gazing at the moonContrary to the view of conventional medicine, women’s menstrual cycle can be smooth and regulated with natural methods. In this episode we look at how a woman’s monthly cycle is a vital indicator of her overall health.

Additionally, we see how the “periods” that accompany hormonal birth control are not periods in the true sense, and how suppressing ovulation synthetic hormones has a profound effect on a woman’s hormonal tide.

Listen and gain a whole new appreciation for the remarkable changes that cycle monthly through a woman’s body.

Show Highlights:
3:06     The menstrual cycle is an expression of the body’s overall state of health or imbalance.
5:05    The “pill bleed” of a birth control pill period is not to be confused with the complex hormonal interactions of a real period.
9:27     Menstruation 101 and the importance of ovulation.
15:58   Progesterone and the profound hormonal shifts that happen after ovulation.
19:40   Research shows that women on birth control have different brain structures compared to those who are not.
22:36   It takes some time for a young woman’s body to get used to the influence of the hormones they make in the first few years.
27:32   Poly cystic ovarian syndrome and why the pill does not get to the root of the problem.
38:20   Why is it that some women come off the pill and can get pregnant immediately, and for others it takes more time? Women’s hormones are not always the reason.
42:05   Periods can be easy.
44:30   Thoughts on endometriosis.
50:33  Getting off the pill is less complicated than you think.

Lara BridenLara Briden is a board certified naturopathic doctor who qualified from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1997.

She currently runs a busy hormone clinic in Sydney, Australia, and posts regularly at Lara Briden’s Healthy Hormone Blog.

She is the author of the book Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatment for Better Hormones and Better Periods.

Links and Resources:
Visit Lara’s Website and also delve into her blog for clearly written information and methods on safely and naturally treating a variety of women’s health concerns.

Here is the blog post on endometriosis that we discussed in the podcast.

Lara’s Period Repair Manual is available on Amazon and other places books are sold.

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