Interview with Lorna Vanderhaeghe on Sexy Hormones

The following podcast are excerpts from an interview by Lorne Brown (Founder and clinical director of Acubalance Wellness Centre) with Lorna Vanderhaeghe, author of several books including Sexy Hormones, An A-Z Woman's Guide to Vibrant Health and No More HRT: Menopause Treat the Cause.

Listen to the entire  interview by clicking here or choose a specific topic below.


  1. Tell us a little about your background and what motivated you to write all these great books on women’s health and hormonal balance? Listen Here
  2. Can you elaborate more on how you think our North American diet, including soy and dairy products, can contribute to estrogen dominance which can increase one’s risk for developing cyst, endometriosis, fibroids and infertility? Listen Here
  3. In your book you note the connection between estrogen dominance leading to an underactive thyroid and how this contributes to infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss.  What do you think the affect of back to back ART (IVF, FET etc) is on the thyroid? Listen Here
  4. In your book you discus how chronic stress can negatively impact hormonal balance. Do you see a benefit to managing chronic stress? What is the physiological response to chronic stress? Listen Here
  5. Do you see a connection between adrenal burnout and high FSH and/or diminished ovarian reserve? Listen Here
  6. I am curious if you have found in your literature reviews a connection between adrenal burnout and menopausal issues?  Is there anything women can do to help make this natural transition smoother? Listen Here
  7. There are so many diet recommendations. I am curious to what advice you give to women when it comes to diet for hormonal balance? Listen Here
  8. How do you understand chronic elevated cortisol levels from stress affecting fertility? (She also discusses the inherent risk of using the macca herb for fertility). Listen Here
  9. DHEA.  It is becoming a popular hormone therapy amongst women who have been diagnosed with low ovarian reserve and repeated IVF failures.  One of our recent guests on Acubalance podcasts, Leslie Oldershaw, suggested it has too many inherent risk and women could look at other options. What is your understanding on using DHEA for sub fertility in this specific population of low ovarian reserve?  What are natural ways to increase DHEA? Listen Here
  10. What other obstacles have you seen to be impeding one’s ability to conceive? Listen Here 
  11. Conclusion (podcast conclusion) Listen Here

Related Course

Lab Testing and Hormonal Assessment for Fertility and Reproductive Health


Leslie_Oldershaw__L__Ac_cropped_.jpgLeslie Oldershaw practices integrated fertility care by combining Chinese medicine with functional medicine.  This one day seminar (7 CEU/PDA) provides an overview of the Western lab tests used to screen and assess fertility patients, and is designed to improve skills in case management strategies, including understanding what and when to test, how to assess, and when to refer.  (Also approved for ABORM CEU)

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