A Surprising Way Birth Control Affects Your Health and Hormones
By Ashley Reaver, MS, RD, CSSD, July 16, 2019
As we’ve talked about before, birth control can have some drastic effects on blood biomarkers including sex hormones. If you’ve received your blood test results and been concerned about some elevated (or low) sex hormone markers like DHEAS and SHBG, it’s important to consider how lifestyle factors, like whether you're taking hormonal contraceptives, may play a role. Here's how birth control can affect blood levels of various hormones – and the implications those imbalances have on your health.
The Markers of a Great Strength Coach
By Jimmy Kennedy, CF-L1, November 5, 2019
The world of sports performance is becoming increasingly scientific. Wearable technology, sleep tracking, and cutting-edge recovery techniques have made training programs more data-driven than ever. And while it's easy to blindly apply these new resources to the masses, a marker of a great strength and conditioning coach is the ability to personalize and individualize their approach to each of their athletes. Of course, doing so can be challenging – it's hard to know exactly what each athlete ...
4 Key Blood Biomarkers Associated with Female Fertility
By Diana Licalzi, MS, RD, October 2, 2019
Female infertility can be confusing, discouraging, and all-around difficult to talk about. But if you're experiencing it, know that you're not alone. The truth is, female infertility is a common problem in the United States – roughly 10% of all women aged 15-44 experience difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant.1 Some contributing factors, like age and conditions affecting the female reproductive system, are out of anyone's control. But there are steps you can take to improve your ...
Here's How Birth Control Can Affect Your Biomarkers
By Ashley Reaver, MS, RD, CSSD, July 20, 2017
We're often asked if hormonal contraceptives can affect female biomarkers. The answer? Yes. It makes sense then, that women begin to wonder how they are affected, and to what extent. Like any other medication, hormonal contraceptives (pills, patches, rings, IUDs, implants, and injections) interfere with the normal functioning of the body. Naturally, there can be some unintended residual effects. Therefore, some out-of-range biomarkers may be attributed to your contraceptive use, while others ...
Tennis Burnout? Here's How To Fix It
By Katie Mark, July 6, 2020
The professional tennis season is 11 months long, and physical demand forces players to push their body to the limit for an entire year. Consequently, headlines announcing players pulling out of tournaments often cite fatigue as the culprit. Pro tennis players' fatigue, for the most part, results from the season’s demands of training, matches, and traveling – with minimal recovery time. But, you don't have to be a pro to feel the effects of fatigue in sport; some InsideTracker users lament ...
Testosterone Action versus Testosterone Levels: Why SHBG Matters
By Neel Duggal, March 31, 2021
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin or SHBG is essential for maximizing the availability of testosterone, the biomarker every man wants to measure. Today, science is telling us that both men and women need an optimized hormonal profile, and testosterone is widely known to be important for men. But growing research points out the importance of testosterone for women. Blood testing is a practical way to "look under the hood" and get guidance to optimizing oneself. In this blog we will discover how SHBG ...
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin: What Every Woman Should Know
By Kalyn Weber, March 26, 2021
Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, also known as SHBG, is an awesome little glycoprotein that most of us have never heard of. Since SHBH is related to testosterone and other sex hormones, many women remain in the dark about their SHBG status. But SHBG is an important biomarker for women to pay attention to! Read more to find out why.