PODCAST: Nicole Jardim on hormone health and how to understand your cycle

In this episode, Meghan Murphy speaks with Nicole Jardim — “The Period Girl” — about how understanding hormones and your menstrual cycle can change your life.

Nicole Jardim

Women’s bodies are complex — our hormones, our fertility, our periods, the way our bodies function and change depending on what point we are at during our cycles, as well as throughout our lives, as we go through perimenopause and menopause. All this can impact our health, energy, sleep, libidos, mood, and more. Yet many of us know so little about our own bodies and cycles, as well as the way all kinds of things can impact our hormones, cycles, and periods — from the birth control we use, to what we eat, to things like the chemicals in cosmetics and plastics. In order to learn more about all of this, I spoke with Nicole Jardim, also known as “The Period Girl” — a health coach and all ‘round expert on women’s hormonal and reproductive health, over the phone this week, about everything from ovarian cysts to PMS to menopause and more.

To learn more about Nicole’s work, visit her website at nicolejardim.com, and check out her podcast, The Period Party, on iTunes. To learn more about Essure, as mentioned during this episode, visit Dr. Shawn Tassone’s website: tassonemd.com.

Meghan Murphy
Meghan Murphy

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, I-D, Truthdig, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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  • Maeve

    Great and really informative. It’s sad that with the healthcare here in the U.S. and lack of research into women’s health in general that so many of us must do our own research and seek out advocates like the awesome woman you interviewed. I’m in my late 30s and have been experiencing peri-menopause for several years (I took birth control from age 16-26 which screwed me up) and have found that reducing sugar, making my own bone broth in my instant pot using chicken backs along with spending some dough on probiotics (Natren) and making my own yogurt and spiced milk that I get straight from a cow at a local organic farm has been helping me a lot. I know, it’s strange but it works for me. I hadn’t even drank supermarket milk for decades due to “lactose intolerance” and now I drink raw cow milk just fine. My cycle went from a 21 day to a 28 day with just that change. I also use Dr. Teresa Dale’s homeopathic hormone rejuvination cream. I was skeptical of this since it’s pricey, but I don’t get night sweats or hot flashes and I sleep better after I started that a year ago. Those are some things that have worked for me. Perhaps some day this stuff will be covered or more affordable… we need to just get more “hysterical!” And I have also used “pull-out” for a long time and have been successful. Thanks Meghan!

  • Joanna

    As to “pull-out”, I think that it’s unfortunately a very risky method which can be also very stressful for many women (especially in countries without easy access to abortion)… I would not recommend it myself. My personal favourite was the hormone-releasing IUD, though I needed local anaesthetic to have it fitted!

  • Meghan Murphy

    I’ll try to have her back on again to talk more… There were soooo many more questions I wanted to ask her but we ran out of time!

  • Meghan Murphy

    Sex is messy.

  • Meghan Murphy

    Well yes, that’s the idea….

  • Ginny Grinevitch

    Another resource: https://www.larabriden.com/