:

Step One: Understand the possible underlying causes of long, irregular cycles

Step Two: Become an Expert on Yourself
Information on how to learn to chart your cycle and what are the signs of hormonal imbalance to look for that indicate your problem is hormone related

Step Three: What you can do about it!

Women go to natural food stores or supplement stores and get all kinds of conflicting advice….but what is accurate and evidence based?  What really works?  What is a safe way to relieve those symptoms?  Certain vitamins have been shown in randomized controlled trials to help, and bioidentical estrogens that are made by a compounding pharmacist tailored to your body’s needs based on the results of blood work, can alleviate symptoms with minimal risk of breast cancer.  Monitoring for low thyroid function, decreaseing chronic stress, and looking out for common vitiamin deficiencies are key to making the transition with little difficulty. Starting with non-hormonal therapies and moving toward short stents of bioidentical hormones for severe symptoms is the best approach to this unique era of your life.

Are You Healthy Guide to Menopause

For $2.99 the Menopause Guidebook contains three steps to making a good transition to a new state of natural hormone balance:

Step One: Understanding the hormonal changes of menopause—estrogen, progesterone, thyroid, and cortisol

Step Two: Preventative health guidelines for the menopausal years--this section lists the latest recommendations on breast cancer screening, cardiovasular health and other cancers--education is the first step to prevention!

Step Three: What to do when menopausal symptoms are disrupting your life, including lifestyle changes, stress management, vitamins, and supplements that have been proven to work, along with what you can do with bioidentical hormones, and how a doctor can help you by checking your thyroid, and certain vitamin levels to determine if you have other issues making your symptoms worse. 

Tips on how to find a doctor and what to ask the office when you call.

 

The Are You Healthy Guide to the treatment of Menopause contains treatment strategies proven by valid clinical research--in a short and to the point book (who has time to read a 150 pages on menopause). Rather than trying multiple supplements and searching through the mountain of information on the internet--it's all in one book!  By purchasing the guidebook you will be helping yourself and supporting the education of other women!  Help stop the symptom masking and medicine stacking in women's health!  You don't have to live with it!

If you have regular periods, learning to track your cycle is the first step. Because your hormones and your body changes so dramatically depending on whether you are leading up to ovulation or a certain number of days after ovulation, charting your cycle is ESSENTIAL for diagnosis and effective treatment.

Once you have become “an expert on yourself,” a trained physician can order a cooperative hormonal evaluation, serial ultrasounds to look for problems with ovulation, and a selective hysterosalpingiogram (a procedure preformed by an Ob/Gyn to look at the fallopian tubes.)

Learn what you can do about infertility.

Once the results of these different tests are complete you begin to treat the problems discovered…..hormonal imbalances are cooperatively supplemented, ovulation problems are treated in several different ways (depending on what is found on ultrasound.)   Treatment is directed towards allowing you to conceive naturally….no sterile labs, no intrauterine insemination, no worrying about multiples (the twin and triplet rate is the same as women without infertility issues).

Treatment varies depending on if you have regular cycles or long and irregular cycles (or no cycles).

Are You Healthy Guide to the Treatment of Infertility with Long and Irregular Cycles (or no cycles)

Or

Treatment of Infertility with Regular Cycles Guidebook

For 2.99 this guidebook contains three steps to effective treatment:

Step One: Understanding the possible root causes of infertility with long and irregular cycles

Step Two: What are the signs of hormonal imbalances that lead to infertility

Step Three: Treatment in the form of lifestyle changes and supplements you can implement yourself AND what a physician can do for you to restore balance to your body and your fertility.  These methods are not widely offered, decrease the risk of multiples, allow you to concieve in the privacy of your own home, is frequently covered by insurance, and will set you up for having more children in the future-because you are correcting the root of the problem!  Stop forcing your body to ovulate and forcing your body to be pregnant--restore your health in order to restore your fertility!

Tips on how to find a physician who approaches infertility treatment in this way.

 

The Are You Healthy Guides to the treatment of Infertility contains treatment strategies proven by valid clinical research--in a short and to the point book (who has time to read a 150 pages on infertility treatment). Rather than trying to search through the mountain of information on the internet--it's all in one book!  By purchasing the guidebook you will be helping yourself and supporting the education of other women!  Help stop the over-treatment of infertility--starting with yourself!

 

 

Some women simply need dietary supplements to help increase thyroid function, but many need natural thyroid capsules.  The first key is know what test you need your doctor to run to determine if low thyroid is the root of your problems. The second key is finding the right doctor.

Are You Healthy Guide to Thyroid Problems


For $2.99 the Thyroid guidebook contains three steps to get you back into balance:

Step One: Understanding thyroid system dysfunction and the effects in your body

Step Two: Determining if you may have thyroid system dysfunction

Step Three:  What you can do about thyroid system dysfunction in the form of dietary supplements and what a doctor can do for you to help restore balance and relieve your symtoms

Blocking the action of testosterone, determining if bioidentical progesterone will help, combating hyperkeritinization, making dietary changes to decrease inflammation, and a few other topical agents can resolve the vast majority of cases without introducing synthetic hormones that disrupt the balance of your entire body. 

Are You Healthy Guide to Hormone Related Acne

For $2.99 this 28 page guidebook contains three steps to clearer skin:

Step One: Understanding the underlying cause of hormone related acne

Step Two: Information on the signs of the hormone imbalance that causes acne

Step Three: What you can do about it—lifestyle changes, supplements, how to restore balance to your body to correct the underlying problem, and what a doctor can do for you.

Tips on finding a doctor and what to ask the office when you call to make an appointment with a doctor who will meet your needs.

 

The Are You Healthy Guide to the treatment of Hormone Related Acne contains treatment strategies proven by valid clinical research--in a short and to the point book (who has time to read a 150 pages on hormone related acne). Rather than trying multiple supplements and searching through the mountain of information on the internet--it's all in one book!  By purchasing the guidebook you will be helping yourself and supporting the education of other women!  Help stop the symptom masking and medicine stacking in women's health!

 

Women are very intelligent and intuitive.  You know if “something just isn’t right “with your hormones.

But when you take this rather vague complaint into your doctor….what do you get?
Antidepressants, headache medicine, sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs, the birth control pill….

These may relieve some of your symptoms, but you know it is not actually correcting the underlying problem—a hormonal imbalance.  And often you trade PMS for side effects of the prescribed treatment.

Research has shown that PMS is linked to low progesterone and/or low estrogen after ovulation, decreased levels of calcium and vitamin D, low levels of B6 and increased stress.  Everything in life is affected by stress!  All of these root causes have also been linked with other diseases.

Breast cancer:  In the breast, estrogen promotes cell division and causes the cell damage that causes cancer cells to form.  Progesterone has been shown to stop or slow breast cell division and protect against the cell damage that leads to the formation of a cancer cell.  Conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome (a common cause of infertility) is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer because it is “progesterone deficient/estrogen dominant” state.  Women need a natural balance between estrogen and progesterone to protect against breast cancer.

Effective treatment targets these underlying causes and helps restore normal function to your body. 

Timing bioidentical hormones properly with you cycle and the right amount of certain vitamins and minerals is the key to highly successful treatment.

What can you do about PMS?

 

Arch Intern Med. 2005 Jun 13;165(11):1246-52.
Calcium and vitamin D intake and risk of incident premenstrual syndrome.
Bertone-Johnson ER, Hankinson SE, Bendich A, Johnson SR, Willett WC, Manson JE.


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1 Lentz Comprehensive Gynecology, 6th ed., Premstural Syndrome and Premenstrual disphoric disorder

Effective treatment for PMS starts with learning to chart your cycle, looking for signs of hormone imbalance, signs of thyroid problems and the effects of chronic stress.  

If signs of hormone imbalance are present, then supplementation with bio-identical progesterone timed properly with your cycle, along with a few specific vitamins and minerals is a great first line treatment!  Doctors trained in treating PMS by restoring natural hormone balance can check for thyroid problems and prescribe other natural therapies to correct the problem.

You can learn more in the Are You Healthy Guide to the Treatment of PMS.  

For $2.99 this 30 page guidebook will show you:

The Are You Healthy Guide to PMS contains treatment strategies proven by valid clinical research--in a short and to the point book (who has time to read a 150 pages on PMS). Rather than trying multiple supplements and searching through the mountain of information on the internet--it's all in one book!  By purchasing the guidebook you will be helping yourself and supporting the education of other women!

Living in a state of natural hormone balance means doing everything we can to not disrupt your body’s normal functions.   Your body is an amazing system of checks and balances.  If you disrupt one part of your body, there are consequences throughout the entire system. 

The natural balance of estrogen and progesterone in your body has profound effects on the prevention of heart disease, atherosclerosis, breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, skin aging, body fat, blood sugar regulation…..and these are just the effects scientists know about!  In addition to your hormones, there are positive effects of having a regular period for promoting heart health. 

Learning to track your cycle can be a very helpful first step to promoting balance in your body and getting in tune with how symptoms like anxiety, depression, impulsivity, etc, relate to where you are in your cycle. 

 

To get connected with a teacher who can help you learn to track your cycle and get in tune with your body, email Stacy Mulder at managefertilitynaturally@gmail.com.

Everyone wants to find that special someone and live “happily ever after.”

Falling in love is so easy, but staying is love can be tricky.

Many women question:  “Is being passionately, and deeply in love possible for 20, 50 or even 75 years even possible?”

The answer is YES!  If you know how to foster the right brain chemistry!

When most people think about love—they think about the heart.  Rarely, are people aware of the fact that we love with our brains.  I am not reducing love to some sort of process in our brains—it is a beautiful and mysterious thing that happens between two people.  However, educating yourself with a little knowledge in the area of brain science and love can be helpful to enhance the satisfaction you experience in and the longevity of your relationship.

When you first fall in love, there are two chemicals in the brain that are responsible for the euphoria you feel:  Dopamine and oxytocin.

Dopamine is a chemical that is released in the brain in response to pleasurable experiences.  Food, alcohol, sex, coffee, certain drugs, any pleasure or immediate source of gratification causes the release of dopamine.  Dopamine can be really high in the beginning of a new romantic relationship and makes you giddy, and causes the fireworks of love.  Our brains have a voracious appetite for dopamine.  The more the brain gets, the more it wants.  This can create a very intense beginning to a romantic relationship and is often described as “falling hard” for someone.  The problem with dopamine is that the effect doesn’t last, and a feeling of love that is due to dopamine fades away, especially in men.

According to research in the area of brain science, after four years of a dopamine driven love the man develops a tolerance to his partner and is no longer attracted to her.  The only way to renew the sexual interest of a man at this point is to introduce a new female partner.  So, are we all doomed to a passionless relationship after 4 years?  Absolutely not, because dopamine is only half of the picture.  Fortunately, oxytocin can come to the rescue!

Oxytocin is considered “the bonding hormone” in brain science research.  It is a chemical released in the brains of men and women through intimate, loving interactions.  Oxytocin has a calming effect on the brain and decreases the need for more and more dopamine.  Oxytocin causes the warm, relaxed, secure and intimate feeling of love most people desire.  The great thing about oxytocin is that your brain never develops a tolerance to it—so a loving relationship built on oxytocin will last forever!

There are certain lifestyle changes and simple ways of relating that can help couples avoid developing a tolerance to each other from the perspective of dopamine, and increase the amount of oxytocin released in day to day interactions.  This knowledge helps you take exquisite care of the most important part of life—your love.

If you are dating, check out the Smart Dating Guidebook.  Dr. Heap can empower you with knowledge in the areas of the brain science of love and psychology to help you find a lasting, thriving love!

 

We are currently developing a guidebook on Fostering a Loving Long Term Relationship that will include:

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Women are under a lot of pressure these days.  Juggling family, work, friends….most women feel like that picture of The Cat In the Hat doing his balancing act on a ball!  Chronic stress is a way of life!  Unfortunately, it is taking its toll on women’s health in addition to robbing us of our enjoyment in day to day life. 

So what’s a girl to do?

We need to try and decrease our cortisol levels through effective stress management.  Stress management is not just about eliminating stressors and prioritizing our time.  It is about how we deal with adversity in life.  How do we know if we are effectively managing our stress and lowering our cortisol levels?  We are happy.  I don’t mean a superficial “shiny happy people holding hands” type of happiness.   When I say happy, I mean a deep satisfaction and interior peace in life.

Happiness is not for the feeble hearted, nor is it for the lucky few.  Happiness is a skill and taking an intellectually honest look at what makes people happy and how happy people think is the path to success.  Happiness is a skill that can be learned and is the foundation for effective stress management that leads to living in a state of natural hormone balance—so what are you waiting for…Don’t worry, be happy!

Are You Happy Guide to Chronic Stress Management and Cortisol Problems


This guidebook contains three steps to getting your cortisol and your stress in balance:

Step One: Understanding the effects of chronic stress and increased cortisol in your body

Step Two: Symptoms associated with increased cortisol levels due to chronic stress

Step Three: An approach to stress management that decreases cortisol levels and increases happiness, as well as, supplements and lifestyle changes that are important to keeping your adrenal glands healthy.

Because thyroid hormone is involved in running the rate of our metabolism, every cell is affected if the thyroid goes astray.  Classic hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism can be easily diagnosed with a simple blood test—TSH.  There is some controversy in the medical community, however, about whether there is another problem with the thyroid gland called thyroid system dysfunction (TSD).  TSD is believed to be a result of increased cortisol levels in response to chronic stress.  The symptom list of TSD is extensive and many women with this problem are labeled as hypochonriacs or “head cases” because there is no “organic cause” found for their multitude of symptoms.  View the list of symptoms and take the Thyroid Quiz.  Some thyroid experts believe that 40% of people are dealing with TSD today. 

If you have hypothyroidism and/or are struggling with several of the symptoms on the TSD list, have sought help from a physican and found no underlying cause for the symptoms that are disrupting your life—then TSD could be the answer.

What do you do about thyroid system dysfunction?

Menopause is a normal transition to a new state of natural hormone balance in your body—although you may be feeling like it is anything but “natural.”

Since 2001 when the Nurse’s health study found an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and breast cancer with the use of synthetic hormone replacement therapy, menopausal women have been suffering through this transition without relief.  Hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, depression, fatigue, foggy brain, difficulty with your memory are all signs of decreasing estrogen levels associated with this change of life. 

Learn more about the causes of severe menopausal symptoms.

Individual Happiness

One hundred percent of people want to be happy, but only fifty percent rate themselves as more happy than unhappy.  Why?  If everyone wants happiness, then why are so few individuals succeeding in living a profoundly rewarding life?

Do you think happiness is something for lucky people who are healthy, have few financial worries, are well educated and are attractive?

Or do you believe that happiness is a skill that can be learned marked by certain character traits and ways of thinking?  

Psychologists have found that happiness is indeed a skill that can be developed and is within everyone's reach! 

The skill of happiness forms the foundation for effective stress management that is not only necessary for you to maintain your sanity, but also to promote your hormonal health!  Health and happiness has been proven to go hand in hand by psychological research for the last 50 years—how we deal with adversity (stress) in life is the key.

For an overview of what produces well-being in women, check out the free downloadable guidebook in the store entitled Overview of Well-Being in Women!  Just enter in some contact information via the checkout button (we will not bother you or share this information.)

 

 

 

Happiness is the Cure for Chronic Stress

Who doesn’t deal with chronic stress today?  Do you have a husband?  Kids?  A job?  Stay at home?  In a graduate program?  Trying to figure out what to do with your life?

You cannot eliminate all stress!  You can’t quit your job! You can’t drop out of school!  You can’t go live alone on a beautiful mountaintop!  Your kids and husband need you!  How you deal with the unavoidable stress of life is an essential skill!  Psychological research in the area of happiness holds the answer! 

Make the choice to live a deeply satisfying life!  Learn the skill of happiness and start answering YES to the question….ARE YOU HAPPY!

Learn more about effective stress management through happiness.

The Chronic Stress guidebook contains:

Acne is a common problem in women and often increases as you approach your period--this is hormone related and could be a sign of hormone imbalance.  

Hormone related acne is more common in the teenage years, but adult acne does occur.

According to the research, 45 percent of women aged 21-30, 26% of women aged 31-40 and 12 of women aged 41-50 struggle with acne that is tied to problems with hormone imbalance.

You are not alone!

No matter what your age--how your skin looks is important to how you feel about yourself and acne is a distressing problem!

Understanding the underlying cause is the first step to effective treatment.

The standard definition of infertility is “failure to conceive after one year of unprotected intercourse.”  For many couples, this year of “trying” is filled with stress and heartache.

Once a diagnosis of infertility is made, then women are bombarded with all sorts of high dose hormones and subjected to multiple procedures and technological interventions. 

Couples often feel lost and at the mercy of the infertility clinic. 

Fortunately, there is another approach that is aimed at diagnosing the underlying problem and then correcting these issues to restore normal fertility making conceiving in the privacy of your own home possible-no laboratories or sterile procedure rooms.

What are some of the causes of infertility?

If you have pain with your period, you are not alone.  Eighty percent of women experience discomfort with menstruation.  But just because everyone has it, doesn't make it normal.  In general, very few women are running around "living in a state of natural hormone balance."  So it is no surprise that most women have pain with their periods!  

The knee jerk reaction in medicine is to prescribe the birth control pill--but the pill has multiple side effects that are difficult to live with in daily life.  Many women wish for an alternative to standard treatment--but don't know where to start.  You can't live with the pain, but you don't feel like yourself on the pill.  

There is hope and alternatives to what is commonly offered to women.  

Correcting the underlying problem is the key to successful treatment!

The length of your "cycle", meaning the time between the beginning of one period to the beginning of the next period, can be affected by physical stress due to excessive exercise, psychological stress, and illness.  Most of the time an era of irregularity is the body's normal response to events or issues that will pass and then regularity returns.  No big deal!

If you consistently have a cycle that is longer than 38 days and irregularity, then the underlying cause could put you at risk for long term health problems that need to be treated.  

What is the cause of long and irregular cycles?

How many times have you said "I'm hormonal" and it is not a positive statement!  when you hear the word "HORMONES" what do you think?  The most positive response I have seen is an eye roll!  

When hormones are in balance they should cause a profound sense of well-being and add years to your life-not something you just have to live with!  You cannot improve upon nature--the normal highs and lows of your hormones throughout your cycle have effects all over your body.  Natural hormone balance promotes the health of your heart, bones, brain, breasts, skin, immune system.....

There are hormone receptors in every system of your body and the natural balance between estrogen and progesterone have a protective effect!  Women live longer than men on average, in part, because of hormones.

The common treatment given to women who seek help for hormone related issues is a prescription for medications that simply mask symptoms.  Symptom masking and medicine stacking is the conventional approach in women's medicine today.  The best form of treatment for issues you know are the result of "somthing not being right" with your hormones--is to restore natural hormone balance.  Helping your body function normally is twice as effective as masking symptoms!  (I know that is shocking!)

Hormones are meant to be a girl's best friend!  If this is not your experience--then the information that follows is for you!

Read more about these symptoms in "I just don't feel like myself!"

Or download our free e-book on "Living in a State of Natural Hormone Balance in Your 20s, 30s, and 40s!"  Please note that this guidebook is downloaded through our store--but no payment information is required!

PMS is not normal.  PMS is not just a part of being a woman.  So, what is PMS?

Premenstrual syndrome is a common condition in women.  In fact, studies show that thirty to eighty  percent of women struggle with PMS during the days leading up to their period.  If you talk to women, this seems more like 100%--who doesn’t mumble “I’m hormonal” from time to time?1  For approximately 6% of women, these symptoms are severe enough to disrupt the ability to function in daily life.2 


You know you have PMS if you experience of three or more symptoms in the following list for three or more days leading up to your period.

Symptoms associated with PMS are:

PMS is not something you have to live with.  The first step to treatment is to understand the underlying causes.

What are the underlying causes of PMS?

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Hi Ladies!

I am so happy you are here!  I am an M.D. and have been meeting with women in small group settings to really dialogue about their health struggles and relationship concerns for the past 15 years.  I have met with thousands of women and couples to share with them the hope of solutions to common problems that are not frequently offered.  I love the look of relief on women’s faces when they realize that hormonal issues are not “part of being a woman” and there are things that can be done to make love flourish and last!  I hope this look crosses your face as you maneuver through this site!

Your health and happiness is what this web site is all about! 

Wishing you the best life has to offer-

Laurie Heap M.D.

A little background on Laurie Heap M.D.

Laurie Heap graduated from KU Medical School in 2001.

While in residency, in particular her OBGYN rotation, Laurie began defining a women’s health initiative to offer women more options for their healthcare.

After completing her first year in residency, in July 2002, she resigned to dedicate her personal time to this initiative and care for her children.

Over the last 12 years, Laurie has conducted extensive medical literature research and met with thousands of women in focus group settings. 

She also meets with women individually to help them sort through their specific health issues and empower them with the knowledge they need to find solutions that work.

Dr. Heap speaks regularly to both small and large groups of women and couples.

She is also a freelance writer. 

Her research has been published in mainstream consumer magazines such as Natural Solutions, and Health and Spirituality.

Dr. Heap has been happily married for the last 13 years and has four beautiful children.


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