We’ve had our fair share of hormonal challenges, and if you’re reading this article you probably have too. Knowing what to do can be challenging. Mainstream medicine rarely offers us much guidance beyond “take the pill” so we can be left feeling like we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. Either we suffer from acne, pre-menstrual mood swings, heavy periods, cramps and irregular cycles, or we go on hormonal birth control… which comes with it’s own set of problems and health concerns (and sometimes doesn’t even solve the original problem it was supposed to fix).
Thankfully, there are answers and natural solutions that work. We pride ourselves on helping women find those answers in our programs but if you’re looking for an introduction, Lara Briden’s blog and new book – the Period Repair Manual - are a great place to start. For instance, did you know there are in fact four different types of PMS? Each has its own unique symptoms, causes and treatments. Join us on the podcast today for an interview with Naturopathic Doctor and author Lara Briden as she dishes on:
- How to address the underlying causes of PMS (including specific suggestions about what supplements to take and what foods to avoid).
- Why she calls periods our "monthly report card."
- The connection between artificial hormones and hair loss.
- Why critiquing the pill is sometimes construed as "unfeminist."
- What you can do before coming off hormonal birth control to prevent "pill withdrawal acne".
Looking for more tips on reducing PMS ? Check out our 5 Tips For Using Your Period Tracking App More Effectively… so you can have better sex, reduce PMS, & feel your best all month long.
Lara 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. Early in 2015, Lara released her book Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatment for Better Hormones and Better Periods. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter.
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Kim & Amy Sedgwick love to discuss sex, periods, and all the other things we’re not supposed to talk about. The co-founders of Red Tent Sisters and ecosex.ca, they’ve been featured in every major Canadian news outlet and have become a trusted resource for women seeking natural (effective!) birth control, a more joyful sex life, and an empowered journey to motherhood.