Because so many of my patients have been fertility patients this season, most of my books have been focused on hormonal regulation. First it was finally picking up Lisa Hendrickson-Jack’s book. This time it was Nicole Jardim’s Fix Your Period. Fix Your Period is a hands-on, six week program that will take you from morosely menstrual to period positive. And it’s all because Nicole Jardim has been where you are. Featured image and cover photo by Mark Arron Smith from Pexels

Fix Your Period by Nicole Jardim

The slow pace of quarantine life means that there has been a drastic uptick in my reading time.

Pretty much daily, the intern and I will be at the table with our respective pineapple agua freca and black coffee, quietly paging through books.

Mornings are not for talking in the Gustafson household.

Because so many of my patients have been fertility patients this season, most of my books have been focused on hormonal regulation. First it was finally picking up Lisa Hendrickson-Jack’s book. This time it was Nicole Jardim’s Fix Your Period.

Fix Your Period is a hands-on, six week program that will take you from morosely menstrual to period positive. And it’s all because Nicole Jardim has been where you are.

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Friends. I don’t often kill a non-fiction book in two days (too many notes to write.) But the Fifth Vital Sign by Lisa Hendrickson-Jack? I legitimately got hand cramps from the notes I took and I read the whole thing in less than two days. The Fifth Vital sign is now a book I will recommend with the same passion that I evangelize Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler with and for many of the same reasons. Lisa Hendrickson-Jack presents an evidenced-based body of work with over 1,000 scientific references to improve your body literacy and ultimately your health. But that’s not the only reason I love this book. Photo by Irina Iriser from Pexels

The Fifth Vital Sign by Lisa Hendrickson-Jack

Friends. I don’t often kill a non-fiction book in two days (too many notes to write.) But the Fifth Vital Sign by Lisa Hendrickson-Jack? I legitimately got hand cramps from the notes I took and I read the whole thing in less than two days.

The Fifth Vital sign is now a book I will recommend with the same passion that I evangelize Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler with and for many of the same reasons.

Lisa Hendrickson-Jack presents an evidenced-based body of work with over 1,000 scientific references to improve your body literacy and ultimately your health.

But that’s not the only reason I love this book.

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When you work with the seasons and death cycles, you learn that decline is a part of life and it’s usually a healthy part of the process. Trees wouldn’t flourish in the summer if they didn’t rest in the winter, the day doesn’t happen without the night and we wouldn’t continue our reproductive cycle without healthy menstruation. Have you been told your entire life that your period is gross, something you shouldn’t talk about, something shameful or even, sinful? What would happen if you saw it has a healthy sign of ovulation and embraced it as a time of rest? My bet is that it would be life changing and if you’re interested you should definitely read on. Featured image and cover photo by Tyler Lastovich from Pexels

Taming the Red Dragon: Menstruation in Chinese Medicine

When you work with the seasons and death cycles, you learn that decline is a part of life and it’s usually a healthy part of the process. Trees wouldn’t flourish in the summer if they didn’t rest in the winter, the day doesn’t happen without the night and we wouldn’t continue our reproductive cycle without healthy menstruation.

Have you been told your entire life that your period is gross, something you shouldn’t talk about, something shameful or even, sinful?

What would happen if you saw it has a healthy sign of ovulation and embraced it as a time of rest? My bet is that it would be life changing and if you’re interested you should definitely read on.

Featured image and cover photo by Tyler Lastovich from Pexels

Dysmenorrhea is something most women have experienced at least once in their life and many women experience monthly. Dys– means ‘painful’. Meno– means ‘pertaining to menses or menstruation’. –rrhea means “to flow through”. Dysmenorrhea – painful menstrual flow. The most common presentation of dysmenorrhea is menstrual cramps. Many women think that painful periods and menstrual cramps are just a normal part of life. It doesn’t need to be this way. Menstruation can be a positive and painless part of your existence and this is how acupuncture can help.​ Featured image and cover photo by Pedro Figueras from Pexels

How to get rid of painful menstrual cramps

Dysmenorrhea is something most women have experienced at least once in their life and many women experience monthly.

Dys– means ‘painful’. Meno– means ‘pertaining to menses or menstruation’. –rrhea means “to flow through”.

Dysmenorrhea – painful menstrual flow.

The most common presentation of dysmenorrhea is menstrual cramps. Many women think that painful periods and menstrual cramps are just a normal part of life. It doesn’t need to be this way.

Menstruation can be a positive and painless part of your existence and this is how acupuncture can help.​

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