Why Ovulation is Critical for Women's Overall Health | Dr. Jerilynn Prior & Dr. Lara Briden
Dr. Jerilynn Prior and Dr. Lara Briden are back on the podcast. In this episode, they discuss why ovulation, rather than our period, is the main event of the menstrual cycle. It is an important and interesting discussion shedding light on important concepts that impact women of all ages.
We cover the following:
- What happens during ovulation and why is it so important?
- What is the meaning of ovulation and anovulation?
- The importance of estrogen and progesterone and how they impact ovulation
- How ovulation tracking works
- Is it possible to have regular cycles and not ovulate?
- 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 is releasing an egg, making progesterone, and making it for long enough to counterbalance the effects of estrogen. They are meant to be coordinated. They have fundamentally different actions on different tissues.” – Dr. Jerilynn Prior
Curated resources to support Menstrual Health
Blog Posts from CeMCOR:
- For Healthcare Providers: Managing Menorrhagia Without Surgery
- Why Is “The Pill” Harmful for Bones in Adolescent Women?
Dr. Lara Briden’s Books:
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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 a 1000 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.