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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: January, 2016
Jan 29, 2016
Jani is a senior acupuncture practitioner in London with over 17 years of experience in the field. Jani Specializes in acupuncture for fertility, pregnancy, and childbirth. She teaches courses in London for expecting parents, new parents, and prospective parents. She teaches about the importance of pre-conception care, how you can maximize your body’s capacity for normal conception, how to improve your chances with assisted conception and much more!
 
In today’s show, we talk about the role that acupuncture can play in improving menstrual health and fertility. Jani talks about the ways that acupuncture can be applied differently during the different phases of the menstrual cycle, and the powerful impact that acupuncture can have on fertility.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What does healthy menstruation look like?
  • How acupuncture can be applied to the menstrual cycle differently during the different phases of the menstrual cycle
  • The relationship between the lunar cycle and the menstrual cycle
  • What your menstrual cycle is telling you about your health
  • How is the menstrual cycle looked at in Chinese Medicine?
  • What are the phases of the menstrual cycle, and how does treatment differ based on the phase a woman is in?
  • What changes does a woman experience during ovulation?
  • How hormonal contraceptives impact a woman's menstrual cycle health
  • The way that hormonal contraceptives can mask menstrual problems and stall proper menstrual development if taken from a young age
  • How a woman's menstrual cycle health from menarche in the early years can impact her menstrual health in adulthood
  • What does a normal and healthy menstrual cycle look like?
  • What does a healthy period look like, and why menstrual pain and severe mood disturbances are not actually normal
  • Why do some women experience headaches at specific times during the menstrual cycle?
  • What is "unexplained infertility"?

Connect with Jani

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

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

Jan 22, 2016

Willow is a certified classical homeopath, labor doula, and prenatal yoga teacher. She has a Bachelor of Science in Neuropsychology. And she combined her holistic interests with her medical studies and ventured into homeopathy. For the last 8 years has helped families and individuals of all ages handle everything from anxiety and depression to morning sickness and sore throats.  She is a huge proponent of the body’s power to heal itself and infuses nutrition with real food into her practice.  And when became pregnant herself her focus shifted leading her down her current path as a prenatal, birth, and postpartum guide and co-author of the recently published book, How to Conceive Naturally and Have a Healthy Pregnancy After 30.

In today’s show, we talk about how to prepare for pregnancy before you start trying to conceive and why it’s important to do so! We will also be talking about what women need to know about having babies after age 30!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Why it is important for women to prepare for pregnancy for at least 3 months prior to conception
  • Epigenetics - how what women eat impacts the expression of their genes and their unborn children's genes as well
  • Why what women eat before they even become pregnant will have an impact on their children
  • The importance of preconception detoxification, and how the detoxification process may be different than what you think it would be
  • What is the connection between sugar, gluten, and infertility?
  • How can food sensitivities impact fertility?
  • The negative impact of alcohol on fertility
  • What foods women should eat preconception and during pregnancy to nourish the body and boost fertility
  • Why women who are trying to get pregnant should avoid low-fat diets at all costs
  • The benefits of raw dairy for fertility
  • The important role that protein plays during pregnancy and why it is important for women to get enough of it both before and during pregnancy
  • What does impact waiting to have a baby at an "advanced maternal age" (i.e. 30 and over) have on a woman's fertility and her ability to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy?

Connect with Willow

You can connect with Willow on her website, and on Facebook!

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

Jan 15, 2016

Katherine is a Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia.  She is also Director of Jefferson Women’s Primary Care. Katherine became interested in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in the 1990’s when she was studying insulin resistance.  She started treating women with PCOS and in 2000, she established the country’s first academic program for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

In today’s show, we talk about PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome), and how Katherine treats women with PCOS and helps them to conceive without fertility drugs!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is Internal Medicine and how does an Internist differ from a regular doctor?
  • Why do women with PCOS often experience fragmented care?
  • Why a woman's menstrual cycle health is actually connected to her overall health
  • What is PCOS? And what are some of the common symptoms?
  • The relationship between testosterone, insulin resistance, and polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Why are women with PCOS often not getting diagnosed by their doctors or care providers?
  • Why hormonal contraceptives do not treat PCOS, and how this mode of treatment can be harmful to women in the long run
  • The connection between PCOS and diabetes and why it is so important to address this as early as possible
  • Why PCOS is often a precursor to type II diabetes
  • The relationship between PCOS and weight
  • The role that vitamin D plays in women's menstrual and overall health
  • Metformin and PCOS
  • How long does it typically take for women's periods to return after following Katherine's protocol?
  • The connection between acne and PCOS

Connect with Katherine

You can connect with Katherine on the Thomas Jefferson University web site!

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

Jan 8, 2016

Alexandra has been a chef, an author and a functional nutrition coach for over a decade. She has written 4 books, most recently the #1 bestselling book Women, Food and Desire. She was featured in the movie Supersize Me. And after being vegan for over 10 years, Alex came out as not being vegan anymore and has since created a community around the idea of following your cravings to discover what they have to teach you. She also has an awesome podcast “The Cravecast” where she delves into the importance of following your cravings and so much more!

In today’s show, we talk about Alex’s transition from a vegan diet. Alex talks about the impact her diet had on her menstrual cycle and her libido, and what happened when she started incorporating meat again. We also talk about how we can all learn to listen to and honor our cravings, and why it is important to pay attention to what our body is telling us!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Alex’s transition from sugar addict to a whole foods vegan diet
  • Origins of the film Supersize me and how it all came about
  • What prompted Alex to start questioning her diet after 11 solid years of being a vegan
  • Why the concept of a “perfect diet” is problematic in general
  • Confessions of an ex-vegan - Alex shares her experience eating meat in secret before she "came out" publicly
  • The disconnect that happens between the moral stance of veganism and what a person's body may need physically to be healthy
  • The importance of having compassion for yourself
  • Alex shares the changes she noticed in her menstrual cycle after over a decade of being vegan, and how it changed when she reintroduced meat
  • How can a vegan diet impact your libido?
  • Are meat eaters destroying the planet?
  • How to tune into our cravings
  • The 4 root causes of cravings, and how to figure out what your body really needs

Connect with Alexandra

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

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

Jan 1, 2016

Dr. Aumatma is a Naturopathic Doctor with a Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition who specializes in fertility and women’s health. She recently finished her Get Fertile Stay Fertile Telesummit. Where she interviewed 25 of the world’s top integrative fertility experts.  Dr. Aumatma has also developed a 4-month fertility program that has 3 phases: detox, rebalance, and mind-body (energy work).

In today’s show, we talk about detoxification and the role it can play for women who are trying to conceive, some of the ways we can boost and preserve fertility as well as some of the challenges that are unique to women trying to conceive after age 40.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • How effective is egg freezing as a way to preserve fertility?
  • What are some of the ways we can preserve our fertility in our 20s and 30s
  • Dietary changes to reduce stress on the body and improve fertility
  • What are the benefits of doing a detox before trying to conceive?
  • How long does it take for your natural hormone cycle to resume after coming off the hormonal control
  • What are the limitations of doing a short-term detox?
  • Why you shouldn’t be trying to get pregnant during a detox
  • The importance of clean air and water
  • How to reduce our daily xenoestrogen exposure
  • How to preserve and improve fertility over age 35
  • Mercier Therapy for fertility

Connect with Dr. Aumatma

You can connect with Dr. Aumatma on her website, via email!, and on Facebook and Twitter!

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

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