Period Repair Manual + Review

Period Repair Manual + Review

I love to read books. Always have, always will. Whenever I see book recommendations on the forums I frequent, I usually end up buying them or at least looking them up on Amazon.

On a recent perusal of r/pcos, I came across a few people raving about a book called, Period Repair Manual by Lara Briden. It sounded right up my alley so I bought it.

In this post, I will provide some information on the book as well as my review on it!

About the author

The author of this book is named, Lara Briden. She is a naturopathic doctor with her own practice that focuses on hormonal health in women.

Lara has racked up a great amount of experience in this field and claims to have had many happy patients.

What a naturopathic doctor is

This type of medical practice is based on self-healing  through more natural methods. These include botanical medication, special diets, meditation, yoga and more.

To become a naturopathic doctor, one must start off with a bachelor’s degree that includes pre-medical courses. They then will enter a naturopathic medical school which is another four years.

Unfortunately, this type of medicine is considered non-evidence based. The terms, “quackery” and “scammy” are thrown around a lot in conversations about it.

About the book

The Period Repair Manual is a good sized book with a lot of content presented. The overall goal of the book is to help women fix hormonal problems, naturally.

There are different topics that the author touches on. Here are summaries of the information presented in each area:

  • Hormonal/menstrual cycle information: Lara goes in depth about the science behind our hormones and cycles. This includes what hormones our bodies produce, what our menstrual cycles consist of, what our periods should be like and what happens to our hormones as we age.
  • Problems with our menstrual cycles and conditions: The book talks a lot about things that can go wrong in our cycles (i.e. severe cramps and bad PMS) as well as conditions that can make our hormones get wacky. Some of these conditions mentioned are PCOS, endometriosis, inflammatory conditions, thyroid issues, gut microbiome imbalances, perimenopause and menopause.
  • Treatments: Lara has a lot of treatments that she recommends for the aforementioned problems and conditions. Changing up our diets is something she makes a case for. She also talks a lot about how avoiding wheat and dairy products. Some examples of supplements that she prescribes to her patients include turmeric, vitamin D, vitamin B6, NAC, licorice and many more.

Don’t be fooled when looking at these three short summaries-there is a ton of content! The book also includes resources and a list of the supplements she mentioned along with what they can be used for.

My personal review of the book

The Period Repair Manual was an enjoyable read for me. It was very interesting and I could not put it down.

I loved that the scientific explanations are written in a way that many people can understand. This means that readers will not feel alienated which is a wonderful thing.  Also, the way that she breaks up the text using subheadings increases its readability even more.

I have done a lot of reading about hormones but I definitely learned new things from Lara! For example, I experience post-menstrual syndrome which isn’t talked about a lot. In this book, I found out that it is because of my anovulatory cycles (cycles where I failed to ovulate). The author says that means that a lot of the periods I get are not actually true bleeds. Wow!

Reading about supplements is fun for me. I have heard of all of the ones that Lara mentioned but I did not know exactly what they could be used for in regards to hormones. For example, zinc is something the author talks about as being helpful for PCOS and PMS. I had no idea about that!

In my opinion, her stance on diet might be off putting to some. She seems to be against low carb diets which has shown to really help women with PCOS. Also, the “good” diet menu example she gives pretty much only works for those that make a lot of money.

The sections about detoxing the body made me cringe honestly. I have heard about detoxification from quite a few health gurus and it always seemed fake to me.

Lara talked about there being four types of PCOS. This was very interesting to me. I am still not sure which type I would fall under though.

The last thing I want to mention regarding what I liked about the book, is the review at the end. There is so much information that the author provides so it is nice to have some main take-away points.

I would recommend it

The Period Repair Manual had a lot of content and was really interesting. If someone is struggling with their hormones and cycle, this may be a great resource for them.

The author offers many treatments for the variety of issues that women can have. In my opinion, it is probably not a good idea to go out and buy every supplement she mentions though. One should do some extra research on them first.

If birth control is something that a woman wants to be on, that is their choice. This book is just giving alternative options.

My rating: 4.5/5

As always, thanks for reading!

The book: https://www.amazon.com/Period-Repair-Manual-Treatment-Hormones/dp/0648352404/ref=sr_1_1?crid=O985BK3NCH9H&dchild=1&keywords=the+period+repair+manual&qid=1593554041&sprefix=The+Period%2Caps%2C215&sr=8-1

Lara Briden’s blog: https://www.larabriden.com/blog/

#womenshealth  #books  #bookworm  #hormones  #menstrualcycle  #periodproblems  #pms  #health  #supplements

Sasha Pieterse: A Not So Pretty Little Diagnosis

Sasha Pieterse: A Not So Pretty Little Diagnosis

Seeing PCOS in the media will help get the word out.

As a woman who suffers from PCOS, I appreciate hearing/reading about other people’s experiences with this diagnosis. This is because it makes me see that I am not alone with my struggles and gives me ideas on how to treat it.

I am sure others feel this way too.

There are celebrities that have PCOS. Since they have such a huge platform to work with, them speaking out about their diagnosis can do a world of good for many of us.

Actress, Sasha Pieterse, is one of the celebrities with PCOS and she has talked about it in the past.  

Pretty Liars Fame

Most people have heard of this popular show! I myself went through a period of liking it even though I was probably a little too old for it. I never watched the last two seasons as I got sick of it.

I have no idea who “A” is, and I don’t really care to be honest.

Sasha played the character named, Alison DiLaurentis. The character is like a “mean girl.” Popular and manipulative.

I was surprised to find out that she was only 12 years old at the start of the show. Whoa! I would have never guessed that. She did a great job though.

One of the things that was noticeable to fans over the run of the show was her weight gain. She was shamed for it which was most likely really upsetting.

Sigh. I could never be a celebrity!

After a while she decided to speak about how PCOS was to blame for the gain.

What she had to say

Sasha talked about the amount of weight that she gained (70 pounds) and the fact that she did not know what was going on. She also suffered from irregular periods. It took a lot of doctor’s appointments for her to finally end up with the PCOS diagnosis.

This is unfortunately all too common when it comes to women with this hormonal disease. Things go haywire in our bodies and we have to get multiple medical appointments/tests to find the answers. Some doctors know a lot about PCOS but many do not so we might not get much help from them.

Sasha is pregnant!

I came across a recent article talking about how she is expecting her first child! Check it out: https://www.the-sun.com/entertainment/893394/pretty-little-liars-sasha-pieterse-pregnant-child-pcos/

Fertility is one of the things that PCOS can negatively affect so seeing that she is pregnant may give other women hope that they can be too.

Getting PCOS in the media is very beneficial

It is important that more people know about this condition. A lot of women are suffering in silence not knowing what is going on with them and many doctors do not understand it.

Another thing that I hope PCOS in the media will do is bring light to the fact that weight can be very difficult for some of us with it to manage. I have read that quite a few women with this diagnosis get accused of stuffing their faces with junk food and being too lazy to workout. That is really hurtful for people to hear.

All PCOS sufferers deserve to get their voices heard and get a treatment plan that works for them.

Thanks for reading!

#prettylittleliars  #sashapieterse  #celebrities  #pcos  #womenshealth

Milk Thistle/Silymarin: Does This Really Help PCOS?

Milk Thistle/Silymarin: Does This Really Help PCOS?

I didn’t know what other picture to use!

As stated before, I love to do research on supplements and other science/health related things. Too bad I can’t make a career out of it!

Going on Pinterest or just typing “PCOS” into a Google search, comes up with lists of supplements that people say will help this condition. I plan on reading up on them and making posts showing my findings. These may or may not interest anyone but myself.

As the title states, this post is all about milk thistle. I will be discussing what it is, the alleged benefits, research done on it and my thoughts. Read on if you are curious!

Milk thistle: what it is and what it might do

The scientific name for milk thistle is silybum Marianum. This plant is native to North Africa, Southern Europe and parts of Asia. Its use in traditional medicine goes back thousands of years.

The active ingredient that is extracted from the plant is called, silymarin. This is said to be what causes the benefits it is touted as having.

The alleged benefits of milk thistle/silymarin are as follows:

  1. Helps acne and aging of the skin
  2. Treats liver problems
  3. Lowers cholesterol
  4. Treats type 2 diabetes
  5. Helps with indigestion
  6. Helps with hangovers

Milk thistle is sold in oil, capsule and powder form from a variety of brands. The dosage is usually 250 mg taken 1-2 times per day.

The side effects of supplementing with milk thistle include GI discomforts and headaches. It is also important to know that milk thistle should not be combined with medications that are changed by the liver (there are many, with Tylenol being one of them), estrogen pills and statins.

The research

There was a good amount of research articles I found on silymarin. One study did mention that there were poor study methods involved in some of the ones showing evidence of beneficial effects. That didn’t stop me from reading them though!

The liver-helping effects of silymarin were noted in several studies. The positive results that study participants obtained were by way of the lowering of their liver enzymes. Researchers believe that there is a lot of promise in this area.

When looking into milk thistle’s use as a supplement, I did not see that it could possibly be of use in the treatment of cancer. A few of the articles I read discussed there being anti-carcinogenic effects. One study even showed that it could help with chemotherapy side effects.

In most of the articles, there were said to be a lot of antioxidant actions with the supplementation of this plant. The researchers are saying that these effects are what causes the liver healing benefits shown in the studies. There were also some anti-inflammatory benefits that seemed to improve lung impairments.

In terms of the treatment of diabetes, results tended to be mixed. There were declines in blood glucose levels, but it was mainly in the study participants that also had liver problems. Also, the antioxidant actions did seem to show some positive effects on diabetic neuropathy.

The acne and hyperpigmentation lightening ability shown in some of the studies seemed like another promising benefit. There was a moderate reduction in the incidence and severity of acne lesions in the study participants. Antiaging and UVA protection potential was also noted which was attributed to the antioxidant effects that silymarin is said to have.

I only found a couple of research articles that mentioned things that could be relevant to PCOS. One showed there being some phytoestrogenic activity. This means that it could either reduce or increase estrogen levels. There were some mixed results regarding the supplementation of it improving fertility in women and sperm quality.

My thoughts

First, I should start off with the fact that I am not a medical professional or scientists. I know nothing other than what I read from various sources.

In my opinion, lifestyle changes (diet and consistent exercise) should be made if need be before jumping into trying milk thistle/silymarin or other supplements. I have read about women having a lot of success adding in these things to their daily diets though.

 It is important to understand that milk thistle/silymarin should NOT be combined with certain medications (liver changing ones) you are taking. I, myself, am unable to take this supplement due to being on a medication called, Lamictal.

As far as just attempting to treat skin problems (a symptom many of us with PCOS have), it could be worth a try. The silymarin can be bought in powder or solution form (see here: https://www.bulkactives.com/product/product/silymarin.html)  and used in a DIY skincare recipe.

In summary

Milk thistle/silymarin does show the possibility of having good benefits for a few different things. There needs to be more research done on it though (like so many other supplements!).

There is a lot of positive anecdotal evidence out there for it, but one should still be careful if they decide to take it.

Have you any of you taken milk thistle/silymarin to treat PCOS?

Thanks for reading!

Sources-

https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Silybum+marianum

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK11896/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17548793

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31956630

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27980584

https://examine.com/supplements/milk-thistle/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22354081

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6470681/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3198528/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4310066/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3519762/

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