Our menstrual cycles are more than a monthly bleed. They are a way for our bodies to communicate with us. They tell us what is going well and where we may need to slow down and refocus in our lives.
One way we get information is from our actual period. Based on when we get it, how heavy it is, or the amount of pain/discomfort, our bodies are giving us signs that something is or isn't off. But understanding what our period is trying to tell us can be challenging when we’ve only ever looked at our period as a monthly bleeding cycle.
Listening to what our period is trying to tell us starts with noticing symptoms or changes that happen from month to month. Here are a few things that may be happening, and how you can go about taking care of them for the month to come.
But wait, I’m late!
We understand our period as part of our natural monthly cycle, so it’s easy to understand why one of the main questions I often get asked is ‘why...
Please note - if you are peri/post menopausal, you likely need more support than nutrition and lifestyle interventions. Discussing your concerns with your doctor and/or functional practitioner are key for getting the support you need.
Low progesterone is common in the stressful world we live in. When our bodies are in a stressed state, it does not prioritize hormone production, including the production of progesterone. Chronic stress also negatively impacts communication from the brain to the ovaries, which can reduce how much progesterone is produced, even if you are ovulating.
However, common does not mean normal, and consistent low progesterone levels are not the state that our bodies should be functioning in. Understanding the signs and root causes of low progesterone, along with what can be done to improve progesterone levels, is important for your overall health.
Recognizing when our progesterone is low is the first step in...
There’s something we’ve been taught - it’s normal it’s normal to feel crazy, have painful cramps, heavy bleeding, and overall a very stressful event that is your period each month.
But, that’s wrong.
It may be common, but it’s not normal.
Feeling like a completely different person for a week (or two or more) every month due to your period may be something that happens to a lot of women, but it’s not something that is normal. Instead, these changes in our emotions and feelings are related to changes in our hormones that, while natural, can be challenging to navigate and tough to manage.
The good news is that there are ways we can improve our overall well-being during this time of the month, and most of the options for managing your period and the changes that come along with it are simple, easy, and totally practical.
Here are five ways you can have better periods:
Just because something is common doesn’t mean that it’s normal. Take period pain, for example. Each month, many women suffer through what they think is a normal part of their period, the excruciating pain that comes with their cycle. Other women experience it as well, so they never question whether or not the days or weeks of intense pain that come along with their regular flow are something to question.
However, even though pain surrounding your period is common, it’s not necessarily normal and can actually be due to a number of different factors and reasons. It’s important to work with a practitioner to identify the root cause of the pain, and how you can eliminate or manage pain surrounding your period.
Having tools on hand, though, for period pain is a great resource to help you manage your pain now or while you are completing a protocol with your practitioner. Even after you’ve balanced your hormones, having tools on hand for period pain can...