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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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Dec 30, 2016

This is the sixth episode of my Fertility Awareness Reality Series! I share the work that I do with clients "on air" with you in these special episodes where I am hosting live mini-sessions with women who I have worked with.

In today's episode, I interview Aarathi. Aarathi was a member of my previous Fertility Friday Group Program, who has been trying to conceive for quite some time. After a failed attempt at IVF Aarathi sought a more natural route which is what lead her to discover the podcast. She wanted to be part of this series hoping that her story may give hope and/or inspiration to others.

Make sure to head over to my Group Programs page to find out more about my upcoming January 2017 group programs and how you can apply to be a part of it! You'll want to apply early as there are a limited number of participants I can accept into each group.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Aarathi’s contraceptive history
  • How to monitor cervical mucus when you don’t have much to start with
  • How contraceptive pills can have long-term effects on cervical mucus
  • What are the key nutrients that are critical for cervical health?
  • Aarathi’s experience with failed IVF and MTFHR
  • How excessive fertility testing took its toll on Aarathi
  • Are there income-based grants for IVF?
  • Aarathi discusses her experience with charting and what the most difficult part is for her
  • Lisa and Aarathi break down the observational method as it relates to charting cervical mucous
  • When is the optimal time for sex when you’re trying to conceive?
  • How you can change your sleep habits to help with certain aspects of conceiving
  • How Aarathi’s vegetarian diet affects her fertility
  • Why Lisa recommends cod liver oil instead of fish oil

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Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by J-Gantic

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Dec 23, 2016

In this special episode, I celebrate my 2nd "Podcastiversary" (Podcast Anniversary)!

I have learned so much from my experiences working with clients and getting to know you better and it has made a huge impact on me. So, in honor of this milestone, I decided to do a solo episode this week and share with you my top ten biggest takeaways after two years of podcasting and producing over 100 episodes.

If you're new to this show, or to fertility awareness, this is a great episode with lots resources and is a perfect starting point.

To all of my listeners, thank you so much for making 2016 such an amazing year and I'm incredibly excited to see where 2017 will take all of us!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • My thoughts on the overall response I’ve received from listeners of the podcast
  • What keeps me going after 100+ episodes?
  • Takeaway #1: Women do not deserve to suffer in silence
  • Takeaway #2: Self-advocacy is difficult but worth it
  • Takeaway #3: Know how to approach your doctors and get clarity on what they do
  • Takeaway #4: Healing is possible but sometimes doesn’t take the path we expect
  • Takeaway #5: An important part of restoring your fertility involves balancing male and female energy
  • Takeaway #6: Every woman will fit fertility awareness into her life differently
  • Takeaway #7: Fertility awareness does take work to get to the point where it’s easy
  • Takeaway #8: The importance of this podcast is evident by how few women know about fertility awareness
  • Takeaway #9: The pill has a detrimental impact on a woman’s health
  • Takeaway #10: The power of community
  • What’s to come in 2017?

Connect with Lisa

You can connect with Lisa on the Fertility Friday website and on Facebook and Twitter!

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Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by J-Gantic

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Dec 16, 2016

This is the fifth episode in my new Fertility Awareness Reality Series! I share the work that I do with clients "on air" with you in these special episodes where I am hosting live mini-sessions with women who I have worked with.

In today's episode, I interview Sarah. Sarah was a member of my previous Fertility Friday Group Program and wanted to be part of this series hoping that her story of using hormonal contraceptives and eventually conceiving using holistic approaches may give hope and/or inspiration to others. I'm very honored to be joined on this call by my mentor, and previous guest, Rose Yewchuck. Rose is a Justisse Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner (HRHP) and Justisse HRHP Educator. You can connect with Rose on her website.

Make sure to head over to my Group Programs page to find out more about my upcoming January 2017 group programs and how you can apply to be a part of it! You'll want to apply early as there are a limited number of participants I can accept into each group.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Sarah’s history with hormonal contraceptives
  • Sarah’s experience getting pregnant with her now two-year-old
  • The often-overlooked negative connection between intense exercise and getting pregnant
  • What is Hypothalamic Amenorrhea and can it factor into your cycle?
  • Sarah’s challenges with charting
  • How the Kindara Wink Thermometer help Sarah get more accurate temperature recordings
  • The reality of being inaccurate with your charting
  • Why can knowing your body, and your cycle, sometimes cause issues with charting?
  • Is the fertile shift in a cycle subtle or obvious?
  • How our cycles are directly connected to the events in our life
  • Breastfeeding and the impact it has on the cycle
  • Is withdrawal a legitimate pregnancy prevention method and how should it be marked when charting?
  • Can lubricants, and even coconut oil, have a negative impact on conceiving?
  • Sarah talks about how she thought something was wrong after noticing a discharge in the toilet after going to the bathroom before learning it was cervical mucus
  • The connection between synthetic hormonal contraceptives and vaginal dryness

Resources mentioned

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Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by J-Gantic

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This episode is sponsored by Circle + Bloom! Click here to receive 20% off Circle + Bloom products! Make sure to use discount code: FertilityFriday at checkout!

Dec 9, 2016

This is the fourth episode in my new Fertility Awareness Reality Series! I share the work that I do with clients "on air" with you in these special episodes where I am hosting live mini-sessions with women who I have worked with.

In today's episode, I interview Amelia. Amelia was a member of my previous Fertility Friday Group Program and wanted to be part of this series hoping that her story of struggling with multiple miscarriages and low Progesterone may give hope and/or inspiration to others.

Make sure to head over to my Group Programs page to find out more about my upcoming January 2017 group programs and how you can apply to be a part of it! You'll want to apply early as there are a limited number of participants I can accept into each group.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Amelia’s contraceptive and menstrual history
  • The unfortunate, but common, practice of using the pill as a cure-all
  • Amelia’s transition of coming off the pill
  • What type of charting was Amelia doing before starting the Justisse Method?
  • How has Amelia’s understanding of cervical mucus changed since starting the program?
  • Amelia realizes how recent stressful life events caused her to not ovulate
  • When is the right time to test Progesterone levels during your menstrual cycle?
  • The role Progesterone plays in the menstrual cycle
  • Explaining the impact of stress, and even travel, on a menstrual cycle
  • Why more Estrogen is not always the answer
  • The connection between Amelia’s diet changes and the leveling of her cycle
  • Why Amelia feels it’s critical to be kind to yourself
  • Amelia’s recent experience with Circle + Bloom

Resources mentioned

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Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by J-Gantic

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Dec 2, 2016

Dr. Fiona McCulloch ND, the founder, and owner of White Lotus Integrative Medicine has worked with thousands of people seeking better health over the past 15 years of her practice. She is committed to health education and advocacy, empowering her patients with the most current information on health topics and natural medicine therapies with a warm, empathic approach.

In today’s show, we talk about Dr. Fiona’s new book “8 Steps to Reverse your PCOS” which she just released in September 2016! We also talk about the connection between PCOS, inflammation, gut health & thyroid conditions!

Dr. Fiona joined us on a previous episode: episode 45 where we talked about the autoimmune disease as it relates to fertility, thyroid health, and MTHFR gene mutation.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Why has there been a recent push to change the name of PCOS?
  • The connection between PCOS, insulin resistance, and Diabetes
  • What is inflammation as it relates to PCOS and how is it caused?
  • The connection between inflammation, food sensitivities, and autoimmunity
  • Why is following whole foods based nutrition plan so important for reducing chronic low-grade inflammation?
  • Androgen excess and PCOS
  • What is Hirsutism and how can it connect to PCOS?
  • How do stress and hormones affect the length of the ovulatory process?
  • How hormones affect a woman’s cycle as she matures
  • Why doctors should use caution when diagnosing PCOS for an adolescent female
  • The connection between PCOS and Cardiovascular Disease
  • How can thyroid disorders play a role in PCOS?
  • Dispelling the myth that PCOS doesn’t go away after giving birth
  • Dr. Fiona’s advice for women with PCOS who are trying to conceive

Connect with Dr. Fiona McCulloch, ND

You can connect with Dr. Fiona on her Website and on Facebook

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Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by J-Gantic

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This episode is sponsored by Circle + Bloom! Click here to receive 20% off Circle + Bloom products! Make sure to use discount code: FertilityFriday at checkout!

Nov 30, 2016

This is the third episode in my new Fertility Awareness Reality Series! I will be sharing the work that I do with clients "on air" with you in these special episodes where I am hosting live mini-sessions with women who I have worked with.

In today's episode, I interview Aisha. Aisha is an experienced charter who has been charting her cycles for the past 4 years. Aisha reached out to me because she wanted to learn the Justisse Charting system in particular. She wanted to gain a better understanding of her mucus & learn how to use the Fertility Awareness Method for birth control in her pre-ovulatory phase as well as the post-ovulatory phase.

Make sure to head over to my Group Programs page to find out more about my upcoming January 2017 group programs and how you can apply to be a part of it! You'll want to apply early as there are a limited number of participants I can accept into each group.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • How cervical mucus led to Aisha learning more about the Fertility Awareness Method
  • The most surprising thing Aisha learned in Lisa’s educational materials
  • Getting really clear on what a “dry day” is
  • Why are the pre and post-ovulatory phases are infertile?
  • Clearing up the misunderstanding of how long ovulation actually lasts during a cycle
  • What is “peak day” and why is it so important?
  • Using your thermal shift to determine when you’re ovulating
  • What is the Observational Routine and how has it been working for Aisha?
  • How the Semen Elimination Technique helps reduce confusion during observations
  • Checking your cervical position

Resources mentioned

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Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by J-Gantic

Nov 25, 2016

Dr. Dixon is a graduate of the McGill University’s School of Medicine. Her initial postgraduate training was at the University of Toronto, in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her passion for reproductive medicine continued during her postgraduate training, where she specialized in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Vermont.  Dr. Dixon is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center. She also speaks both nationally and internationally at conferences in her field of  Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Dixon recently at the grand opening of her new clinic, Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health.

In today’s show, we talk about the impact of aging infertility, the reality of IVF, and future of fertility treatments!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is Dr. Dixon’s vision, and unique approach, for her new clinic?
  • Why Dr. Dixon integrates working with a variety of caregivers into the management of her patients and practice
  • What event was the catalyst that made Dr. Dixon want to specialize in her specific field?
  • The shocking statistics of successfully conceiving as you age
  • Why is a woman over the age 40 less likely to conceive even if she’s in peak physical condition?
  • How likely is it that IVF will be successful and what is the most important factor?
  • Why you need to know the difference between a clinical pregnancy and a “take-home baby”
  • Dr. Dixon breaks down just how long an IVF cycle actually is
  • What is Dr. Dixon’s perspective on patients who come to her with very specific plans; especially when they aren’t a path she would recommend for them?
  • Does the future of fertility treatments include men being able to carry a child in a transplanted uterus?
  • Is it possible that stem cells will allow IVF to be successful without having to take any medications?
  • What is Augment IVF Treatment and what are the implications of this breakthrough?
  • What is the one thing Dr. Dixon wants you to take away from her appearance today?
  • The one myth Dr. Dixon would eliminate if possible

Connect with Dr. Marjorie Dixon

You can connect with Dr. Dixon on her clinic's Website and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by J-Gantic

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This episode is sponsored by Circle + Bloom! Click here to receive 20% off Circle + Bloom products! Make sure to use discount code: FertilityFriday at checkout!

 
Nov 18, 2016

Vicki Braun is a master fertility awareness consultant, trained and certified in four different methods of NFP; she is also a certified GAPS practitioner.  She has a Bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry and a Master's Degree in microbiology.  She writes and speaks on NFP, balancing hormones and healing the gut.  She has taught NFP for over thirty years and has consulted with thousands of women.  She combines NFP and her knowledge of hormonal imbalances with a focus on gut health in order to help people restore hormonal balance through diet and lifestyle changes.

In today's show, we talk about cervical mucus and why it's central to the fertility awareness method. We also talk about the connection between gut health, diet, and fertility.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Why is cervical mucus central to a woman's hormone health?
  • Can women learn fertility awareness on their own?
  • What are the benefits of learning fertility awareness from an instructor?
  • How to manage continuous mucus observations
  • What is the connection between diet & fertility?
  • What is the connection between gut health & fertility and how does that show up in your menstrual cycle?
  • Weston A. Price dietary principles for fertility
  • How do xenoestrogens impact fertility & the menstrual cycle?

Connect with Vicki

You can connect with Vicki on her Website

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Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by J-Gantic

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This episode is sponsored by Circle + Bloom! Click here to receive 20% off Circle + Bloom products! Make sure to use discount code: FertilityFriday at checkout!

 
Nov 16, 2016

This is the second episode in my new Fertility Awareness Reality Series! I will be sharing the work that I do with clients "on air" with you in these special episodes where I am hosting live mini-sessions with women who I have worked with.

In today's episode, I interview Carolina, who is a member of my most recent Fertility Friday Group Program! We delve into her history of contraceptive use, her fertility challenges, as well as her recent transition from a vegetarian diet to now incorporating meat products.

Make sure to head over to my Group Programs page to find out more about my upcoming January 2017 group programs and how you can apply to be a part of it! You'll want to apply early as there are a limited number of participants I can accept into each group.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Improving fertility after 18 years of a vegetarian diet
  • IBS, digestion and gluten sensitivity
  • What is the difference between peak mucus & non-peak mucus?
  • How to draw a baseline on your menstrual cycle chart?
  • The MTHFR gene mutation and how it affects your body's ability to utilize B vitamins
  • Restoring depleted nutrient stores through diet and proper supplementation

Resources mentioned

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Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by J-Gantic

Nov 11, 2016

Nora Pope is a retired naturopathic doctor and Creighton Model FertilityCare Practitioner with a private practice in Toronto from 2002-19. She is a graduate of the NaPro Technology Medical Consultant Auditor Program and has been presenting continuing education programs to healthcare professionals since 2004. For more information on her courses, please visit: www.fertilityCE.com.

In today’s episode, Nora and I talk about using a woman’s menstrual cycle chart as a diagnostic tool both from a medical perspective and from a Naturopathic perspective. We focus on assessing a woman’s hormonal levels and supporting them in a way that aligns with her menstrual cycle. We also focus on progesterone levels specifically. How to test for progesterone, what your levels should be, how to know if your levels are low, and what to do about it if they are.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is the difference between bio-identical progesterone and synthetic progesterone?
  • What is NaPro (Natural Procreative) technology?
  • How can NaPro technology be applied to a woman's cycle from a Naturopathic perspective?
  • What is wrong with using the 28-day menstrual cycle model to inform testing and treatment of women?
  • Why is the standard day 21 progesterone test useless for most women most of the time?
  • When should a woman's progesterone be tested to get an accurate reading?
  • How do a woman's progesterone levels change during pregnancy?
  • What role does progesterone play in sustaining a pregnancy?
  • What is the optimal lab range for progesterone 7 days after ovulation?
  • How would you know if your progesterone might be low?
  • How are a woman's progesterone levels related to her mental health?
  • What is the relationship between progesterone levels and seizures?

Connect with NoraPope

You can connect with Nora on her Website and on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter

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Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by J-Gantic

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This episode is sponsored by Circle + Bloom! Click here to receive 20% off Circle + Bloom products! Make sure to use discount code: FertilityFriday at checkout!

 
Nov 9, 2016

This is the first episode in my new Fertility Awareness Reality Series! I will be sharing the work that I do with clients "on air" with you in these special episodes where I am hosting live mini-sessions with women who I have worked with.

In today's episode, I interview Teri, who is a member of my most recent Fertility Friday Group Program! We delve into her history of contraceptive use, as well as how her menstrual cycles have changed over time. We also delve into her recent PCOS diagnosis, how this is showing up on her charts, and what she can do to begin addressing these issues through dietary and lifestyle changes.

Make sure to head over to my Group Programs page to find out more about my upcoming January 2017 group programs and how you can apply to be a part of it! You'll want to apply early as there are a limited number of participants I can accept into each group.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Understanding ovulation pain and how to keep track of it through charting
  • Deconstructing the PCOS diagnosis
  • The importance of balancing blood sugar when managing PCOS
  • How does The Pill impact cervical mucus production both while you're on it and afterward
  • How to structure meals for nutrient density instead of counting calories
  • The impact of sleep on the menstrual cycle

Resources mentioned

PCOS Related Podcast Episodes

Other Episodes in the FAM Reality Series

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Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by J-Gantic

Nov 4, 2016

Dr. Naylor is a board-certified family physician, focused on preventive medicine and nutrition. As an osteopathic physician, she treats patients with a whole-person approach and has training in treating the body with hands-on techniques, called osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). She became especially interested in fertility during the end of her residency training when she herself stopped hormonal contraception in an effort to get pregnant and didn't get a period. Almost 2 years later, she continues her journey to naturally regain a healthy menstrual cycle and reflects on how western medicine addresses (or doesn't address) this common issue.

I’m excited to talk with  Dr. Naylor about how physicians are trained regarding hormonal contraceptives, and what her experience was like with fertility challenges since coming off the pill herself.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is Osteopathic medicine?
  • Dr. Naylor shares how her own experience on hormonal contraceptives has shifted how she views prescribing them in her own practice
  • Why type of training to medical Doctors typically receive regarding hormonal contraceptives?
  • Why do Doctors typically recommend hormonal methods of birth control over non-hormonal methods?
  • Why the official recommendation is for women to use hormonal contraceptives throughout most of their adult life up until approximately age 50
  • How are physicians typically educated regarding the side effects of hormonal contraceptives?
  • What training are physicians given to the menstrual cycle and maintaining reproductive health?
  • What is the best way to approach your doctor when you are seeking care outside of the traditional medical paradigm?
  • Why advocating for yourself isn't always easy
  • How to approach your Doctor when he or she isn't receptive to the treatment, medication or approach you wish to take

Connect with Dr. Naylor

You can connect with Dr. Naylor on her Website

Resources mentioned

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Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by J-Gantic

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This episode is sponsored by Circle + Bloom! Click here to receive 20% off Circle + Bloom products! Make sure to use discount code: FertilityFriday at checkout!

 
Oct 28, 2016

Lily is a researcher, speaker, and author with a passion for evidence-based prenatal nutrition and a unique specialty in gestational diabetes. As a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, and Certified Pilates Instructor, she is the first to advocate for a nutrient-dense, lower carb diet for managing gestational diabetes. Her book, Real Food for Gestational Diabetes, (and an online course of the same name), has helped thousands of women have healthy babies - and most without the need for blood sugar-lowering medication. What’s now been dubbed her “Real Food Approach” is currently being used in several research studies.

Lily joined us on 2 previous episodes: episode 16 where we talked all about gestational diabetes and episode 25 where we talked about exercise during pregnancy!

I’m excited to have Lily back on the show to talk about PCOS, and how to manage PCOS through diet and lifestyle changes!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is the connection between PCOS and diabetes?
  • What are some of the classic signs & symptoms of PCOS?
  • How big of an impact can dietary changes make on your PCOS symptoms?
  • Does a poor diet cause PCOS?
  • How does PCOS impact the menstrual cycle?
  • What is the link between PCOS, insulin sensitivity & diabetes?
  • How is obesity related to PCOS?
  • What foods cause insulin to spike?
  • Is it possible to eat too much fruit?
  • How does our consumption of carbohydrates impact our blood sugar?
  • How does consuming soy products impact our hormone levels?
  • Why is breakfast actually the most important place to start when balancing hormones?
  • What can I eat for breakfast that is filling, nutritious, fast, won't spike my blood sugar, and will leave me feeling satisfied afterward?

Connect with Lily

You can connect with Lily on her Website and on Facebook and Twitter

Resources mentioned

PCOS Related Podcast Episodes

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Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by J-Gantic

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This episode is sponsored by Circle + Bloom! Click here to receive 20% off Circle + Bloom products! Make sure to use discount code: FertilityFriday at checkout!

 
Oct 21, 2016

Molly is an American homebirth midwife, reproductive health advocate, and educator, specializing in supporting pregnancy loss and abortion. She works with a full spectrum of reproductive experiences and supports individuals and families in finding the best options for themselves, including traditional, home- and plant-based alternatives.

She teaches workshops on a variety of subjects within alternative reproductive healthcare aiming to provide empowered support for our complicated and fluid reproductive lives. She has taught hundreds of people the art and science of alternative fertility management, honoring its roots, and exploring its potential to change the way we relate to our bodies, our fertility, and our bleeding. She also loves catching babies and supporting birthing and postpartum families.

In today’s show, we talk about abortion, miscarriage, pregnancy loss, stillbirth, and menstrual extraction. We talk about the role midwifery care plays in helping women to manage these devastating life events. Please keep in mind that in today's episode we are talking about extremely difficult and sensitive topics. If you have experienced pregnancy loss of any kind this episode may be triggering for you.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Herbal abortion, emmenagogues & herbs that encourage menstruation and abortion
  • The complexities of seeking support for an abortion if you have limited access in your region
  • Financial barriers to miscarriage
  • The implications of seeking support for abortion from a midwife
  • What is a Full Spectrum Doula/Full Spectrum Midwifery?
  • What is menstrual extraction, and in what situations can it be used?
  • What role can menstrual extraction play for athletes, early abortion, and miscarriage?
  • How did the introduction of hormonal contraceptives impact the prevalence of menstrual extraction?
  • The implications of menstrual extraction for endometriosis
  • The reality of miscarriage
  • The emotional impact of pregnancy loss
  • The different ways women experience miscarriage
  • Should women allow miscarriage to happen naturally or seek medical intervention? (when the fetal heartbeat is not detected anymore for example)
  • The traumatic experience of stillbirth and late-term pregnancy loss
  • The role of midwifery care in pregnancy loss
  • Supporting women who have experienced pregnancy loss

Connect with Molly

You can connect with Molly on her Website and via email

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Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by J-Gantic

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Oct 14, 2016

Jessica is the Founder and CEO of the Integrative Women's Health Institute and is passionate about caring for and empowering women who struggle with women’s and pelvic health conditions. She is equally passionate about educating and supporting clinicians in confidently and safely using integrative tools to transform women's pelvic healthcare.

Having over a decade of experience as a women’s and pelvic physical therapist plus owning a private women’s health clinical nutrition and coaching practice gives her a unique perspective on the integrative, conservative options for pelvic pain management.

Jessica was educated at the University of Virginia, Emory University, The Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and Duke Integrative Medicine.  She is currently a doctoral student in clinical nutrition at Maryland University of Integrative Health

In today’s show, we talk about pelvic health, what causes pelvic pain and inflammation and how to address these issues from a functional medicine perspective.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • How does pelvic pain impact the quality of life for women?
  • How are the pelvic floor muscles interconnected?
  • What factors contribute to pelvic pain in women?
  • The structural factors that contribute to pelvic pain (i.e. birth or physical trauma)
  • The link between food sensitivities, inflammation, hormone imbalance and pelvic pain
  • The importance of connecting with your pelvic area, your vulva, vagina and knowing your basic anatomy and physiology
  • The connection between pelvic pain and gut health
  • Why it is important to be diagnosed if you think you may have endometriosis
  • Differentiating between muscle tension, tightness, weakness and strength
  • The psychosocial connection to pelvic pain
  • What is pelvic floor physiotherapy?
  • Are Kegels the best exercise for strengthening the pelvic floor muscles?
  • Is it possible to heal and restore the integrity of the pelvic floor muscles after childbirth?
  • What is the best way to engage and strengthen the pelvic floor muscles?

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Oct 7, 2016

After nearly 2 years of this podcasting journey, I'm still going strong, and I wanted to celebrate my 100th episode by creating a special compilation! In this episode, I have strung together a number of clips from numerous different episodes. I have had the incredible privilege of interviewing over 100 amazing guests who have shared their knowledge, experience, and wisdom for all of us to benefit from.

I had such a hard time narrowing down which episodes to pull from that I ended up with a 2 part series!  I created these episodes as a thank you to my amazing listeners and guests, so I hope you enjoy episode 100! Click here to listen to part 1!

Episode list from Episode 100 Part 1 (in order)

Additional Clips from Episode 100 Part 1 (in order)

Episode list from Episode 100 Part 2 (in order)

Additional Clips from Episode 100 Part 2 (in order)

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Oct 5, 2016

After nearly 2 years of this podcasting journey I'm still going strong, and I wanted to celebrate my 100th episode by creating a special compilation! In this episode I have strung together a number of clips from numerous different episodes. I have had the incredible privilege of interviewing over 100 amazing guests who have shared their knowledge, experience and wisdom for all of us to benefit from.

I had such a hard time narrowing down which episodes to pull from that I ended up with a 2 part series!  I created these episodes as a thank you to my amazing listeners and guests, so I hope you enjoy episode 100! Click here to listen to part 2.

Episode list from Episode 100 Part 1 (in order)

Additional Clips from Episode 100 Part 1 (in order)

Episode list from Episode 100 Part 2 (in order)

Additional Clips from Episode 100 Part 2 (in order)

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Sep 30, 2016

Kelsey is a Registered Dietitian who quickly learned in her program that she wasn’t being taught what dieticians should really be teaching their patients. She decided to study functional medicine, open her own practice, and pursue her dream of working with clients who really care about themselves, who want to invest in their health and receive support along their health journey.

In today’s show, Kelsey and I talk about Adrenal health, HPA axis dysregulation, and how this can impact fertility. I’ve had a number of questions from listeners about adrenal fatigue and HPA axis dysregulation because of the impact it can have on a woman’s fertility hormones!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is adrenal fatigue? Does it mean that your adrenals are "tired"?
  • Why the label of "adrenal fatigue" is actually a misnomer, and the term "HPA axis dysregulation" is actually more accurate
  • What is the body's hormonal response to stress?
  • The connection between gut dysbiosis and stress
  • The link between PCOS, testosterone, and cortisol
  • What are the symptoms of HPA axis dysregulation?
  • What is the link between blood pressure & HPA axis dysregulation?
  • How to address HPA axis dysregulation/adrenal fatigue in a practical way
  • What are some of the ways that you can reduce your stress in your daily life?
  • What to do if you're not into Meditation, Visualization, and Yoga
  • The scientific explanation for why bringing fun into your life improves HPA axis dysregulation and reduces your overall stress
  • The role of cortisol in the body and why cortisol isn't actually "bad" for you when your levels are optimal
  • Is it possible to exercise too much?
  • What is overexercise and how does it impact your stress levels?

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Sep 28, 2016

After getting such a positive response from episode 95 with Dr. Susan Rako, I decided to release a bonus episode to answer one of the most common questions that I get which is how do I boost my cervical mucus production! In today's episode, I share some important information about cervical health as well as practical ways to boost cervical mucus production and improve cervical health naturally.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • How to establish if you actually have limited cervical mucus production
  • What does a normal cervical mucus pattern look like?
  • Where is your cervix?
  • Where is cervical mucus produced?
  • What is the relationship between estrogen and cervical mucus production?
  • What are some of the reasons that a woman may have limited cervical mucus production?
  • 3 ways to boost cervical mucus production naturally
  • What fertility foods should you incorporate into your diet to improve cervical health?
  • What nutrients are essential for cervical health and healthy cervical mucus production?

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Sep 16, 2016

Mary is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner and acupuncturist who has been in practice for over 20 years. The vast majority of her patients have struggled with gynecological disorders, fertility challenges, and pregnancy-related issues.

She is the author of Pathways to Pregnancy: Personal Stories and Practical Advice for Your Fertility Journey, and she is the founder & CEO of ALIVE Holistic Health Clinic located in downtown Toronto.  Mary’s personal experience with fertility challenges has fostered compassion and a deep respect for the families who come to her for help. Mary has seen the many faces that infertility presents, and the equally diverse pathways to pregnancy presented by conventional and complementary medicine. It is her greatest hope that by she can bring a renewed sense of possibility to infertility sufferers, and deepen their understanding of this widespread condition to the public consciousness.

In today's episode, we talk about issues that interfere with pregnancy and cause fertility challenges. We also talk about the challenge for patients who have received a diagnosis of infertility. We delve into the practical ways women can move forward with hope in the face of receiving such a daunting diagnosis.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Find out how a diagnosis of blocked fallopian tubes shook Mary's belief system to its core and forced her to embrace Western Medicine as a complement to her Eastern philosophies and practice
  • The myth that couples who struggle to conceive can simply "adopt"
  • Why a diagnosis of infertility has been shown to be as stressful as a cancer diagnosis
  • What is the "Nocebo" effect? And how can it impact women who are seeking medical support to address their fertility challenges?
  • How to deconstruct a diagnosis of infertility and maintain hope after being told you have no options
  • Are your eggs really "old"?
  • What is a poor ovarian reserve?
  • The three markers of poor ovarian reserve and what they really mean
  • Why a high FSH level can impair your chances of having a successful IVF cycle
  • Practical ways to reduce and manage stress without adding more to your plate?
  • How to incorporate a mindfulness practice into your daily life
  • How to manage the 2 week period after IVF implantation without driving yourself crazy

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Sep 9, 2016

Dr. Rako has been a psychiatrist in private practice in the Boston area for more than thirty-five years. She both trained and taught at Harvard Medical School's Massachusetts Mental Health Center, a teaching hospital in the Department of Psychiatry. She has become a pioneering expert on women’s reproductive health. She is the author of several books including “The Blessings of the Curse: No More Periods?” and “The Hormone of Desire: The Truth About Testosterone, Sexuality, and Menopause”.

In today’s episode, we talk about menstrual suppression, and the idea that periods are optional, and suppressing them medically has a no broader impact on our bodies outside.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Are periods medically necessary?
  • The relationship between the pill, estrogen, testosterone, and sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG)
  • The relationship between regular menstruation and Iron
  • The impact of the menstrual cycle on cardiovascular health
  • How was Depo Provera Discovered?
  • The disturbing link between hormonal contraceptives, HPV, & Cervical Cancer
  • The link between Depo Provera and Osteoporosis
  • Long-term hormonal contraceptive use, the largest experiment ever conducted on women

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Sep 2, 2016

Lierre is a writer, small farmer, and radical feminist activist. She is the author of six books, including The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability, which has been called “the most important ecological book of this generation.” She is the coauthor,
with Derrick Jensen and Aric McBay, of Deep Green Resistance: Strategy to Save the Planet. She’s also been arrested six times.

In today’s show, we delve into the topic of veganism and the impact it can have on fertility. We also tackle the idea that veganism is going to save the world, and eating meat is going to destroy it.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Why our modern culture makes us more susceptible to extreme ideologies and dietary practices like veganism
  • The flawed idea that veganism via eliminating the use of all meat products will "save the world"
  • Veganism as modern-day starvation often leading to significant nutritional deficiencies and serious health conditions
  • Why we are so disconnected from what our bodies need
  • The link between amenorrhea and veganism in Lierre's case
  • How modern process food has impacted our culture & our relationship with food
  • The loss of traditional wisdom and ancestral practices
  • The way veganism ignores the historical kinship between human beings and animals
  • The relationship between vegan diets and fertility
  • The dangers of incorporating too much soy in the diet for fertility and overall health
  • Will veganism save the world?
  • The reality of farming - what is needed for healthy soil
  • The impact of agriculture in our industrialized world
  • The alternative to agriculture and veganism that will actually help to improve our planet

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Aug 19, 2016

Hethir is the founder of Natural-Fertility-Info.com. She wants to live in a world where work is play, traveling to new places is the norm, and growing vegetables is foolproof. As a Natural Fertility Specialist, Hethir and her team have helped thousands of couples to get pregnant using natural fertility therapies and lifestyle changes. When she’s not working on herbal formulas or obsessing over research, you can find her in the field playing beekeeper, experimenting with waffle recipes in the kitchen, or playing with her son Tobias and spending time in the woods. Natural-Fertility-Info.com has helped couples prepare for healthy conception for over 7 years, connecting with over 900,000 visitors a month.

In today’s episode, we talk about the importance of preconception nutrition, nutrition for fertility and pregnancy, and we also talk about using herbs and supplementation to improve fertility naturally.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • How Hethir's personal fertility journey lead to the development of her website
  • How does xenoestrogen exposure relate to hormonal health and fertility
  • How do diet and nutrition relate to the effectiveness of herbs and supplementation?
  • What does a healthy diet for fertility look like?
  • The importance of looking at the whole body when trying to improve fertility
  • Coping with the feelings of frustration that come with fertility struggles
  • How to improve egg quality, and why it takes a minimum of 90 days
  • What is Vitex and how does it work?
  • What is Maca and why does it have such a strong influence on hormone balance in the body?
  • How herbs adapt to what our body needs
  • Why is Royal Jelly indicated for improving egg quality?
  • The benefits of getting nutrition from food

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Aug 12, 2016

Emily is a trained birth and postpartum doula, midwife assistant, birth control doula, placenta encapsulation specialist, and holds a degree in counseling and mentoring. She has been working with newborns and families since age seven and her goal is to be able to take women's hands during puberty and walk with them through every stage of reproductive health. She has been tracking her cycle for the past 3 years!

Kelsey is a labor and delivery registered nurse in New York City. She pursued a nursing career in inpatient obstetrics and is certified as a lactation counselor (CLC) and childbirth educator. She’s also interested in documenting women’s stories. She completed a 12-week certification in filmmaking at New York Film Academy.

In today's episode, we talk about Kelsey & Emily's recent trip across the United States! Kelsey and Emily recently took a 3-month tour of the States where they offered free reproductive health classes in over 60 locations. They funded their trip through a successful Kickstarter campaign, and I can’t wait to hear more about their travels!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What inspired Kelsey and Emily to pack up and travel across the United States to teach reproductive health classes?
  • What was their experience like connecting with so many women in so many different communities sharing reproductive health information?
  • Why they continued their quest even after being robbed and left with nothing but the clothes on their back
  • The incredible kindness they experienced along their journey
  • Why is it important for women to have access to information about their reproductive health?
  • How to reconcile the joy of learning this amazing information with the grief of not having learned it earlier
  • What is a birth control doula?
  • Why isn't menstrual pain taken that seriously by the medical community?
  • The issue of access that many women face when seeking important services and information
  • Understanding and advocating for your rights

Connect with Kelsey & Emily

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Aug 8, 2016

With the launch of my Fertility Boost Group Program in full swing, I decided to release a special bonus episode to share my experience of learning fertility awareness in a group environment and share the top 3 benefits of learning fertility awareness surrounded by women who are doing the same thing.

I was recently interviewed by a woman who is writing a book about female reproductive health, and one of the questions she asked me really stood out to me. She asked if fertility awareness is so straightforward and simple to learn, why would anyone need the help of an educator, and how could it possibly take 2 years of intensive training to learn to teach it? I thought about it and recognized that there are so many misconceptions about fertility awareness starting with the idea that since fertility awareness helps women to connect with their cycles and femininity in a natural way, that it should somehow be intuitive or "natural" to learn. I address this idea and many others in today's episode!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Who can benefit from learning fertility awareness from an educator?
  • What is the difference between learning a concept theoretically versus being taught a practical skill?
  • The myth that fertility challenges are "easy" to fix
  • How does fertility awareness education extend into the realm of health coaching?
  • Why there are no generalized “cookie cutter” solutions that work for every woman
  • Why women are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the standard of care their physicians are providing to them
  • The dangers of thinking your cycles are “normal” when they are actually outside of the normal ranges
  • How learning from an educator can increase your confidence and the effectiveness of the fertility awareness method
  • Your chart as a diagnostic tool for your health and fertility
  • How does having a community of women to draw on enhance your learning experience?

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