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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: October, 2016
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

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

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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

Resources mentioned

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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?

Connect with Jessica

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

Resources mentioned

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

Sponsored By

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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 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)

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

Sponsored By

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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 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)

Connect with Lisa

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

Join the community! Find us on the Fertility Friday Facebook Fan Page

Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast on iTunes!

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

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