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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: September, 2016
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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You can connect with Kelsey on her Website and on Facebook and Twitter

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

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?

Connect with Lisa

You can connect with Lisa on The Fertility Friday Website and on Facebook and Twitter

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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

Connect with Mary

You can connect with Mary on her website and on Facebook and Twitter

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

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

Connect with Dr. Rako

You can connect with Dr. Rako on her website

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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

Connect with Lierre

You can connect with Lierre on her website

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

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