Lara Briden's Podcast

Lara Briden's Podcast

Everything women’s health in under 15 minutes by an experienced naturopathic doctor and bestselling author of the books Period Repair Manual and Hormone Repair Manual. Simple explanations for topics such as PCOS, endometriosis, hormonal birth control, and more. Visit Lara’s forum to post a question for a future episode.


January 17, 2023 11 min

Why do antihistamines cause weight gain? And how does hormonal birth control affect metabolism?

In this episode, Lara looks at:

  • how common medications affect metabolism
  • why birth control that is *androgenic* is more likely to cause weight gain, and
  • whether natural progesterone is more likely to cause weight gain or weight loss.
  • Links:

  • The histaminergic system as a target for the prevention of obesity and metabolic syndrome
  • High H1-affinit...
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    Are you a morning person or an evening person? And could that affect your ability to lose weight?

    In this episode, Lara looks at chronotype, which is your individual disposition to be awake or asleep at certain times. And how that might affect your overall health and metabolism.

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    September 30, 2022 10 min

    The supplement inositol is a superstar for treating polycystic ovary syndrome. It’s also been clinically trialled for weight loss, thyroid disease, anxiety, insomnia, and premenstrual mood symptoms. 

    In this episode, Lara looks at:

  • "what is inositol?" and how to get it from diet
  • myo-inositol versus D-chiro-inositol, and 
  • why it's all a little confusing.
  • One thing Lara forgot to mention is that to get results with inositol, y...

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    What do post-pill acne, hair loss, and weight gain all have in common? They can all be the result of a temporary surge in androgens when trying to come off certain types of hormonal birth control.

    In this episode, Lara discusses post-pill androgen symptoms including:

  • why pills like Yasmin are the hardest to come off
  • how androgens can cause weight gain, and
  • natural treatments such as zinc, berberine, and cyclic progesterone therapy.
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    Are premenstrual mood symptoms caused by progesterone or helped by progesterone? And why do antihistamines give such relief?

    In this episode, Lara discusses premenstrual mood symptoms including:

  • the role of histamine and mast cell activation
  • progesterone sensitivity, and
  • effective natural treatments such as magnesium, iodine, and body-identical progesterone.
  • Links:

  • Lara Briden's mailing list
  • Magnesium in the gynecological practice: a ...
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    There can be a strong hormonal component to abdominal weight gain. And in most people, that hormone is insulin. 

    In this episode, Lara discusses insulin resistance including:

  • why you could have insulin resistance even if your blood sugar is normal
  • the role of mitochondria, and
  • all the ways to lower insulin and improve metabolism.
  • Links:

  • Online workshop: Metabolic health and vitality for women over 40
  • Insulin resistance is a cellular antio...
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    If you're going to take hormone therapy, it's safer to take hormones that are identical to human hormones. In other words, hormones that are body-identical or bioidentical. The concept of bioidentical used to be controversial but is now conventional and mainstream.

    In this episode, Lara discusses hormone therapy including:

  • why the concept of bioidentical was controversial when it didn't need to be
  • oral micronized progester...
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    Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease that’s affected by hormones but is not caused by hormones. Instead, endometriosis is, at least in part, a disease of immune dysfunction. 

    In this episode, Lara discusses some of the new endometriosis research including:

  • the link with genes that increase the risk of autoimmune disease
  • the role of a bacterial toxin called lipopolysaccharide or LPS, and
  • new targets for natural immune-modulating tre...
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    Were you told you have polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS based on a pelvic ultrasound? That may or may not be an accurate diagnosis because PCOS cannot actually be diagnosed or ruled out with ultrasound.

    In this episode, Lara discusses PCOS including:

  • why PCOS is an umbrella term
  • the difference between polycystic ovaries and ovarian cysts, and
  • why some women with undereating and endometriosis are being mistakenly told they have PCOS.
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    February 18, 2022 10 min

    In a normal period, you should not lose more than about 80 mL of menstrual fluid over all the days of the bleed. That’s equivalent to about five tablespoons spread over all the days of the bleed. In this episode, Lara discusses heavy periods including:

  • the role of hormone imbalance, mast cell activation, and insulin resistance,
  • simple period-lightening strategies such as iron, zinc, and a dairy-free diet, and
  • using body-identical prog...
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    February 3, 2022 12 min

    The pill is commonly prescribed to "regulate periods," but it can't actually do that because withdrawal bleeds from contraceptive drugs are not real menstrual cycles. 

    In episode one of The Lara Briden Podcast, Dr Lara covers:

  • what is a real menstrual cycle
  • why there's no medical reason to bleed monthly on the pill, and 
  • the difference between contraceptive drugs and real hormones. 
  • Links to:

  • Blog post about cyclic proges...
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