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Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Mastery for Women's Health Professionals

Are you ready to uplevel your women's health practice? Welcome to the Fertility Friday Podcast! A podcast designed to empower you to use fertility awareness both personally and professionally. If you are a woman's health professional — and you’re not fully utilizing the menstrual cycle as a vital sign — it's time to change that right away! Through evidence-based literature reviews, engaging discussions, expert interviews, and compelling client stories, Lisa Hendrickson-Jack, FAE, HRHP covers everything from complex menstrual cycle chart interpretation and balancing hormones to overcoming fertility challenges and more. With over 20 years of experience teaching fertility awareness, Lisa combines her real-world expertise with the latest research to ensure you're fully equipped to support your clients. Lisa's first book, "The Fifth Vital Sign," describes the menstrual cycle as an important vital sign we should pay attention to. Her most recent book, "Real Food for Fertility" (co-authored with Lily Nichols, RDN), explores how a healthy menstrual cycle sets the stage for a healthy pregnancy. With well over 4 million downloads, Fertility Friday is the #1 source for information about fertility awareness and menstrual cycle health. All women deserve to understand how their bodies work, and if we wait for our education systems to do it we may be waiting forever. It's up to us to be the change we wish to see in the field of women's health. In other words, It's YOUR TURN to bring this essential information to your clients sooner rather than later — they need it now!
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Now displaying: December, 2014
Dec 26, 2014

Rose is a Fertility Awareness Educator and a Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner (HRHP) who has trained and specialized in the Justisse Method of cycle charting, and who has been charting her own cycles and teaching women how to chart their cycles for 16 years now. Justisse HRHPs are trained to identify and manage a broad spectrum of cycle variations and reproductive health problems that can be identified once a woman begins charting her cycles with the fertility awareness method.

Rose was one of my teachers when I first started learning to chart my cycles over 10 years ago and she was a huge inspiration to me along the way. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of Fertility Awareness, and in today's episode, we talk about the basics of charting your cycles using the Fertility Awareness Method. You can listen to today's episode here:

Make sure to check out the next episode that Rose and I recorded! In episode 3 we discussed how to identify menstrual irregularities through Fertility Awareness charting and some of the special charting considerations that come up when you start charting your cycles. You can find it here.

Connect with Rose!

Get your free session with Rose here: http://goo.gl/forms/LwaT9Bxb1O

Connect with Rose on her website: betterovulatethannever.com, on Facebook and Twitter!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Introduction to the Fertility Awareness Method and cycle charting
  • How to tell when you're fertile?
  • What is cervical mucus and why is it central to using and understanding the Fertility Awareness Method?
  • How to check for cervical mucus
  • Are there different types of cervical mucus?
  • How do changes in a cervical position help you figure out if you're fertile?
  • How to check your basal body temperature
  • Can taking your basal body temperature help predict your ovulation date?
  • How to use Fertility Awareness for birth control
  • How Fertility Awareness can help you optimize your chances of conceiving
  • What do I do if I want to learn the Fertility Awareness Method?

Resources Mentioned

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Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by Sirc of (The Nock)

Dec 18, 2014

In part two of the first episode of the Fertility Friday Podcast, I discuss some of the most common myths and facts about the Fertility Awareness Method and fertility in general. You can listen to it here:

If you haven't had a chance to listen to part 1 you can find the show notes for part one here.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Women aren't actually fertile all the time! This is possibly the most common and pervasive myth out there when it comes to fertility. Find out how many days each month women are actually fertile.
  • How is it possible for a natural and hormone-free birth control method to be 99.6% effective?
  • Why basal body temperature is important even though it won't help you predict when you ovulate.
  • How ovulation works and why it only happens once per cycle.
  • Why it is a myth that all women ovulate on day 14 and have 28-day cycles.
  • Why the best time to have sex when you're trying to conceive is actually not on ovulation day.
  • Why it's possible to get pregnant when you're on your period.
  • Why you can use the Fertility Awareness Method even if you have "irregular cycles".
  • What is the Rhythm Method? And how is the Fertility Awareness Method different?
  • Why period apps can't tell you when you're fertile.
  • How is Fertility Awareness different from Natural Family Planning?
  • Why all cervical mucus is fertile and why this is important to know if you want to use Fertility Awareness to prevent pregnancy.

Resources discussed in today's episode

Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by Sirc of (The Nock)

Dec 18, 2014

It's here! The first episode of the Fertility Friday podcast has officially been released! You can listen to it here:

I decided to record the introduction in two parts, below are the show notes for part one and you can find the show notes for part two here.

Since this is the first episode I spend some time talking about my background in the area of fertility awareness and talking about the basics of how and why the Fertility Awareness Method works. In future episodes, I will be interviewing special guests who specialize in health and wellness often with a specialization in women's health, fertility and fertility awareness cycle charting.

Why start a podcast?

I have been actively using the fertility awareness method for over a decade now, and I have spent many years teaching women how to chart their cycles and interpret their fertile signs. The Fertility Awareness Method is an extremely effective method of birth control that is based on understanding that women are only fertile for a short window each cycle. Using the Fertility Awareness Method for birth control involves learning to identify your fertile window and then either using a barrier method (like a condom), abstaining from sexual contact, or engaging in sex that doesn't involve genital contact during that time.

After being taught from a young age that women are fertile all the time and that there are no "safe times" to have unprotected sex without having to worry about getting pregnant, I was surprised to learn that women are only fertile for a relatively short window each cycle that can be pinpointed by observing the 3 fertile signs (cervical mucus, shift in cervical position and basal body temperature). I discovered the fertility awareness method right around the time when I decided to stop taking the pill. I learned how to identify the days that I was fertile and the days that I wasn't, and I was able to use this knowledge to prevent pregnancy naturally and effectively without hormones.

From what I see, the myth that women are continuously fertile feeds right into the hormonal birth control industry. Hormonal birth control methods like the pill, the patch, the shot (depo), the NuvaRing, and the implant (Norplant) provide protection from pregnancy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Which is an important option to have, but I have to wonder if as many women would choose it if they knew that they are only fertile for about a week or so each cycle.

This is why I'm so passionate about this topic and so excited to share these conversations through podcasting! Regardless of what you do with the knowledge of how your body works, every woman should at least have the opportunity to learn how her fertility actually works. Our bodies are amazing!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Introduction and background - who am I and why did I start a podcast about fertility awareness?
  • What are the 3 fertile signs? (5:38)
  • What is Fertility Awareness? (6:34)
  • How does the Fertility Awareness Method work to prevent pregnancy? (7:15)
  • How your body actively kills sperm unless you're in your fertile window (9:55)
  • Why the Fertility Awareness Method is such an awesome option for birth control (21:15)
  • How the Fertility Awareness Method can improve your sex life (29:25)
  • How the Fertility Awareness Method helps you optimize your chances of getting pregnant (31:30)

Resources discussed in today's episode

Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by Sirc of (The Nock)

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