Jerilynn Prior

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Dr. Jerilynn C. Prior is an American-born, Canadian endocrinologist[1] and medical doctor specializing in menstrual cycles and the effects of hormones on women's health.[2][3] She has been called a leader in understanding and treating perimenopause and menopause.[4]


Prior grew up in Alaska. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at Linfield College, Oregon (with honors) in 1965. She began her training in Internal Medicine and then in Endocrinology and graduated from Boston University School of Medicine (with honors) in 1969. She worked as a physician in Boston, Poughkeepsie, Syracuse, NY, Barrow, and Fairbanks, Alaska.[2][5]

She has said that as a physician she could not accept the situation in America of turning away patients who could not pay for treatment,[5] and that she moved to Canada in 1976 because she believed in the Canadian universal health care system. She became a Canadian citizen in 1984. She lives in Vancouver.[2]

Scientific work[edit]

Prior is Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of British Columbia, founder and scientific director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR),[6] director of the BC Center of the Canadian Multicenter Osteoporosis Study (CaMOS), and a past president of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.[2]

Prior is the author of three books, has over 200 publications, and holds 6 patents. She was awarded the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Medical Research Lecturer Award in 2002. Her research-based novel Estrogen's Storm Season was a finalist in the 2006 Independent Publishers Book Awards for Health.[2] She co-wrote the perimenopause chapter for the 40th anniversary edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves.[7]

Susan Love has called Prior a "champion for women's health", and she has been credited as one of the first researchers to propose that psychological and sociocultural factors must be considered in medical research on women's health.[8] Prior has been critical of the "medicalization of all things female" and has been recognized for pioneering research into women's ranges of normal experiences and physiology.[9]


  • The Estrogen Errors: Why Progesterone Is Better for Women's Health (co-author), 2009
  • Transitions Through the Perimenopausal Years: Demystifying Your Journey (co-author), 2006
  • Estrogen's Storm Season: Stories of Perimenopause, 2005


  1. ^ Barton, Adriana (18 June 2012). "Progesterone may ease hot flushes, study finds". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Jerilynn Prior, Associate Member". School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine. University of British Columbia. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Premenstrual mood symptoms questioned". CBC News. Oct 18, 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Werschler, Laura (12 Feb 2013). "New study looks at treatment for night sweats". Troy Media. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Kent, Heather (11 June 2002). "Women, heal thyselves". Canadian Medical Association Journal. 166 (12). Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Older hormone therapy as good as estrogen for hot flashes, trial suggests". CBC News. January 26, 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "DR. JERILYNN PRIOR RECOGNIZED IN RENOWNED BOOK: OUR BODIES, OURSELVES (2011 EDITION)". Vancouver Coastal Health Research. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  8. ^ López‐Carrillo, Margarita (1 December 2007). "Aphorism of the Month". Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. 61 (Supplement 2): ii25–ii25. doi:10.1136/jech.2007.059741. PMC 2465772Freely accessible. 
  9. ^ Woolley, Pieta (9 Jan 2008). "Doc offers new view of menopause pills". Georgia Straight. Retrieved 18 April 2013.