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Why Ovulation is Critical for Women's Overall Health | Dr. Lara Briden and Dr. Jerilynn Prior

Uncover the significance of ovulation beyond fertility with Drs. Prior and Briden, emphasizing its vital role in women's overall health and hormonal balance.


Why is it important to know when you are ovulating? In this episode, Dr. Jerilynn Prior and Dr. Lara Briden return to the podcast to discuss why ovulation, rather than the period, is the main event of the menstrual cycle. They share how the ovulation phase is crucial to your overall health (not just fertility), and how to address hormonal imbalance. Listen to this interesting discussion where they reveal important health facts women of all ages need to know.  


What you’ll learn:

  • What happens hormonally during ovulation? Why is it so important?

  • What is the meaning of ovulation and anovulation?

  • Can you have anovulation with regular periods?

  • Female hormones (estrogen vs progesterone) and how they impact ovulation

  • How to track ovulation 

  • What are the signs that you are not ovulating?

  • How to know if you are making too much estrogen

  • What is a normal luteal phase?

  • Can you take birth control as a teenager?*


“What matters [for women’s health] is releasing an egg and making progesterone— and making it for long enough to counterbalance the effects of estrogen. [Both] are meant to be coordinated. They have fundamentally different actions on different tissues.” - Dr. Jerilynn Prior

Ovulation is critical for overall women's health, not just fertility

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The information shared by Fempower Health is not medical advice but for informational purposes to enable you to have more effective conversations with your doctor.  Always talk to your doctor before making health-related decisions. Additionally, the views expressed by the Fempower Health podcast guests are their own and their appearance on the program does no