Dr. Lara Briden is a naturopathic doctor and theperiod revolutionary—leading the change to better periods.
Informed by a strong science background and more than 20 years with patients, Lara is a passionate communicator about women’s health and alternatives to hormonal birth control. Her book Period Repair Manual is a manifesto of natural treatment for better hormones and better periods and provides practical solutions using nutrition, supplements, and natural hormones. Now in its second edition, the book has been an underground sensation and has worked to quietly change the lives of tens of thousands of women.
Lara divides her time between Christchurch, New Zealand and Sydney, Australia, where she has her consulting rooms. She’s helped thousands of women find relief for period problems such as PCOS, PMS, endometriosis, and perimenopause.
5:00 Naturopathic Medicine and The Period Repair Manual
How to harness the healing power of the human body
Giving the tools people need to heal themselves
“Quietly subversive” = Lara’s mantra
7:11 Birth Control
“How the use of these conventional drugs can shut down women’s hormonal systems
16:24 The Danish Study
A correlation between birth control and antidepressants
“The two defining symptoms are irregular periods or higher male hormones.”
27:45 An Underlying Problem of PCOS: Insulin Resistance
How to know if you may have insulin resistance by certain signs and symptoms
31:35 Managing Carbohydrates
Factors like age, gender, and body type all play roles in figuring out the right carbohydrate intake for each individual
“If after 3-6 months, your periods disappear, that is a sign that you are not eating enough carbohydrates.”
37:10 Can Fasting Be Therapeutic?
The benefits of “gentle fasting with insulin resistance”
40:00 Top 5 Symptoms of Ovulation
How to tell when your body is ovulating through cycles, symptoms and testings
49:00 Post-Pill and Mood Regulation
Supplements that are helpful for regulating mood after getting off of the pill and the possible reasons behind experiencing mood swings
52:20 Hair Loss or “Alopecia”
Hormonal hair loss can be an effect depending on the type of birth control
57:15 Alternatives to Birth Control
Different options on avoiding pregnancy and fertility awareness methods
1:02:00 Spirit Animal