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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: January, 2015
Jan 30, 2015

Dr. Lara Briden is a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in the area of hormonal health. She practices at the Sensible-Alternative Hormone Clinic in Sydney Australia. She is the founder of larabriden.com and her blog provides a wealth of information on topics including hormonal health, the birth control pill, PCOS, thyroid health, and period related health concerns. Dr. Briden studied Evolutionary Biology at the University of Calgary and went on to graduate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). Her love of science and the natural world has informed the way that she practices medicine.  In her own words:

The body wants to be healthy. So often, the best thing that we can do for health is to remove the obstacles that get in its way. - Dr. Lara Briden

Topics discussed in this episode

  • The myth that the pill balances hormones and fixes period problems
  • Why Dr. Briden considers the pill to be a type of chemical castration
  • How the hormone levels of women who are taking hormonal birth control are similar to the hormone levels of women who are going through menopause
  • Why the most common side effects of the pill may not be what you think they are
  • What are some of the causes of menstrual irregularities?
  • The role that insulin and insulin resistance plays in PCOS
  • What is estrogen dominance and what role does it play in menstrual irregularities?
  • Why detoxifying right after going off the pill may not be the best approach
  • Can issues like acne, heavy periods,  PCOS and other menstrual irregularities be treated naturally?
  • How can women work towards improving their hormonal health naturally?

Connect with Dr. Lara Briden!

You can connect with Dr. Briden on her website larabriden.com, via email: lara@larabriden.com and on Facebook and Twitter:

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

Jan 23, 2015

Jennifer is the CEO and co-founder of Groove, an awesome charting app for women to record their fertile signs if they’re using fertility awareness or if they just want to keep track of their monthly periods.  Jennifer studied mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. She is a pioneer in the field of women’s health and quit her job as an engineer to pursue her vision. She is passionate about the intersection of healthcare and technology and is devoted to transforming the status quo. Not only did she create the awesome Groove charting app but she also wrote an e-book entitled The Cycle. The Cycle is a fantastic resource for anyone who is considering or already using the fertility awareness method, and we delve into her book in today’s episode!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Why the pill is often the last thing women consider to be the cause when they are experiencing health concerns
  • What inspired the development of the Groove app, and how the functionality works well for women using Fertility Awareness and women who just want to track their periods
  • How the media contributes to the perpetuation of problematic menstrual taboos
  • Why periods, no matter how problematic, are sending you an important message about your health and fertility
  • The paradox of healthy women who eat organic food and hormone-free meat while taking synthetic hormones every day
  • How the Fertility Awareness method can play a role in improving the relationship women have with their bodies, their periods and their overall health and fertility
  • How Fertility Awareness fits perfectly into the current cultural trends towards a natural and healthy lifestyle

Connect with Jennifer!

You can connect with Jennifer on her website jenniferaldoretta.com, on the Groove website readytogroove.com, via email: howdy@readytogrove.com and on Facebook and Twitter:

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

 

Jan 16, 2015

Allison is a Fertility Awareness Educator who has trained with  Justisse Healthworks for Women to be a Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner (HRHP). She has her Masters of Applied Science in the area of Sexual Health, and she has a passion for sexual health, fertility, and education in these areas!

In today's episode, we talk about how to use the Fertility Awareness Method when you're trying to conceive. We talk about the most important fertility sign to watch for, how to know when you ovulate, how to check for cervical mucus, and much more. You can listen to it here:

Connect with Allison!

Connect with Allison on her website: allisonmacbeth.com, and on Facebook and Twitter!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • How to identify when you're in your fertile window
  • Why ovulation day isn't necessarily the best day to focus on when trying to conceive
  • The limitations of ovulation predictor kits
  • What is peak day and what does it have to do with ovulation?
  • The importance of cervical mucus and how it keeps sperm alive for up to 5 days!
  • How checking your cervix can help to identify your fertile window
  • What is peak cervical mucus and why is it important when you're trying to conceive?
  • How to check for cervical mucus
  • Why it is important to check for mucus both before and after you use the bathroom
  • How charting your cycles can provide important information about your overall health
  • Do orgasms help improve your chances of getting pregnant?
  • Are women more aroused during their fertile window? What does the research say?

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

Jan 9, 2015

Hannah has a passion for teaching women to interpret their fertile signs. She is a certified Fertility Awareness Educator who trained with Grace of the Moon, she has a wealth of knowledge in the field of Fertility Awareness and hormone health, and I am happy to have her on the show today!

In today's episode, we talk about using the Fertility Awareness Method to prevent pregnancy and how the Fertility Awareness Method can be used in conjunction with other forms of non-hormonal birth control methods such as condoms, withdrawal, and the diaphragm among others. We discuss how the Fertility Awareness Method can be the perfect birth control option for control freaks, and how being able to identify your fertile window can put the control back into your hands!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • How to overcome your fears and get started with the Fertility Awareness Method
  • How does the Fertility Awareness Method work as birth control to prevent pregnancy?
  • What are some of the challenges that women face when they learning to use Fertility Awareness?
  • How do you know if the Fertility Awareness Method is right for you?
  • Why women can use Fertility Awareness even if they have irregular cycles, or  are not in "long-term" or "committed" relationships
  • How does a typical user use the Fertility Awareness Method in combination with other non-hormonal birth control options? (i.e. barrier methods like condoms and withdrawal)
  • What does "perfect use" of withdrawal look like and how effective is withdrawal as a method of birth control?
  • Why does using barrier methods or other forms of birth control during the fertile time lower the effectiveness of the method?
  • How using Fertility Awareness can minimize the need for the "morning after pill" if you have an "accident"
  • If you know that you want to get pregnant in the next few years when should you get off the pill?

Connect with Hannah!

You can connect with Hannah on her website: holistichormonalhealth.com on Facebook, and on Twitter:

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

 

Jan 2, 2015

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.

If you didn't catch episode 2 of the Fertility Friday Podcast with Rose you can find it here. In episode 2 Rose and I did an intro to Fertility Awareness Method cycle charting.

In today's episode, we talk about how Fertility Awareness cycle charting is a window into your overall health. What to do if your cycles don't match the "perfect" charts you may have read about, how cycle irregularities may be an indication of certain health issues or hormonal imbalances, and some of the ways to address these issues if they come up once you start charting. You can listen to today's episode here:

Connect with Rose!

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

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

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What are some of the common health issues that can be identified by charting your cycles with Fertility Awareness?
  • The implications of scant or non-existent cervical mucus vs continuous mucus during the menstrual cycle
  • How thyroid imbalances can show up on your charts
  • What is estrogen dominance?
  • What is a short luteal phase and how can it impair your chances of sustaining a pregnancy?

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

 

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