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What Is Adenomyosis & How Is it Treated

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Menstrual Cycle Leave a Comment

Struggling with abnormally painful periods, heavy flow, bleeding at irregular times or feeling like your lower abdomen is growing despite the same diet and exercise habits may be a sign that there are more than the run of the mill period problems happening. In some cases these wickedly painful periods can be due to elevated prostaglandins, endometriosis, estrogen dominance and …

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Menstrual Migraine Relief

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Migraines go hand in hand with hormone fluctuations, which drives many women to seek menstrual migraine relief and medication. Women often experience new onset or an increase in migraines around menarche (the first time you get your period), perimenopause, and with starting or stopping birth control. These migraines can persist and show up monthly with each period we experience, hence …

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Embrace Your Moon Cycle

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Full moon period or ovulation? Let me know who you are in the comments! This is the last full moon of 2018. And it is a big one! Full moon is here and girl, this is your time to shine! Let that moon turn up the lights like a little Kayne & Rhianna. You know that jam…”turn up the lights …

Why Do I Poop So Much On My Period?

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‘Why do I poop so much on my period?’ is one of the most common questions both my patients and readers ask. Are you curious why your period makes you poop too? Ok, maybe it’s not you…but you can ask for a friend, right? This was Sonya’s question during our first visit when I asked about her period. “I get …

How Prostaglandins Cause Painful Periods + What to Do About It

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Nearly every woman has experienced menstrual cramps at some point during her period. What most women don’t know is there are hormone-like substances known as prostaglandins that are behind these intense, and sometimes debilitating cramps. What Are Prostaglandins According to Medicine Net, Prostaglandins are: “One of a number of hormone-like substances that participate in a wide range of body functions …

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Is Heavy Menstrual Bleeding Making You Anemic?

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Nikki was changing a super tampon and pad every one to two hours when she first came to see me. Even these would fail her on her heaviest days. Beyond the bleeding she was struggling with fatigue, anxiety and hair loss. The reality was, her periods had caused her to become anemic and that anemia was causing her to have …

Common Period Problems + 6 Natural Treatments

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When Myra first came to see me she listed her number one concern in all caps at the top of her intake form: PERIOD PROBLEMS. For as long as Myra could remember her periods had been incredibly long and heavy and made it impossible for her to leave her house or engage in anything fun at least one to two …

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Cramps but No Period? 9 Possible Causes

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Cramping but no period? There are several gynecological and non-gynecological reasons you may be experiencing cramping. But is it normal to have cramps but no period? While they may be harmless, it’s always worth investigating the root cause of cramps with no period to ensure your symptoms aren’t more serious. Menstrual cramps are common, especially for women experiencing estrogen dominance, …