LISTEN AGAIN: Why Your Ovulation Phase is Critical for Your Health | Dr. Jerilynn Prior & Dr. Lara Briden
Why is it important to know when you are ovulating? In this episode, Dr. Jerilynn Prior and Dr. Lara Briden return to the podcast to discuss why ovulation, rather than the period, is the main event of the menstrual cycle. They share how the ovulation phase is crucial to your overall health (not just fertility), and how to address hormonal imbalance. Listen to this interesting discussion where they reveal important health facts women of all ages need to know.
What you’ll learn:
- What happens hormonally during ovulation? Why is it so important?
- What is the meaning of ovulation and anovulation?
- Can you have anovulation with regular periods?
- Female hormones (estrogen vs progesterone) and how they impact ovulation
- How to track ovulation
- What are the signs that you are not ovulating?
- How to know if you are making too much estrogen
- What is a normal luteal phase?
- Can you take birth control as a teenager?*
“What matters [for women’s health] is releasing an egg and making progesterone— and making it for long enough to counterbalance the effects of estrogen. [Both] are meant to be coordinated. They have fundamentally different actions on different tissues.” – Dr. Jerilynn Prior
Related to this episode:
- Resources to support Menstrual Health**
- Similar episodes on the Spotify Podcast Playlists: Women’s Health Foundations and Menstrual Health
- Share the article: Women’s Health and the Ovulation Cycle
- For Healthcare Providers: Managing Menorrhagia Without Surgery (CeMCOR)
- Why Is “The Pill” Harmful for Bones in Adolescent Women? (CeMCOR)
- Follow #RighttoOvulate on Instagram
- Get Dr. Lara Briden’s Books: Period Repair Manual and Hormone Repair Manual
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About Dr. Jerilynn Prior
Jerilynn C. Prior BA, MD, FRCPC (former ABIM, ABEM) is a Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. She has spent her career studying menstrual cycles and the effects of the cycle’s changing estrogen and progesterone hormone levels on women’s health.
She is the founder (2002) and Scientific Director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR). She is also Director of the BC Centre of the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos) that is studying osteoporosis, fractures, and bone mineral density and has followed over 9000 adult women and men across the country for over 19 years, plus about 1,000 younger women and men aged 16-24 for two years.
About Dr. Lara Briden
Lara Briden is a naturopathic doctor and bestselling author of the books Period Repair Manual and Hormone Repair Manual— practical guides to treating period problems with nutrition, supplements, and bioidentical hormones.
With a strong science background, Lara sits on several advisory boards and is the lead author of a 2020 paper published in a peer-reviewed medical journal. She has more than 20 years’ experience in women’s health and currently has consulting rooms in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she treats women with PCOS, PMS, endometriosis, perimenopause, and many other hormone- and period-related health problems.
*The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for information purposes to enable you to have more effective conversations with your doctor. Always talk to your doctor before making health-related decisions.
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