Ask the hormone helper

Women’s health expert offers advice on taming hormone havoc.

Lorna Vanderhaeghe.

Feeling tired? Having trouble sleeping? Obsessively wondering if it’s hot in here of if it’s just you?

You’re not alone.

According to women’s health expert Lorna Vanderhaeghe, the average Canadian woman is going through peri-menopause (the time before menopause) right now.

And more than 11 million Canadian women are in the target age range for experiencing hormonal problems.

The decline in hormones can start for women in their 30s, ushering in common complaints like night sweats and insomnia, low energy and mood swings, low libido, hair loss, weight gain and more.

Workload and stress contribute to the hormone havoc, says Vanderhaeghe, who’s coming to Cloverdale next Wednesday for a free lecture: Everything You Need To Know About Hormones.

She’ll cover a range of health issues experienced by women, such as dealing with hot flashes and night sweats, how stress affects weight gain, treating endometriosis, PMS, fibroids and more.

She’ll also explore what nutrients help promote sleep, how a low thyroid affects hormones,  and how to stop hair loss, along with bladder incontinence, the secret to beautiful skin, plus how to get your energy back.

Vanderhaeghe is also co-author of the book A Smart Woman’s Guide to Hormones.

Vanderhaeghe and Dr. Alvin Pettle, an OB/Gyn specializing in natural hormone replacement therapy, have combined their best health and hormone advice for women over 50 in the book.

Everything You Need to Know About Hormones is presented at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Cloverdale Parhamsave Health Centre at 5778-176A Street.  Seating is limited. Pre-registration recommended. For more details call 604-576-2888.