What do PCOS, high prolactin levels and premature ovarian failure have in common?

On Monday the doors officially opened to my Bring Back Your Period 3-Month Masterclass (very exciting because I only offer this program once a year!) and I’ve gotten A LOT of questions from women who want to know about their unique conditions and how I can help.

Almost every question has involved PCOS, high prolactin levels (Hyperprolactinemia) and Premature Ovarian Failure, which are all quite common these days.

Crazy stats:

  • 5-20% of women worldwide have PCOS or PCOS symptoms
  • 1 in 100 women between ages 30-39 and 1 in 1000 women between the ages of 15-29 have Premature Ovarian Failure (whoa!)
  • Hyperprolactinemia is not as common but I am hearing from more and more women who are experiencing it

So here’s what’s up. All three of these conditions can cause ovulation to falter or stop completely, and your periods to become irregular, lighter or to disappear completely. This is not okay by any means and should be addressed asap.

  • PCOS: this is when your ovaries stop working the way they should. Instead of releasing an egg each month they either release an egg more sporadically or stop releasing eggs at all. This leads to irregular periods or no periods at all.
  • High prolactin levels: when prolactin levels are high, (this is only normal after pregnancy), they prevent ovulation from occurring and periods become irregular and disappear.
  • Premature ovarian failure: POF occurs when your ovaries stop functioning the way they should before the age of 40 – meaning they don’t produce eggs as they should and ovulation falters or fails to happen completely.

Needless to say, all of these conditions are characterized by an underlying hormonal imbalance:

  • PCOS: high insulin, which can lead to high levels of andogrens (male sex hormones like testosterone) and high estrogen, along with low progesterone.
  • High prolactin levels: this can be caused by a pituitary tumor but also by higher levels of estrogen and/or low levels of thyroid hormones.
  • Premature ovarian failure: high FSH levels, low estrogen and low progesterone, low thyroid hormones

What’s causing all of this to happen?

  • PCOS: food that is not right for your metabolism leading to insulin resistance or type 2 diabetes and obesity. Underlying genetic factors, and chronic psychological stress amongst other things.
  • High prolactin levels: As I said above, this can be caused by a pituitary tumor, a low functioning thyroid (hypothyroidism), higher levels of estrogen due to diet and environmental toxins, certain medications and chronic psychological stress.
  • Premature ovarian failure: there are a number of causes but chemotherapy and radiation are high on the list, as are other environmental toxins like pesticides and other everyday chemicals. Additionally, things like viruses, autoimmune disorders, low thyroid function, low nutrient diets and eating disorders as well as chronic psychological stress.

Slightly overwhelming yes? This is why I am hosting a live webinar tonight and an encore webinar on Friday to address the questions and concerns so many women have about their own menstrual and reproductive health as it relates to these three conditions. 

Here is what I’ll be teaching about:

  • Why do I have a hormonal imbalance wreaking havoc on my health, whereas so many other women are just fine!
  • What are the symptoms and long-term health effects associated with PCOS, Hyperprolactinemia and Premature Ovarian Failure?
  • The most effective steps you can take now if you have any of these three conditions or something else causing your period to play hide and seek?
  • You’ll get greater clarity around the causes and solutions minus the drugs and surgery options that many doctors suggest.
  • Plus I’ll answer your questions and concerns about your own specific health issues.

As I said, I’ve got two options for you: My live Q&A webinar on Wednesday January 28th at 7pm EST (New York time) or my encore live Q&A webinar on Friday January 30th at 12pm EST where I’ll go deeper into the causes and top solutions for amenorrhea as well as light and irregular periods AND I’ll tell you more about the masterclass.

You’ll get to ask me all your questions and hear from other women who have similar concerns. If you have specific questions about the masterclass, you can ask me those as well. My live calls are always so juicy, so get ready.