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and make progesterone — the period-lightening hormone. The treatment is to identify why you’re not ovulating and correct that, if possible. Common causes include insulin resistance and PCOS, as well as stress and perimenopause. Avoiding cow’s dairy can substantially lighten periods. Painful periods A little pain is normal if it occurs during the first day or two of your bleed and is mild enough that it can be relieved by ibuprofen. More severe pain can indicate fibroids, infection, or endometriosis, so please see your doctor. Normal period pain can be improved by avoiding junk food and cow’s dairy or by supplementing magnesium and zinc, which work by reducing prostaglandins. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) Premenstrual symptoms include irritability, headaches, and sugar cravings before your period. PMS is common so it's easy to think it just goes with the territory of having periods – but it doesn’t. With the right natural treatment, PMS can become a thing of the past. No irritability. No headache. No cravings. It is possible! The best way to improve PMS is with the supplements magnesium and vitamin B6, which work by boosting levels of GABA, a calming neurotransmitter in the brain. You can also support your calming hormone progesterone with the herbal medicine Vitex, which has been shown in some studies to be effective for the premenstrual symptoms of irritability, fluid retention, and breast pain. The pill is not a solution The pill can mask period problems. For example, it forces a withdrawal bleed, which reassures you that you've had a period when you really haven't because pill-bleeds are not periods. A real period is the bleed at the end of a natural ovulatory cycle (a menstrual cycle that includes ovulation as the main event). A pill-bleed is the bleed induced by stopping contraceptive drugs which are similar, but not identical, to your own hormones. There is no medical reason to bleed monthly on the pill. Lara Briden www.larabriden.com Lara Briden is a Christchurch naturopath and the author of the bestselling book Period Repair Manual: Every woman’s guide to better periods.

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