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Hi everyone,

Here are my top 8 things to know about periods. Number one is that a menstrual cycle is an ovulatory cycle and all other types of bleeds are something else.

Don't miss the upcoming perimenopause online summit. My interview is on Day 1 and is all about progesterone as treatment for heavy periods and sleep problems.

Finally, keep reading for my regular feature of New Research and Findings which includes new research about dairy and breast cancer.
Some basic knowledge about menstrual cycles:

⭕ A menstrual cycle is an "ovulatory cycle," in which ovulation is the main event.

⭕ Most other types of bleeds are either pill-bleeds or anovulatory cycles (breakthrough bleeding), such as what happens with PCOS, and on the implant, injection or mini-pill.

⭕ You can confirm ovulation by tracking basal body temperatures.

⭕ Ovulation comes first and then a period almost exactly two weeks later.

⭕ If you're not ovulating, but still having "periods," then you are having anovulatory cycles.

⭕ If you're not having bleeds, then you have either not ovulated or you're pregnant.

⭕ When you come off the pill, you can become pregnant without ever seeing a bleed because ovulation comes first and THEN the bleed. That's why you need to take some action to avoid pregnancy - barrier or withdrawal - even when you have amenorrhea (no periods).

⭕ It's (usually) not possible to ovulate but then not get a period or be pregnant. (The main exception is the hormonal IUD which can let you ovulate but not bleed.)

For more information, read:

New research and findings

A low-carb diet may prevent and reverse age-related effects within the brain.

Growing evidence that thyroid patients benefit from T4+T3 combination therapy
 
A new study has linked high dairy intake with an increased risk of breast cancer.

New review study of the benefits of selenium for autoimmune thyroid disease

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