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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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Apr 17, 2015

Dr. Arvigo is a Doctor of Naprapathy, an herbalist, an international lecturer, and an author and teacher of Maya medicine. Dr. Arvigo is the Director of the Arvigo Institute and she is the author of six books on the traditional healing of Central America. She has lived in Belize for thirty years where she studied with more than a dozen traditional healers. She is also the founder of The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy and courses in Maya Spiritual Healing.

Rosita is dedicated to the preservation of traditional Maya healing for the benefit of the people of Belize and the world! And in today’s show, we are going to be talking about the Arvigo technique of Maya abdominal therapy, and vaginal steaming. In today's episode Dr Arvigo teaches us how vaginal steaming can be used to treat fertility challenges, prepare the womb for a baby, support women after giving birth, in addition to helping to alleviate and resolve many menstrual related issues including painful and/or irregular periods, amenorrhea, fibroids, endometriosis, and much more.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is Arvigo Therapy? How this 4000-year-old traditional healing practice has been helping women for countless generations, and why it is still applicable to women today
  • What is Maya Abdominal Therapy?
  • How gently massaging the uterus can bring it back into alignment, improve circulation, blood flow and restore menstrual health and fertility
  • How Arvigo Therapy is an effective way of treating painful menstruation, heavy bleeding,
  • Why Vaginal Steaming is a common, everyday practice in many parts of the world including Central and South America, Korea, Japan and many others
  • Dr. Arvigo describes how vaginal steaming is done from start to finish
  • What herbs are typically used for vaginal steaming?
  • The power of these natural healing methods to help restore fertility
  • How these non-invasive procedures can help to support women going through medical fertility treatments
  • Why many women have been able to conceive after receiving Maya Abdominal Therapy

Connect with Dr. Arvigo!

You can connect with Dr. Arvigo on her website and on the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy website.

Resources mentioned

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Apr 10, 2015

Dr. Shawna Darou is a licensed and registered Naturopathic Doctor, who specializes in women's health care and fertility. Since graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Darou has been treating women in her Toronto clinic. She has developed several programs to help women improve their fertility and prepare for pregnancy including her Fertility Care program.

In today's show, Shawna and I talk about the philosophy behind naturopathic medicine and how it can help women treat menstrual cycle and fertility-related concerns naturally. We talk specifically about how naturopathic medicine can treat endometriosis and fibroids, as well as unexplained infertility, and other fertility-related issues. Dr. Darou also shares how she uses acupuncture as an adjunct to medical fertility treatments like IUI (Intra Uterine Insemination) and IVF (In Vitro Fertilization), and how it can increase the effectiveness of these treatments by up to 65%.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • How is Naturopathic Medicine both similar and different to traditional Allopathic Medicine?
  • In what ways does Naturopathic Medicine identify and address the root causes of women's health concerns related to menstrual health and fertility?
  • What are uterine fibroids and what impact can they have on fertility?
  • What is endometriosis? And how can it be treated effectively with naturopathic medicine?
  • What impact can endometriosis have on fertility?
  • The important role that food can play in reducing the underlying inflammatory processes that worsen the symptoms associated with endometriosis
  • The important role that cervical mucus plays in conception and why mucus quality may not be tested by your fertility specialist
  • What are some of the reasons behind recurrent miscarriages? And what can be done to address this issue?
  • How are you able to help women who have been diagnosed with "unexplained infertility"?
  • To what extent can acupuncture improve the outcomes of medical infertility treatments like IVF and IUI?
  • Does the timing of acupuncture treatments play a role in this process?
  • How women can improve their fertility and egg quality at an advanced maternal age

Connect with Dr. Darou!

You can connect with Dr. Darou on her website and on Facebook and Twitter!

Resources mentioned

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Apr 3, 2015

Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, a Certified Diabetes Educator, a Certified LEAP Therapist, and a Certified Pilates Instructor. She specializes in helping people with digestive issues heal from food sensitivities and supporting pregnant women to have the healthiest pregnancy possible especially when they have conditions like gestational diabetes. Lily isn’t your typical nutritionist! Her approach isn’t about following a strict meal plan or counting calories, but rather she is focused on supporting women to embrace real food and learn to trust their bodies because in her own words “you can never maintain the body you want eating food you hate”. Lily is the author of the book Real Food For Gestational Diabetes, and it offers a refreshing take on managing gestational diabetes with a real food diet instead of relying on medication.

In today's show, we talk about gestational diabetes and how it can impact the baby not only during pregnancy but the far-reaching impact that it can have on the child as he or she grows up. We talk about the importance of pre-conception nutrition in preparation for pregnancy, and important nutrients to incorporate during pregnancy. We also talk about why it is important for all women to be mindful of our sugar consumption, and what we can eat to stabilize our blood sugar levels throughout the day.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is gestational diabetes?
  • The impact that gestational diabetes has on the baby not only during pregnancy but throughout the child's life
  • The connection between untreated gestational diabetes and obesity in children
  • The link between gestational diabetes and increased birth weight
  • The simple blood test you can ask your doctor to run in your first trimester to screen for it
  • Early signs and symptoms of gestational diabetes
  • Why identifying gestational diabetes early is important to reduce complications during pregnancy
  • What are the risk factors for developing gestational diabetes during your pregnancy?
  • Is there a link between gestational diabetes and infertility?
  • Why it is important for all women to work towards stabilizing their blood sugar both during pregnancy and on a day to day basis
  • The role that insulin resistance plays in gestational diabetes
  • How to manage gestational diabetes through a real food diet without medication
  • What are Lily's dietary and nutritional recommendations for women both before and during pregnancy?
  • How to manage food cravings and hunger through a real food diet
  • The important role that healthy fats play in stabilizing blood sugar levels throughout the day

Connect with Lily!

You can connect with Lily on her website and on Facebook and Twitter!

Resources mentioned

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Mar 27, 2015

I'm so excited to welcome Rose Yewchuk back to the show! Rose and I recorded 2 previous episodes. Episode 002 and 003. If you haven’t had a chance to listen to them yet make sure to check them out! The previous episodes we recorded give a solid foundation especially if you’re just starting to learn and understand the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM)!

Rose is a certified Fertility Awareness educator, who trained with Justisse Healthworks for women as a Justisse Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner. She has been charting her own cycles for over 16 years now, and she has a great wealth of information when it comes to fertility awareness!

In this episode, Rose and I delve right in and answer about 20 common questions about the Fertility Awareness Method. We gathered these questions from women who are currently charting and learning to chart their cycles. The questions we asked were: What part of the fertility awareness method are you struggling with understanding? What part is most confusing for you? And/or what question would you most want to ask a FAM educator? This episode is a great source of information for experienced charters, beginners and everyone in between and I think you'll really enjoy it!

Questions discussed in this episode

  • I’m too lazy!! How can I make this work? How much work is actually involved in using the Fertility Awareness Method?
  • Should I keep the predictor setting on my charting app?
  • What are the reasons besides pregnancy that could make my period late?
  • What does vaginal cell slough look like? Is it real? And how do I tell the difference between vaginal cell slough and cervical mucus?
  • I do internal checks because I don’t see anything when I check externally, so how can I tell vaginal cell slough from cervical mucus?
  • Should I be using what I see in my underwear as an observation?
  • How do I tell the difference between slippery, smooth, and dry?
  • How do I know how to categorize mucus on my app?
  • How do I know whether I should mark my cervical mucus “creamy” or “sticky”?
  • Is “watery” and “egg white” cervical mucus equally fertile?
  • What is peak day? Is it the last day of my “most fertile” cervical mucus?
  • What is G-type mucus? Can you see it?
  • I don't really have "dry" days, it's always wet down there! Is that normal?
  • How can you tell when ovulation happens?
  • My temps rise 2-3 days AFTER my peak day. Is that normal?
  • I work shift work, how can I make it work with my temperatures?
  • Is it worth taking my temperature if I’m waking up in the afternoons some days? Should I even record those temps?
  • Can I still use charting for birth control if I have irregular cycles, or if I have PCOS?
  • I recently came off the pill, does that have an impact on my cervical mucus pattern?
  • I wanted to ask if you had seen anyone receive help with menstrual migraines by charting? My symptoms always start 2-3 days before I start my period, but I don't get them every month
  • Do I have to wean my baby if I want to get pregnant again?
  • Can I successfully chart after I have my baby? I don’t want to go back on the pill

Connect with Rose!

You can connect with Rose on her website betterovulatethannever.com, and on Facebook and Twitter!

Resources mentioned

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Mar 20, 2015

Colleen Flowers is a Fertility Awareness Educator who loves teaching women and couples about their reproductive health from a holistic perspective. Colleen graduated as a Justisse Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner in 2012 and she has been working tirelessly in this field ever since! Colleen founded Flowers Fertility in 2011 where she teaches classes and offers private consultations so that women can better-understand fertility awareness charting, and improve their chances of conceiving or avoid pregnancy naturally.

In today's episode, we talk about the menstrual cycle. Colleen takes us through the parameters of a healthy menstrual cycle, and why it is important to chart your menstrual cycles not only for birth control and conception but also for overall health and screening for potentially serious illnesses. Colleen talks about what to look for in a healthy cycle, how to know if your cycles are out of the normal range, and when to seek support from a health practitioner if you have concerns about your menstrual cycle.

Topics discussed in this episode

  • What is the Fertility Awareness Method? And how is it different to the Rhythm Method?
  • What is the difference between calculation-based birth control methods and observational birth control methods?
  • What is the main ideological difference between Natural Family Planning and the Fertility Awareness Method?
  • What are the parameters of a normal and healthy menstrual cycle?
  • How do these parameters change depending on a woman's age, and her stage of life?
  • What does a normal menstrual period look like in terms of color, quantity, and frequency?
  • How much variation is normal in the length of your menstrual cycle?
  • Is it possible that your menstrual cycles are "normal" even if they aren't always 28 days long?
  • What is a vital sign? And why do some practitioners consider menstruation to be the 5th vital sign?
  • How does monitoring your menstrual cycle help you to gauge your overall health?
  • How does the pill prevent pregnancy?
  • How long does it take a teenage girl's menstrual cycles to mature?
  • Why hormonal contraceptives can actually prevent a young woman's menstrual cycle from developing normally

Connect with Colleen!

You can connect with Colleen on her website fertilityflowers.com and on Facebook!

Resources mentioned

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Mar 13, 2015

I'm happy to welcome Justina Thompson to the Fertility Friday Podcast today! Justina is a certified Fertility Awareness Educator and the founder of RedCoralFertility.com. As an educator, she connects women with a deeper knowledge about their bodies and teaches women how to use the Fertility Awareness Method for birth control, to optimize their chances of conception, and to improve menstrual cycle health overall.

In today's episode, we talk about the Fertility Awareness Method, and why it is important for women to know they have a natural, non-hormonal birth control option that is 99.6% effective when used correctly. We talk about some of the most common side effects of the birth control pill although they may not be what you think. We talk about why the Fertility Awareness Method is an extremely effective and reliable method of birth control even for women who have "irregular" cycles. We also talk about how the Fertility Awareness Method can be used effectively during the post-partum period when a woman is breastfeeding.

Topics discussed in this episode

  • How Justina overcame her own skepticism about the Fertility Awareness Method and became confident in using it for birth control
  • How does the Fertility Awareness Method work? What are the basics?
  • How the Fertility Awareness Method allows you to identify whether you are fertile or not each day
  • What are some of the most common side effects of the birth control pill? And why is the pill the last thing you would even consider to be causing them?
  • Why women who have "irregular" cycles can use the Fertility Awareness Method just as effectively as everyone else
  • Why your cycle may not be "irregular" even if it isn't exactly 28 days every time
  • Why it is possible to use the Fertility Awareness Method effectively when breastfeeding
  • How cycle charting when breastfeeding is different to regular charting
  • How to successfully transition from the pill to the Fertility Awareness Method even if you are skeptical of the method's effectiveness

Connect with Justina!

You can connect with Justina on her website redcoralfertility.com and on Facebook and Twitter!

Resources mentioned

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Mar 6, 2015

Laura Schoenfeld is a Registered Dietitian who also has her Masters in Public Health Nutrition. Laura is the founder of AncestralizeMe.com and is passionate about making traditional diets healthful and accessible for all her clients. You may know Laura from the work that she’s done with Chris Kresser. Laura encourages the use of an ancestral diet to achieve optimal health and wellness. She is passionate about increasing the awareness of the benefits of high-quality fat and properly-raised animal products in the diet, as well as eliminating industrial foods like polyunsaturated vegetable oils and refined grains. She believes that the same health and nutrition principles that apply to avoiding chronic disease can be applied to supporting overall health, beauty, and fitness.

Today we talk about the importance of incorporating enough saturated fat into our diets especially when trying to restore and improve fertility after coming off oral contraceptives. We talk about Post-Birth Control Syndrome, why it can take several months to a year and beyond for a woman's period to return after coming off the pill, and what dietary changes can help our bodies to restore our fertility sooner. Laura discusses the specific nutrients that are often depleted from the body as a result of taking the pill, and how we can work towards restoring these nutrients, especially when planning for pregnancy.

Topics discussed in this episode

  • What is an ancestral diet? And how is it different to the traditional North American diet that most of us eat?
  • Why saturated fat is important for fertility and hormone balance
  • What is the difference between saturated fat, monounsaturated fat, and polyunsaturated fat?
  • How polyunsaturated fats cause inflammation in the body, and why it is better to use saturated fats for cooking
  • What is Post-Birth Control Syndrome?
  • How long can it take for your period to return after going off the pill?
  • What are some of the key nutrients that the birth control pill depletes from our bodies?
  • How can we replenish our bodies with these nutrients with food and through supplementation?
  • What are some of the ways we can prepare our bodies for pregnancy with nutrition?
  • Special considerations for vegetarians and vegans when coming off the pill
  • What is the difference between folate and folic acid?
  • Why getting nutrients from food can have a greater impact on your health, and the importance of getting high-quality supplements when supplementation is necessary
  • Why you should probably consider eating liver even if you hate it!

Connect with Laura!

You can connect with Laura on her blog AncestralizeMe, her website, her podcast The Ancestral RDs, and on Facebook and Twitter!

Resources mentioned

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Feb 27, 2015

Dr. Melanie McDowall is a researcher with the Robinson Research Institute at the University of Adelaide. Her specific research area is assisted reproduction technologies including IVF, IVM, ways of improving egg quality by understanding the basic biology behind egg and embryo development, and improving the ability to select the “healthiest embryos”. With a focus on oocytes (eggs) and early embryo development, her area of study is focused on the period leading up to ovulation as well as the period of time before implantation happens. In today's podcast, we will be talking about how aging impacts fertility and the important role that reproductive technologies play in this process.

Topics discussed in this episode

  • The basic biology behind conception and pregnancy. What happens when the sperm meets the egg and how it grows into a baby
  • The role of DNA, chromosomes, and genes in the process of conception
  • We discuss how women are born with all the eggs they will ever have, and how the number and quality of these eggs begins to decline dramatically from the time a woman reaches her early 30s to the time she reaches her mid-40s
  • At what point are women at their peak fertility? And at what age is our egg quality and quantity the highest?
  • What is In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)? And how is it different from Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI) and In Vitro Maturation (IVM)?
  • How does a woman's age impact her egg quality, and how does the age of her oocytes (eggs) impact the chances of a successful IVF cycle that results in a live birth?
  • The role that the birth control pill has played in the cultural shift towards an increase in women having children later in life
  • The importance of understanding that fertility has a deadline, why it is important for women to be aware of this, and how we can incorporate this unfortunate reality into the plan for our lives
  • The hereditary aspect of our fertility and why the best way to predict the deadline on our own fertility may be to find out when our mothers went through menopause
  • The extent to which media coverage of celebrities having children at advanced maternal ages can be misleading, and how this can result in the tendency for us to over-estimate how fertile we are as we reach our late 30s, early 40s and beyond
  • The important role that a man's age plays in the health of his sperm, and in what ways advanced paternal age can contribute to an increased risk of genetic mutations among other issues
  • We also discuss the process by which advanced maternal age contributes to an increased risk of chromosomal abnormalities

Connect with Mel!

You can connect with Mel through and find more information about some of the work she has been doing at yourfertility.org.au, The University of Adelaide, and you can connect with her on Twitter

Resources mentioned

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Feb 13, 2015

I'm so excited to welcome Sally Fallon-Morell to the Fertility Friday Podcast today! Sally is the founding President of the Weston Price Foundation. She is a strong advocate of nutrition and is the leading spokesperson for a return to nutrient-dense diets including raw milk, animal fats, organ meats, bone broths and lacto-fermented foods. Sally is the author of the best-selling cookbook Nourishing Traditions and The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care among others.

One of the important takeaways from this interview and all of Sally's work is that animal fats and cholesterol are vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease, and optimum energy levels. Sally has been working tirelessly for many years to raise awareness about the importance of nutrition in overall health, fertility, and how important a role that nutrition plays in having healthy babies and a healthy pregnancy. Listen in to learn about what traditional cultures do to ensure that their babies are healthy, and what foods will improve your fertility and help you to have a healthy, happy, thriving baby!

Topics discussed in this episode

  • Who is Dr. Weston Price, and how did he discover the importance of diet in overall health and fertility?
  • How dental health is related to your overall health, and how it can be an important indicator of nutrient deficiencies
  • Why all traditional cultures intentionally fed certain sacred fertility foods to men and women of childbearing age
  • Why saturated fat is essential for fertility
  • Why women who eat low-fat diets have been shown to have a harder time getting pregnant
  • The silent epidemic of infertility that people aren't really talking about, and the role that diet plays in this process
  • Why a preconception diet is important to focus on for several months to a year or more before getting pregnant
  • Why both Men and Women should be eating traditional fertility foods in preparation for pregnancy, not just women
  • Why it's important to shift the focus from getting pregnant to improving the health and nutrition of both partners before pregnancy so that the focus is on having healthy babies instead of just getting pregnant
  • Why Sally recommends that mothers to stop taking hormonal contraceptives and eat a traditional fertility diet for at least 6 months to a year before even trying to conceive
  • The impact of vegan and vegetarian diets on fertility, and why Sally recommends that women of child-bearing age steer clear of vegetarian/vegan diets at least until they are finished having children
  • Why is raw milk safer than pasteurized milk?
  • What foods are best to first introduce to your baby? It's probably not what you think!
  • The role that diet plays in not only the physical health of your baby but gut health and emotional health as well
  • How the diet of the Mother impacts the quality of her breastmilk
  • Why it's never too late to start eating a healthy traditional diet

Connect with Sally!

You can connect with Sally on the Weston A Price Foundation website, on her own website New Trends Publishing, you can also connect with Sally on Facebook and Twitter.

Resources mentioned

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Feb 6, 2015

Amy has a unique background in traditional medicine and alternative health. She is a certified Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner and a practitioner of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. Amy has also completed the Access Intuition training with renowned channeler and Medical Intuitive Lori Wilson, as well as taken courses in therapeutic nutrition and supplements. Amy's background in traditional medicine and alternative health allows her to support her clients wherever they are on their journey. Amy and her sister Kim are the Red Tent Sisters. The Red Tent Sisters are based out of Toronto and the sisters have been working tirelessly for many years now to provide holistic solutions for women in the areas of natural birth control, pregnancy preparation and fertility support, sexuality and much more!

Topics discussed in this episode

  • Amy's experience coming off the pill after 10 years
  • Why Amy recommends that women who are planning to get pregnant go off the pill at least 1 year before trying to conceive
  • The short-term and long-term effects of the pill
  • The negative impact the pill has on gut health and what to do about it
  • How to reverse the depletion of the body's vitamin stores (specifically B vitamins and Folic acid) after coming off the pill
  • Dietary and lifestyle changes that can reverse the negative effects of the pill and help to restore your fertility
  • How periodic abstinence can actually improve your sex life
  • Non-hormonal birth control options during the fertile window
  • Why the perfect time for women to learn the Fertility Awareness Method may be in their teens
  • The disconnect between modern-day feminism and our fertility
  • Why the best time to have babies, biologically speaking, is actually between ages 23 and 29
  • Coping with infertility

Connect with Amy!

You can connect with Amy on her website redtentsisters.com via email: amy@redtentsisters.com, on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and you can listen to her Podcast here!

Resources mentioned

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Jan 30, 2015

Dr. Lara Briden is a Naturopathic Doctor who specializes in the area of hormonal health. She practices at the Sensible-Alternative Hormone Clinic in Sydney Australia. She is the founder of larabriden.com and her blog provides a wealth of information on topics including hormonal health, the birth control pill, PCOS, thyroid health, and period related health concerns. Dr. Briden studied Evolutionary Biology at the University of Calgary and went on to graduate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). Her love of science and the natural world has informed the way that she practices medicine.  In her own words:

The body wants to be healthy. So often, the best thing that we can do for health is to remove the obstacles that get in its way. - Dr. Lara Briden

Topics discussed in this episode

  • The myth that the pill balances hormones and fixes period problems
  • Why Dr. Briden considers the pill to be a type of chemical castration
  • How the hormone levels of women who are taking hormonal birth control are similar to the hormone levels of women who are going through menopause
  • Why the most common side effects of the pill may not be what you think they are
  • What are some of the causes of menstrual irregularities?
  • The role that insulin and insulin resistance plays in PCOS
  • What is estrogen dominance and what role does it play in menstrual irregularities?
  • Why detoxifying right after going off the pill may not be the best approach
  • Can issues like acne, heavy periods,  PCOS and other menstrual irregularities be treated naturally?
  • How can women work towards improving their hormonal health naturally?

Connect with Dr. Lara Briden!

You can connect with Dr. Briden on her website larabriden.com, via email: lara@larabriden.com and on Facebook and Twitter:

Resources

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Jan 23, 2015

Jennifer is the CEO and co-founder of Groove, an awesome charting app for women to record their fertile signs if they’re using fertility awareness or if they just want to keep track of their monthly periods.  Jennifer studied mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta. She is a pioneer in the field of women’s health and quit her job as an engineer to pursue her vision. She is passionate about the intersection of healthcare and technology and is devoted to transforming the status quo. Not only did she create the awesome Groove charting app but she also wrote an e-book entitled The Cycle. The Cycle is a fantastic resource for anyone who is considering or already using the fertility awareness method, and we delve into her book in today’s episode!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Why the pill is often the last thing women consider to be the cause when they are experiencing health concerns
  • What inspired the development of the Groove app, and how the functionality works well for women using Fertility Awareness and women who just want to track their periods
  • How the media contributes to the perpetuation of problematic menstrual taboos
  • Why periods, no matter how problematic, are sending you an important message about your health and fertility
  • The paradox of healthy women who eat organic food and hormone-free meat while taking synthetic hormones every day
  • How the Fertility Awareness method can play a role in improving the relationship women have with their bodies, their periods and their overall health and fertility
  • How Fertility Awareness fits perfectly into the current cultural trends towards a natural and healthy lifestyle

Connect with Jennifer!

You can connect with Jennifer on her website jenniferaldoretta.com, on the Groove website readytogroove.com, via email: howdy@readytogrove.com and on Facebook and Twitter:

Resources Mentioned

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Jan 16, 2015

Allison is a Fertility Awareness Educator who has trained with  Justisse Healthworks for Women to be a Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner (HRHP). She has her Masters of Applied Science in the area of Sexual Health, and she has a passion for sexual health, fertility, and education in these areas!

In today's episode, we talk about how to use the Fertility Awareness Method when you're trying to conceive. We talk about the most important fertility sign to watch for, how to know when you ovulate, how to check for cervical mucus, and much more. You can listen to it here:

Connect with Allison!

Connect with Allison on her website: allisonmacbeth.com, and on Facebook and Twitter!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • How to identify when you're in your fertile window
  • Why ovulation day isn't necessarily the best day to focus on when trying to conceive
  • The limitations of ovulation predictor kits
  • What is peak day and what does it have to do with ovulation?
  • The importance of cervical mucus and how it keeps sperm alive for up to 5 days!
  • How checking your cervix can help to identify your fertile window
  • What is peak cervical mucus and why is it important when you're trying to conceive?
  • How to check for cervical mucus
  • Why it is important to check for mucus both before and after you use the bathroom
  • How charting your cycles can provide important information about your overall health
  • Do orgasms help improve your chances of getting pregnant?
  • Are women more aroused during their fertile window? What does the research say?

Resources Mentioned

Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by Sirc of (The Nock)

Jan 9, 2015

Hannah has a passion for teaching women to interpret their fertile signs. She is a certified Fertility Awareness Educator who trained with Grace of the Moon, she has a wealth of knowledge in the field of Fertility Awareness and hormone health, and I am happy to have her on the show today!

In today's episode, we talk about using the Fertility Awareness Method to prevent pregnancy and how the Fertility Awareness Method can be used in conjunction with other forms of non-hormonal birth control methods such as condoms, withdrawal, and the diaphragm among others. We discuss how the Fertility Awareness Method can be the perfect birth control option for control freaks, and how being able to identify your fertile window can put the control back into your hands!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • How to overcome your fears and get started with the Fertility Awareness Method
  • How does the Fertility Awareness Method work as birth control to prevent pregnancy?
  • What are some of the challenges that women face when they learning to use Fertility Awareness?
  • How do you know if the Fertility Awareness Method is right for you?
  • Why women can use Fertility Awareness even if they have irregular cycles, or  are not in "long-term" or "committed" relationships
  • How does a typical user use the Fertility Awareness Method in combination with other non-hormonal birth control options? (i.e. barrier methods like condoms and withdrawal)
  • What does "perfect use" of withdrawal look like and how effective is withdrawal as a method of birth control?
  • Why does using barrier methods or other forms of birth control during the fertile time lower the effectiveness of the method?
  • How using Fertility Awareness can minimize the need for the "morning after pill" if you have an "accident"
  • If you know that you want to get pregnant in the next few years when should you get off the pill?

Connect with Hannah!

You can connect with Hannah on her website: holistichormonalhealth.com on Facebook, and on Twitter:

Resources Mentioned

Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by Sirc of (The Nock)

 

Jan 2, 2015

Rose is a Fertility Awareness Educator and a Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner (HRHP) who has trained and specialized in the Justisse Method of cycle charting, and who has been charting her own cycles and teaching women how to chart their cycles for 16 years now. Justisse HRHPs are trained to identify and manage a broad spectrum of cycle variations and reproductive health problems that can be identified once a woman begins charting her cycles with the fertility awareness method.

If you didn't catch episode 2 of the Fertility Friday Podcast with Rose you can find it here. In episode 2 Rose and I did an intro to Fertility Awareness Method cycle charting.

In today's episode, we talk about how Fertility Awareness cycle charting is a window into your overall health. What to do if your cycles don't match the "perfect" charts you may have read about, how cycle irregularities may be an indication of certain health issues or hormonal imbalances, and some of the ways to address these issues if they come up once you start charting. You can listen to today's episode here:

Connect with Rose!

Get your free session with Rose here: http://goo.gl/forms/LwaT9Bxb1O

Connect with Rose on her website: betterovulatethannever.com, and on Facebook and Twitter!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What are some of the common health issues that can be identified by charting your cycles with Fertility Awareness?
  • The implications of scant or non-existent cervical mucus vs continuous mucus during the menstrual cycle
  • How thyroid imbalances can show up on your charts
  • What is estrogen dominance?
  • What is a short luteal phase and how can it impair your chances of sustaining a pregnancy?

Resources Mentioned

Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by Sirc of (The Nock)

 

Dec 26, 2014

Rose is a Fertility Awareness Educator and a Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner (HRHP) who has trained and specialized in the Justisse Method of cycle charting, and who has been charting her own cycles and teaching women how to chart their cycles for 16 years now. Justisse HRHPs are trained to identify and manage a broad spectrum of cycle variations and reproductive health problems that can be identified once a woman begins charting her cycles with the fertility awareness method.

Rose was one of my teachers when I first started learning to chart my cycles over 10 years ago and she was a huge inspiration to me along the way. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of Fertility Awareness, and in today's episode, we talk about the basics of charting your cycles using the Fertility Awareness Method. You can listen to today's episode here:

Make sure to check out the next episode that Rose and I recorded! In episode 3 we discussed how to identify menstrual irregularities through Fertility Awareness charting and some of the special charting considerations that come up when you start charting your cycles. You can find it here.

Connect with Rose!

Get your free session with Rose here: http://goo.gl/forms/LwaT9Bxb1O

Connect with Rose on her website: betterovulatethannever.com, on Facebook and Twitter!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Introduction to the Fertility Awareness Method and cycle charting
  • How to tell when you're fertile?
  • What is cervical mucus and why is it central to using and understanding the Fertility Awareness Method?
  • How to check for cervical mucus
  • Are there different types of cervical mucus?
  • How do changes in a cervical position help you figure out if you're fertile?
  • How to check your basal body temperature
  • Can taking your basal body temperature help predict your ovulation date?
  • How to use Fertility Awareness for birth control
  • How Fertility Awareness can help you optimize your chances of conceiving
  • What do I do if I want to learn the Fertility Awareness Method?

Resources Mentioned

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Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by Sirc of (The Nock)

Dec 18, 2014

In part two of the first episode of the Fertility Friday Podcast, I discuss some of the most common myths and facts about the Fertility Awareness Method and fertility in general. You can listen to it here:

If you haven't had a chance to listen to part 1 you can find the show notes for part one here.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Women aren't actually fertile all the time! This is possibly the most common and pervasive myth out there when it comes to fertility. Find out how many days each month women are actually fertile.
  • How is it possible for a natural and hormone-free birth control method to be 99.6% effective?
  • Why basal body temperature is important even though it won't help you predict when you ovulate.
  • How ovulation works and why it only happens once per cycle.
  • Why it is a myth that all women ovulate on day 14 and have 28-day cycles.
  • Why the best time to have sex when you're trying to conceive is actually not on ovulation day.
  • Why it's possible to get pregnant when you're on your period.
  • Why you can use the Fertility Awareness Method even if you have "irregular cycles".
  • What is the Rhythm Method? And how is the Fertility Awareness Method different?
  • Why period apps can't tell you when you're fertile.
  • How is Fertility Awareness different from Natural Family Planning?
  • Why all cervical mucus is fertile and why this is important to know if you want to use Fertility Awareness to prevent pregnancy.

Resources discussed in today's episode

Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by Sirc of (The Nock)

Dec 18, 2014

It's here! The first episode of the Fertility Friday podcast has officially been released! You can listen to it here:

I decided to record the introduction in two parts, below are the show notes for part one and you can find the show notes for part two here.

Since this is the first episode I spend some time talking about my background in the area of fertility awareness and talking about the basics of how and why the Fertility Awareness Method works. In future episodes, I will be interviewing special guests who specialize in health and wellness often with a specialization in women's health, fertility and fertility awareness cycle charting.

Why start a podcast?

I have been actively using the fertility awareness method for over a decade now, and I have spent many years teaching women how to chart their cycles and interpret their fertile signs. The Fertility Awareness Method is an extremely effective method of birth control that is based on understanding that women are only fertile for a short window each cycle. Using the Fertility Awareness Method for birth control involves learning to identify your fertile window and then either using a barrier method (like a condom), abstaining from sexual contact, or engaging in sex that doesn't involve genital contact during that time.

After being taught from a young age that women are fertile all the time and that there are no "safe times" to have unprotected sex without having to worry about getting pregnant, I was surprised to learn that women are only fertile for a relatively short window each cycle that can be pinpointed by observing the 3 fertile signs (cervical mucus, shift in cervical position and basal body temperature). I discovered the fertility awareness method right around the time when I decided to stop taking the pill. I learned how to identify the days that I was fertile and the days that I wasn't, and I was able to use this knowledge to prevent pregnancy naturally and effectively without hormones.

From what I see, the myth that women are continuously fertile feeds right into the hormonal birth control industry. Hormonal birth control methods like the pill, the patch, the shot (depo), the NuvaRing, and the implant (Norplant) provide protection from pregnancy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Which is an important option to have, but I have to wonder if as many women would choose it if they knew that they are only fertile for about a week or so each cycle.

This is why I'm so passionate about this topic and so excited to share these conversations through podcasting! Regardless of what you do with the knowledge of how your body works, every woman should at least have the opportunity to learn how her fertility actually works. Our bodies are amazing!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Introduction and background - who am I and why did I start a podcast about fertility awareness?
  • What are the 3 fertile signs? (5:38)
  • What is Fertility Awareness? (6:34)
  • How does the Fertility Awareness Method work to prevent pregnancy? (7:15)
  • How your body actively kills sperm unless you're in your fertile window (9:55)
  • Why the Fertility Awareness Method is such an awesome option for birth control (21:15)
  • How the Fertility Awareness Method can improve your sex life (29:25)
  • How the Fertility Awareness Method helps you optimize your chances of getting pregnant (31:30)

Resources discussed in today's episode

Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by Sirc of (The Nock)

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