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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: July, 2016
Jul 29, 2016

Heidi is the CEO of Donor Egg Bank USA. Donor Egg Bank was launched to assist fertility patients in their dream of having a baby. Heidi struggled with infertility herself, and after many years of trying to conceive, she ultimately built her family through adoption and donor egg treatment.

In today’s show, we talk about egg donation and the implications of using an egg donor when struggling with fertility challenges and contemplating IVF. If you have ever considered using IVF or have questions about egg donation you'll want to tune into this episode.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • How has the technology changed to improve the quality of donor eggs?
  • What is the average age of an egg donor?
  • Why is IVF typically more successful when donor eggs are used vs using her own eggs?
  • What is the difference between fresh and frozen donor egg cycles?
  • What are the characteristics of an ideal egg donor?
  • How are egg donors compensated?
  • What is vitrification and how does it impact egg quality for donor eggs?
  • Is it a good idea for women to freeze their eggs at a young age "just in case"?
  • How many years can a frozen egg be stored and still be viable?
  • How common is egg donation?
  • Should parents who've used donor eggs be honest with their children?

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You can connect with Heidi on her website and on Facebook & Twitter

Resources mentioned

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

Jul 22, 2016

Arianna is a maternal health consultant who works with women to create a smooth and personalized transition into motherhood. She is a maternal health researcher and social worker by training, with expertise in postpartum planning and social support during early motherhood. She is deeply committed to providing support for new mothers as they enter into the postpartum period and beyond. Women often focus so heavily on fertility and “getting pregnant” that many women don’t spend too much time considering what the postpartum period might be like once the baby arrives!

In today’s show, we talk about what happens after the baby arrives, why it's important to build support networks, transitioning back to work postpartum, and much more.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Why is it important for women to consider the postpartum period when they are trying to conceive
  • What exactly is a maternal health consultant?
  • Why is it important for women to set up support networks for the postpartum period?
  • The importance of nutrition for breastfeeding moms
  • Why are some women more prone to postpartum depression?
  • What is postpartum psychosis?
  • Is a woman's level of support connected to the likelihood of her suffering from postpartum depression?
  • How to line up the support you'll need in advance if you're pregnant now
  • How to organize your social calendar in the postpartum period
  • How to manage the transition back to work after newly becoming a mother
  • How to handle "mommy guilt"

Connect with Arianna

You can connect with Arianna on her website and on Facebook & Twitter

Resources mentioned

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

Jul 15, 2016

You may already know Lara as the author of Period Repair Manual which we’ll talk about more today. Lara was one of my very first guests, and I’m excited to have her back on the show. In our first interview together we delved into what the pill is really doing to your hormones, and it has been one of my most popular episodes of the show, so if you missed it definitely go back and listen to episode 007. Dr. Briden is a Naturopathic doctor with over 20 years of experience in women’s health. She specializes in the area of hormone health, and she is the founder of larabriden.com where she educates the masses on maintaining healthy hormones!

In today’s show, we delve into hypothalamic amenorrhea and HPA axis dysregulation, which is a topic I’ve had many requests to delve into on the show.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is hypothalamic amenorrhea?
  • What are the symptoms of hypothalamic amenorrhea?
  • What is the difference between PCOS and hypothalamic amenorrhea?
  • The impact of the pill on hypothalamic amenorrhea
  • What is the relationship between undereating and hypothalamic amenorrhea
  • How many carbohydrates do women need to eat?
  • The relationship between stress and amenorrhea
  • The problem with the idea of "eating the perfect diet"
  • What you need to know about supplementation and your periods
  • How does vitex impact hormones and periods?
  • Why there is no magic supplement that will fix your periods
  • How does alcohol impact our hormone levels?
  • The role male infertility plays in infertility in general

Connect with Lara

You can connect with Lara on her website and on Facebook, Twitter & Youtube

Resources mentioned

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

 

Jul 8, 2016

In this episode, I stray from my usual interview format once again to share my take on some of the most common myths about fertility, the menstrual cycle, ovulation and the pill.

In case you don’t know me already a few things you might want to know are that I am and I have been charting my own cycles using the Fertility Awareness Method for the past 14 years or so, and I am the founder of FertilityFriday.com as well as the Fertility Friday Podcast!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • The myth that ovulation always happens on day 14
  • Can women ovulate multiple times during the menstrual cycle?
  • When is the best time to have sex if you're trying to get pregnant?
  • Does the pill regulate your menstrual cycle?
  • Does the pill make your body think it's pregnant?
  • How doe the pill actually work?
  • How does the pill affect your fertility?
  • What you need to know about your menstrual cycle

Connect with Lisa

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

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

Jul 1, 2016
Dr. Kalish developed his own model of Functional Medicine, based on 20 years of successful clinical results working with over 8,000 patients in his private practice.  He has certified over 700 practitioners worldwide in The Kalish Method which solves patient challenges through a proven lab-based mentorship program which addresses Hormones, Gastro-Intestinal issues, and Detoxification. He has trained practitioners from Dr. Mercola’s medical staff to Mayo Clinic physicians with his protocols. Dr. Kalish is also the author of two books, “The Kalish Method: Healing the Body, Mapping the Mind” and “Your Guide to Healthy Hormones”.
 
In today’s show, we talk about adrenal fatigue & how it relates to fertility and hormone balance. We will also be talking about Dr. Kalish’s approach to identifying and addressing hormonal imbalances in his practice.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is adrenal fatigue?
  • How is stress and cortisol production related to estrogen and progesterone production
  • The three stressors that control cortisol production
  • The connection between sugar consumption, stress, and hormonal imbalance
  • The importance of sleep for hormonal imbalance
  • The link between digestive health and fertility
  • Why in Dr. Kalish's experience women who are having trouble getting pregnant are often not feeling well and struggling with various health concerns
  • The truth about motherhood and why you'll want to be in good health before pregnancy
  • How does alcohol consumption impact hormones and fertility
  • The connection between gluten and infertility
  • Month-long salivary hormone testing to map out hormone levels throughout the menstrual cycle
  • Addressing low progesterone after ovulation
  • How does hormonal birth control impact a woman's hormones?
  • What factors are important for a woman to have healthy menstrual cycles?

Connect with Dr. Kalish

You can connect with Dr. Kalish on his website.

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

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