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Dr. Lara Briden

Lara Briden is a naturopathic doctor and the period revolutionary—leading the change to better periods.

Informed by a strong science background and more than twenty years with patients, Lara is a passionate communicator about women’s health and alternatives to hormonal birth control.

Her book Period Repair Manual is a manifesto of natural treatment for better hormones and better periods and provides practical solutions using nutrition, supplements, and natural hormones.  Now in its second edition, the book has been an underground sensation and has worked to quietly change the lives of tens of thousands of women.


Period Repair Manual is every woman’s guide to better periods using natural treatments such as diet, nutritional supplements, herbal medicine, and body-identical hormones. It contains advice and tips for every age and situation.

What makes her special

Lara has helped thousands of women find relief for period problems such as PCOS, PMS, endometriosis, and perimenopause and currently has consulting rooms in Christchurch, New Zealand.




  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Biology from the University of Calgary (1993)

  • Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine (ND) from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (1997)


  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Council for the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research at the University of British Columbia

  • Member of the Endometriosis Special Interest Group (ESIG) of Endometriosis New Zealand

  • Member of the editorial board of Vital Link, the official naturopathic medical journal of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors

  • Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (affiliate member)

  • Australian Register of Naturopaths and Herbalists

  • New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists


Her mission is to help women achieve healthy natural menstrual cycles without the use of hormonal birth control.


Her approach 

  • Getting to the root cause 

  • Lifestyle changes

  • Dietery changes

  • Supplements and herbs


The love of science and the natural world has informed the way I work with patients.

I view the body as a logical, regenerative system that knows what to do when it’s given the right support with nutrition and natural treatments.


Twenty years with patients has taught me that diet and lifestyle work incredibly well for many period problems.

Popular uploads

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