Amanda Montalvo (RD, FDN-P) and Kim Perez (NTP)
We’re sadly not taught that periods are a metric of health, that they can be enjoyable, and that intense symptoms during our periods are a sign of a deeper imbalance, not just bad luck. And we’re definitely not taught that we have the power to naturally improve the way we experience this sacred time of the month.
Kayla Jade, The PCOS Bible
Like many young girls, I went on the hormonal birth control pill as a teenager for contraception. I was young and naïve and ultimately, I wanted to be able to live my life without the ‘inconvenience’ of a period and I certainly didn’t want to have a baby. From the day I got my period at age 15, all I wanted was for it to go away; I simply didn’t want to have to deal with it.
Jolinda Johnson, CHHC, M.S.Ed
No sugar, no coffee, no alcohol, no gluten, no dairy, no red meat . . . Woah! Are we trying to have a baby or torturing ourselves with Beyoncé’s Coachella diet? All jokes aside, once you start reading about what you can and can’t have in the interest of trying to conceive, it can feel like a bit much.
Dr. Leah Gordon, ND
Low sex drive can be a really important symptom that tells us more is going on below the surface that we need to investigate. Just as pain is a symptom alerting us that something is off in our body, the lack of a libido is alarming and can point toward issues with hormonal imbalances, relationship imbalances, or negative neurological programming.