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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, 2016
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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You can connect with Hethir on her website and on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube

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

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

You can connect with Kelsey & Emily on their website and on Facebook & Twitter

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

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?

Connect with Lisa

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

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Aug 5, 2016

Gabriela is one of Australia’s leading natural fertility experts. Her compassionate approach to natural health care is aimed at educating, inspiring and empowering couples. She hold’s a Masters in Reproductive Medicine and Human Genetics from Sydney University, Australia and she also trained as a naturopathic practitioner. She specializes in the management of women’s health issues from puberty to menopause, men’s health, weight loss and natural fertility.

Gabriela is also the founder and clinical director of Natural Fertility & Health Solutions – an integrative medicine practice where she leads a talented team of university trained, science-focused naturopaths who run her successful fertility programs. And she is also the author of 3 acclaimed books on natural fertility solutions including her book Eat Your Way To Parenthood: The Diet Secrets of Highly Fertile Couples Revealed.

In today's show we talk about the importance of getting to the root cause of fertility challenges, why there is no one size fits all approach that works for every woman, and also why acting pregnant now is such an important strategy for optimizing fertility.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What are the most common reasons for infertility?
  • How significant is the male partner's health in the fertility equation?
  •  What are the barriers to conception and how do they impact the chances of a woman conceiving?
  • Why is it important for women to "act as if" they are already pregnant when trying to conceive?
  • How important is diet and lifestyle to fertility?
  • Can supplementation alone fix fertility problems?
  • What role do factors like adequate sleep, exercise, and diet play in fertility?
  • Why is it important to focus on factors like stress, rest & relaxation, and your home environment?

Connect with Gabriela

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

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

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