The Menstrual Cycle as a Vital Sign: Resources and References

Camille Freeman, LDN, RH

Thank you for attending my presentation at the 2021 Conference of the American Herbalists Guild!

I hope you found the presentation helpful. Below, you'll find links to the resources I mentioned, as well as a list of references and a copy of the slides. If you notice that I've forgotten to add something, please let me know! 


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Camille

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Bahamondes, L., & Ali, M. (2015). Recent advances in managing and understanding menstrual disorders. F1000Prime Reports, 7. https://doi.org/10.12703/P7-33

Baker, F. C., & Driver, H. S. (2007). Circadian rhythms, sleep, and the menstrual cycle. Sleep Medicine, 8(6), 613–622. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sleep.2006.09.011

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