The Midwives' Cauldron

Periods and perimenopause with Dr Lara Briden

February 23, 2024 Dr Lara Briden, Dr Rachel Reed, Katie James Season 5 Episode 8
The Midwives' Cauldron
Periods and perimenopause with Dr Lara Briden
Show Notes

Lara Briden is a naturopathic doctor and bestselling author of the books Period Repair Manual and Hormone Repair Manual — practical guides to treating period problems with nutrition, supplements, and bioidentical hormones. 

With a strong science background, Lara sits on several advisory boards and is the lead author on a couple of peer-reviewed papers

She has more than 20 years’ experience in women’s health and currently has consulting rooms in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she treats women with PCOS, PMS, endometriosis, perimenopause, and many other hormone- and period-related health problems.

On this episode we discuss with Lara all things periods and perimenopause. 

  • What is perimenopause? The nine symptoms you need to know!
  • Is midlife really from 37? 
  • What is going on hormonally and how this affects our entire body system
  • Dealing with heavy periods
  • Supplementing our hormones 
  • Taking the contraceptive pill  
  • Dealing with stress, does perimenopause affect our ability to cope the same as before? 
  • Alcohol use and the real truth you need to know! 
  •  All things ‘sorting your sleep out’ including dealing with night shifts! 
  • All this and so much  more! 


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Graph of hormonal changes of perimenopause
Graph of menstrual cycle 




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