My favourite cycle-healing resources
For those of you who have been reading here for a little while you’ll know that finding ways to help my body have a natural menstrual cycle is a big focus of mine. When I stopped taking the pill a bit over 2.5 years ago, I was very concerned about my cycles resuming the pattern I’d experienced before I started on it 13 years before at 16. While I haven’t gotten to a stage where I have regular cycle, I have avoided many of the symptoms I had previously experienced, like crippling pain, constant mid-cycle and breakthrough bleeding, and who knows when I was actually ovulating. Health isn’t a goal, an end point so I’m very happy continuing to support my body to be at the healthiest I can be. This process is often confusing and difficult to follow, and I definitely didn’t to it alone. Today, I’m sharing the 6 resources that have helped and continue to help me improve my health and connect with my menstrual cycle:
Debunking Ovulation – Nat Kringoudis
*Image from Nat’s blog
This was the first resource I committed to around female health since high school (oh dear!), and it doesn’t disappoint! In this e-course, Nat explains the essentials of the female menstrual cycle in a easy to understand way that makes understanding the mysteries of the female body not so mysterious. I was lucky enough a few years ago to attend Debunking Ovulation in person at a live event, but this course is available online. A perfect resource to understand the menstrual cycle, and great information to share with your daughter, niece or friend. Check out Nat’s store for a bunch of other goodies including Well & Good, her book for all-round health and the other ‘Debunking’ courses. Nat’s blog is also full of amazing information, well worth a lazy Sunday read.
Healing Hypothalamic Amenorrhea – Kate Callaghan
*Image from Kate’s website.
Where Nat’s course is great for a first look at the menstrual cycle as a whole, Kate’s book is perfect, if like me, you’ve had a menstrual cycle and things have gone off track. Kate specifically digs into hypothalamic amenorrhea, which is a condition where despite a lack medical interventions like the pill, your menstrual cycle is AWOL. While I did get my first period within 6 weeks of coming off the pill and was able to confirm ovulation, the tools Kate provides in this book are helpful for anyone with missing cycles or other symptoms. My favourite part was reading Kate’s story, and those of the other women included who have gone from having missing, painful or difficult cycles and hearing how their persistence and efforts have helped them manage their conditions. There may have been tears. Kate also has a Healing HA e-course where you can receive direct support and access to her community, as well as a bunch of other resources. Not to mention – I visit her blog so regularly I can type out the url.
*Image gratefully supplied by Claire Baker
I blogged about this wonderful book earlier in the year, so it’ll be no shock this made it to my list. Learning to appreciate and even love my body for a function I’ve previously hated and wanted prevented through surgical means is no mean feat. Claire’s book teaches you how to work with your cycle, rather than feeling like you’re held hostage by it – and every cycling human needs that in their life. You can find Claire’s book in her e-store, along with her other books and resources.
FemmeHead – Victoria Jones
I found Victoria’s YouTube channel after it was shared by a mutual friend, and I’m so glad I took a look! Victoria shares her own experience with coming off the pill and discovering FAM (fertility awareness method), as well as book reviews, period product reviews for cups & lifestyle tips and tricks she’s discovered while becoming a cycle-loving woman. I love Victoria’s easy, natural approach to her videos and it makes me come back for more.
Nicole Jardim – Blog
Nicole is a women’s health and functional nutrition coach, and her blog is my go-to when I want more on the science behind any of the weird symptoms I experience. She has a wonderful way of explaining the science behind hormones & nutrition that makes it simple to understand. On top of that, I love hanging out on her instagram feed which is the perfect blend of informative and hilarious, and she makes The Period Party podcast with the lovely Nat Kringoudis! Nicole has a hoard of e-courses and books (full disclosure, I haven’t used any of her products, but if my go-to, Nat K decided to move to a tropical island without internet, I’d have a good cry then email Nicole).
Yep, that’s me! I’ve got lots of posts on this very blog about my experiences with my cycle, periods and my illness! I hope you stick around to read a few! My video about period products is a great place to start.
And one more, just for fun:
The Heavy Flow Podcast – Amanda Laird
This is a brand new podcast from Canadian Amanda where she discusses everything cycle related – FAM, abnormal symptoms, body acceptance, gender and more with some amazing guests. I have to admit so far I’ve only listened to the first episode, but I spend a lot of time grinning, rewinding and pausing to take notes that I know I’m going to love this with each episode. Head over to Amanda’s site to learn more and listen to the episodes.
FYI – I love each and every one of these resources, and have paid for each of them myself. None of the links are affiliate links.