The Secret Powers of Ovulation (It’s Not Just for Making a Baby)

benefits of ovulationOvarian hormones estrogen and progesterone are highly beneficial for health. That means that natural ovulatory menstrual cycles are beneficial for health because ovulation is the only way to make ovarian hormones.

Does that surprise you? Men make their valuable testosterone every day, so you might think women would do something similar, but we don’t. Instead, we make our hormones as a surge of estrogen leading up to ovulation and an even bigger surge of progesterone for the two weeks after ovulation.

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If You’re Not Thinking About Ovulation, You’re Not Thinking About Health

Ovulation benefits healthThis is my open letter to every clinician, personal trainer, and blogger who offers health advice without thinking about the importance of ovulation and natural ovulatory menstrual cycles.

Dear Sir,

Your health advice may cause your clients to stop ovulating. That’s a problem because regular ovulation is not just for making a baby. It’s also an important indicator or “vital sign” of your client’s general health. Furthermore, regular ovulation is the only way your client can make the ovarian hormones she needs for a healthy brain, bones, and metabolism.

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Is It PCOS or Hypothalamic Amenorrhea or Both?

is it PCOS or hypothalamic amenorrheaIf you’ve lost your period, you may have noticed that it’s tough to get the right diagnosis.

First, you’re told you have the hormonal condition PCOS, and then you’re told that maybe you don’t. And then you’re told you might have hypothalamic amenorrhea, and now you’re really confused.

This is the blog post for you.

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Calling All Vegans. Tell Me About Your Periods

vegan diet and periodsIf you follow my blog, you know how much I care about women and women’s health. I want women to be fully nourished and eat in a way that supports ovulation and hormones.

I am, therefore, concerned about any diet that seems to impair ovulation. That can include a low-carb or keto diet, which can stop ovulation and periods. That can also include an exclusively plant-based or vegan diet, which can stop ovulation, but more often seems to cause long cycles and progesterone deficiency.

If you’re vegan, I encourage you to keep reading and join the conversation in the comments. I particularly want to hear from anyone who has been vegan for at least a year. (And see below for a tally of the comments so far.)

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