Flunking your Monthly Period Report Card?

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We’ve all got that friend who floats blissfully, month to month, never experiencing a cramp, ache, pain, bloat, mood swing, or other frustrating PMS symptom. Hell, she’s probably never had to buy a super plus tampon in her life! Bless this woman, seriously though, because now you realize that it’s possible! Dont believe us? Perhaps we need to think differently …

Are you Addicted to the Pill?

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The Pill imposes a very specific type of hormonal control over the body and is a viable option for an oral contraceptive. It’s 99% effective at preventing pregnancy when used correctly. But the Pill is NOT a viable option for solving hormonal issues – even though nearly 58% of women are put on the Pill for non-contraceptive reasons. In fact …

How to Solve Period Issues without the Pill

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It’s no secret that hormonal birth control has become the one-stop-shop ‘solution’ for women’s hormonal imbalances. They’re highly prescribed by doctors to manage symptoms like acne, migraines, cramps, mood, irregular periods, and even cold sores. It’s not their fault, they’ve literally been trained to do so for the last 30 years in med school. But just because that’s the ‘norm,’ …

Your Nervous System Remembers

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It’s been awhile since we’ve talked about CrossFit! Since we’re in the middle of the Open and many are feeling a little ‘CNS-y’ after 19.2, what a perfect time to talk about this subject. You’ve likely heard of metabolic adaptation. The theory that your metabolic rate will adapt to the energy expended and consumed at any given time. For example, …

Do You Know When you Ovulate?

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Knowing ovulation involves three basic principles: the knowledge of what to look for, the daily awareness of the body, and recording observations. Let’s first discover what ovulation even looks like, then we’ll see how to track YOUR ovulation. These skills will help you with whatever goal you may have: trying to conceive, avoiding pregnancy, or helping your doctor solve any …

What does ‘fertility’ mean to you?

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Most of us think about baby bumps, baby showers, and crying babies when we hear the word ‘fertility’. Which, for most of us ladies, makes us want to run for the hills. But what does the word ‘fertility’ really mean and what does it have to do with you? Clearing up the ‘fertility’ misconception Whether pregnancy is on the radar …

The Ideal Period

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First a little caveat, a healthy period looks different for every woman and can even vary from month to month for the same woman. This post is here to give you a baseline to compare how periods looks and feels. If you find irregularities that concern you, consider talking with your trusted doctor. An Ideal Period looks like this… Period …

Steps to Reverse PCOS

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This one is for the girl who is struggling with PCOS – the girl who’s fighting those dark hairs on her chin, cystic acne on her jaw, irregular and long periods, and when she does get her period, she’s met with crazy mood swings, anxiety, PMS, and cramps. She might even be trying to get pregnant but faced with false …

Seed Cycling: A Critical Review

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Seed cycling has been touted as a tool to help women regulate and improve the symptoms of their periods. Seed cycling involves taking a combination of flax and pumpkin seeds (1-2 tablespoons each) during the first half of the cycle (from when period starts until ovulation, the “follicular phase”). Then take sesame and sunflower seeds during the second half (after …