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Laura Wershler is a sexual and reproductive health advocate, writer, and speaker with thirty years of experience working and volunteering for pro-choice organizations in Canada. For the last decade, she has focused on menstrual cycle advocacy, supported by her membership and volunteer work with the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. Laura is a fierce advocate for body literacy – in fact, she coined the term – and supporter of all menstruators enjoying regular ovulatory cycles to support their overall health.

In this episode, Laura and I talk about the protective power of our ovulatory cycles, how the misinformation around menstrual suppression makes it difficult for menstruators to make informed decisions, the big problem with the “pill for every female ill” mindset, why she feels positive about the direction menstrual cycle awareness is taking, and so much more. This episode is fire, enjoy!

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Here are the highlights of what we cover during this episode: 

  • Why the message that periods have no value beyond reproduction is so harmful
  • The protective power of our ovulatory cycles
  • Problematic articles about menstrual suppression that have appeared recently in the media
  • How the mainstream rhetoric about menstrual suppression keeps us from making properly informed decisions
  • The common use of the pill to mask symptoms without exploring underlying issues
  • How the disconnect between gynecology and endocrinology impacts menstruators
  • Changing the standard of care for girls
  • The positive changes we’re seeing in the areas of menstrual health and menstrual cycle advocacy
  • Surprising side effects identified through research into hormonal contraception

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