MENSTRUATION MATTERS

Why young teens need real periods–not the Pill

Why young teens need real periods–not the Pill

Guest Post by Dr. Lara Briden, ND Photo supplied by Lara Briden The onset of menstruation (menarche) is an important time for girls. It heralds their future fertility, of course, but it’s much more than that. Menarche is also when girls start to make female hormones for the first time. Making hormones is not easy. It requires regular ovulation, and...
The Truth About Skyla

The Truth About Skyla

Mirena Intra-uterine DevicePublic domain image Do women using the Mirena hormonal IUD have their period? Does it suppress the hormone cycle for all women or just some? How does it work to prevent pregnancy exactly? It seems these questions can’t be answered even by the assumed experts. We are told the Mirena “partially” suppresses ovulation and that some women...
Getting Over The Pill

Getting Over The Pill

Here’s a notion: Birth control pills are not the only way manage your reproductive health. The pill came out more than 50 years ago, and at the time, it was a symbol of liberation and freedom for women. Suddenly, they no longer had to worry about unplanned pregnancy. It was great. But now that 50-year-old technology is starting to lose...
Coming Off The Pill: A Mind Map Guide

Coming Off The Pill: A Mind Map Guide

Everybody can use a good map to help them get to where they’re going. Why not women heading to the land of non-hormonal contraception? In my post on January 11, 2012 I asked if coming off the pill was a growing trend. I proposed to write a series of posts about the issues associated with the decision to stop using...
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