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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: December, 2016
Dec 30, 2016

This is the sixth episode of my Fertility Awareness Reality Series! I share 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 Aarathi. Aarathi was a member of my previous Fertility Friday Group Program, who has been trying to conceive for quite some time. After a failed attempt at IVF Aarathi sought a more natural route which is what lead her to discover the podcast. She wanted to be part of this series hoping that her story may give hope and/or inspiration to others.

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

  • Aarathi’s contraceptive history
  • How to monitor cervical mucus when you don’t have much to start with
  • How contraceptive pills can have long-term effects on cervical mucus
  • What are the key nutrients that are critical for cervical health?
  • Aarathi’s experience with failed IVF and MTFHR
  • How excessive fertility testing took its toll on Aarathi
  • Are there income-based grants for IVF?
  • Aarathi discusses her experience with charting and what the most difficult part is for her
  • Lisa and Aarathi break down the observational method as it relates to charting cervical mucous
  • When is the optimal time for sex when you’re trying to conceive?
  • How you can change your sleep habits to help with certain aspects of conceiving
  • How Aarathi’s vegetarian diet affects her fertility
  • Why Lisa recommends cod liver oil instead of fish oil

Resources mentioned

Other Episodes in the FAM Reality Series

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

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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!

Dec 23, 2016

In this special episode, I celebrate my 2nd "Podcastiversary" (Podcast Anniversary)!

I have learned so much from my experiences working with clients and getting to know you better and it has made a huge impact on me. So, in honor of this milestone, I decided to do a solo episode this week and share with you my top ten biggest takeaways after two years of podcasting and producing over 100 episodes.

If you're new to this show, or to fertility awareness, this is a great episode with lots resources and is a perfect starting point.

To all of my listeners, thank you so much for making 2016 such an amazing year and I'm incredibly excited to see where 2017 will take all of us!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • My thoughts on the overall response I’ve received from listeners of the podcast
  • What keeps me going after 100+ episodes?
  • Takeaway #1: Women do not deserve to suffer in silence
  • Takeaway #2: Self-advocacy is difficult but worth it
  • Takeaway #3: Know how to approach your doctors and get clarity on what they do
  • Takeaway #4: Healing is possible but sometimes doesn’t take the path we expect
  • Takeaway #5: An important part of restoring your fertility involves balancing male and female energy
  • Takeaway #6: Every woman will fit fertility awareness into her life differently
  • Takeaway #7: Fertility awareness does take work to get to the point where it’s easy
  • Takeaway #8: The importance of this podcast is evident by how few women know about fertility awareness
  • Takeaway #9: The pill has a detrimental impact on a woman’s health
  • Takeaway #10: The power of community
  • What’s to come in 2017?

Connect with Lisa

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

Resources mentioned

PCOS Related Podcast Episodes

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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!

Dec 16, 2016

This is the fifth episode in my new Fertility Awareness Reality Series! I share 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 Sarah. Sarah was a member of my previous Fertility Friday Group Program and wanted to be part of this series hoping that her story of using hormonal contraceptives and eventually conceiving using holistic approaches may give hope and/or inspiration to others. I'm very honored to be joined on this call by my mentor, and previous guest, Rose Yewchuck. Rose is a Justisse Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner (HRHP) and Justisse HRHP Educator. You can connect with Rose on her website.

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

  • Sarah’s history with hormonal contraceptives
  • Sarah’s experience getting pregnant with her now two-year-old
  • The often-overlooked negative connection between intense exercise and getting pregnant
  • What is Hypothalamic Amenorrhea and can it factor into your cycle?
  • Sarah’s challenges with charting
  • How the Kindara Wink Thermometer help Sarah get more accurate temperature recordings
  • The reality of being inaccurate with your charting
  • Why can knowing your body, and your cycle, sometimes cause issues with charting?
  • Is the fertile shift in a cycle subtle or obvious?
  • How our cycles are directly connected to the events in our life
  • Breastfeeding and the impact it has on the cycle
  • Is withdrawal a legitimate pregnancy prevention method and how should it be marked when charting?
  • Can lubricants, and even coconut oil, have a negative impact on conceiving?
  • Sarah talks about how she thought something was wrong after noticing a discharge in the toilet after going to the bathroom before learning it was cervical mucus
  • The connection between synthetic hormonal contraceptives and vaginal dryness

Resources mentioned

Other Episodes in the FAM Reality Series

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

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!

Dec 9, 2016

This is the fourth episode in my new Fertility Awareness Reality Series! I share 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 Amelia. Amelia was a member of my previous Fertility Friday Group Program and wanted to be part of this series hoping that her story of struggling with multiple miscarriages and low Progesterone may give hope and/or inspiration to others.

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

  • Amelia’s contraceptive and menstrual history
  • The unfortunate, but common, practice of using the pill as a cure-all
  • Amelia’s transition of coming off the pill
  • What type of charting was Amelia doing before starting the Justisse Method?
  • How has Amelia’s understanding of cervical mucus changed since starting the program?
  • Amelia realizes how recent stressful life events caused her to not ovulate
  • When is the right time to test Progesterone levels during your menstrual cycle?
  • The role Progesterone plays in the menstrual cycle
  • Explaining the impact of stress, and even travel, on a menstrual cycle
  • Why more Estrogen is not always the answer
  • The connection between Amelia’s diet changes and the leveling of her cycle
  • Why Amelia feels it’s critical to be kind to yourself
  • Amelia’s recent experience with Circle + Bloom

Resources mentioned

Other Episodes in the FAM Reality Series

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

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!

Dec 2, 2016

Dr. Fiona McCulloch ND, the founder, and owner of White Lotus Integrative Medicine has worked with thousands of people seeking better health over the past 15 years of her practice. She is committed to health education and advocacy, empowering her patients with the most current information on health topics and natural medicine therapies with a warm, empathic approach.

In today’s show, we talk about Dr. Fiona’s new book “8 Steps to Reverse your PCOS” which she just released in September 2016! We also talk about the connection between PCOS, inflammation, gut health & thyroid conditions!

Dr. Fiona joined us on a previous episode: episode 45 where we talked about the autoimmune disease as it relates to fertility, thyroid health, and MTHFR gene mutation.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Why has there been a recent push to change the name of PCOS?
  • The connection between PCOS, insulin resistance, and Diabetes
  • What is inflammation as it relates to PCOS and how is it caused?
  • The connection between inflammation, food sensitivities, and autoimmunity
  • Why is following whole foods based nutrition plan so important for reducing chronic low-grade inflammation?
  • Androgen excess and PCOS
  • What is Hirsutism and how can it connect to PCOS?
  • How do stress and hormones affect the length of the ovulatory process?
  • How hormones affect a woman’s cycle as she matures
  • Why doctors should use caution when diagnosing PCOS for an adolescent female
  • The connection between PCOS and Cardiovascular Disease
  • How can thyroid disorders play a role in PCOS?
  • Dispelling the myth that PCOS doesn’t go away after giving birth
  • Dr. Fiona’s advice for women with PCOS who are trying to conceive

Connect with Dr. Fiona McCulloch, ND

You can connect with Dr. Fiona on her Website and on Facebook

Resources mentioned

PCOS Related Podcast Episodes

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

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!

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