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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: June, 2015
Jun 26, 2015

Marie specializes in reproductive health and fertility. She has a Ph.D. in Medical History, she is a certified Pilates instructor who has been teaching for over 16 years, and she is a certified practitioner of Merciér Therapy, an abdominal therapy technique that helps to improve the alignment of the uterus and fallopian tubes, increase circulation, and improve blood flow to the reproductive organs. She has also developed her movement for fertility program which helps women to improve their alignment and improve fertility naturally.

In today's show, we talk about the importance of proper alignment of the body for reproductive health and fertility. We talk about Merciér Therapy and how this non-invasive abdominal therapy can improve a woman's fertility naturally. We also talk about the important role that proper alignment of the body, as well as movement, plays in fertility and the body's natural detoxification process.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is Merciér Therapy and how does it improve fertility?
  • What does a typical Merciér Therapy session look like? What does it feel like?
  • The role that  Merciér Therapy can play in conjunction with medical fertility treatments
  • The role that abdominal therapy can play in aligning the uterus, improve circulation and lymph flow
  • How can the position of the uterus and fallopian tubes impact a woman's fertility?
  • The importance of movement in the body's natural detoxification process
  • Restoring optimal body and reproductive function through movement with a focus on alignment
  • How restoring the uterus to its proper position can alleviate menstrual pain and encourage proper menstrual flow
  • Marie discusses her movement for fertility program, and the important relationship between movement and fertility

Connect with Marie!

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

Resources mentioned

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

Jun 19, 2015

In today's episode, Jennifer talks about her experience recently coming off the pill, learning to use the fertility awareness method, as well as getting a PCOS diagnosis along the way. Jennifer has embarked on a journey to improve her fertility naturally and she provides an honest and refreshing perspective on what this process has been like for her- transitioning from hormonal contraceptives while dealing with fertility challenges. Jennifer talks about her experience coming off the pill, and how she discovered that the pill was actually the cause of some of the symptoms that she had been experiencing. This is a great episode for women who are considering coming off the pill and transitioning to the fertility awareness method. I'm sure that Jennifer's experience will really resonate with many women who have recently stopped taking hormonal contraceptives. Enjoy!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What Jennifer's experience was like coming off the pill
  • How long it took for Jennifer's period to come back
  • The process of learning to chart, and the challenge of learning to chart your cycles with fertility awareness with irregular cycles
  • The impact that a PCOS diagnosis has on fertility awareness charting and fertility in general
  • What are some of the ways that Jennifer is working towards improving her fertility naturally
  • How Jennifer discovered the Fertility Awareness Method
  • How learning the Fertility Awareness Method has helped Jennifer to feel empowered even though her cycles haven't been "perfect"
  • The challenges women face when charting long cycles with many days of observable cervical mucus
  • How effective are ovulation predictor kits, and are they necessary if you are using the Fertility Awareness Method?
  • What are the benefits of learning the Fertility Awareness Method from a certified Fertility Awareness educator?

Connect with Jennifer!

You can connect with Jennifer on her blog!

Resources mentioned

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

Jun 17, 2015

Franziska is a registered dietician who is a firm believer in the power of carbohydrate restriction for diabetes, pre-diabetes, obesity, weight management, and hormonal disorders such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). Franziska helps her clients to improve their health through nutrition by helping them to control their blood glucose levels and achieve a healthy weight with a whole foods diet.

In today's show, we'll be talking about the benefits of carbohydrate restriction for weight loss, how to manage food cravings with a whole food diet, and the relationship between PCOS and insulin sensitivity. Franziska talks about her experience transitioning from a vegetarian diet to a whole foods diet, and why she feels better now than she ever did! In her work with clients, Franziska focuses on the benefits of eating a diet that is much lower in carbohydrates than the typical way most of us eat. In today's episode, Franziska talks about why this approach can be beneficial for weight loss, stabilizing blood sugar levels, and optimizing fertility.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Franziska talks about why she transitioned from a vegetarian diet to a whole foods diet that includes animal protein and what that has to do with regulating blood sugar
  • What are the benefits of eating a low carbohydrate diet?
  • The pros and cons of vegetarian and vegan diets
  • What are Franziska's dietary recommendations for weight loss?
  • How is belly fat related to insulin resistance and PCOS?
  • Why there is more to weight loss than eating less and exercising
  • How to lose weight using a low carbohydrate approach without starving yourself
  • What is PCOS and how can you improve your fertility and ovarian function with a low carbohydrate diet?
  • What is insulin resistance and how is it related to PCOS?
  • The relationship between insulin resistance, fertility, and diabetes

Connect with Franziska!

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

Resources mentioned

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

Jun 12, 2015

Dr. Erica Berman has her Masters of Counseling Psychology and a special certificate in infertility counseling. She also has her Ph.D. in Exercise Sciences and has been working as a fitness instructor and personal trainer for 20 years. She enjoys helping clients make positive changes in their lifestyle and health. She has a special interest in the area of infertility which extends not just to individuals and couples facing infertility, but also clients dealing with low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and relationship issues. Along the way, she has also developed a passion for helping members of the LGBTQ community create families through third-party assisted-reproductive technologies.

Today in the second part of my two-part series about the impact of sexual abuse on fertility, we will be talking about some of the ways that sexual abuse can impact a woman’s fertility, and how it can impact women during their child-bearing years. We talk about the prevalence of sexual abuse, and why we have such a hard time believing that someone we know could be the abuser. We talk about the specific ways that a history of sexual abuse can impact a woman's relationships when she chooses to have children and the ways that a history of abuse can impact a woman who is experiencing fertility challenges.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • How prevalent is sexual abuse? And why is this an important topic to bring to light?
  • The nature of pain and loss and why we are always comparing our experiences to those of others
  • Why do most people still believe that sexual abuse is rare? And why do we have a hard time believing that someone we know could be responsible?
  •  The impact that sexual abuse can have even if the survivor of the abuse doesn't define it as sexual abuse or assault
  • The different ways an experience of sexual abuse can impact a person's relationships and his or her ability to trust others
  • Why women who have experienced sexual abuse may delay having children until later in life
  • The additional challenges that women who have a history of sexual abuse face when they are also facing fertility challenges
  • The importance of teaching your children the proper terminology for their genitalia, and how this relates to sexual abuse
  • The impact that infertility can have on a couple's relationship
  • The different ways that men and women react to infertility struggles and why these different reactions can cause relationship challenges
  • The relationship between age and fertility
  • How to support someone who is experiencing fertility challenges

Connect with Erica!

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

Resources mentioned

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

Jun 10, 2015

Today's episode is part one of a two-part series that I am doing on the impact of sexual assault and sexual abuse on fertility and infertility. In today's episode, I am pleased to welcome Erin Martin to the show. Erin has been working in the field of Sexual Assault Awareness, Education and Counselling for the past 13 years. She has an extensive background in Sexual Assault Awareness and Education through her work as a Public Educator and as the Director of Volunteer Services at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton. She has her Master's in Counselling Psychology and is currently working on her Ph.D. at the University of Alberta.

In today's show, Erin and I define what Sexual Assault is, we discuss the issue of consent and how consent is defined in the Criminal Code of Canada, and we also discuss some of the most common and prevalent myths about sexual assault that permeate our culture. The purpose of today's episode is to provide a detailed background and thorough understanding of what behaviors and activities actually fall under the definition of sexual assault. We have an in-depth discussion about the most common myths about sexual assault and how these myths negatively impact survivors of sexual assault. We also discuss the issue of prevention "tips" and how the tips commonly directed towards women to prevent themselves from being assaulted provide a false sense of security and don't actually address the broader reality of the pervasiveness of sexual abuse in our culture. This episode lays the foundation for the conversation about the impact that sexual abuse can have on fertility and infertility that I focus on in part 2 of this series with Dr. Erica Berman.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • How prevalent is sexual assault and abuse? What are the stats?
  • We address the myth that if someone experiences sexual assault they are "damaged'" forever
  • What is Sexual Assault and how is it different to Rape?
  • What is Child Sexual Abuse, and how does this definition differ from how Rape and Sexual Assault are defined?
  • Why do we have such a hard time accepting that the vast majority of sexual assaults are committed by trusted people that we know?
  • What is Consent, and how is it defined in the Criminal Code of Canada?
  • The many ways a person can say "no" without actually saying the word
  • Although sexual assaults are often portrayed in the media as violent interactions by strangers, we discuss the most common tool that perpetrators use during a sexual assault, and it probably isn't what you think
  • Why we have a hard time believing that sexual assault happens to men too and that it's not just a women's issue
  • Why we hold on tightly to the belief that if someone was an offender or perpetrator of sexual abuse or sexual assault that we would know, and be able to pick them out of the crowd
  • How the commonly held myths about sexual assault prevent us from fully empathizing with survivors and let the offenders off the hook
  • Why survivor's of sexual assault isn't actually to blame regardless of whether they were drinking, what they were wearing, or what they were doing (or not doing)

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

Jun 5, 2015

I'm happy to welcome Lily Nichols back to the show! If you didn't get a chance to tune into our first episode together, make sure to go back to episode 16 and listen in. In our previous episode, Lily and I talked about Gestational diabetes and how to address it through a real food diet instead of relying on medication. Lily is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, a Certified Diabetes Educator, a Certified LEAP Therapist, and a Certified Pilates Instructor. But today we're shifting the focus to an entirely different topic!

In today's episode, we are delving into Lily's fitness background as a certified Pilates instructor and talking all about exercise during pregnancy. Lily has a unique and varied background that has given her the opportunity to work with pregnant women in many capacities. Lily breaks down the health benefits of exercise during pregnancy. Not only does exercise during pregnancy help to keep mom and baby healthy but it significantly decreases the risk of gestational diabetes not to mention the numerous additional benefits that Lily goes through during the show. Lily also outlines what exercises work best for women during different stages of pregnancy, and dispels many common myths about the level of exercise that is best for pregnancy. We talk about how much is too much, how much is too little and how to know where you fall on that continuum. This is a great episode for anyone wanting to get pregnant in the future or anyone who is already expecting! I think you'll enjoy this one!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What are the benefits of exercising during pregnancy for mom?
  • How does exercise benefit the baby?
  • What are the best exercises that women can do during pregnancy?
  • Is it possible to "over-exercise"?
  • The implications of exercising solely for the purpose of getting back that "perfect" "pre-pregnancy body"
  • How to know when you should slow it down
  • How to modify exercises for pregnancy
  • What exercises you should NOT be doing while pregnant
  • Why you can probably do way more than you think!

Connect with Lily!

You can connect with Lily on her website and on Facebook and Twitter!

Resources mentioned

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

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