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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: August, 2015
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!

Resources mentioned

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

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!

Resources mentioned

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

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!

Resources mentioned

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

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!

Resources mentioned

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

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