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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: November, 2015
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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Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by Sirc of (The Nock)

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

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

Connect with Angelique

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

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

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!

Resources mentioned

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

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