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Natural Bioidentical Hormone Replacement

October 27th, 2011 No Comments » In Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), Supplements, Women's Health, by admin
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Armity Simon and Dr. Tara  Brodkin are now offering innovative and quality care medications compounded to your specific needs.  We offer Natural Bioidentical Hormone replacement and treatment options for libido enhancement right here in our office. Call our office today to schedule your consult at 480-860-2322.

August 4th, 2011 No Comments » In Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), Supplements, Women's Health, by admin


For women going through menopause, hot flashes, insomnia, and depression can be symptoms that interfere with daily life. Besides hormone replacement therapy, which has come under scrutiny in the past because of its link to certain types of cancer, there are not many options that safely and effectively address these symptoms. Black cohosh, an herb that is a member of the buttercup family, is a good natural option for addressing the symptoms of menopause.

How exactly black cohosh works to control menopausal symptoms is unknown, although the most popular hypothesis is that a certain component of black cohosh shows activity similar to estrogen. Menopausal women have lower levels of estrogen levels than women who are still menstruating. Because of conflicting research conclusions, it is still unclear as to how exactly black cohosh works.

Although the mechanism of action is unknown, what is agreed is the efficacy of black cohosh for the treatment of menopausal symptoms. At least eight separate studies have shown that black cohosh is just as effective as an estrogen supplement. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists support the use of black cohosh for a treatment period of six months for alleviating insomnia, hot flashes, and mood disorders.

A study done at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2004 evaluated the effectiveness of black cohosh in reducing hot flashes. Results showed that the daily hot flash mean reduced 50% and the weekly hot flash mean reduced 56% by the conclusion of the study. Also, participants reported less abnormal sweating, decreased fatigue, and better sleep.

In addition to being effective, black cohosh has been shown to be safe. There are no known contraindications between black cohosh and medications (although there may be a possibility of interactions with the breast cancer drug tamoxifen). Side effects are mild and include headache and gastrointestinal complaints. When compared with side-effects from estrogen supplementation, side effects from black cohosh have a lower incidence.

Long-term use of black cohosh is not encouraged, mainly because all published studies have only studied women who have been taking it for less than six months. Women with a family history of breast cancer should be aware that there is controversy surrounding the safety of usage for them because of the possible estrogenic effect of black cohosh.

Black cohosh has been shown to be an effective and safe short-term treatment of menopause symptoms. Always consider family history when deciding on black cohosh as a supplement.


American Family Physician(http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Bl…)

Black Cohosh is offered in our office.

Folic Acid For Pregnant Women

February 4th, 2010 No Comments » In Pregnancy, Supplements, Women's Health, by admin

Taking folic acid before and during pregnancy has been shown to reduce neural tube defects.  The folic acid found in most over the counter multi-vitamins works best for good health.  The best way for women to know that they are getting enough folic acid is to take a multi-vitamin that has at least 400 mcg of folic acid in it every day.

Studies suggest that folic acid may also protect your baby from certain types of other birth defects related to the heart, limbs and face. It’s shown that it may also help protect women and men from types of heart disease and certain cancers.

Folic acid is a B vitamin.  There are a lot of foods high in folate which is the natural form of vitamin B.  Foods such as beans, green leafy vegetables and orange juice.

Make sure to discuss with your doctor what type of multi-vitamin your taking or folic acid supplement to see if it’s right for you.

Armity A. Simon, M.D.  OBGYN, Scottsdale, Az.

Benefits of Vitamin D

December 10th, 2009 No Comments » In Supplements, Women's Health, by admin

Medical research is proving that Vitamin D benefits the brain as well as the bones, and may be a significant factor in helping older people stay healthy and vital. Known as the Sunshine Vitamin because exposure to sunlight triggers synthesis in the skin, it is also available through dairy foods and fatty fish such as halibut and cod. It plays an essential role in the metabolic process, aiding in the absorption of calcium and promoting bone strength. Without adequate blood levels of this important vitamin, bones can become soft, brittle, or misshappen, and deficiency leads to devastating skeletal diseases like rickets and osteomalacia. Research expands the list of Vitamin D benefits Medical science is discovering that building strong bones is just one of many key roles this vitamin plays in overall health. New research is uncovering more and more ways in which strengthens, protects, and enhances body functions.


Vitamin D and Its Real Role In the Body

September 13th, 2009 No Comments » In Supplements, Women's Health, by admin

As a practicing OBGYN in Scottsdale, I know the importance of Vitamin D for bone health. It is well known that Vitamin D binds to Calcium so that Calcium can be absorbed in our body. By taking daily doses of both vitamins, as well as daily weight bearing exercise, we reduce our risk of developing osteoporosis. (more…)

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