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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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Dec 25, 2015

In this episode, I stray from my usual interview format and actually get interviewed for once! Tune into this special edition episode to learn a bit about what happens behind the scenes to make it all happen each week, what I've been up to this past year, lessons I've learned from all of my amazing guests, and what is in store for 2016!

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You can connect with Lisa on the Fertility Friday website and on Facebook and Twitter!

Resources mentioned

Top podcasts for learning the Fertility Awareness Method

Top podcasts for pregnancy preparation, healthy menstruation, and transitioning from the birth control pill

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Dec 18, 2015

Geraldine is the founder of the Justisse Method - a comprehensive method of fertility awareness cycle charting that she founded in 1987. She is the CEO of Justisse Healthworks for Women, and she is the Academic Dean of the Justisse Training College. She has worked as a fertility awareness educator and a holistic reproductive health practitioner since 1977, and she has been active in the reproductive health freedoms movement since then. She qualified as a lay midwife in 1985.

Between 1977 and 1986 she completed the Billings Method, SERENA Canada, Couple-to-Couple League, and Creighton training. And more recently, Geraldine completed her doctorate in Depth Psychology in 2014. Her work integrates her experience in sexual and reproductive health with a depth psychological view of healing.

And in today’s show, we talk about the history of Fertility Awareness-Based Methods, and what the future holds for this field, and for Fertility Awareness Educators!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • The origins of the Fertility Awareness Method and Justisse Healthworks for Women
  • The foundation and origins of the Justisse Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner program
  • Why reproductive health from a functional medicine perspective was incorporated into the teachings of the Justisse Method
  • How is the Justisse Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner training program different from other Fertility Awareness training programs
  • The menstrual cycle as the 5th vital sign allowing women to gauge their overall health by the health of their menstrual cycle
  • Why it is problematic for women to only focus on their reproductive and menstrual cycle health when we are trying to get pregnant
  • The future of Fertility Awareness Education, and the Association of Fertility Awareness Professionals
  • The importance of seeking education from trained Fertility Awareness professionals, and why teaching Fertility Awareness without adequate training can actually cause unintended harm
  • Why a one size fit's all approach doesn't generally work when it comes to improving menstrual cycle health
  • The amazing power of the menstrual cycle to teach women about their bodies and their health

Connect with Geraldine

You can connect with Geraldine on The Justisse Website, and on Facebook and Twitter!

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Dec 11, 2015

Jerilynn is a Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of British Columbia. She has spent her career studying menstrual cycles and the effects of the cycle's estrogen and progesterone hormones on women's health. She is the founder (2002) and Scientific Director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research (CeMCOR).

She is also Director of the BC Centre for the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMOS) that is studying osteoporosis, fractures and bone density in both women and men. Dr. Prior has studied women's menstrual cycles, perimenopause and the causes for and treatment of osteoporosis. She is the author of Estrogen's Storm Season--stories of perimenopause, and has recently co-authored The Estrogen Errors--Why Progesterone is Better for Women's Health.

In today’s show, we talk about the important role that regular ovulation plays not only in a woman’s menstrual cycle and in her fertility but in her overall health in many ways, more specifically with respect to a woman’s bone health, heart health, and breast health.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Why it is possible to have a regular period and not actually be ovulating regularly
  • What is the relationship between progesterone and ovulation?
  • How having short luteal phases negatively impacts bone density in women
  • What impact do estrogen and progesterone levels during the menstrual cycle have on bone formation and bone loss?
  • What is the impact of hormonal contraceptives on bone health?
  • Do hormonal contraceptives cause bone loss?
  • How does the pill impact bone density in women who start taking it as teenagers?
  • How long does it take for a woman's menstrual cycle to mature?
  • What impact do hormonal contraceptives have on menstrual cycle maturation?
  • What is it about Depo Provera that causes bone loss in the women who take it?
  • The relationship between ovulation and heart health
  • How is breast health impacted by fluctuating progesterone and estrogen levels?
  • How is the menstrual cycle impacted by stress?

Connect with Dr. Prior

You can connect with Jerilynn on her Website, and on Facebook and Twitter!

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Dec 4, 2015

Diane is Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist in Newport Beach, California, specializing in nutrition counseling for compulsive overeating, binge eating, weight management, diabetes, food allergies, as well as MTHFR gene mutation and methylation defects, and numerous other medical concerns.  Diane has her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition and has her Master of Nutritional Science as well. She has a specialized certification in treating eating disorders, and she is also certified in Food allergies by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

In today’s show, we talk about the MTHFR gene mutation and how it can impact a woman’s health and fertility. We talk about how common this gene mutation is and how significantly it can interfere with a woman's fertility. We also talk about folic acid, and why you may want to steer clear of it altogether.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is the MTHFR gene mutation and how common is this gene mutation?
  • Why is the MTHFR gene mutation problematic in both men and women?
  • What impact does the MTHFR gene mutation have on a woman’s ability to convert folic acid to folate?
  • What are the symptoms of the MTHFR mutation and how do you test for it?
  • Is folic acid dangerous to individuals with this gene mutation?
  • What type of diet is recommended for individuals with the MTHFR gene mutation?
  • How does the MTHFR gene mutation impact a woman’s chances of conceiving?
  • Why is the MTHFR gene mutation linked to repeated miscarriages and birth defects?
  • What are some of the natural sources of folate?
  • What should women be looking for in a supplement to ensure they get the correct type of folate?
  • What is the connection between the MTHFR gene mutation and Iron deficiency?
  • What is the link between MTHFR and heart disease?
  • When should you ask your physician to screen you for the MTHFR gene mutation?
  • Why is the MTHFR gene mutation linked to depression, anxiety and irritable bowel syndrome among other medical conditions?
  • What to do if you have the MTHFR gene mutation and you are having trouble getting pregnant?

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You can connect with Diane on her website, or via email!

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Nov 27, 2015

Joy is a Registered Nurse, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and a Public Health Nurse. She is the Director of the Natural Family Planning Program at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Centre in Spokane Washington. Joy and her Natural Family Planning students began studying the effects of night lighting on the menstrual cycle in 1976. Joy is the author of the book Effect of Light on the Menstrual Cycle and Fertility and her work has highlighted the significant impact of light on the menstrual cycle and fertility.

In today’s show, we talk about Joy’s research and how limiting our exposure to light at nighttime can improve menstrual cycle health and fertility. We also talk about the philosophy behind Natural Family Planning which gives a window into the differences and similarities between Natural Family Planning and the Fertility Awareness Method. (Skip ahead to the 45-minute mark if you want to go straight to the discussion of the light elimination technique!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What led Joy to discover that the menstrual cycle can be regulated by having women sleep in complete darkness
  • How does exposure to light at nighttime interfere with hormone production?
  • The connection between light exposure at nighttime and melatonin production and how that impacts the menstrual cycle
  • What does a normal/healthy cycle look like?
  • How many days of cervical mucus should a woman have in a healthy cycle?
  • What are the 3 fertile signs and how can a woman use these signs to identify her fertile days?
  • If a woman's menstrual cycle falls outside of this normal/healthy range how can sleeping in darkness improve her cycle?
  • The philosophy behind Natural Family Planning and how it differs from the Fertility Awareness Method
  • What is a "contact pregnancy"?
  • Why Joy teaches the light elimination technique as a standard part of her Natural Family Planning classes
  • How dark does it have to be for it to be effective? And why even the smallest light exposure can interfere with normal hormone production
  • Using the light elimination technique to improve various menstrual cycle irregularities including lengthening a short luteal phase, restoring a normal cervical mucus pattern, correcting the length of the menstrual cycle, and addressing repeated miscarriages

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You can connect with Joy via email!

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Nov 20, 2015

Kym is a musician, surfer, and blogger/podcaster who has been struggling with Infertility for a number of years now. I was inspired when I came across Kym’s blog because of her willingness to share her experiences and her fertility challenges experience to help women who are also struggling with infertility. In today’s show, Kym will be talking about her experiences with IVF and other reproductive technologies as well as her PCOS diagnosis, what she has learned from these experiences and how she has managed to maintain hope and positivity throughout her fertility journey.

In today's show, Kym shares her experience with infertility, fertility drugs, fertility treatments and how she has remained hopeful throughout her fertility journey over the past 4 years.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Trusting your intuition when it comes to seeking medical infertility support
  • Fertility drugs
  • Miscarriage
  • The role of functional medicine in improving fertility
  • Dietary changes specific to addressing PCOS diagnosis
  • IVF, Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), and embryo freezing
  • How to deal with infertility, and how to support someone going through fertility challenges
  • How successful is IVF?

Connect with Kym

You can connect with Kym on her Website, and on Facebook and Twitter!

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Nov 13, 2015

Angelique is a Nutritional Therapist who trained at the renowned Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) in London. She was trained in the principles of functional medicine, a science-based method that assesses the underlying causes of symptoms. Angelique has a passion for the healing power of food and nutrients. She works with her clients to enhance the systems in the body, including digestive function, strengthening the immune system, balancing blood sugar levels and helping the body’s natural detoxification pathways.

Angelique specializes in the fields of Female Health & fertility, Stress Management, Hormonal Balance, Energy Enhancement and Digestive Wellness. Her working approach is personal, supportive and tailored individually to her clients. She works with clients either face to face in her London clinic or anywhere in the world via Skype.

In today’s show, Angelique talks about her own journey to health and how she has benefited first hand from the power of nutrition. We also talk about the impact of sugar consumption on the body and how it can impact fertility.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • How Angelique transitioned from disordered eating to healthy eating habits
  • Using food as a tool for healing
  • Why strict dieting regiments can be problematic and how to achieve balance in healthy eating with the 80/20 rule
  • What impact do eating disorders have on fertility?
  • What role do hormones play in fertility and pregnancy?
  • What impact does sugar consumption have in our bodies and on our fertility?
  • How we can achieve an appropriate blood sugar balance through dietary changes
  • What is the relationship between sugar and progesterone
  • The relationship between sleep and sugar consumption
  • How to manage and eliminate sugar cravings
  • The important role that detoxification plays in fertility

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You can connect with Angelique on her Website, and on Facebook and Twitter!

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Nov 6, 2015

Donna Zubrod is a nationally certified and NC state Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist. She is a certified practitioner with advanced training in preconception wellness, fertility enhancement, and pregnancy of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®. She has numerous certifications including a certification in Mercier Therapy and various massage techniques including pregnancy massage, fertility massage and both pre and perinatal massage.

Diane MacDonald is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years in the field of nursing. She has her Masters Degree in Nursing and is a former Family Nurse Practitioner. She has worked extensively in mainstream and alternative health care. She has been an Arvigo® practitioner for 15  years integrating this modality into her practice. She teaches all levels including Hands on Health (one day class) Self Care and Professional Training. She has taught workshops in England, Australia, Belize and throughout the States.
Her practice focuses on the Arvigo® Techniques as well as health and wellness support, herbology, Reiki, Reflexology and much more.

Together Donna and Diane edited the recently released book "Journeys in Healing: Inspiring Experiences of Arvigo® Practitioners & Their Clients".  This book was published last October by the Arvigo Institute and is a compilation of 30+ clinical case studies authored by Arvigo® Therapy practitioners from around the world.  The case studies featured in the book demonstrate the profound healing that Arvigo® Therapy can offer and cover a wide variety of reproductive and digestive conditions including fertility related issues.

In today’s show, we discuss the book, the inspiration behind the book as well as the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® and the implications this work has for women struggling with fertility issues.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is Arvigo® Therapy?
  • How to become an Arvigo® Therapy practitioner
  • The inspiration behind the book Journeys in Healing: Inspiring Experiences of Arvigo® Practitioners & Their Clients
  • How does Arvigo® Abdominal Therapy help women to improve fertility and menstrual irregularities
  • How does Arvigo® Therapy improve alignment and circulation of the reproductive organs
  • What other health conditions benefit from Arvigo® therapy?
  • The ways that Arvigo® Therapy can encourage emotional healing as well as physical healing
  • How Arvigo® Therapy can help women with fertility challenges

Connect with Donna and Diane

You can connect with Donna on her Website, and on Facebook and LinkedIn!

You can connect with Diane on her Website, or via email!

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Oct 30, 2015

Eleni is a clinical nutritionist, geneticist and founder of Primal Baby. She has her Masters in Human Molecular Genetics. And she left the academic research environment to focus on her true passion, which is evidence-based natural health and alternative medicine. Eleni helps women, who are trying to conceive or are already expecting a baby, to optimize their diet and lifestyle in order to conceive naturally and have the healthiest baby possible. Her passion is empowering women to take control of their fertility and their baby´s health, effectively protecting the well being of the next generation, one baby at a time.

In today's show, we talk about Eleni's approach with her fertility clients and how she helps her clients improve their fertility naturally through diet and lifestyle changes as well as addressing environmental factors.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is the connection between our genetics and our health?
  • Is it our genes or our environment that determines our likelihood of getting illnesses or diseases?
  • To what extent do diet, lifestyle and environmental factors impact our overall health?
  • How do disordered eating patterns impact overall health and fertility?
  • Why is it important for women to get enough healthy saturated fats when trying to improve fertility and have a healthy pregnancy?
  • Why should we all be avoiding trans fats, especially when trying to conceive and during pregnancy?
  • Why are trans fats bad for a baby's development during pregnancy?
  • What are xenoestrogens and how do they impact hormonal health and fertility?
  • The role of probiotics in digestion and fertility
  • Why we should all be mindful of the type of menstrual products we use in our bodies

Connect with Eleni

You can connect with Eleni on her Website, and on Facebook and Twitter!

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Oct 23, 2015

Sarah is a Fertility Awareness Educator who has been charting her own cycles using Fertility Awareness since 1995, and she trained as a FAM educator with Fertility UK in 2011, and like all women who learn this amazing method of natural birth control, she is passionate about sharing this knowledge with women!

In today’s show, we talk about the Fertility Awareness Method, Sarah’s experience working with clients, and we delve into the topic of cervical fluid, an area that women often have questions about when they first start charting their cycles. 

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is the Fertility Awareness Method?
  • Why might the Fertility Awareness Method not be for everyone?
  • Why does cervical fluid play such an important role in understanding and using Fertility Awareness?
  • How do women manage their fertile window when using the Fertility Awareness Method?
  • How conservative should you be with the rules when using the Fertility Awareness Method?
  • How is it different learning Fertility Awareness from a FAM educator versus learning from a book?
  • Why it may be difficult for some women to interpret their cervical mucus patterns
  • How long is a woman's fertile window, or in other words, how many days per cycle does a woman have to abstain, use barrier methods or have alternative sex?
  • How to identify your fertile window
  • How to use Fertility Awareness successfully

Connect with Sarah

You can connect with Sarah on her Website, and on Twitter!

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Oct 16, 2015

Saskia is a Motherhood Soul Purpose and Fertility Expert. She is the CEO of The New Code of Motherhood, and she works with people from all over the world who are often at a crossroads in their lives whether it is related to fertility, conception, and birth, or career and life choices. She holds certificates in Naturopathy, Transformational Healing,  Birthing, and Fertility Therapy, Integrative Life Healing Coaching, Advanced Hypnotherapy. Hypnobirthing, and many other specializations.

Saskia is the author of the bestselling book “A Suitcase Full of Faith, How One Woman Found Her Dream Trusting the Compass of Her Soul”, and she is a Radio Host, Soul Purpose Coach, best-selling author, and co-author with Jack Canfield, Steven Covey and Deepak Chopra, Saskia’s mission is to empower millions of people to live their biggest dreams.

In today's show, we talk about fertility and birth, some of the most common subconscious blocks that prevent couples from conceiving, and some of the ways that we can overcome them. We also talk about the birthing process, why so many women fear birth, and how we can work towards birthing babies without fear through the teachings of Hypnobirthing.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is the connection between emotional blocks and fertility?
  • How important is the emotional component when a woman is facing fertility challenges?
  • How can releasing emotional blocks impact fertility?
  • Why are dietary and lifestyle changes only part of the equation when it comes to fertility?
  • How can women overcome their fear of the birthing process once they do become pregnant?
  • How can Hypnobirthing techniques improve a woman's experience with birth?
  • What impact do our cultural beliefs about birth on our expectations and our birth experience?

Connect with Saskia

You can connect with Saskia on her Website, on Facebook, and on Twitter!

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Oct 9, 2015

Andrea is a Natural Foods Chef, an author, and a television host dedicated to alternative healing and green, sustainable living.  Andrea was a featured contestant on Bravo’s hit reality TV show, Top Chef.  She is a regularly featured food and health expert on CBS News and has appeared on Barbara Walters, The View, Emeril Live and Whole Living on Martha Stewart Radio.  She is also the host of the Award Nominated Fed UP! A cooking show that educates guests and viewers on how to cook for, and cure, bodily ailments.

Andrea is also the author of The Whole Truth - How I Naturally Reclaimed My Health and You Can Too!, The Whole Truth - Eating and Recipe Guide, Health is Wealth – Make a Delicious Investment in You! And her newest book, Happy Healthy Thyroid - The Essential Steps to Healing Naturally is coming out this fall.

In today’s show, we talk about thyroid health, how thyroid health relates to fertility, and the ways thyroid conditions can be healed naturally through nutrition and dietary changes.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Why is proper thyroid function so important for health and fertility?
  • What role does the thyroid play in the body?
  • How is thyroid health connected with the health of the endocrine system and the adrenals?
  • What role does stress play in the thyroid, the endocrine system and the adrenals?
  • What are some of the ways we can reduce stress by activating our parasympathetic nervous system?
  • What role does diet play in thyroid health?
  • How does thyroid disease negatively impact a woman's fertility?
  • Is it possible to heal thyroid disease naturally through dietary changes and deep nutrition?
  • What role do traditional foods such as organ meats and bone broths play in healing the thyroid?
  • How does gluten impact the thyroid?

Connect with Andrea

You can connect with Andrea on her Website, on Facebook, and on Twitter!

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Oct 2, 2015

Dr. McColloch is a Naturopathic doctor who has been practicing for 15 years in Toronto (Canada). She is the founder and owner of White Lotus Integrative Medicine, a clinic specializing in women’s health and fertility. Dr. McCulloch’s clinical focus is on Fertility, PCOS, Autoimmune Disease and Thyroid Health, and she treats a wide variety of other conditions as well. Dr. Fiona just finished writing her first book on the treatment of polycystic ovarian syndrome – “6 Steps To Reverse Your PCOS”

In today’s show, we talk about the connection between autoimmune disease and fertility, and some of the ways that these conditions can be treated naturally to improve fertility and help women conceive naturally!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is the connection between autoimmune disease and fertility?
  •  What is an autoimmune disease and how does autoimmunity impact our health?
  • What are some of the conditions related to fertility that have an autoimmune component?
  • Why are autoimmune issues so prevalent in women?
  • What role do environmental toxins play in our immune function?
  • What symptoms or factors would help a woman know if she may have an autoimmune issue?
  • What tests help to determine if someone has an overactive immune system?
  • What are some ways we can help strengthen and modulate our immune function naturally?
  • What nutrients and supplements help to modulate the immune system?
  • What is the MTHFR mutation, and how does it impact fertility?
  • What are some ways that we can all work towards improving our health and fertility?

Connect with Fiona

You can connect with Fiona on her Website, on Facebook, and on Twitter!

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Sep 25, 2015

Toni is the author of the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility! Like many of you listening, Taking Charge of Your Fertility was the very first resource that I relied on when I first discovered the fertility awareness method, and I have mentioned her book in nearly every podcast interview that I’ve done on the topic of fertility awareness! Her book has been responsible for helping literally hundreds of thousands of women avoid pregnancy naturally, maximize their chances of getting pregnant, or helping them to gain a better understanding of their overall health and fertility through charting.

Toni has a master's degree in public health and is a nationally respected women's health educator and speaker. She is also the author of Cycle Savvy, a book for teenage girls about their bodies. Toni has also recently released the 20th anniversary edition of Taking Charge of Your Fertility, and in today’s episode we delve into the new edition of the book, what is different in the new and revised version as well as the impact that her work has had over the years in educating women about their fertility, their bodies, and their health.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is Fertility Awareness and how is it different from the Rhythm Method?
  • Why is the Fertility Awareness Method Effective?
  • Is the Fertility Awareness Method complicated to learn?
  • Are women fertile every day?
  • How can women determine when they are fertile each month?
  • Is it possible for women to use the Fertility Awareness Method successfully as a method of birth control?
  • Why do the "rules" work for preventing pregnancy
  • Why are some women more fertile than others?
  • How are certain health issues reflected in a woman's menstrual cycle charts?
  • What is the role of basal body temperature in the Fertility Awareness Method?
  • For women who are trying to get pregnant, when is the best time to have unprotected sex?
  • How useful are ovulation predictor kits versus for a woman who is using the Fertility Awareness Method?
  • When is the best time to take a home pregnancy test?

Connect with Toni

You can connect with Toni on her website!

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Sep 18, 2015

Sarah is a Justisse Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner (HRHP). She is also a Birth Doula and a Birth Doula Instructor. However, Sarah wasn’t always working in the Holistic Health background given that she actually spent 11 years working for the Canadian Military as a Medic before she changed her career path.

In today’s show, we talk about Sarah’s work as a Birth Doula, and exactly what a Doula does to help women during pregnancy, labor and postpartum. We will also be talking about Sarah’s experience as a Fertility Awareness Educator, what the training process was like for her, and how she these two specializations have allowed her to serve women in her practice.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is a Doula?
  • What services do Doulas provide women during birth and postpartum?
  • How are Midwifery care and Medical care different than the services that Doulas provide to birthing mothers?
  • Why are women seeking natural birth options more and more?
  • Where does the fear of the birth process come from?
  • How can work with a Doula help women overcome their fear of birth?
  • What is placenta encapsulation and why do women do it?
  • What are some of the benefits of encapsulating your placenta after birth?
  • What is the process of becoming a Fertility Awareness Educator like?
  • How can working with a Fertility Awareness Educator help women improve the health of their menstrual cycles?

Connect with Sarah

You can connect with Sarah on her Website, on Facebook, and on Twitter!

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Sep 4, 2015

Dr. Rozenn has practiced Integrative Medicine for over 15 years. She is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with dual specializations in Women’s Health and Pain Management. She teaches classes to Masters and Doctoral Students how to treat Women’s health and fertility issues at various Universities, and she has recently authored the book Your Fertility Program geared towards helping patients navigate the confusing field of infertility.

In today’s episode will talk about the important role that Thyroid health plays in fertility, as well as the important role that having healthy menstrual cycles plays in fertility. We also talk about the Oriental medicine perspective, and how it differs from the western medical perspective.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • How does thyroid health impact fertility?
  • How can an unaddressed thyroid issue negatively impact fertility?
  • What is the difference between the Allopathic or Western Medical perspective on thyroid conditions versus the Oriental Medicine perspective?
  • Why is it important to know if there is an autoimmune component to a diagnosis of hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism?
  • How can hypothyroidism present in a woman's menstrual cycle chart?
  • How does hyperthyroidism differ from hypothyroidism?
  • How does a woman's basal body temperature relate to her thyroid?
  • Why are thyroid conditions so common, especially in women?
  • How do environmental contaminants impair thyroid function?
  • Is it possible to heal the thyroid?
  • Is it possible to treat thyroid disorders without medication?

Connect with Maureen

You can connect with Maureen on her Website, and on Facebook and Twitter!

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Aug 28, 2015

Sarah is a certified life coach and health coach. She trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York, studying more than 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. She practices a holistic approach to health and wellness, meaning that she looks at how all areas of your life are connected.  She helps her clients to look at how all the different parts of your life affect your health and your fertility.

In today's episode, we talk about Sarah's fertility journey having had a diagnosis of Premature Ovarian Failure at age 28, and what her experience was like conceiving her children through IVF using donor eggs.  We also talk about exactly what fertility coaching is, and some of the ways we can all boost our infertility naturally.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is Premature Ovarian Failure?
  • How the IVF process has changed over the past decade
  • Sarah's experience using donor eggs to conceive her children
  • How Sarah discovered holistic nutrition and what led her to change her career and focus on her own experience with fertility challenges
  • What is fertility coaching and how can it help women struggling with fertility challenges?
  • The impact of stress on fertility, and how to manage the emotional challenges that come with fertility challenges
  • Nutrition for fertility - what foods to focus on to improve fertility naturally

Connect with Sarah

You can connect with Sarah on her Website, and on Facebook and Twitter!

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Aug 21, 2015

Melanie began working in the field of sexuality education in 1984 when she became a Planned Parenthood patient educator. She has created and facilitated numerous workshops in the area of sexuality and sexuality education. Her work in these areas leads her to pursue her Masters of Education and Ph.D. Her mission is to help people learn and enjoy sexuality. She currently consults privately with individuals and couples at the New Jersey Center for Sexual Wellness. She also provides professional development and facilitates presentations for medical health professionals.

In today’s show we talk about the importance of learning accurate information about sexuality from a young age, and what are some of the most common challenges both women and couples face in the area of sexuality. We discuss some of the ways that sexuality changes throughout the years in relationships, and how sexuality changes with age. We also talk about orgasms, female ejaculation, body image and many more juicy topics around sexuality!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Why is sex education important?
  • At what age should parents start talking to their children about sex?
  • How can parents address questions from their children about sexuality even when they don't have all the answers?
  • How can a certified sex educator help individuals and couples to improve their sex lives?
  • What is the difference between a sexuality educator and a sex therapist?
  • What are some of the most common issues women and couples face when it comes to sexuality?
  • Why clitoral stimulation is important for women
  • What is a female ejaculation?
  • Where is my G-spot?
  • The emotional aspect of orgasms
  • How sexuality changes with age
  • Body image and sexuality

Connect with Melanie

You can connect with Melanie on her website, and on Facebook and Twitter!

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Aug 14, 2015

Lisa is a Justisse Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner who has been working in the field since 1988. She has an extensive background in women’s reproductive health and fertility, and also works as a Natural Health Consultant (at the Pharmasave Health Centre) in Parksville BC.

In today’s show, we talk about the profound impact that the fertility awareness method can have throughout the different phases of a woman's life. Specifically through a woman's reproductive years, and the implications of using Fertility Awareness to navigate through the perimenopausal and menopausal years of a woman's life.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What type of training do Justisse Holistic Health Practitioners receive?
  • How practitioners who practice from a holistic perspective differ from conventional medical practitioners
  • How has the menstrual health of women changed over the past 30 years?
  • The benefits of using fertility awareness throughout the different phases of a woman's life
  • How can fertility awareness chart help women to during their perimenopausal years?
  • The implications of using fertility awareness charting to address symptoms associated with perimenopause and menopause

Connect with Lisa

You can connect with Lisa on the Justisse website and on Twitter!

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Aug 7, 2015

Today's episode is a bit different than my recent interview podcasts. Instead of having a guest on the show, this episode is a replay of a presentation that I recently facilitated for Darou Wellness in Toronto. In case you don't know me already a few things you might want to know are that I trained as a Justisse Body Literacy Advocate with Justisse Healthworks for Women several years ago, I have been charting my own menstrual cycles using the Fertility Awareness Method for the past 13 years or so, and I am the founder of this awesome blog as well as the Fertility Friday Podcast!

In this episode, I cover the basics of the Fertility Awareness Method including the 3 fertile signs, cervical mucus, basal body temperature, and cervical position. I discuss why having regular menstrual cycles and regular ovulation is not just important for fertility but also for overall health, and I also talk about why many health professionals consider the menstrual cycle to be the 5th vital sign that serves as an indicator of a woman's overall health status.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is the Fertility Awareness Method?
  • How is the Fertility Awareness Method different to the Rhythm Method and why is it effective?
  • Why is menstruation important for a woman's overall health and not just her fertility?
  • How can a woman use her menstrual cycle as a diagnostic tool?
  • What role does regular ovulation play in heart health, bone health, and breast health?
  • Does the pill "regulate" a woman's cycles? Does it "mimic pregnancy"?
  • What are the 3 fertile signs and how do they indicate fertility?
  • What does cervical mucus have to do with fertility?
  • How come you can't use basal body temperature measurements to predict when you'll ovulate?

Connect with Lisa

You can connect with Lisa on the Fertility Friday website, and on Facebook and Twitter!

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Jul 31, 2015

Laura is a veteran sexual and reproductive health advocate who has worked for and volunteered with Planned Parenthood-affiliated organizations in Canada since 1986. She was a Columnist for Troy Health Media, and she is the new editor-in-chief for Re: Cycling, the blog of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. As many of you know, I recently interviewed Holly-Grigg Spall, and in that interview, we spoke about her book Sweetening the Pill or how we got hooked on hormonal birth control. Laura actually wrote the forward to this book, and she has also publicly shown her support for the upcoming documentary that Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein are doing based on the book. And she has also charted her cycles for 27 years.

Today we will be talking about the health implications of using the Fertility Awareness Method that go beyond the practical aspects of having a hormone-free method of birth control, why rejecting the pill is actually not "anti-feminist" and why it is important for women to have access to accurate information about all forms of birth control regardless of what method they eventually decide to rely on.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Is it possible for women to learn to use the Fertility Awareness Method confidently and accurately?
  • Why a "possibly fertile day" is actually a fertile day
  • The role that intention plays in the effectiveness of the Fertility Awareness Method
  • The role that the Fertility Awareness plays in helping women to learn body literacy
  • The implications of placing young women on the hormonal birth control before their menstrual cycles have fully matured
  • The importance of helping women transition off of hormonal contraceptives successfully
  • Why questioning "the pill" is not actually "anti-feminist"
  • The benefits of having the ability to understand and interpret your fertile signs
  • Why the pill doesn't "regulate" a woman's cycle or "mimic pregnancy," and what it is actually doing to your hormones
  • Why Laura has publicly endorsed the upcoming documentary Sweetening The Pill by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein

In this podcast episode, Laura described the hormonal changes that a woman experiences naturally throughout her menstrual cycle, and how that changes when a woman is taking hormonal contraceptives. For reference, here is an image of the hormonal cycle during a healthy menstrual cycle. You'll notice that a woman has high levels of estrogen in the first half of her menstrual cycle before ovulation, and high levels of progesterone in the second half of her cycle after she ovulates.

Connect with Laura

You can connect with Laura on the Re: Cycling Blog for The Society for Menstrual Cycle Research and on Facebook and Twitter!

Resources mentioned

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Jul 29, 2015

Aisha has been using the Fertility Awareness Method for almost 3 years, and she, like most of us who discover fertility awareness, had to share it and give other women the opportunity to learn about it as well, so she started a Facebook Group - Fertility Awareness Method of Birth Control which now has over 1500 members and counting!

In today’s show, we’ll be talking about all about the Fertility Awareness Method, what Aisha’s experience has been like, and what prompted her to start using FAM in the first place!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Why the Fertility Awareness Method was ideal for Aisha and her partner
  • How effective is withdrawal for birth control?
  • Is it possible to use withdrawal perfectly?
  • How Aisha and her partner successfully use the Fertility Awareness Method and Withdrawal to prevent pregnancy
  • Why is it easier for some women to learn the Fertility Awareness Method?
  • What inspired Aisha to create a Facebook group that is currently at 1,500 members and counting!
  • The importance of having a community of women for support when learning the Fertility Awareness Method
  • Why it's important for women to be informed of all birth control options including non-hormonal methods

Connect with Aisha

You can connect with Aisha on the Fertility Awareness Method of Birth Control Facebook Group!

Resources mentioned

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Jul 24, 2015

Kim and her sister Amy are the Red Tent Sisters! The Sisters have created a family business that not only helps women learn holistically (nonhormonal) birth control using the Fertility Awareness Method, but have also been raising awareness about healthy sexuality, and providing women with healthy, environmentally-friendly sex products through their website ecosex.ca. I had Amy on the show a few months ago and we talked all about the Fertility Awareness Method and the effects of long-term birth control use. If you haven't had a chance you can tune into my interview with Amy here.

Kim specializes in the area of healthy sexuality and she has been educating women and men for years on all things sex from gaining confidence in the bedroom to sex toys and everything in between! In today's show, we talk about sexuality, orgasms, female pleasure, and we get into some of the reasons that prevent women from having a truly satisfying sex life.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • How we are all impacted by the stereotypical portrayal of sexual activity in the media and in mainstream pornography
  • Why the missionary position alone doesn't cut it for 70% of women
  • Why the concept of "normal" sexual activity can be limiting and less pleasurable particularly for heterosexual couples
  • Why focusing on sexual intercourse exclusively as the "main event" can be problematic especially when it comes to female pleasure
  • How having a period of "abstinence" from unprotected sexual intercourse during a woman's fertile window can actually improve a couple's sexual relationship by encouraging increased communication, and allowing the couple to experiment with a variety of sexual activities instead of focusing primarily on intercourse
  • Why women are often hesitant to ask for what we want sexually
  • How to discover what you want sexually if you have never had an orgasm or if you are not fully satisfied sexually
  • The problem with "faking it"
  • Why orgasms and female sexual pleasure are important
  • What to do when partners are mismatched sexually either in their sexual preferences or in their libido and desired frequency of sexual activity
  • What couples who are struggling with fertility challenges can do to improve their sexual experiences so sex doesn't feel like a chore
  • Should couples have sex in a certain position when they are trying to conceive?
  • Why should we care about the materials that are used in sex toys?
  • What lubricants are sperm friendly for couples who are trying to conceive?
  • What ingredients should you avoid in spermicides
  • Why asking for what you want sexually is such an important step towards actually getting it

Connect with Kim

You can connect with Kim on the Red Tent Sister's Website, on ecosex.ca, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube!

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Jul 17, 2015

You may be familiar with Katie’s extensive work in the Fertility Awareness world. She is the author of several books about Fertility Awareness including The Garden of Fertility, Honoring Our Cycles, and Honoring Our Cycles in Africa. The Garden of Fertility is much more than a “how to” book on Fertility Awareness, it also provides extensive information on how a woman’s menstrual cycle is an indicator of her overall health, and she discusses how various health issues may show up in your charts.

In Katie’s most recent book An Electronic Silent Spring, she focuses on the impact of long-term exposure to Electromagnetic radiation, the same EMR technology that powers all of our wireless devices such as cell phones, computers, iPods, laptops and so much more. In today’s episode we talk about why it’s important for women to learn to chart their cycles for health, regardless of whether or not they are trying to conceive, we talk about the night-lighting technique that helps women to regulate their cycles by alternating complete darkness with light while sleeping, and we also talk about the impact that electromagnetic radiation can have on our fertility.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • The health implications of tracking your menstrual cycles - using your menstrual cycles as a diagnostic tool
  • Why it is important for all women to have healthy menstrual cycles regardless of whether or not they are planning to have children
  • The impact that using the Fertility Awareness Method can have on your relationship with your partner
  • Different ways that using the Fertility Awareness Method can improve communication around topics of sexuality and reproductive health in relationships
  • Benefits of having periods of abstinence in your menstrual cycle, and how your sexual relationship can be enhanced through the dialogue and sexual creativity that can result from it
  • The dramatic impact that sleeping in complete darkness can have on a woman's menstrual cycle
  • How a woman can strengthen and regulate her menstrual cycle with the night-lighting technique
  • The impact of electromagnetic radiation on both male and female fertility
  • The impact that electromagnetic radiation can have on vulnerable populations such as children and pregnant women
  • What are some ways that we can reduce our exposure each day?

Connect with Katie

You can connect with Katie on any of her 3 websites: Katie Singer, Garden of Fertility and Electronic Silent Spring.

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Jul 10, 2015

Marc is the founder and Clinical Director of the Reproductive Wellness Clinic in San Diego California. He has extensive experience and expertise in treating and resolving the causes of infertility and recurrent pregnancy loss with classical Acupuncture and Chinese Medicines. A culmination of studying world religions and ancient healing techniques, combined with extensive world travel, gives Marc a unique understanding of the human body and spirit. A Doctor of Acupuncture, Board Certified Herbalist, and Oriental Medicine Practitioner, and Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine, Marc approaches his patients with an open mind, compassion, and a medically integrative perspective.

In today's show, we talk about the role that acupuncture can play in improving fertility in both women and men. We discuss the importance of seeking assistance early especially if a woman is noticing signs of sub-optimal fertility. We talk about male factor infertility, why it is so important for men to be tested early, and the myth that infertility is a women's issue. After today's show, I'm thinking that a lot more men will be heading out to see their fertility doctor for some basic fertility testing!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • How effective is acupuncture in improving IVF outcomes?
  • The benefits of using acupuncture for several months prior to starting IVF treatments
  • The benefits of acupuncture to improve fertility for both women and men
  • When should women seek assistance with fertility issues? When is the best time to reach out for help?
  • Why is pre-conception care so important for women?
  • The impact of age on fertility, and the importance of seeking out fertility assistance early
  • What is the typical time-frame for women who seek acupuncture treatment for fertility related issues?
  • How important is it to have the male partner tested when a couple is facing fertility challenges?
  • Why it's important to consider having the male partner tested right off the bat
  • The myth that infertility is generally a woman's issue
  • What is male factor infertility? What are the specific issues involved?
  • The importance of testing for sperm motility, morphology, and sperm count

Connect with Marc!

You can connect with Marc on his website, his clinic Reproductive Wellness, and on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube!

Resources mentioned

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