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5VS in the Media
Read interviews with the co-creators of The Fifth Vital Sign and learn more about the pro-period movement and birth control doulas.
In the September 2016 issue of Vogue, Emily Varnam of the Fifth Vital Sign is quoted in the article "Chill Pill."
" . . . While this generation may not be the first to question the long-term use of hormones, there is now a chorus of voices in favor of letting the body run its own course. 'I think we're beginning to see a kind of awakening,' offers Emily Varnam, a 26-year-old birth and postpartum doula who is a cofounder of The Fifth Bital Sign. The organization, which offers free courses on reproductive health around the country, takes its name from the belief that our natural cycle, like our blood pressure or pulse rate, often contains hints to bigger health problems--from stress to infertility to endometriosis--and that manipulating it can allow such issues to go undetected. 'Many women have begun to realize that there are more holistic, natural alternatives to the pill,' Varnam adds. . .
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