Period Repair Manual – By Lara Briden

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Goodreads Synopsis: Period Repair Manual is your guide to better periods using natural treatments such as diet, nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, and natural hormones. It contains advice and tips for women of every age and situation. If you have a period (or want a period), then this book is for you.

Topics include:
* How to come off hormonal birth control
* What your period should be like
* What can go wrong
* How to talk to your doctor
* Treatment protocols for all common period problems, including PCOS and endometriosis

The second edition contains insights from Dr. Jerilynn Prior, more than 300 new references, and an additional chapter on perimenopause and menopause.

Written by a naturopathic doctor with more than twenty years of experience, this book is a compilation of everything that works for hormonal health.

Find on Goodreads and Amazon.

About three months ago I decided to go off of hormonal birth control. I’d been on birth control for the last few years, but now my partners and I looking to the future and thinking about children. So I decided to get a better handle on my health in a lot of different ways, and as such I’ve been reading various books, this being one of them.

Period Repair Manual is a fantastic help book, covering a wide variety of possible problems as well as information on how to talk to your doctor, and all the options on birth control. I really appreciated how much work was put into this book, and I’m doubly glad I bought it so that I can continually use it as a guide and reference.

As an author Briden has a style that’s easy to read and she’s clearly had a lot of experience in this area. The one thing that I didn’t like was the fact that she emphasized BMI and was a little intense about dieting.  On the one hand I do get that being a healthy weight is good, but on the other hand she just sounded very judgmental. And why are we still using BMI? It just seemed ignorant. The other note I will make is that this book is clearly written by and for the cis woman, with no mention of anyone else who might have a uterus.

That said I learned a lot and I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking into birth control options or considering going off of hormonal birth control.  Or for anyone who is having problems with their periods. This book will definitely give you a lot of help. I gave it four stars on Goodreads.

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