Everything women’s health in under 15 minutes by an experienced naturopathic doctor and bestselling author of the books Period Repair Manual and Hormone Repair Manual. Simple explanations for topics such as PCOS, endometriosis, hormonal birth control, and more. Visit Lara’s forum to post a question for a future episode.
Ep07: Top 6 natural treatments for premenstrual mood symptoms
Are premenstrual mood symptoms caused by progesterone or helped by progesterone? And why do antihistamines give such relief?
In episode seven of my podcast/YouTube video, I discuss the irritability, sensitivity, sleep disturbance, and even rage you could experience leading up to your period. And what you can do about it.
Lara Briden's mailing listMagnesium in the gynecological practice: a literature review8 Ways magnesium rescues hormones Taurine: 5 benefits for women's health
Ep06: The most common cause of weight gain
There can be a strong hormonal component to abdominal weight gain. And in most people, that hormone is insulin.
In this episode, Lara discusses insulin resistance including:
why you could have insulin resistance even if your blood sugar is normalthe role of mitochondria, andall the ways to lower insulin and improve metabolism.Links:
Online workshop: Metabolic health and vitality for women over 40Insulin resistance is a cellular antioxidant defense mechanismHigh-dose fructose can cause or worsen insulin resistance (but fruit is okay)
Ep05: A safer type of hormone therapy
If you're going to take hormone therapy, it's safer to take hormones that are identical to human hormones. In other words, hormones that are body-identical or bioidentical. The concept of bioidentical used to be controversial but is now conventional and mainstream.
In this episode, Lara discusses hormone therapy including:
why the concept of bioidentical was controversial when it didn't need to beoral micronized progesterone for heavy periods, mood, sleep, and perimenopausal migraines, andsome facts about body-identical estrogen (four uncontroversial things and one controversial).Links:
The crucial difference between progesterone and progestinsCyclic progesterone therapy for PCOSThe central role of ovulatory disturbances in the etiology of androgenic polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)—Evidence for treatment with cyclic progesteroneBlog post with a list of body-identical brand namesOnline workshop: Metabolic health and vitality for women over 40
Ep04: Endometriosis is a disease of immune dysfunction
Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease that’s affected by hormones but is not caused by hormones. Instead, endometriosis is, at least in part, a disease of immune dysfunction.
In this episode, Lara discusses some of the new endometriosis research including:
the link with genes that increase the risk of autoimmune diseasethe role of a bacterial toxin called lipopolysaccharide or LPS, andnew targets for natural immune-modulating treatment.Links to:
Blog post: Immune treatment for endometriosis Blog post: Why I prescribe iodine for breast pain, ovarian cysts, and PMDD
Ep03: Why PCOS cannot be diagnosed by ultrasound
Were you told you have polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS based on a pelvic ultrasound? That may or may not be an accurate diagnosis because PCOS cannot actually be diagnosed or ruled out with ultrasound.
In this episode, Lara discusses PCOS including:
why PCOS is an umbrella termthe difference between polycystic ovaries and ovarian cysts, andwhy some women with undereating and endometriosis are being mistakenly told they have PCOS.Links to:
Blog post: PCOS cannot be diagnosed (or ruled out) by ultrasoundBlog post about the 4 types of PCOS.Citation for the quote about polycystic ovaries: Diagnosis of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Which Criteria to Use and When?Lara's forum where you can post a comment or suggest a topic for a future episode.
Ep02: Natural treatment of heavy periods
In a normal period, you should not lose more than about 80 mL of menstrual fluid over all the days of the bleed. That’s equivalent to about five tablespoons spread over all the days of the bleed. In this episode, Lara discusses heavy periods including:
the role of hormone imbalance, mast cell activation, and insulin resistance,simple period-lightening strategies such as iron, zinc, and a dairy-free diet, andusing body-identical progesterone to lighten periods. Links to:
Blog post about heavy periods.Blog post about testing for insulin resistance.Blog post with a list of brand names of body-identical progesterone. Professor Prior's document: Managing menorrhagia without surgery. Lara's forum where you can post a comment or suggest a topic for a future episode.