What Dairy Does to Periods

cow's dairy and periodsMore than twenty years ago I discovered something: When I stopped having dairy, I stopped having period pain.

Since then, I’ve worked with thousands of patients who have had the same result. For many women (not all), stopping dairy can dramatically improve period pain, heavy periods, endometriosis, acne, and PMS.

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Why a Vegan or Plant-Based Diet Can Be Bad for Periods

A vegan or exclusively plant-based diet can make periods lighter and less painful but it can also cause irregular periods due to impaired ovulation and low progesterone.

The problem is not that phytoestrogens cause high estrogen. In fact, phytoestrogens have a generally anti-estrogen, period-lightening effect. The main problem with a vegan diet is that is can cause long-term depletion of important women’s health nutrients such as zinc, iodine, vitamin A, and taurine.

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What If You Have Both PCOS and Endometriosis?

pcos and endometriosisPCOS is the hormonal condition of having excess androgens or male hormones. Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease that causes pelvic pain. They’re two very different conditions but they’re also both quite common. That makes it relatively easy to have both PCOS and endometriosis at the same time.

Here’s how to differentiate the symptoms of PCOS from endometriosis and where to start with treatment if you have both conditions.

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How Vitamin B6 Relieves Premenstrual Mood Symptoms

PMS cureThank you to my nutrition professor who first taught me about vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) for PMS. It is a reliable treatment for premenstrual mood problems including PMDD.

I still remember B6 as the eureka moment in how I thought about periods. Suddenly, I had much higher expectations of what a period should be like. Premenstrual mood symptoms are common, but they’re not normal. 

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