The ZRT Laboratory Blog

The ZRT Blog is an extensive resource for patients and health care providers searching for health and hormone testing information. Here, you can read about ZRT’s cutting edge research, advances in testing, wellness advice, and health industry highlights.

Hormones, the Menstrual Cycle & Cycle Maps

Posted by Dr. Alison McAllister on Thursday, 14 December

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The menstrual cycle is a symphony of hormones coordinated to yield an egg and to prepare the uterus and breast tissue for pregnancy. For most women, pregnancy will only take place in a very small percentage of cycles.

However, the monthly surge and fall of hormones starting in menarche and ending in menopause influences the brain, breast and uterus of women and may result in numerous symptoms throughout the month.

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Do Hormonal Contraceptives Increase Risk of Depression?

Posted by Margaret Groves on Saturday, 08 October

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Practical Takeaway: A recent study found the risk of depression with contraceptive use decreased with increasing age, and was highest in the youngest age group studied, namely teenagers aged 15-19, than in the women aged 20-34.

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How Pill Contraceptives Affect Mood & Behavior

Posted by Dr. Kate Placzek on Thursday, 12 May

Woman looking at birth control pills

Reliable contraception is a monumental achievement of the last century. Very effective at preventing pregnancy, oral contraceptives, generally referred to as "the Pill," are commonly prescribed to women of reproductive age.

Aside from contraceptive purposes, the Pill can also be used to treat gynecological disorders such as irregular or excessive bleeding, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), severe menstrual cramping, acne, and endometriosis-associated pain, and their use has been associated with a reduced risk of endometrial cancer. 

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Clinical Pearls on Fertility, Infertility & Hormones

Posted by Candace Burch on Wednesday, 27 April

Expecting couple with hands on pregnant stomach

In this engaging and wide-ranging discussion of Fertility, Infertility and the Role of Hormone TestingDr. Alison McAllister, lead clinical consultant at ZRT, shares her considerable knowledge about the challenges of infertility and the heartbreak of those struggling to have a baby of their own.

Sadly, it is a growing problem that affects 1 in 8 couples and millions of people around the world. As a naturopath who looks at all aspects of infertility: physical, mental and emotional, McAllister aims not only to help couples become pregnant, but stay pregnant for the 9 months until a healthy baby is delivered into their arms.

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