Do you remember the time you got your first period? Unless you’re one of the lucky few whose mothers loved and coached you through, chances are it wasn’t a sunshine and rainbows experience. Menstruation is so loaded with emotion, social judgment, and more often than not, personal shame.
Until very recently, hormonal health wasn’t discussed in a preventive context—in fact, unless you had a severe issue, and sometimes even that was overlooked depending on your doctor’s approach, you were probably put on hormonal birth control to wash away your skin, regularity, and cramping concerns. While this is indeed a helpful therapy for some women, the holistic health community widely believes that birth control treats symptoms of hormone imbalance without getting to the root cause.
So in the name of self-love (and exploration), we scoured the mbg archives for the best period advice and compiled it all here, speaking to a wide range of issues, ailments, symptoms, therapies, and research. Of course, talk to your doctor before making any changes to your hormone health regimen, especially with regard to supplements. Here’s to healing!