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May 30, 2024 56 mins
Periods are taboo! Despite the fact that half of the world’s population experience them. This taboo has led to countless myths around the topic. “The internet’s gynecologist” Dr. Jen Gunter is here to usher in a new era where people understand – and can advocate for – what they need as their body changes each cycle. Jonathan is joined by Dr Sarah Berry and Dr Jen Gunter to get a better understanding of our body's behavior during the menstrual cycle. Jen will provide you with her period toolkit and offer solutions to the most common problems of modern-day period health. Dr. Jen Gunter is a gynecologist and pain medicine physician at the Permanente Medical Group in northern California. Her books ‘The Vagina Bible’ and ‘The Menopause Manifesto’ were both New York Times bestsellers. Her 2024 book ‘Blood’ tackles the science, medicine and mythology of menstruation. 🌱 Try our new plant based wholefood supplement - Daily 30 *Naturally high in copper which contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism and the normal function of the immune system Learn how your body responds to food 👉 zoe.com/podcast for 10% off Follow ZOE on Instagram. Timecodes: 00:00 Introduction 01:26 Quickfire questions 02:31 Shame culture around menstruation 04:20 The evolution and purpose of the menstrual cycle 06:30 Menstrual cycle mechanics 11:08 Understanding heavy periods and iron deficiency 14:01 Addressing period pain and discomfort 21:39 Diet, appetite, and periods: what's the connection? 26:09 Understanding PMS and PMDD 27:55 PMS causes and symptoms 30:52 Treatment options for PMS and PMDD 31:51 Demystifying polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) 35:42 The role of diet and obesity in PCOS 37:32 Advice for managing PMS 40:19 Menstrual cramps and pain management 47:08 Iron supplementation strategies 📚 Dr. Jen Gunter’s books: The Menopause Manifesto Blood: The Science, Medicine, and Mythology of Menstruation 📚 Books from our ZOE Scientists: Every Body Should Know This by Dr Federica Amati Recipes for a Better Menopause by Dr Federica Amati Food For Life by Prof. Tim Spector Studies related to today’s episode: Prevalence of Iron Deficiency and Iron-Deficiency Anemia in US Females Aged 12-21 Years, 2003-2020, from the Journal of the American Medical Association The Role of Estrogen in Insulin Resistance: A Review of Clinical and Preclinical Data, from The American Journal of Pathology Have feedback or a topic you'd like us to cover? Let us know here Episode transcripts are available here.
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