Women’s Health

It is important for women to understand their uniqueness when it comes to their genetic makeup. This insight can be an invaluable tool during a lifetime.  Genetic variants impact women’s health in a number of ways — from altered hormone levels to fertility issues to autoimmune diseases that impact women at a greater rate than men. 

Lipoprotein (a) - Heart health is important for everyone!

High Lp(a) levels are a big risk factor for sudden heart attacks. Your Lp(a) levels are mainly controlled by your genetic variants. Check to see if you carry genetic variants that increase or decrease Lp(a).

PMS and Your Genes

A lot of women know the moodiness and brain fog that comes with premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Studies estimate that PMS is up to 95% heritable - which means that it has a huge genetic component. Learn about the genes and find out which solutions may actually work for you.

Migraines

There are multiple causes and triggers of migraines -- and multiple genetic variants that are implicated in increasing the risk of migraines. Learn where your genetic susceptibility lies and learn the solutions that may work specifically for those migraine susceptibility genes.

PCOS

PCOS is an endocrine disorder that affects 5 -10% of premenopausal women. Genetics plays a large role in whether you have PCOS. There is no one gene that causes PCOS, but there are genetic variants in several hormonal pathways that increase the risk for it.

Infertility - Women

The CDC estimates that 12% of women overall in the US have impaired fertility. For women over age 30, that statistic rises to 25%! Your genes may be playing a role in your infertility — and knowing which genetic variants you carry may help you figure out solutions to try.

genetics and estrogen metabolism

Estrogen

Estrogen – from how much is made to how it is broken down – is dependent on both genetics and lifestyle factors and affects both men and women. This article explains how estrogen is made, how it is eliminated from the body, which genes are involved, and how this influences the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and fibroids.

Cortisol and HPA Axis Dysfunction

Cortisol is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands in times of stress, and it also plays many roles in your normal bodily functions. It is a multi-purpose hormone that needs to be in the right amount (not too high, not too low) and at the right time. Your genes play a big role in how likely you are to have problems with cortisol.

Thyroid

The thyroid is a master regulator of many of your body’s systems. It is integrally involved in metabolism and helps maintain body temperature, heart rate, breathing, and body weight. Your genes play a big role in how well your thyroid works and how your body produces and converts the different forms of thyroid hormone.

Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are a problem for a lot of women, especially after age 30. Fibroids are benign tumors that grow in the muscle cells of the uterus. This article will dig into the causes of fibroids, explain how your genetic variants can add to the susceptibility, and offer solutions that are backed by research.

Mast Cells: MCAS, Genetics, and Solutions

Mast cells are an important part of your innate immune system. They are front line defenders against pathogens and allergens. For some people, mast cells can be triggered too easily, giving allergy-like responses to lots of different substances.

Genes the Increase the Risk of Lupus

Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease that can impact several different systems in your body. Learn more about how your genetic variants impacts the "why" for this autoimmune disease.

Getting to the root cause of POTS

Do you feel lightheaded when you stand? Does your heart suddenly race? POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) is a problem with the way that your autonomic nervous system regulates heart rate. POTS causes more than just feeling lightheaded when standing — it can also cause fatigue, brain fog, shaking, and more. There are multiple triggers or root causes of this syndrome, and genetic variants can increase your risk for POTS.