Dr. Elena Alawa, D.O. with True Health Solutions Clinic and Katie Krick with The Period Pick-Me-Up have joined forces to shed light on a topic often whispered about behind closed doors. It’s time to smash those taboos and embrace the beauty of our bodies’ cycles!
Remember, your body is incredible, and so is the magic it goes through every month. So, here’s to breaking barriers, shattering stigmas, and embracing every part of ourselves – even the ones that might make others uncomfortable. Are you with us?

Introducing our brand-new webinar series dedicated to shedding light on the incredible power of menstrual cycles and dismantling the myths surrounding ‘normal’ menstrual symptoms. 🩸

Every woman deserves to understand and embrace the beautiful rhythms of her body. We’re here to empower you with knowledge, self-awareness, and support to navigate your unique cycle journey.

Get ready to break free from the misconceptions and societal taboos. Let’s celebrate the strength and resilience of cycling women while addressing those distressing symptoms that should never be considered ‘normal.’ 

Stay tuned for an enlightening and empowering series that will redefine your relationship with your menstrual cycle. New episodes coming out every week. 

Who we are and what motivated us to bring awareness about our menstrual cycles. 

Katie Krick is the founder and CEO of The Period Pick-Me-Up. Her enterprise is a brilliant and much-needed concept that not only recognizes the challenges women face during their menstrual cycles but also encourages them to prioritize self-care and self-love.

Dr. Elena Alawa is a dedicated osteopathic physician specializing in functional medicine and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. With a profound commitment to women’s health, she champions natural and holistic approaches to address hormone-related issues, such as period problems, infertility, perimenopause, and menopause. Dr. Alawa is a trusted advocate for empowering women to achieve hormonal balance and overall well-being.

Ladies, ever wondered why that time of the month feels like a rollercoaster of emotions? It’s more common than you might think, but let’s not confuse common with “normal.”

In the world of medicine, we use vital signs like blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature to gauge basic body functions. But have you ever considered your menstrual cycle as a vital sign?

Your menstrual cycle can be a powerful indicator of what’s happening beneath the surface – a window into your hormonal health!

Understanding your body and its changes empowers you to make informed choices about your health. By talking openly about periods, we remove the stigma and create a supportive community.
Discover why you might be getting acne during your cycle!
🔥 Topic: Night Sweats – What’s keeping you up at night?
Tune in to uncover the causes, remedies, and expert insights on those pesky night sweats that have you tossing and turning. 
Nobody wants to talk about a ‘poop test’ but we do!
What does a stool test have to do with our periods you might ask? Turns out that our body systems don’t stay isolated in their little cubicles, rather they ‘talk’ to each other and send constant signaling messages back and forth to influence each other’s functions in the body. And unlike Vegas, what happens in the gut doesn’t stay local, it rather has systemic implications.
A large percentage of our immune system resides in the GI tract; furthermore, aside from digestion and absorption of nutrients, the gastrointestinal system is the headquarters for vitamin and neurotransmitter biosynthesis and hormone metabolism.
Join us for yet another insightful episode. 

In this informative video, we explore the often-overlooked phenomenon known as “Period Flu.” If you’ve ever experienced fatigue, bloating, mood swings, headaches, body aches and other unpleasant symptoms during your menstrual cycle, you’re not alone! Join us as we explore the various symptoms of Period Flu and why they occur.

Join us in this informative video as we dive into the world of perimenopause, a natural phase in a woman’s life that can bring about various physical and emotional changes. In this clip, we’ll explore the signs and symptoms that can help a woman recognize she’s in perimenopause, which typically occurs in her 40s or 50s. From irregular periods and hot flashes to mood swings and changes in sleep patterns, we’ll break down the common indicators that may signal the onset of this transitional stage. Whether you’re experiencing these changes firsthand or want to support a loved one through this phase, this video will provide valuable insights to help you navigate the journey with knowledge and confidence. Don’t miss out on this essential discussion about perimenopause and its impact on women’s health and well-being.

Ever wondered just how common iron loss is during your menstrual cycle? 🩸 In this video, we’re diving deep into the topic to shed light on the facts. Join us as we explore the science behind why iron loss occurs, how it can affect your health, and most importantly, what you can do to manage it. Don’t miss this essential information for every cycling woman.

In this informative video, we dive into the topic of heavy periods and explore how they are defined. Heavy menstrual bleeding can be a significant concern for many individuals, impacting their daily lives and overall well-being. Join us as we break down the criteria used by healthcare professionals to determine whether your menstrual flow is considered heavy. We’ll further discuss common causes, potential complications, and treatment options to help you manage heavy periods effectively. Whether you’re seeking answers for yourself or looking to support a loved one, this video will provide valuable insights into understanding and addressing heavy periods.

Understanding Breast Health: What You Need to Know About Breast Changes

In this informative video, we delve into the topic of breast health and explore the various changes that can occur in your breasts over time. Whether you’re a woman or someone who cares about their loved ones’ health, this video is a must-watch!

We’ll start by discussing why it’s essential to be proactive about breast health, including the importance of self-exams and regular check-ups. Then, we’ll walk you through the normal, natural changes that breasts go through at different stages of life. We’ll further address common concerns, explaining when these changes might be a cause for concern and when they are perfectly normal.

 We’ll share practical tips on how to perform a breast self-exam, so you can confidently monitor your breast health at home. Lastly, we’ll emphasize the importance of seeking medical advice if you notice any unusual changes in your breasts.

Stay informed and proactive about your breast health by watching this empowering video. Remember, knowledge is the first step to maintaining healthy and happy breasts! 💖

This video explores a fascinating question: “If all else is equal—stress, happiness, and more—would women’s sex drives be more evenly matched to men’s if their hormones were balanced?”

It’s important to recognize that libido is influenced by a complex interplay of factors, including hormones, psychological state, and even societal influences. Many believe that testosterone is the primary hormone responsible for sex drive in both men and women. But it’s not quite as simple as that for a woman. While testosterone does play a role in libido, it’s not the sole factor. Other hormones like estrogen and progesterone also contribute.

Furthermore, individual differences in hormone levels can vary widely among both men and women. Hormone balance is just one piece of the puzzle. Psychological and emotional factors, life circumstances, and personal experiences all play significant roles in determining sex drive.

Human sexuality is incredibly diverse, and one-size-fits-all solutions rarely apply. Our sex drives are influenced by a myriad of factors, and trying to simplify it down to just hormones oversimplifies the complexity of our desires.

Unlocking the Secrets of Arousal in Sexual Intimacy: The Physiology of Passion

In this eye-opening video, we delve deep into the fascinating world of sexual arousal and its crucial role in enhancing intimacy. Discover the physiological participants that play a pivotal role in stimulating and maintaining arousal, allowing you to elevate your connection with your partner to new heights.

To IUD or not to IUD? Informed Choices: Exploring the World of IUDs for Contraception

Are you considering using an IUD (Intrauterine Device) for contraception? Making informed decisions about your reproductive health is crucial. Join us in this eye-opening video as we delve into the world of IUDs, discussing the benefits, risks, and everything you need to know before making this personal choice. Knowledge is key, and your well-being matters.

Functional Medicine considers all the possible root causes of symptoms and disease manifestations in order to apply the best possible treatment directly to what is causing the symptoms, as opposed to band-aiding the symptoms with prescription medications that do not treat, alter or eradicate the very root causes of symptom manifestation.

I had the privilege to be featured on #517FollowFriday with the amazing Katrina Hofstetter.
Tune in and watch our conversation about hormones and the importance of hormones as drivers of our entire existence.
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Peri | menopause and andropause are NOT optional, but suffering with symptoms IS optional. Which team are you cheering for? 😉

I had the honor and pleasure to have been invited as a guest on the popular and empowering podcast hosted by my dear colleague and friend, Catina Morrison. She is the Founder and CEO of Nurse Loves Essentials, a successful Chronic Illness Coach, blogger and host of the famous Inflamed Sisters Thriving Podcast.

We had a heart-to-heart conversation about the power of Integrative Medicine and what it can do to help women and men free themselves from the shackles of quality of life-altering symptoms of perimenopause, menopause and andropause.

We share tips on how to embrace a natural lifestyle, prioritize gut health, and treat chronic illness in a more holistic way. The idea is not to diss conventional medicine, but to integrate holistic and naturopathic medicine. We also discuss the difference between male and female physicians in treating women’s health issues.


Hosted by Dr. Elena Alawa, Board-certified internist, functional medicine, and BHRT specialist, and Heather Sklar Sunderland, Board-certified functional health coach who uses regenerative nutrition and detoxification principles to help individuals optimize their health.

In this webinar we discuss how lifestyle and exposure to toxins negatively impact our hormone health and share our stories of personal struggles with hormone imbalances and how we have overcome them. 

Tune in and learn about “The Impact of our Lifestyle on Hormone Health: TOXINS.”

We’ll tackle the effects of TOXINS as EDCs-endocrine disruptive chemicals- on our hormones and physiologic homeostasis. 

Hosted by Dr. Elena Alawa, D.O., Board-certified in internal medicine, functional medicine and bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, and Mary Cornwell, certified health educator specialist.


Dive into the intricate world of HORMONES and discover how women are affected by fluctuating levels of hormones in perimenopause & menopause, how to test your hormones, and what corrective strategies may be employed to restore your hormone balance.

While some women transition into menopause with no or hardly any bothersome symptoms at all, the majority of us will have some or all of the symptoms of hormone imbalances which cause a drastic and negative effect on our quality of life. With almost half a lifespan spent in menopause, isn’t it worth addressing the hormone imbalance and restoring vitality of life?! You decide!

Are you tired of battling with the frustrating symptoms of perimenopause and menopause? Do you long for the energy and vitality you once had?
Join me on this exclusive On-Demand webinar, where we delve into the art of restoring hormonal harmony through the synergy of bioidentical hormones, strategic lifestyle choices, and the incredible power of natural botanicals. 🌿

The Gut-Hormone Axis webinar delves into the vital connection between gut integrity and overall well-being, highlighting the profound impact of the gastrointestinal system on your health. Discover how the gut serves as the central hub for synthesizing essential vitamins, neurotransmitters, and regulating steroid hormone metabolism. Uncover the truth that “you are what you eat and absorb,” as we explore the systemic implications of gut health on achieving hormone balance and overall wellness.

Watch now to gain insights into the pivotal role of your gut in establishing homeostasis and unlock the secrets to a healthier you.

This On-Demand webinar offers invaluable insights to enhance your knowledge and empower your decision-making.

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the intricate relationship between hormones and breast cancer risk, as well as the latest research findings and preventive strategies. Furthermore, you will explore the impact of hormone therapy, lifestyle factors, and genetics/epigenetics on breast cancer development.