Commune with Jeff Krasno : 487. Ask Dr. G: What Hormonal Birth Control Does to Your Clitoris


Welcome to the second episode of Ask Dr. G, a series where we get Dr. Sara Gottfried to answer questions from you, our Commune Community. Dr. G is a Harvard-educated physician, researcher, and educator.

In our second episode, Jeff asks Dr. G to demystify the menstrual cycle. They shed light on the hormonal communication between the brain and the ovaries, and as a bonus aside, Dr. G reveals what hormonal birth control does to the clitoris.

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To learn even more from Dr. G., you can watch her free Commune master class, Women, Food, and Hormones at

In this episode we cover:
0:03:47 – Demystifying the Menstrual Cycle
0:13:47 – Relationships Between Hormones
0:21:17 – Hormonal Birth Control
0:27:47 – Raising Testosterone Naturally
0:29:17 – Lab Testing
0:31:17 – Ovulation and Fertilization

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Commune with Jeff Krasno
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