If you are reading this post, chances are that you either struggle with your own health or want to help a loved one. Maybe you don’t know exactly what to search for or where to look at and feel desperate and alone.
Every one of us fights our own battle and, although the name of the battle can be the same, the way we do and the feeling we experience are most of the times different due to our personal stories and circumstances. But what we all have in common is the need for feeling part of a community and be understood, sharing the same struggles and finding some empathy.
Over the last two years, I have come across lots of organisations, women and resources that have been helping me and giving me the tools to cope better during the rainy days.
How many of these incredible people do you know? Today I’m going to share with you the top 6 experts of all the time on PMDD, women’s and hormonal health that really changed my life for the better.
And by the end of this article, you will:
- have tools and resources to use during a crisis and rainy days
- build a support network of brave women ready to help and share
- know where to get peer support
- be able to help a loved one struggling with female reproductive health, if you are a partner/family member/friend
- NOT FEEL ALONE! ♥
Ready? Let’s dive in!
Expert #1: IAPMD
IAPMD (the International Association For Premenstrual Disorders) was founded in 2013 by Amanda LaFleur and Sandi MacDonald (originally NAPMDD, the National Association for Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder). It is now a worldwide non-profit association providing support, information and resources for anyone impacted by premenstrual disorders. Their website is an amazing source of information, tools and resources both for patients and professional. They provide information about treatments available, how to find a doctor in your area, tracking your symptoms, get diagnosed and much more. They also offer multi-language support and resources: they provide one-on-one peer support in English, Spanish, Italian, German, French, Romanian, Visayan, Tagalog, and Indonesian thanks to their multi-lingual peer support team. There’s also a dedicated blog where you can find stories of other women who share their journey navigating the nightmare of premenstrual disorders.
As a woman and mum, I personally appreciate their section ‘Talking with kids’ as it gives you tips on how to explain to your kids (with simple words and examples) why mummy is not well sometimes and communicate at a level that is appropriate to their age.
You can learn more about IAPMD here https://iapmd.org/
Expert #2: Vicious Cycle
Vicious Cycle is a patient led-awareness campaign with a team of passionate people around the world. It was founded by Laura Murphy in January 2017 and started as a small art project (#PMDDpostcards). The project brought together a group of people around the world, all passionate about raising awareness of this poorly understood condition. They aim to increase awareness of PMDD within patients and professionals; help undiagnosed and misdiagnosed women by signposting them to relevant support; provide evidence-based information; engage media in conversations about PMDD; involve people living with PMDD in advocacy activities.
You can learn more about Vicious Cycle here https://www.viciouscyclepmdd.com
Expert #3: Bridgit Danner
Bridgit Danner is trained in functional health coaching and has worked with thousands of women over her career since 2004. She is the founder of BridgitDanner.com and HormoneDetoxShop.com. Bridgit now educates about toxins and detox, and how they impact other body systems, through her blog, online programs, product shop and Facebook group. She also coaches women privately on how to detoxify through a functional approach. Her specialities include: hormonal imbalance, toxic mold, chemical detox, gut health and infections, and thyroid health.
You can learn more about Bridgit Danner here https://www.bridgitdanner.com/
Expert #4: Nicole Jardim
Nicole Jardim is a Certified Women’s Health Coach with a speciality in hormonal and reproductive health. She is also a writer, speaker, mentor and the creator of “Fix Your Period“, a program that helps women to take charge of their hormone health. Nicole addresses a wide variety of period problems, including PMS, PMDD, irregular period, PCOS, missing period and more. She also co-hosts The Period Party, a top-rated podcast on iTunes.
I love her approach which, rather than just treating symptoms, addresses the root cause of women’s period problems, looking at the unique physiology of each person.
You can learn more about Nicole Jardim here https://nicolejardim.com/
Expert #5: ITAPMS
ITAPMS is an Italian organisation, funded in 2018 by Paola Vallarino who has long battled a severe form of PMDD. Their mission is to raise awareness of PMS and PMDD and their symptoms; promote the development and dissemination of scientific research; raise awareness within public opinion and health professionals for women affected by premenstrual disorders. They are also working on the development of National Guide Lines for the treatment of PMS/PMDD in Italy with a team of expert gynaecologists.
You can learn more about ITAPMS here https://www.itapms.org/
Expert #6: See Her Thrive
See Her Thrive is a team of business psychologists and women’s health experts who provide employers with the right resources and information to support their employees affected by reproductive health. They promote a workplace culture where reproductive health is discussed and supported openly. They provide resources that you can share with your employer, how to talk to them about your condition, how to explain your symptoms and what are your rights.
I found out about them when I was at my lowest, during my long-term sick leave from work. It was pivotal for me as it helped me to manage and improve my conversation with my employer, making clear what was important for me and why, what my needs were and how they could help me through the transition.
They recently published a book ‘The PMDD Cook Book‘ that you can find in their SHOP section. I bought it straight away and love it! It’s just £4.99 and totally worth it.
You can learn more about See Her Thrive here https://www.seeherthrive.com/
As you can see from these great influencers:
- there are several tools and resources out there to better cope with PMDD (and other women’s health issues)
- there are lots of brave women ready to connect with you to build a stronger support network
- peer support is available for you to make you feel not alone
- you can help a loved one struggling with female reproductive health
- YOU ARE NOT ALONE! ♥
Did you find this article helpful? Do you know any other expert in this field that you’d like to share? Please leave a comment below or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know your thoughts.