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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: November, 2016
Nov 30, 2016

This is the third episode in my new Fertility Awareness Reality Series! I will be sharing the work that I do with clients "on air" with you in these special episodes where I am hosting live mini-sessions with women who I have worked with.

In today's episode, I interview Aisha. Aisha is an experienced charter who has been charting her cycles for the past 4 years. Aisha reached out to me because she wanted to learn the Justisse Charting system in particular. She wanted to gain a better understanding of her mucus & learn how to use the Fertility Awareness Method for birth control in her pre-ovulatory phase as well as the post-ovulatory phase.

Make sure to head over to my Group Programs page to find out more about my upcoming January 2017 group programs and how you can apply to be a part of it! You'll want to apply early as there are a limited number of participants I can accept into each group.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • How cervical mucus led to Aisha learning more about the Fertility Awareness Method
  • The most surprising thing Aisha learned in Lisa’s educational materials
  • Getting really clear on what a “dry day” is
  • Why are the pre and post-ovulatory phases are infertile?
  • Clearing up the misunderstanding of how long ovulation actually lasts during a cycle
  • What is “peak day” and why is it so important?
  • Using your thermal shift to determine when you’re ovulating
  • What is the Observational Routine and how has it been working for Aisha?
  • How the Semen Elimination Technique helps reduce confusion during observations
  • Checking your cervical position

Resources mentioned

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

Nov 25, 2016

Dr. Dixon is a graduate of the McGill University’s School of Medicine. Her initial postgraduate training was at the University of Toronto, in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her passion for reproductive medicine continued during her postgraduate training, where she specialized in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the University of Vermont.  Dr. Dixon is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center. She also speaks both nationally and internationally at conferences in her field of  Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Dixon recently at the grand opening of her new clinic, Anova Fertility & Reproductive Health.

In today’s show, we talk about the impact of aging infertility, the reality of IVF, and future of fertility treatments!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is Dr. Dixon’s vision, and unique approach, for her new clinic?
  • Why Dr. Dixon integrates working with a variety of caregivers into the management of her patients and practice
  • What event was the catalyst that made Dr. Dixon want to specialize in her specific field?
  • The shocking statistics of successfully conceiving as you age
  • Why is a woman over the age 40 less likely to conceive even if she’s in peak physical condition?
  • How likely is it that IVF will be successful and what is the most important factor?
  • Why you need to know the difference between a clinical pregnancy and a “take-home baby”
  • Dr. Dixon breaks down just how long an IVF cycle actually is
  • What is Dr. Dixon’s perspective on patients who come to her with very specific plans; especially when they aren’t a path she would recommend for them?
  • Does the future of fertility treatments include men being able to carry a child in a transplanted uterus?
  • Is it possible that stem cells will allow IVF to be successful without having to take any medications?
  • What is Augment IVF Treatment and what are the implications of this breakthrough?
  • What is the one thing Dr. Dixon wants you to take away from her appearance today?
  • The one myth Dr. Dixon would eliminate if possible

Connect with Dr. Marjorie Dixon

You can connect with Dr. Dixon on her clinic's Website and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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

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Nov 18, 2016

Vicki Braun is a master fertility awareness consultant, trained and certified in four different methods of NFP; she is also a certified GAPS practitioner.  She has a Bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry and a Master's Degree in microbiology.  She writes and speaks on NFP, balancing hormones and healing the gut.  She has taught NFP for over thirty years and has consulted with thousands of women.  She combines NFP and her knowledge of hormonal imbalances with a focus on gut health in order to help people restore hormonal balance through diet and lifestyle changes.

In today's show, we talk about cervical mucus and why it's central to the fertility awareness method. We also talk about the connection between gut health, diet, and fertility.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Why is cervical mucus central to a woman's hormone health?
  • Can women learn fertility awareness on their own?
  • What are the benefits of learning fertility awareness from an instructor?
  • How to manage continuous mucus observations
  • What is the connection between diet & fertility?
  • What is the connection between gut health & fertility and how does that show up in your menstrual cycle?
  • Weston A. Price dietary principles for fertility
  • How do xenoestrogens impact fertility & the menstrual cycle?

Connect with Vicki

You can connect with Vicki on her Website

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

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Nov 16, 2016

This is the second episode in my new Fertility Awareness Reality Series! I will be sharing the work that I do with clients "on air" with you in these special episodes where I am hosting live mini-sessions with women who I have worked with.

In today's episode, I interview Carolina, who is a member of my most recent Fertility Friday Group Program! We delve into her history of contraceptive use, her fertility challenges, as well as her recent transition from a vegetarian diet to now incorporating meat products.

Make sure to head over to my Group Programs page to find out more about my upcoming January 2017 group programs and how you can apply to be a part of it! You'll want to apply early as there are a limited number of participants I can accept into each group.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Improving fertility after 18 years of a vegetarian diet
  • IBS, digestion and gluten sensitivity
  • What is the difference between peak mucus & non-peak mucus?
  • How to draw a baseline on your menstrual cycle chart?
  • The MTHFR gene mutation and how it affects your body's ability to utilize B vitamins
  • Restoring depleted nutrient stores through diet and proper supplementation

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

Nov 11, 2016

Nora Pope is a retired naturopathic doctor and Creighton Model FertilityCare Practitioner with a private practice in Toronto from 2002-19. She is a graduate of the NaPro Technology Medical Consultant Auditor Program and has been presenting continuing education programs to healthcare professionals since 2004. For more information on her courses, please visit: www.fertilityCE.com.

In today’s episode, Nora and I talk about using a woman’s menstrual cycle chart as a diagnostic tool both from a medical perspective and from a Naturopathic perspective. We focus on assessing a woman’s hormonal levels and supporting them in a way that aligns with her menstrual cycle. We also focus on progesterone levels specifically. How to test for progesterone, what your levels should be, how to know if your levels are low, and what to do about it if they are.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is the difference between bio-identical progesterone and synthetic progesterone?
  • What is NaPro (Natural Procreative) technology?
  • How can NaPro technology be applied to a woman's cycle from a Naturopathic perspective?
  • What is wrong with using the 28-day menstrual cycle model to inform testing and treatment of women?
  • Why is the standard day 21 progesterone test useless for most women most of the time?
  • When should a woman's progesterone be tested to get an accurate reading?
  • How do a woman's progesterone levels change during pregnancy?
  • What role does progesterone play in sustaining a pregnancy?
  • What is the optimal lab range for progesterone 7 days after ovulation?
  • How would you know if your progesterone might be low?
  • How are a woman's progesterone levels related to her mental health?
  • What is the relationship between progesterone levels and seizures?

Connect with NoraPope

You can connect with Nora on her Website and on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter

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

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Nov 9, 2016

This is the first episode in my new Fertility Awareness Reality Series! I will be sharing the work that I do with clients "on air" with you in these special episodes where I am hosting live mini-sessions with women who I have worked with.

In today's episode, I interview Teri, who is a member of my most recent Fertility Friday Group Program! We delve into her history of contraceptive use, as well as how her menstrual cycles have changed over time. We also delve into her recent PCOS diagnosis, how this is showing up on her charts, and what she can do to begin addressing these issues through dietary and lifestyle changes.

Make sure to head over to my Group Programs page to find out more about my upcoming January 2017 group programs and how you can apply to be a part of it! You'll want to apply early as there are a limited number of participants I can accept into each group.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Understanding ovulation pain and how to keep track of it through charting
  • Deconstructing the PCOS diagnosis
  • The importance of balancing blood sugar when managing PCOS
  • How does The Pill impact cervical mucus production both while you're on it and afterward
  • How to structure meals for nutrient density instead of counting calories
  • The impact of sleep on the menstrual cycle

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

Nov 4, 2016

Dr. Naylor is a board-certified family physician, focused on preventive medicine and nutrition. As an osteopathic physician, she treats patients with a whole-person approach and has training in treating the body with hands-on techniques, called osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM). She became especially interested in fertility during the end of her residency training when she herself stopped hormonal contraception in an effort to get pregnant and didn't get a period. Almost 2 years later, she continues her journey to naturally regain a healthy menstrual cycle and reflects on how western medicine addresses (or doesn't address) this common issue.

I’m excited to talk with  Dr. Naylor about how physicians are trained regarding hormonal contraceptives, and what her experience was like with fertility challenges since coming off the pill herself.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is Osteopathic medicine?
  • Dr. Naylor shares how her own experience on hormonal contraceptives has shifted how she views prescribing them in her own practice
  • Why type of training to medical Doctors typically receive regarding hormonal contraceptives?
  • Why do Doctors typically recommend hormonal methods of birth control over non-hormonal methods?
  • Why the official recommendation is for women to use hormonal contraceptives throughout most of their adult life up until approximately age 50
  • How are physicians typically educated regarding the side effects of hormonal contraceptives?
  • What training are physicians given to the menstrual cycle and maintaining reproductive health?
  • What is the best way to approach your doctor when you are seeking care outside of the traditional medical paradigm?
  • Why advocating for yourself isn't always easy
  • How to approach your Doctor when he or she isn't receptive to the treatment, medication or approach you wish to take

Connect with Dr. Naylor

You can connect with Dr. Naylor on her Website

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

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