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“Why do I get pre-period bloat?” and other PMS questions, answered: A Natural Womanhood PMS FAQ

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Premenstrual syndrome, better known as PMS, has long been accepted as a fact of life by many women. After all, if you’re a woman of reproductive age, chances are good that at some point you’ve experienced an uncomfortable combination of telltale symptoms warning you about “Aunt Flo’s” upcoming visit–from symptoms like headaches, to mood swings, […]

How to Get an Endometriosis Diagnosis and Find Truly Restorative Treatment

Melissa Buchan by Melissa Buchan

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Like many women I know, I was put on hormonal birth control at a young age to manage menstrual pain. Desperate and confused, I complied with what medical professionals prescribed. What followed were years of struggle and unwanted side effects. When I finally received my endometriosis diagnosis and real treatment for this disorder, my entire […]

“What causes irregular periods, and can you fix them without birth control?” and other questions: A Natural Womanhood Irregular Periods FAQ

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Before diving into our first question about irregular periods, let’s first establish what a “regular” period looks like. The “average” cycle length for most women is 28 days, with ovulation (when an egg is released from the ovary) occurring roughly in the middle, around day 14. However, it is perfectly normal to have a cycle […]

How A Blood Clot During Pregnancy Led Me to Fertility Awareness

Jeanette Lundgren BSN, MN by Jeanette Lundgren BSN, MN

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Twenty-six weeks into my first pregnancy, I was solidly in the “honeymoon phase” of the second trimester. After finally emerging from the fog of fatigue and nausea, we were preparing the nursery, discussing baby names, and excitedly feeling our baby’s kicks. Unfortunately, our blissful and carefree experience was about to be drastically interrupted by the […]

Reasons Women Need Periods: The Role of the Menstrual Cycle in Heart Health

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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Welcome back for our third installment of “Reasons Women Need Periods,” a series dedicated to taking a deep dive into some of the reasons women actually need their cycles for optimal health. This week we examine periods and heart health. The two primary female reproductive hormones are estrogen and progesterone. When estrogen zigs, progesterone zags. […]

FDA Approves Phexxi, the First Non-Hormonal Female Contraceptive Gel

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On May 22, the FDA approved Phexxi, a non-hormonal contraceptive gel used for “the prevention of pregnancy in females of reproductive potential for use as an on-demand method of contraception.” The drug is the first of its kind, working by changing vaginal pH to make the vaginal environment more acidic, and therefore inhospitable to sperm. […]

My Journey to Find Real Treatment for PCOS

Maria Brown by Maria Brown

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When Maria was in high school, her health seemed pretty normal. Her period stopped for months at a time before starting back up again, which she didn’t think much about until her pediatrician decided to take a closer look at the situation. Suddenly, Maria and her health were on a rollercoaster journey, which eventually led […]

Reasons Women Need Periods: The Role of the Menstrual Cycle in Bone Health & Development

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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Welcome back for our second installment of “Reasons Women Need Periods,” a series dedicated to taking a deep dive into some of the reasons women actually need their cycles for optimal health. This week: Bone health and development. When you think about cycling and menstruation, you don’t typically think about your bone health. But important […]

Libido in the Time of COVID-19

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

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With all the other concerns people have during the COVID-19 pandemic, it would seem that libido would be the last thing on their minds. It isn’t. According to data published in a recent analysis from TermLife2Go, an independent agency that researches life insurance companies, the most-Googled mental health conditions in certain states over the past […]

“Can I get copper toxicity from the copper IUD?” and other questions: A Natural Womanhood Copper IUD FAQ

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IUDs are some of the most effective forms of contraception available on the market, with pregnancy prevention rates over 99%. Although it is a small, t-shaped plastic device like other IUDs, the copper IUD is wrapped in copper wire, and is free from the synthetic hormones emitted by other IUDs. Despite being hormone-free, the copper […]