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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: February, 2015
Feb 27, 2015

Dr. Melanie McDowall is a researcher with the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide. Her specific research area is assisted reproduction technologies including IVF, IVM, ways of improving egg quality by understanding the basic biology behind egg and embryo development, and improving the ability to select the “healthiest embryos”. With a focus on oocytes (eggs) and early embryo development, her area of study is focused on the period leading up to ovulation as well as the period of time before implantation happens. In today's podcast, we will be talking about how aging impacts fertility and the important role that reproductive technologies play in this process.

Topics discussed in this episode

  • The basic biology behind conception and pregnancy. What happens when the sperm meets the egg and how it grows into a baby
  • The role of DNA, chromosomes, and genes in the process of conception
  • We discuss how women are born with all the eggs they will ever have, and how the number and quality of these eggs begins to decline dramatically from the time a woman reaches her early 30s to the time she reaches her mid-40s
  • At what point are women at their peak fertility? And at what age is our egg quality and quantity the highest?
  • What is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)? And how is it different from Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI) and In Vitro Maturation (IVM)?
  • How does a woman's age impact her egg quality, and how does the age of her oocytes (eggs) impact the chances of a successful IVF cycle that results in a live birth?
  • The role that the birth control pill has played in the cultural shift towards an increase in women having children later in life
  • The importance of understanding that fertility has a deadline, why it is important for women to be aware of this, and how we can incorporate this unfortunate reality into the plan for our lives
  • The hereditary aspect of our fertility and why the best way to predict the deadline on our own fertility may be to find out when our mothers went through menopause
  • The extent to which media coverage of celebrities having children at advanced maternal ages can be misleading, and how this can result in the tendency for us to over-estimate how fertile we are as we reach our late 30s, early 40s and beyond
  • The important role that a man's age plays in the health of his sperm, and in what ways advanced paternal age can contribute to an increased risk of genetic mutations among other issues
  • We also discuss the process by which advanced maternal age contributes to an increased risk of chromosomal abnormalities

Connect with Mel!

You can connect with Mel through and find more information about some of the work she has been doing at yourfertility.org.au, The University of Adelaide, and you can connect with her on Twitter

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

Feb 13, 2015

I'm so excited to welcome Sally Fallon-Morell to the Fertility Friday Podcast today! Sally is the founding President of the Weston Price Foundation. She is a strong advocate of nutrition and is the leading spokesperson for a return to nutrient-dense diets including raw milk, animal fats, organ meats, bone broths and lacto-fermented foods. Sally is the author of the best-selling cookbook Nourishing Traditions and The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care among others.

One of the important takeaways from this interview and all of Sally's work is that animal fats and cholesterol are vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease, and optimum energy levels. Sally has been working tirelessly for many years to raise awareness about the importance of nutrition in overall health, fertility, and how important a role that nutrition plays in having healthy babies and a healthy pregnancy. Listen in to learn about what traditional cultures do to ensure that their babies are healthy, and what foods will improve your fertility and help you to have a healthy, happy, thriving baby!

Topics discussed in this episode

  • Who is Dr. Weston Price, and how did he discover the importance of diet in overall health and fertility?
  • How dental health is related to your overall health, and how it can be an important indicator of nutrient deficiencies
  • Why all traditional cultures intentionally fed certain sacred fertility foods to men and women of childbearing age
  • Why saturated fat is essential for fertility
  • Why women who eat low-fat diets have been shown to have a harder time getting pregnant
  • The silent epidemic of infertility that people aren't really talking about, and the role that diet plays in this process
  • Why a preconception diet is important to focus on for several months to a year or more before getting pregnant
  • Why both Men and Women should be eating traditional fertility foods in preparation for pregnancy, not just women
  • Why it's important to shift the focus from getting pregnant to improving the health and nutrition of both partners before pregnancy so that the focus is on having healthy babies instead of just getting pregnant
  • Why Sally recommends that mothers to stop taking hormonal contraceptives and eat a traditional fertility diet for at least 6 months to a year before even trying to conceive
  • The impact of vegan and vegetarian diets on fertility, and why Sally recommends that women of child-bearing age steer clear of vegetarian/vegan diets at least until they are finished having children
  • Why is raw milk safer than pasteurized milk?
  • What foods are best to first introduce to your baby? It's probably not what you think!
  • The role that diet plays in not only the physical health of your baby but gut health and emotional health as well
  • How the diet of the Mother impacts the quality of her breastmilk
  • Why it's never too late to start eating a healthy traditional diet

Connect with Sally!

You can connect with Sally on the Weston A Price Foundation website, on her own website New Trends Publishing, you can also connect with Sally on Facebook and Twitter.

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

 

Feb 6, 2015

Amy has a unique background in traditional medicine and alternative health. She is a certified Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner and a practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. Amy has also completed the Access Intuition training with renowned channeler and Medical Intuitive Lori Wilson, as well as taken courses in therapeutic nutrition and supplements. Amy's background in traditional medicine and alternative health allows her to support her clients wherever they are on their journey. Amy and her sister Kim are the Red Tent Sisters. The Red Tent Sisters are based out of Toronto and the sisters have been working tirelessly for many years now to provide holistic solutions for women in the areas of natural birth control, pregnancy preparation and fertility support, sexuality and much more!

Topics discussed in this episode

  • Amy's experience coming off the pill after 10 years
  • Why Amy recommends that women who are planning to get pregnant go off the pill at least 1 year before trying to conceive
  • The short-term and long-term effects of the pill
  • The negative impact the pill has on gut health and what to do about it
  • How to reverse the depletion of the body's vitamin stores (specifically B vitamins and Folic acid) after coming off the pill
  • Dietary and lifestyle changes that can reverse the negative effects of the pill and help to restore your fertility
  • How periodic abstinence can actually improve your sex life
  • Non-hormonal birth control options during the fertile window
  • Why the perfect time for women to learn the Fertility Awareness Method may be in their teens
  • The disconnect between modern-day feminism and our fertility
  • Why the best time to have babies, biologically speaking, is actually between ages 23 and 29
  • Coping with infertility

Connect with Amy!

You can connect with Amy on her website redtentsisters.com via email: amy@redtentsisters.com, on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and you can listen to her Podcast here!

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

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