Having suffered with extremely painful and heavy periods since I was a teenager, I am no stranger to the dread that comes every 28-32 days like clockwork. When Aunt Flo comes to visit and she leaves you huddled in a corner feeling beat up and exhausted.

Not only is suffering from painful periods, or dysmenorrhea, enough justification to seek guidance in shifting this frequent torture, but having painful or very heavy periods can often be one of the first signs that something is off in your body.

Symptoms are the language that our body speaks. Instead of ignoring the foreign language, we must learn to translate it. This is what I do in my practice. Having painful periods is a symptoms that can have a few different root causes, but all warrant attention. This could be from excess estrogen due to genetic expression, liver health, toxic products, diet, gut health, or other hormonal imbalances such as low progesterone. It could be from inflammation from the fats and food you eat to the toxins you have been exposed to, and the state of your microbiome, or gut bacteria. It could be from emotional trauma or simply it is letting you know that your body is out of balance and you need to rest, slow down, and pay attention.

These underlying mechanisms at play may only show up now as pain during your period, but if left un-dealt with can lay the foundation for chronic or more serious diseases down the road such as breast cancer, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, infertility, autoimmunity, heart disease, and depression.

I work with women to get to the root cause and help shift imbalances so your period can go from painful to pleasant. This not only creates a welcome visit for Aunt Flo, it helps to shift the health trajectory of the rest of your life.