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Fertility Friday Radio is your source for information about the Fertility Awareness Method and all things fertility related. Fertility Friday Radio debunks common myths about the fertility awareness method, birth control, and conception. Learn how to increase your chances of getting pregnant if you’re trying to conceive, and learn how the Fertility Awareness Method is more effective than the pill for birth control when used correctly. Your host Lisa, founder of fertilityfriday.com, is passionate about women’s health, specifically in the areas of fertility, hormone-free birth control, conception, and pregnancy. Lisa delivers in-depth weekly interviews with a wide variety of special guests covering fertility awareness, birth control, menstrual health, hormonal health, pregnancy and much more.

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Fertility Friday Radio is your source for information about the Fertility Awareness Method and all things fertility related. Fertility Friday Radio debunks common myths about the fertility awareness method, birth control, and conception. Learn how to increase your chances of getting pregnant if you’re trying to conceive, and learn how the Fertility Awareness Method is more effective than the pill for birth control when used correctly. Your host Lisa, founder of fertilityfriday.com, is passionate about women’s health, specifically in the areas of fertility, hormone-free birth control, conception, and pregnancy. Lisa delivers in-depth weekly interviews with a wide variety of special guests covering fertility awareness, birth control, menstrual health, hormonal health, pregnancy and much more.

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Much needed information relevant to all women!

By Foodiebyday - Nov 04 2019
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I have been an avid listener to Lisa’s podcast for a year now and have recommended it to many friends. I am a women’s health practitioner and it is sad how I was never taught most of this in elementary school let alone graduate school. How am I supposed to be an expert on others’ bodies when I am not an expert on my own? Especially after being told to go on birth control pills and stay on it for 15 years. I have personally learned so much after finally having my body back and being able to interpret my own fertility signs-now I can pass this along to patients. Thanks Lisa for your candidness and expertise!

Great subject and topics, but repetitive and unpolished

By N@ Crooke - Oct 29 2019
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This podcast is an important subject matter and has some great content to learn from. If the producer could deliver her message in a more succinct manner I would find it easier to listen and retain the information. Unfortunately I found myself accidentally drifting in my focus when listening because she would continue to make the same point over and over, just slightly changing the wording of how she was stating her point, in every episode. Also she often doesn’t complete her thought when speaking and jumps around to a related thought or idea instead. With some better planning and outlining, I think this podcast could be shorter and better in its message delivery. Grateful for the content, but struggling to stay focused due to the lengthy and unorganized delivery of the podcast episodes.

iTunes Ratings

474 Ratings
Average Ratings
443
13
8
1
9

Much needed information relevant to all women!

By Foodiebyday - Nov 04 2019
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I have been an avid listener to Lisa’s podcast for a year now and have recommended it to many friends. I am a women’s health practitioner and it is sad how I was never taught most of this in elementary school let alone graduate school. How am I supposed to be an expert on others’ bodies when I am not an expert on my own? Especially after being told to go on birth control pills and stay on it for 15 years. I have personally learned so much after finally having my body back and being able to interpret my own fertility signs-now I can pass this along to patients. Thanks Lisa for your candidness and expertise!

Great subject and topics, but repetitive and unpolished

By N@ Crooke - Oct 29 2019
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This podcast is an important subject matter and has some great content to learn from. If the producer could deliver her message in a more succinct manner I would find it easier to listen and retain the information. Unfortunately I found myself accidentally drifting in my focus when listening because she would continue to make the same point over and over, just slightly changing the wording of how she was stating her point, in every episode. Also she often doesn’t complete her thought when speaking and jumps around to a related thought or idea instead. With some better planning and outlining, I think this podcast could be shorter and better in its message delivery. Grateful for the content, but struggling to stay focused due to the lengthy and unorganized delivery of the podcast episodes.

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Fertility Friday Radio | Fertility Awareness for Pregnancy and Hormone-free birth control

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Fertility Friday Radio is your source for information about the Fertility Awareness Method and all things fertility related. Fertility Friday Radio debunks common myths about the fertility awareness method, birth control, and conception. Learn how to increase your chances of getting pregnant if you’re trying to conceive, and learn how the Fertility Awareness Method is more effective than the pill for birth control when used correctly. Your host Lisa, founder of fertilityfriday.com, is passionate about women’s health, specifically in the areas of fertility, hormone-free birth control, conception, and pregnancy. Lisa delivers in-depth weekly interviews with a wide variety of special guests covering fertility awareness, birth control, menstrual health, hormonal health, pregnancy and much more.

FFP 242 | Planning for Pregnancy | What You Need To Know! | Lisa | Fertility Friday

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Today I share the top 4 ways to prepare your body for pregnancy.

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. The Fifth Vital Sign is available for purchase on Amazon, and you can head over to thefifthvitalsignbook.com to download the first chapter for free.

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • Why you'll want to consider coming off hormonal birth control 18 months to 2 years before you are ready to start trying to conceive.
  • Managing your fertility post-birth control
  • The importance of a preconception period of at least 6–12 months before you start actively trying to conceive
  • Why it's equally (if not more!) important for men to institute a preconception period of at least 6–12 months before you're ready to start trying for a baby
  • Getting the timing right using fertility awareness when you're ready to conceive
Connect with Lisa: You can connect with Lisa on her Facebook, Twitter and on her website.   Resources mentioned

Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Follow this link to purchase your copy today.

Feb 01 2019

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FFP 020 | How to Accurately time Sex to Optimize your chances of getting Pregnant | Why Cervical Mucus is Essential | Dr Kerry Hampton

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Dr. Kerry Hampton is a registered nurse, a midwife, and an active researcher in fertility-awareness and lifestyle education. The aim of Kerry’s research is to reduce the incidence of infertility by promoting fertility literacy with the fertility awareness method. Her findings have shown that most women seeking fertility assistance cannot accurately identify the fertile days of their menstrual cycle. And of course, by educating women about their fertile signs through fertility awareness women can be taught to be able to identify their fertile days and increase their overall knowledge of how their fertility works and understand their menstrual cycles better.

Kerry is also a leader in professional development in her field having developed programs that teach Natural Fertility Education to professionals so they can offer support to their clients in understanding their menstrual cycles. She is the author of the Comprehensive Course in Natural Fertility Education© and co-author the Advanced Practice in Natural Fertility Education©.

In today's show, Kerry and I talk about why it's important for women to have the opportunity to learn how to accurately identify their fertile days. In her research, Kerry found that only 13% of women who had been referred to fertility clinics for IVF treatments after at least 12 months of trying to conceive could accurately identify their fertile window. In her clinical practice, she has helped hundreds if not thousands of women to conceive naturally after providing basic education about how to observe and identify cervical mucus patterns, and how to pinpoint the fertile window during the menstrual cycle. We talk about how important it is for couples who are having difficulty conceiving to learn how to pinpoint the 3 days prior to ovulation, and how a simple shift in when sex is timed has helped numerous couples to conceive after several months or even years of unsuccessful attempts. We also talk about the important role that cervical mucus plays in fertility and why it is absolutely essential for women to be able to conceive naturally.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is Fertility Awareness?
  • How is the calendar/rhythm method different to the mucus method and the temperature method?
  • Why the rhythm or calendar method is ineffective for most women
  • Why cervical mucus observations are essential to understanding how to accurately identify your fertile window
  • How learning to pinpoint your fertile window can save you tens of thousands of dollars in IVF treatments
  • The unfortunate reality that the overwhelming majority of women seeking Assisted Reproductive Technology such as IVF and IUI are unable to correctly identify their fertile window
  • Why you could be having sex 2 or 3 times per week every week and still be missing your fertile window every time
  • Why it's not about simply having more sex, but about accurately timing sex based on the days you observe cervical mucus prior to ovulation
  • How to observe your cervical mucus when you don't tend to see very much of it from cycle to cycle

Connect with Kerry!

You can connect with Kerry on her website!

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

May 01 2015

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FFP 149 | The Truth About Ovulation Predictor Kits (OPKs) | Lisa | Fertility Friday

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In this solo episode, I am tackling the topic of Ovulation Predictor Kits! I talk about OPKs and why I don’t think they are all they’re cracked up to be. I share why relying solely on OPKs can reduce your chances of conception in some cases, and why your body gives you much more reliable signs to go on when you pay attention to it!

Registration is now open for my 10 Week Fertility Awareness Mastery Group Program starting in August/September 2017! Make sure to head over to the group program page and apply today to reserve your spot.

 Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • Why relying primarily on Ovulation Predictor Kits (OPKs) can actually lower your chances of conceiving
  • How OPKs can inadvertently lead you to use the rhythm method
  • The impact of stress on your menstrual cycle
  • Why the key to timing sex correctly is not about having sex on ovulation day
  • Why women with PCOS often can't rely on OPKs to identify ovulation
  • How relying on OPKs can result in you ignoring your body signs
  • Why monitoring your cervical mucus observations is more effective than relying on OPKs
  • Why waiting for a positive OPK to have sex will often cause you to miss out on several fertile days prior to ovulation
  • The importance of understanding your fertility signs first and using OPKs second
  • The benefits of using OPKs when you understand and pay attention your fertile signs first
  • Using Fertility Awareness to optimize your chances of conception

Connect with Lisa.

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

Resources mentioned

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group

Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast on iTunes!

This episode is sponsored by Cora! Made from 100% organic cotton. Cora tampons were designed not only to help you manage your periods. Most importantly it aims to preserve your overall health.  For every month of tampons you buy, Cora gives a month of pads along with menstrual health education to a girl in need in India. Click here to receive your first month's supply free of charge.

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Fertility Friday | 10 Week Fertility Awareness Mastery Group Program!

This episode is sponsored by my 10 Week Fertility Awareness Mastery Group Program! Master Fertility Awareness in a supportive environment surrounded by an amazing group of like-minded women! Click here to reserve your spot in the group!

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

Jul 28 2017

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FFP 185 | Low Progesterone | Short Luteal Phase | Premenstrual Spotting | Lisa | Fertility Friday

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Today’s episode is all about progesterone. Find out how to tell if your progesterone is low by looking at your menstrual cycle chart, and how to boost your levels if they’re low.

My Fertility Awareness Programs are designed to help you to master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles. Gain confidence charting your cycles, and gain deep insights into the connection between your health, your fertility, and your cycles. Click here for more information!

Don’t forget to sign up for my FREE FAM 101 video series. Click here for access.

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • How does low progesterone show up in the menstrual cycle chart?
  • What is the relationship between estrogen and progesterone during the menstrual cycle?
  • How long is your luteal phase supposed to be?
  • What are the most common signs of low progesterone?
  • What is the role of progesterone in the menstrual cycle?
  • What is the relationship between your basal body temperature and your progesterone levels?
  • How are your progesterone levels related to the quality of your period?
  • The relationship between hormonal contraceptives and progesterone levels
  • What are some of the factors that may contribute to signs of low progesterone on your menstrual cycle chart?
  • What is the relationship between progesterone and cortisol?
  • The impact of stress on the menstrual cycle
  • The impact of sleep and light on your progesterone levels
  • Coffee, alcohol, sugar, and your menstrual cycle
  • Key nutrients to support progesterone production
  • When is the right time to seek support?
Connect with Lisa: You can connect with Lisa on her Website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Resources mentioned:

Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast on iTunes!

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

A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here for more information!

Feb 23 2018

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FFP 207 | Top 10 Ways I’m Preparing For Pregnancy | Lisa | Fertility Friday

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In today’s episode, you get a sneak peek into what I am doing to prepare my body for pregnancy. Spoiler alert…I’m not pregnant! And I’m not currently trying to get pregnant, but there is a possibility that I will want to have another baby in the distant future, and there are several things that I am actively doing to prepare my body for pregnancy at this very moment.

Today's episode is sponsored by Steamy Chick. Learn the ancient practice of vaginal steaming to improve menstrual cycle health and fertility. Become a Vaginal Steam Facilitator for only $194 online.

Today's episode is also sponsored by my 10 Week Fertility Awareness Mastery Group Program. The next session begins in July 2018!

You are invited to join us in the Fertility Awareness Mastery program! You'll have an opportunity to master Fertility Awareness, take a deep dive into your cycles, gain confidence charting your cycles, and gain deep insights into the connection between your health, your fertility, and your cycles. Click here to apply now!

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • The importance of food based nutrition, and taking time to replenish nutrients when preparing for pregnancy
  • Incorporating fertility boosting foods including healthy fats, and organ meats
  • Supporting gut health by eating fermented foods and consuming bone broth
  • The role of fertility awareness (as a form of non-hormonal birth control) in preserving fertility and preparing for pregnancy
  • The impact of pregnancy and breastfeeding on your nutrient stores
  • Child spacing as pregnancy preparation
  • The role of sleep to balance hormones
  • Ensuring your partner is preparing for pregnancy also
Connect with Lisa: You can connect with Lisa on her Website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

Resources mentioned:

Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsors: Steamy Chick | Vaginal Steam Facilitator Certification

This episode is sponsored by Steamy Chick. Learn the ancient practice of vaginal steaming to improve menstrual cycle health and fertility. Become a Vaginal Steam Facilitator for only $194 online and begin offering this service that is quickly growing in demand as women revive this advanced form of women's health. Head over to steamychick.com and click certification for more information.

Fertility Friday | 10 Week Fertility Awareness Mastery Group Program

This episode is sponsored by my 10 Week Fertility Awareness Mastery Group Program! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Jun 22 2018

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FFP 160 | Clomid, Letrozole & IUI | How Effective Are Infertility Treatments? | IVF | Lisa | Fertility Friday

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Today I'm sharing a special solo episode with you. I'm weighing in on IUI with the use of Clomid and Letrozole and talking about what the research has to say about the success rates of these two popular drugs. If you've ever considered IUI, you'll want to tune into this episode, and check out the research for yourself!

My Fertility Management Programs are designed to help you to master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles. Gain confidence charting your cycles, and gain deep insights into the connection between your health, your fertility, and your cycles. Click here for more information!

 Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • How effective is IUI?
  • What is the difference between the pregnancy rate and the live birth rate?
  • How to dissect "success" rates for IUI
  • How do IUI success rates vary with age?
  • What is the cumulative success rate of IUI and how does it differ from the success rate of an individual round?
  • Does having more rounds of IUI increase your chances of conceiving?
  • What are the side effects of Clomid?
  • How do Clomid impact cervical mucus and your endometrial lining?
  • Why up to 25% of women are resistant to Clomid
  • What is Letrozole and how does it compare to Clomid for IUI?
  • How do the pregnancy and miscarriage rates differ in women who use Clomid versus Letrozole?
  • Why it's important to be critical of research studies
Connect with Lisa:

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

Resources mentioned: Research Studies:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group

Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast on iTunes!

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

A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor:

This episode is sponsored by Anova Fertility!

In 2016 Dr. Marjorie Dixon created Anova with the goal to be the leader in innovation, education, and communication for high quality and humanized fertility and reproductive care. Anova Fertility has created the first next-generation IVF lab in Canada. Anova is celebrating her 1st birthday this month. If you are in the Toronto area and are interested in learning more about IVF from Anova’s medical team, we welcome you to sign-up for IVF 101 Education Session at our centre. You can visit http://fertilityfriday.com/anova/ for more information. If you live out of the country you can email info@anovafertility.com to request a medical consultation over Skype (there is a fee associated with this service).

To learn more about Dr. Marjorie Dixon, tune into our podcast together by clicking this link.

Fertility Friday | Fertility Management Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Management Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here for more information!

Sep 29 2017

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FFP 233 | Progesterone and the Importance of Regular Ovulation | Dr. Jerilynn Prior

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Dr. Prior is a Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of British Columbia working on women’s health. She studies menstrual cycles, the effects of ovulation and its disturbances on women’s later life osteoporotic fracture, heart attack, and breast cancer risks. She is the British Columbia Center Director of the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (CaMos), a 20-year prospective 9-centre population-based bone and general health study and the Scientific Director and Founder of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research.

I first interviewed Dr. Prior back in episode 55, so make sure to take a listen if you haven’t heard it before. In today’s episode we’re talking about the important role of progesterone (and regular ovulation) for overall health, beyond your ability to procreate!

Today’s episode is also sponsored by my 10 Week Fertility Awareness Mastery Group Program! Gain confidence charting your cycles, and gain deep insights into the connection between your health, your fertility, and your cycles. We start on January 22nd, 2019. Will you be joining us? Click here for more information!

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • The connection between regular ovulation and overall health
  • The difference between anovulation and a short luteal phase as it relates to low progesterone
  • The relationship between low progesterone, a short luteal phase, and stress
  • Could menstrual cycle disruptions be related to the status of women in our culture?
  • Why would subtle variations of progesterone in the luteal phase make such a significant difference in a woman's bone density
  • The true ratio of estrogen to progesterone in the menstrual cycle
  • The different roles of estrogen and progesterone in the menstrual cycle
  • The impact of hormonal contraceptives on bone density, particularly as it relates to the development of peak bone mass
  • The impact of progesterone on a woman's risk of heart attack
  • The impact of stress on heart health
  • The role of mindfulness practices in reducing stress
Connect with Dr. Jerilynn Prior: You can connect with Dr. Prior on her website. Resources mentioned

Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Mastery Live Group Program

This episode is sponsored by my 10 Week Fertility Awareness Mastery Group Program! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Dec 07 2018

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FFP 098 | (Bonus) | How To Boost Your Cervical Mucus Production | Nutrition for Cervical Health | Trying To Conceive | Fertility Awareness | Lisa | Fertility Friday

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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

Resources mentioned

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

Sep 28 2016

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FFP 277 | The Top 4 Reasons Why You’re Not Conceiving | Lisa | Fertility Friday

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 In today’s episode I share the top 4 reasons why you’re not conceiving. Tune in to this special solo episode to discover how you can use fertility awareness techniques to optimize your chances of conception, and an important discussion about sperm quality!

Today’s episode is sponsored by the Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook. The first fully customizable paper charting workbook of its kind, available in both Fahrenheit and Celsius editions. Click here to grab your copy today!

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. The Fifth Vital Sign is available for purchase on Amazon. Exciting news!! The audiobookis finally here! Listen to The Fifth Vital Signfor FREE when you sign up for a 30 day free trial with Audible. Click here to download now.

 

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • The importance of having healthy sperm, healthy eggs, healthy cervical mucus and a healthy body in order for conception to occur 
  • Why women need to remember that fertility issues are not always their fault, but can sometimes fall on their partner 
  • How you can mess up your chances of conception by relying on rhythm method thinking 
  • Why it’s so important to get your timing right when trying to conceive
  • Why cervical mucus is so important in the conception process 
  • The vast majority of sperm that men produce are abnormal even from the healthiest men
  • How the best days to have sex when trying to conceive are when you have cervical mucus 
  • How ovulation kits can possibly hurt your chances of conception
  • Why your change in temperature does not predict ovulation
  • How the pill is a temporary bandaid for menstrual problems and how that can affect your cycle when you get off of it to try and conceive 
  • The average time it takes for your body to normalize after coming off the pill 
  • How much sperm is optimal for natural conception
  • What makes up an optimal sperm analysis 
  • Lifestyle changes and nutrient supplements that can improve sperm quality
Connect with Lisa: You can connect with Lisa on her FacebookTwitter, and on her website.   Resources mentioned: Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

  A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now.

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Sep 13 2019

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FFP 083 | Do You Know When You Ovulate? | Fertility Awareness Method | Dr. Kerry Hampton

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Kerry is a nurse and midwife natural fertility specialist. She assists women to avoid and achieve pregnancy naturally through knowledge and a holistic approach to wellness. In case you missed our previous episode together, make sure to go to FFP 20 | How to Accurately time Sex to Optimize your chances of getting Pregnant and listen. It is to date one of my most popular episodes, and in our previous episode, we spoke at length about the role that cervical mucus plays in a woman’s fertility, and why mucus is essential.   In today’s show, we talk about Kerry’s most recent publication. A study that delves into how few women are able to correctly identify their fertile window, even though the majority of women in the study wanted to learn more about fertility awareness, also the implications that these findings have for women trying to get pregnant.  

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • The disconnect between what women think they know about their fertility and what they actually know
  • Why women think they understand their fertility, but often can’t correctly identify their fertile window
  • Are physicians and nurses capable of helping women to correctly identify when they’re fertile
  • Do women know that fertility tracking apps are a version of the rhythm method?
  • What factors make it more complicated for women to use predictive charting apps and devices?
  • How can fertility awareness charting help women conceive when they have PCOS?
  • How can diet and lifestyle changes improve menstrual cycle health and fertility?
  • Dispelling the 28-day cycle myth and the day 14 ovulation myth
  • Understanding that variability is normal within the menstrual cycle, and also during different times in a woman’s life
  • How do life events impact ovulation and the menstrual cycle?

Connect with Kerry

You can connect with Kerry on her website.

Resources mentioned

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 Sirc of (The Nock)

Jun 24 2016

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FFP 061 | How to Conceive Naturally and Have a Healthy Pregnancy after 30 | Willow Buckley

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Willow is a certified classical homeopath, labor doula, and prenatal yoga teacher. She has a Bachelor of Science in Neuropsychology. And she combined her holistic interests with her medical studies and ventured into homeopathy. For the last 8 years has helped families and individuals of all ages handle everything from anxiety and depression to morning sickness and sore throats.  She is a huge proponent of the body’s power to heal itself and infuses nutrition with real food into her practice.  And when became pregnant herself her focus shifted leading her down her current path as a prenatal, birth, and postpartum guide and co-author of the recently published book, How to Conceive Naturally and Have a Healthy Pregnancy After 30.

In today’s show, we talk about how to prepare for pregnancy before you start trying to conceive and why it’s important to do so! We will also be talking about what women need to know about having babies after age 30!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • Why it is important for women to prepare for pregnancy for at least 3 months prior to conception
  • Epigenetics - how what women eat impacts the expression of their genes and their unborn children's genes as well
  • Why what women eat before they even become pregnant will have an impact on their children
  • The importance of preconception detoxification, and how the detoxification process may be different than what you think it would be
  • What is the connection between sugar, gluten, and infertility?
  • How can food sensitivities impact fertility?
  • The negative impact of alcohol on fertility
  • What foods women should eat preconception and during pregnancy to nourish the body and boost fertility
  • Why women who are trying to get pregnant should avoid low-fat diets at all costs
  • The benefits of raw dairy for fertility
  • The important role that protein plays during pregnancy and why it is important for women to get enough of it both before and during pregnancy
  • What does impact waiting to have a baby at an "advanced maternal age" (i.e. 30 and over) have on a woman's fertility and her ability to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy?

Connect with Willow

You can connect with Willow on her website, and on Facebook!

Resources mentioned

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 Sirc of (The Nock)

Jan 22 2016

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FFP 133 | Preparing for Pregnancy and Childbirth Naturally | Mama Natural {Genevieve Howland}

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Genevieve, who you may know as Mama Natural has shared hundreds of hilarious and informative videos that have empowered millions of women to embrace natural pregnancy, birth, and parenting. Her YouTube channel gets over a million video views each month, and she has just released her first book The Mama Natural Week to Week Guide to Pregnancy & Childbirth. Her new book is a great resource for mamas to be coming from a natural perspective. What I love about Genevieve's approach is that she recognizes that pregnancy and birth are normal and natural -- not a medical crisis. She is on a mission to inform you of your choices, because as the saying goes...knowledge is power.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What was the inspiration behind the Mama Natural YouTube channel?
  • Genevieve shares her experience birthing her first child and why she made completely different choices the second time around
  • How to manage an un-medicated childbirth, how to stay focused without freaking out, and how to stay on top of the mental game during labour
  • Recognizing that labour is temporary and the real work starts once your baby arrives
  • The cascade of interventions -- how interventions early on increased the chance that you'll need more serious interventions down the line.
  • Presenting the routine testing and procedures done in pregnancy as options that you can choose instead of mandatory actions you must take
  • What you need to know in each trimester of pregnancy
  • How to manage your risk of developing gestational diabetes, or having a positive test for Group B strep by developing healthy eating habits
  • Setting yourself up for the healthiest pregnancy and birth from the start

Connect with Genevieve {Mama Natural}

You can connect with Mama Natural on her Website, on Facebook, Twitter, and on her YouTube Channel

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

Fertility Friday | Fertility Management Masterclass

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Management Masterclass! Gain clarity and confidence using the Fertility Awareness Method and improve your cycle health at the same time! Click here for more information!

Apr 21 2017

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FFP 075 | Cervical Mucus Charting | Fertility Awareness Method | NaPro Technology | Megan Faller

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Megan is FertilityCare Practitioner. FertilityCare Practitioners are fertility awareness educators who are trained in the Creighton model of fertility awareness. In today’s show, Megan and I dive into about NaPro Technology and the role that it can play in restoring fertility. We also talk about the Creighton model of fertility awareness, which is a mucus only method, and we delve into cervical mucus and why mucus is central to this model of fertility awareness charting.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is different about the Creighton method of fertility awareness charting?
  • What is NaPro Technology?
  • How do FertilityCare Practitioners and NaPro Doctors work together to interpret a woman's charts and address any cycle irregularities?
  • How is the Creighton model effective, especially considering that it is a mucus-only method of charting?
  • Continuous mucus and limited mucus cycles
  • How does mucus production shift around ovulation?
  • When might observing temperature not actually be helpful?
  • Is all mucus fertile? How do you tell when you are fertile?
  • How do models like Creighton and Justisse classify "sticky" and "tacky" mucus?
  • Why there aren't only 3 kinds of mucus (i.e. sticky, creamy, egg white)
  • What your cervical mucus could be telling you about your cervical health
  • What does a healthy menstrual cycle look like?
  • The process of coming off the pill and charting your cycles
  • Are NaPro Doctors "medical" or are they "holistic"?
  • How is the approach that NaPro Doctors take differently to mainstream physicians?

Connect with Megan

You can connect with Megan on her website and on Facebook

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Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast on iTunes!

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

Apr 29 2016

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FFP 106 | What You Need To Know About Progesterone and Pregnancy | Using Your Cycle To Time Hormone Testing | Fertility Awareness Method | Dr. Nora Pope

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Nora is a Board-Certified Naturopathic Physician and Creighton Model FertilityCare Practitioner in Toronto. She helps adults and children find relief from infertility, seizures, allergies, insomnia, high blood pressure (Marfan syndrome) & hormonal imbalances. She is an expert in drug-herb interactions & prescribes natural medicines which enhance the efficacy of the prescription medication. She advocates the midwifery model of natural birth and eco-friendly Fertility Appreciation with the Creighton Model FertilityCare System. She supports couples to conceive naturally. Nora is also the author of several articles and book chapter on Naturopathic treatment for epilepsy, women's health and fertility.

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 Dr. Pope

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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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!

Nov 11 2016

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FFP 108 | Cervical Mucus & Hormonal Health | Fertility Awareness Method Cycle Charting | Diet, Gut Health & Fertility | Vicki Braun

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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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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

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!

Nov 18 2016

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[On-Air Client Session] FFP 252 | Identifying Your Fertile Window | Devyn & Lisa

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In today’s episode I share an on-air session with my client Devyn! Join us as we talk about transitioning to fertility awareness for birth control.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Fertility Awareness Mastery, my LIVE 10 week group program. Gain confidence charting your cycles, and gain deep insights into the connection between your health, your fertility, and your cycles. We start on April 23rd. Will you be joining us? Click here to register today!

Today’s episode is also sponsored by The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. The Fifth Vital Sign is available for purchase on Amazon, and you can head over to thefifthvitalsignbook.com to download the first chapter for free.

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • How Devyn found Fertility Friday and the Fertility Awareness Method
  • How did Devyn feel after getting off the pill?
  • Fertility Awareness is a process. It’s experiential learning.
  • Natural ways to manage and help painful periods
  • The challenges with checking your cervix
  • The importance of changing your expectations when first starting to chart
  • Why checking your cervix is so important with the Fertility Awareness Method
  • Always remember it's important to have patience with the Fertility Awareness process
Connect with Lisa:  You can connect with Lisa on her FacebookTwitter, and on her website.   Resources mentioned: Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Mastery Live Group Program

This episode is sponsored by my 10 Week Fertility Awareness Mastery Group Program! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Apr 05 2019

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FFP 188 | Real Food For Pregnancy | Optimizing vegetarian & vegan diets for pregnancy | Lily Nichols

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Excited to have Lily back on the show for her record 6th appearance. Lily is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, and author with a passion for evidence-based prenatal nutrition and exercise. Lily’s second book, Real Food for Pregnancy, outlines the problems with current prenatal nutrition guidelines and provides the evidence—920 citations and counting—that supports a real food diet to optimize maternal and fetal health. You’ll want to take a listen to our previous episodes together, and you’ll find a complete list below!

In today’s show, we talk about how to optimize pregnancy nutrition to give your baby the best possible start in life.

This episode is brought to you by my 10 Week Fertility Awareness Mastery Program. The next session begins in April 2018. Click here to apply

Don’t forget to sign up for my FREE FAM 101 video series. Click here for access.

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • The difference between adequate and optimal prenatal nutrition
  • Why food is fundamental to pregnancy
  • Why choline is just as essential as folate for fetal development
  • How do your dietary requirements change during pregnancy?
  • Why preconception nutrition is just as important as your nutrition during pregnancy
  • How much do your micro-nutrient needs increase compared to your caloric needs during pregnancy?
  • What is the difference between micro and macro-nutrients and how can you ensure you're getting enough?
  • How much more protein do you require during pregnancy?
  • What foods should you incorporate during pregnancy to ensure you're getting optimal nutrition?
  • Is it possible to meet your nutritional requirements during pregnancy without incorporating animal foods?
  • Is a vegan and/or vegetarian diet optimal for pregnancy and lactation?
  • What can you do to optimize a vegetarian diet for pregnancy?
  • The implications of a plant based diet for pregnancy and lactation
Connect with Lily: You can connect with Lily on her Website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

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Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast on iTunes!

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

A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: Fertility Friday | 10 Week Fertility Awareness Mastery Group Program

This episode is sponsored by my 10 Week Fertility Awareness Mastery Group Program! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here for more information!

Mar 09 2018

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FFP 009 | Sacred Fertility Foods | The key to having healthy babies and a healthy pregnancy | Sally Fallon-Morell

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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.

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

Feb 13 2015

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FFP 044 | Taking Charge of Your Fertility | Fertility Awareness Method | Toni Weschler

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Toni is the author of the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility! Like many of you listening, Taking Charge of Your Fertility was the very first resource that I relied on when I first discovered the fertility awareness method, and I have mentioned her book in nearly every podcast interview that I’ve done on the topic of fertility awareness! Her book has been responsible for helping literally hundreds of thousands of women avoid pregnancy naturally, maximize their chances of getting pregnant, or helping them to gain a better understanding of their overall health and fertility through charting.

Toni has a master's degree in public health and is a nationally respected women's health educator and speaker. She is also the author of Cycle Savvy, a book for teenage girls about their bodies. Toni has also recently released the 20th anniversary edition of Taking Charge of Your Fertility, and in today’s episode we delve into the new edition of the book, what is different in the new and revised version as well as the impact that her work has had over the years in educating women about their fertility, their bodies, and their health.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is Fertility Awareness and how is it different from the Rhythm Method?
  • Why is the Fertility Awareness Method Effective?
  • Is the Fertility Awareness Method complicated to learn?
  • Are women fertile every day?
  • How can women determine when they are fertile each month?
  • Is it possible for women to use the Fertility Awareness Method successfully as a method of birth control?
  • Why do the "rules" work for preventing pregnancy
  • Why are some women more fertile than others?
  • How are certain health issues reflected in a woman's menstrual cycle charts?
  • What is the role of basal body temperature in the Fertility Awareness Method?
  • For women who are trying to get pregnant, when is the best time to have unprotected sex?
  • How useful are ovulation predictor kits versus for a woman who is using the Fertility Awareness Method?
  • When is the best time to take a home pregnancy test?

Connect with Toni

You can connect with Toni on her website!

Resources mentioned

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Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast on iTunes!

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

Sep 25 2015

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FFP 216 | Improving Egg Quality | Mitochondria and Fertility | Warren Cargal

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Warren is a Licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and is the clinic director at Acupuncture Atlanta. Warren has practiced Chinese medicine for over 20 years in the fields of infertility and chronic disease conditions. He maintains an active clinical practice in Atlanta, Georgia.

He is the author of, Your Mitochondria: Key to Health and Longevity, which is based on the latest research on herbal isolates and nutraceuticals, presents approaches for correcting these three factors to reverse age-related diseases.

In today’s episode we talk about mitochondria, and the role they play in fertility (and egg quality).

Today's episode is sponsored by my free FAM 101 video series. Click here for access.

My Fertility Awareness Programs are designed to help you to master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles. Gain confidence in charting your cycles, and gain deep insights into the connection between your health, your fertility, and your cycles. Click here for more information!

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • What are mitochondria, and what is their role in our cells?
  • How do mitochondria produce energy for our cells?
  • How many mitochondria are in different cells of our body, specifically our heart cells, brain cells, and our egg cells
  • How is the structure of the human egg cell unique from every other cell in the body?
  • How many mitochondria are in the human egg cell, and what are the role of mitochondria in female fertility?
  • The Traditional Chinese Medicine concept of essence, and why we derive this essence directly from our mothers
  • What can we do to improve our mitochondria (and in turn improve our egg quality and fertility)?
  • How does the process of oogenesis (egg development) work, and how does that affect our ability to improve egg quality?
  • What do a woman's FSH levels have to do with the quality of her eggs?
  • The incredible difference in the way energy is produced by our mitochondria depending on whether we consume carbohydrates or fat
  • How do different types of exercise impact your mitochondria and your fertility?
  • Nutritional supplements to support your mitochondria
Connect with Warren: You can connect with Warren on his website.

Resources mentioned:

Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here for more information

Aug 10 2018

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FFP 290 | The Pill, The Hormonal IUD, and Pulmonary Embolisms | Lisa & Kat

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Today I share a new episode in my Pill Reality Series . Kat describes her experience of using the pill to “regulate” her cycles before she even had her very first period. She also shares her terrifying near-death experience with pulmonary embolism — a rare, but well known complication associated with hormonal birth control.

Today’s episode is sponsored by the Fertility Awareness Mastery LIVE 10 week group coaching program!  Click here to register now! Early bird pricing ends December 13th!

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. The Fifth Vital Sign is available for purchase on Amazon. Exciting news!! The audiobook is finally here! Listen to The Fifth Vital Sign for FREE when you sign up for a 30 day free trial with Audible. Click here to download now.

  Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • Why did Kat initially start birth control
  • How Kat’s lifestyle and eating habits affected the start of her menstrual cycle 
  • Why did Kat switch to the IUD and what were her side effects
  • Kat’s return to hormonal birth control that led to pulmonary embolisms 
  • The symptoms Kat experienced before finally being diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism 
  • What the recovery has been like for Kat 
  • What Kat has been using to track her cycle now that birth control is completely off the table for her 
  • How has her relationship with her partner changed since coming off birth control 
  • When did Kat finally get her first real menstrual period off of birth control
  • The importance of always remembering to be your own advocate and listen to your body
  Connect with Lisa:

You can connect with Lisa on her FacebookTwitter, and on her website.

 

Resources mentioned:   Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now.

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Dec 13 2019

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[On-Air Client Session] FFP 289 | Taking the Leap from Hormonal Birth Control to Fertility Awareness | Stephanie & Lisa

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In today’s episode I interview Stephanie, a current member of my Fertility Awareness Mastery LIVE 10 week group coaching program. We discuss the challenges she faced coming off hormonal birth control and transitioning to using fertility awareness to avoid pregnancy.

Today’s episode is sponsored by the Fertility Awareness Mastery LIVE 10 week group coaching program!  Click here to register now! Early bird pricing ends December 13th!

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. The Fifth Vital Sign is available for purchase on Amazon. Exciting news!! The audiobook is finally here! Listen to The Fifth Vital Sign for FREE when you sign up for a 30 day free trial with Audible. Click here to download now.

  Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • Does Stephanie regret initially getting on birth control
  • What was Stephanie's experience with birth control
  • How long did it take Stephanie to get pregnant after coming off hormonal birth control 
  • What prompted Stephanie to switch from hormonal birth control to Fertility Awareness
  • What has Stephanie’s cycle been like since coming off the IUD
  • The importance of watching the patterns of your cervical mucus 
  • Challenges Stephanie has faced with charting
  • Factors that have affected Stephanie’s luteal phase
  • How the Fertility Awareness Mastery Class has influenced Stephanie and her charting journey

 

Connect with Lisa:

ou can connect with Lisa on her FacebookTwitter, and on her website.

 

Resources mentioned:   Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

  A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now.

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Dec 06 2019

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FFP 288 | Thyroid Disorders | Identifying The Root Cause | Dr. Eric Balcavage & Dr. Erica Riggleman

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Dr. Eric is the owner and founder of Rejuvagen, a functional and regenerative medicine clinic in Glen Mills, PA, and he is the co-host with Dr. Erica of the Thyroid Answers Podcast.

Dr. Eric is a Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.), a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner, Board Certified in Integrative Medicine, along with being a licensed Chiropractor in Pennsylvania.

And Dr. Erica graduated from Logan College in Chesterfield, Missouri with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree as well as a Masters in Nutrition and Human Performance. She specializes in functional medicine and is a graduate of the American Functional Neurology Institute (AFNI).

In today’s episode we focus on the the thyroid, how the thyroid affects fertility, why this condition is often under diagnosed in women, and the specifics about why it can be difficult to identify at times when the lab results don’t match symptoms.

Today’s episode is sponsored by the Fertility Awareness Mastery LIVE 10 week group coaching program!  Click here to register now! Early bird pricing ends December 13th!

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. The Fifth Vital Sign is available for purchase on Amazon. Exciting news!! The audiobook is finally here! Listen to The Fifth Vital Sign for FREE when you sign up for a 30 day free trial with Audible. Click here to download now.

  Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • What brought Dr. Eric and Dr. Erica to their focus on the thyroid and thus their podcast
  • Cellular vs. Glandular Hypothyroidism
  • How inflammation can affect TSH levels 
  • Why cell health is so important to the overall function of the body
  • Ways hypothyroidism shows up in the menstrual cycle when charting
  • How thyroid issues impact fertility 
  • What is Reverse T3
  • Lifestyle changes to improve thyroid function
  • How birth control can affect thyroid function
  • Why birth control does not fix your cycle 
  • The importance of preparing the body to come off birth control to get pregnant
  • Why you should always listen to your body and not ignore symptoms 

 

Connect with Dr. Eric Balcavage and Dr. Erica Riggleman:

You can connect with Dr. Balcavage on his Website, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

You can connect with Dr. Riggleman on her Website, Facebook and Instagram.

 

Resources mentioned:   Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

  A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now.

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Nov 29 2019

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FFP 287 | Conceiving with Love | Denise Wiesner, LAc.

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Denise Wiesner, is an internationally recognized traditional Chinese medicine practitioner, specializing in the Whole Systems Chinese medicine approach to women’s health, sexuality, and fertility. Since 1994, Denise has treated and helped women manage challenges from menstrual disorders through menopause, and from infertility to pregnancy. Using a combination of acupuncture, diet and lifestyle counseling, nutritional supplements, and Chinese herbs, Denise has helped thousands of couples navigate the tricky, and often stressful, journey toward fertility, without losing their loving connection.

In today’s episode we talk about sex, pleasure, intimacy, and orgasm. We cover intimacy as it relates to couples who are trying to conceive, and for women who wish to experience more pleasure in their intimate relationships.

Today’s episode is sponsored by the Fertility Awareness Mastery LIVE 10 week group coaching program!  Click here to register now! Early bird pricing ends December 13th!

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. The Fifth Vital Sign is available for purchase on Amazon. Exciting news!! The audiobook is finally here! Listen to The Fifth Vital Sign for FREE when you sign up for a 30 day free trial with Audible. Click here to download now.

  Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • How did Denise’s own fertility journey influence her career
  • What is making it challenging for couples to find a level of intimacy
  • The importance of communicating to your partner what you like sexually 
  • Why honesty in your relationship is so crucial 
  • The many types of female orgasms 
  • Tips to help women discover the way they orgasm 
  • Steps to begin to learn how to pleasure yourself 
  • The lack of education around the female reproductive anatomy 
  • Why you should be careful of the products you use in and around your vagina
  • Denise’s thoughts on the practice of using a jade egg 
  • Ways to have more intimacy with your partner

 

Connect with Denise Wiesner:

You can connect with Denise on her Website, Instagram, and Facebook.

 

Resources mentioned:   Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

  A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now.

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Nov 22 2019

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FFP 286 | Surviving Infertility | Sheridan Voysey

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Sheridan Voysey is a writer, speaker and broadcaster. His other books include Resurrection Year: Turning Broken Dreams into New Beginnings, Resilient, and the award-winning Unseen Footprints. He is married to Merryn and lives and travels from Oxford, United Kingdom. 

In today’s episode we cover the difficult topic of dealing with infertility when things aren’t working out the way you had planned for. Sheridan shares his personal experience of making it through from the male perspective.

Today’s episode is sponsored by the Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook. The first fully customizable paper charting workbook of its kind, available in both Fahrenheit and Celsius editions. Click here to grab your copy today!

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. The Fifth Vital Sign is available for purchase on Amazon. Exciting news!! The audiobook is finally here! Listen to The Fifth Vital Sign for FREE when you sign up for a 30 day free trial with Audible. Click here to download now.

 

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • A look into Sheridan and his wife Merryn’s ten year infertility and adoption journey
  • How their journey led Sheridan to write his book, Resurrection Year
  • How Sheridan dealt with the grief and loss of their unsuccessful dream of having a child
  • Sheridan’s advice for couples struggling with infertility
  • The importance of putting your marriage/relationship first during this challenging time
  • Ways to deal with one partner wanting to stop trying and the other wanting to continue
  • How dealing with fertility issues can affect men in various aspects of their lives
  • The importance of also remembering to check in with men to see how they are feeling and dealing with the fertility struggles
  • Ways men who deal with lower sperm count can connect with others to know that they are not alone
  • How those who have gone through the infertility journey can use their trial to help guide, inspire or comfort others going through it
  • The importance of remembering there is so much more to you than your parental status
  Connect with Sheridan Voysey:

You can connect with Sheridan on his Website, Instagram, and Facebook.

 

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

  A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now.

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Nov 15 2019

1hr 4mins

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FFP 285 | Finding a Medical Doctor Who Will Support You | Dr. Nathan Riley, MD

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Dr. Riley is a Physician specializing in obstetrics and palliative medicine.  He practices midwifery, minimal-intervention-style obstetrics with an emphasis on supporting the physiology of pregnancy and birth as well as female intuition while empowering women to embrace birth rather than fear it. He was Born in Pittsburgh. Trained in Philadelphia, San Diego and Los Angeles, currently practicing in Louisville, KY. Also a climber and somewhat obsessed w eco-conservation. 

In today’s episode Dr. Riley takes us through his experience of medical school and residency to give us a deeper insight into why doctors often have the opinions and practices they do when it comes to women’s health.

Today’s episode is sponsored by the Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook. The first fully customizable paper charting workbook of its kind, available in both Fahrenheit and Celsius editions. Click here to grab your copy today!

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. The Fifth Vital Sign is available for purchase on Amazon. Exciting news!! The audiobook is finally here! Listen to The Fifth Vital Sign for FREE when you sign up for a 30 day free trial with Audible. Click here to download now.

 

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • What brought Dr. Riley into medicine and specifically into women’s issues
  • How it made Dr. Riley feel when he came up with struggles on he and his wife’s journey to conceive
  • Who influenced Dr. Riley’s way of practice in his career
  • Problems in the curriculum physicians-in-training come across
  • Why doctors should be encouraged to admit when they don’t know an answer, ask questions or even just sit and listen to the patient
  • How it is unrealistic for the patient to expect their doctor to have all the answers and diagnosis after a short consultation
  • The harsh structure and lifestyle of the medical training process
  • The importance of health care professionals to still take the time to care for themselves so they can better serve their patients
  • The importance of being respectful of your doctor’s expertise and training
  • Why it is important for patients and doctors to be a little more generous with one another
  Connect with Dr. Nathan Riley:

 You can connect with Dr. Riley on his Website, Instagram and Twitter

  Resources mentioned: Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

  A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now.

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Nov 08 2019

1hr 16mins

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FFP 284 | Arvigo® Abdominal Therapy For Fertility and Period Pain | Dr. Rosita Arvigo & Donna Zubrod

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Rosita Arvigo, is a Doctor of Naprapathy, ethnobotanist, spiritual healer, author of 8 books on traditional healing of Central America, and she is the founder of The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® & the Arvigo Institute.

Donna Zubrod is a nationally certified, North Carolina Licensed Massage & Bodywork Therapist, a DONA certified Birth Doula, and a certified practitioner and teacher of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy. Her practice, Seven Generations Massage & Birth, offers support towards positive reproductive and digestive health experiences and outcomes from menarche, throughout the childbearing years, to menopause and beyond. She helps couples with fertility challenges to successfully conceive and nurtured expectant mothers during pregnancy through postpartum.

In today’s episode I share a special interview with both Dr. Arvigo and Donna. We focus on abdominal therapy for fertility and period pain, and how it differs from conventional medical treatments.

Today’s episode is sponsored by the Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook. The first fully customizable paper charting workbook of its kind, available in both Fahrenheit and Celsius editions. Click here to grab your copy today!

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. The Fifth Vital Sign is available for purchase on Amazon. Exciting news!! The audiobook is finally here! Listen to The Fifth Vital Sign for FREE when you sign up for a 30 day free trial with Audible. Click here to download now.

 

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • What is The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®?
  • The process of Arvigo® Therapy
  • How you need proper hemodynamics to find homeostasis within the body
  • What inspired Donna to conduct her observational study on measuring the affects of Arvigo® Therapy on the menstrual cycle parameter 
  • Some of the factors she had the 10 participants track during their cycles
  • How Donna measured the effects for each participant
  • Why goal of the study was to see if abdominal therapy had any effects on the menstrual cycle
  • Was ovulation confirmed during the study?
  • The importance of self-care by the participants during the study
  • Did the participants have less painful period during the study?
  • What were some of the results that stood out to Donna?
  • How does abdominal therapy potentially improve mucus production or luteal phase length?
  • How can Arvigo® bring women with extreme menstrual pain back to a normal cycle
  • The importance of getting informed and being an active participant in your health
Connect with Dr. Rosita Arvigo & Donna Zubrod: You can connect with Dr. Arvigo on her website and on the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy website.   You can connect with Donna on her Website, and on Facebook.   Resources mentioned: Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

  A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now.

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Nov 01 2019

1hr 9mins

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FFP 283 | Overcoming Period Pain | Lisa | Fertility Friday

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In today’s episode I discuss period pain. I go into the most common causes for period pain, and specific steps you can take to reduce and/or eliminate your pain starting today!

Today’s episode is sponsored by the Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook. The first fully customizable paper charting workbook of its kind, available in both Fahrenheit and Celsius editions. Click here to grab your copy today!

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. The Fifth Vital Sign is available for purchase on Amazon. Exciting news!! The audiobook is finally here! Listen to The Fifth Vital Sign for FREE when you sign up for a 30 day free trial with Audible. Click here to download now.

 

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • What is primary dysmenorrhea
  • What is period pain a sign of
  • How period pain is very common but not normal
  • The flow pattern of a normal period 
  • Why you should get checked out by your doctor if your bleeding is too light or too heavy 
  • How extreme pain with your period can be a sign of endometriosis or other issues 
  • Why the pill may manage period pain but does not fix the underlying cause of the pain
  • Other modalities to look at when you have severe period pain
  • Strategies for reducing period pain
  • How processed dairy products can affect women
  • The importance of reducing xenoestrogenic chemicals from your household products or makeup
  • The benefits of acupuncture or abdominal therapies for period pain 
  • How vaginal steaming can improve your bleeding issues
  • Supplements that can improve period pain
  • The importance of identifying the sources of inflammation causing your period pain
Connect with Lisa: You can connect with Lisa on her FacebookTwitter, and on her website.   Resources mentioned: Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

 

A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now.

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Oct 25 2019

55mins

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FFP 282 | What You Need To Know About The Implant | Pill Reality Series | Lisa & Tessa

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Today I share another Pill Reality Series Episode! Today I interview Tessa who shares her experience with the Implant. Tune in to discover what you should know about the Implant before you have it inserted.

Today’s episode is sponsored by the Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook. The first fully customizable paper charting workbook of its kind, available in both Fahrenheit and Celsius editions. Click here to grab your copy today!

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. The Fifth Vital Sign is available for purchase on Amazon. Exciting news!! The audiobook is finally here! Listen to The Fifth Vital Sign for FREE when you sign up for a 30 day free trial with Audible. Click here to download now.

 

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • What happened in Tessa’s menstrual cycle that led her to first getting on hormonal birth control
  • What diagnosis did Tessa receive after years of painful and absent periods
  • How the cost of hormonal birth control in Australia affected Tessa’s use of the pill
  • Why Tessa decided to get the implant rather than birth control
  • Tessa’s experience with the implant
  • The complicated process Tessa experienced when having the implant removed
  • How Tessa finally put all her birth control struggles together and decided to be rid of hormonal birth control for good
  • How Tessa and her husband dealt with no longer using hormonal birth control
  • The importance of listening to your body and being your own advocate for you health 
Connect with Lisa: You can connect with Lisa on her FacebookTwitter, and on her website.   Resources mentioned: Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

  A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now.

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Oct 18 2019

35mins

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FFP 281 | Intermittent Fasting, Keto Diets, and Why Women Should Approach it Differently | Shawn Mynar

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Shawn Mynar  is a holistic nutritionist and mindset coach based out of Boulder, Colorado. After years of chronic health issues, Shawn was able to regain complete health by changing the food she puts on her plate, the lifestyle choices she makes, and the mindset she brings to daily life. She now has made it her life’s mission to help others understand both the power of using food and a healthy, positive mindset as medicine on the path to total wellness. Shawn believes in and coaches on the frameworks of intuitive eating, body respect, self-compassion, and health at every size.

In today’s episode we get down to the biggest differences between men and women when it comes to Keto diets, intermittent fasting, and much more!

Today’s episode is sponsored by the Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook. The first fully customizable paper charting workbook of its kind, available in both Fahrenheit and Celsius editions. Click here to grab your copy today!

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. The Fifth Vital Sign is available for purchase on Amazon. Exciting news!! The audiobook is finally here! Listen to The Fifth Vital Sign for FREE when you sign up for a 30 day free trial with Audible. Click here to download now.

 

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • What the Keto Diet was originally intended to for
  • The personal experience that led Shawn to start the Keto Diet and therefore begin her career
  • What is the Keto Diet 
  • How do you know you are in Ketosis 
  • The difference between full-on ketosis and a lower carb diet 
  • Why getting enough fats is important to build ketones and get to ketosis
  • What makes Keto a healing tool
  • The real goal of Keto for women
  • How Keto works differently for men vs. woman
  • Whether Keto is best used only for the healing process or a way to eat forever
  • The importance of listening to your body when eating 
  • How to know if Keto is right for you
  • How to add fats to your meals and to your vegetables 
  • Why you should do Keto on your own terms and your own guidelines 
Connect with Shawn Mynar: You can connect with Shawn Mynar on her FacebookInstagram and on her website.   Resources mentioned: Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now.

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Oct 11 2019

1hr 11mins

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FFP 280 | Hormones, Menopause, and Using the Keto Diet to Manage Symptoms | Dr. Anna Cabeca

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Dr. Anna Cabeca, a triple board certified, Emory University trained physician and hormone expert was diagnosed with early menopause at age 38. Devastated, she set out on a personal wellness journey to reverse her menopause side effects, which resulted in her delivery of a healthy baby girl at the age of 41.

After experiencing her own health successes, Dr. Cabeca began counseling others, ultimately changing the lives of thousands of women across the globe. Her new book The Hormone Fix and other empowering transformation programs have helped women of all ages become their best selves again.

In today’s episode we talk about balancing hormones, and how the Keto diet can be used to reduce symptoms and improve the menstrual cycle, particularly as we approach menopause.

Today’s episode is sponsored by the Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook. The first fully customizable paper charting workbook of its kind, available in both Fahrenheit and Celsius editions. Click here to grab your copy today!

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. The Fifth Vital Sign is available for purchase on Amazon. Exciting news!! The audiobookis finally here! Listen to The Fifth Vital Signfor FREE when you sign up for a 30 day free trial with Audible. Click here to download now.

 

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • What brought Dr. Anna to write The Hormone Fix
  • How Dr. Anna’s early menopause diagnosis changed her work, her health and her life
  • What is Mighty Maca Plus
  • How a tragic loss in Dr. Anna’s life led to early menopause
  • The impacts of stress on the body and the menstrual cycle
  • How Dr. Anna was able to heal her body, mind and spirit to began ovulating again
  • The natural things Dr. Anna used to help heal herself
  • The process Dr. Anna has used to help her “infertile” clients conceive
  • How sugar affects our hormones balance
  • What is Dr. Anna’s 10-80-10 rule
  • What is Ketosis and the Keto Diet
  • The differences in the way intermittent fasting works for men vs. women
  • Why you have to take bio-individuality into consideration when changing your diet or eating habits
  • Symptoms that have improved with Dr. Anna’s clients after lifestyle and diet changes
  • The importance of never losing hope in your journey
Connect with Dr. Anna Cabeca: You can connect with Dr. Cabeca on her FacebookTwitter, and on her website.   Resources mentioned: Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

  A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now.

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Oct 04 2019

1hr 6mins

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[On-Air Client Session] FFP 279 | Post-Pill Amenorrhea | Lisa & Jennifer

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Today I share an on-air client session with my client Jennifer. It took several months for her period to return post-pill, and in our session she shares what steps she took to bring her periods back and how she is preparing ahead for pregnancy.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Fertility Awareness Mastery, my LIVE 10 week group coaching program! We start on October 1st. Will you be joining us? Click here to register now!

Today’s episode is sponsored by the Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook. The first fully customizable paper charting workbook of its kind, available in both Fahrenheit and Celsius editions. Click here to grab your copy today!

 

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • What was Jennifer’s cycle like as a young adult and what led her to using birth control
  • What was Jennifer’s cycle like after she got off birth control
  • How Jennifer ended up working with Lisa
  • Changes that Jennifer made to her lifestyle that helped her period return
  • What is post-birth control syndrome
  • How long does it take for your ovarian reserve to go back to normal post-pill
  • What things can you do post-pill to get your body on track
  • Ways for you and your partner to find a happy balance for charting while preventing pregnancy
  • Benefits and challenges of post-partum charting
  • What is the MTHFR gene mutation and what to be mindful of when pregnant if you have it
  • How the Fertility Awareness program has changed Jennifer’s cycle and health
Connect with Lisa: You can connect with Lisa on her FacebookTwitter, and on her website.   Resources mentioned:  Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Sep 27 2019

1hr 8mins

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[On-Air Client Session] FFP 278 | Regulating Your Cycles Post-Pill | Lisa & Natalie

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Today I share an on-air client session with my client Natalie. Natalie shares her experience coming off the pill, and what it’s been like as her cycles have normalized.

Today’s episode is sponsored by Fertility Awareness Mastery, my LIVE 10 week group coaching program! We start on October 1st. Will you be joining us? Click here to register now!

Today’s episode is sponsored by the Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook. The first fully customizable paper charting workbook of its kind, available in both Fahrenheit and Celsius editions. Click here to grab your copy today!

 

Topics discussed in today's episode: 
  • Why Natalie decided to come off the pill and begin using the Fertility Awareness Method
  • How long did it take Natalie’s cycle to come back post-pill? Did she have any changes to her cycle/moods post-pill?
  • Natalie’s charting immediately post-pill vs. now
  • How Natalie’s profession as a nurse has influenced her view on birth control
  • What were some of the side effects Natalie experienced on the pill
  • When trying to conceive, is it uncommon to not see mucus following sex?
  • When to start having sex in your cycle when trying to conceive
  • What Natalie has been doing to prepare her body for pregnancy
  • If you’ve been charting and rying to conceive for a while, when is it time to take the next step to a fertility assessment and/or sperm analysis
Connect with Lisa: You can connect with Lisa on her FacebookTwitter, and on her website.   Resources mentioned: Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

  A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Sep 20 2019

57mins

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FFP 277 | The Top 4 Reasons Why You’re Not Conceiving | Lisa | Fertility Friday

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 In today’s episode I share the top 4 reasons why you’re not conceiving. Tune in to this special solo episode to discover how you can use fertility awareness techniques to optimize your chances of conception, and an important discussion about sperm quality!

Today’s episode is sponsored by the Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook. The first fully customizable paper charting workbook of its kind, available in both Fahrenheit and Celsius editions. Click here to grab your copy today!

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. The Fifth Vital Sign is available for purchase on Amazon. Exciting news!! The audiobookis finally here! Listen to The Fifth Vital Signfor FREE when you sign up for a 30 day free trial with Audible. Click here to download now.

 

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • The importance of having healthy sperm, healthy eggs, healthy cervical mucus and a healthy body in order for conception to occur 
  • Why women need to remember that fertility issues are not always their fault, but can sometimes fall on their partner 
  • How you can mess up your chances of conception by relying on rhythm method thinking 
  • Why it’s so important to get your timing right when trying to conceive
  • Why cervical mucus is so important in the conception process 
  • The vast majority of sperm that men produce are abnormal even from the healthiest men
  • How the best days to have sex when trying to conceive are when you have cervical mucus 
  • How ovulation kits can possibly hurt your chances of conception
  • Why your change in temperature does not predict ovulation
  • How the pill is a temporary bandaid for menstrual problems and how that can affect your cycle when you get off of it to try and conceive 
  • The average time it takes for your body to normalize after coming off the pill 
  • How much sperm is optimal for natural conception
  • What makes up an optimal sperm analysis 
  • Lifestyle changes and nutrient supplements that can improve sperm quality
Connect with Lisa: You can connect with Lisa on her FacebookTwitter, and on her website.   Resources mentioned: Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

  A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now.

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Sep 13 2019

59mins

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[On-Air Client Session] FFP 276 | Avoiding Pregnancy Naturally with FAM | Lisa & Cherese

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In today’s episode I share an on-air session with my client Cherese! Join us as we talk about how she successfully transitioned to using the fertility awareness method as her primary method of birth control.

Today’s episode is sponsored by the Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook. The first fully customizable paper charting workbook of its kind, available in both Fahrenheit and Celsius editions. Click here to grab your copy today!

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. The Fifth Vital Sign is available for purchase on Amazon. Exciting news!! The audiobookis finally here! Listen to The Fifth Vital Signfor FREE when you sign up for a 30 day free trial with Audible. Click here to download now.

 

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • How did Cherese’s mother impact her views on hormonal birth control
  • What influenced Cherese to look into Fertility Awareness
  • How did Cherese’s practitioner react to her protest against birth control and IUD’s
  • How has Cherese’s cycle changed since beginning the Fertility Awareness program
  • Is it possible to have peak mucus on the first day
  • The importance of remembering that there are no rules to charting and your body can easily change
  • The difference between the pre-ovulatory and post-ovulatory phase in terms of avoiding pregnancy
  • How often and how much mucus do women typically produce
  • What can someone do if they do not see mucus in their cycle
  • The importance of remembering there is no such thing as a perfect cycle
  • What lifestyle changes has Cherese implemented to make her cycle healthier
  • The importance of listening to your body and the signs it is giving you
Connect with Lisa: You can connect with Lisa on her FacebookTwitter, and on her website.   Resources mentioned: Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Sep 06 2019

1hr

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[On-Air Client Session] FFP 275 | Recovering from Hypothalamic Amenorrhea | Lisa & Catherine

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In today’s episode I share an on-air session with my client Catherine! Join us as we talk about how she recovered her period after nearly a year without one.

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. The Fifth Vital Sign is available for purchase on Amazon. Exciting news!! The audiobookis finally here! Listen to The Fifth Vital Signfor FREE when you sign up for a 30 day free trial with Audible. Click here to download now.

 

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • What brought Catherine to want to learn about Fertility Awareness
  • What diet changes affected Catherine’s menstrual cycle
  • How did the pill affect Catherine’s cycle and her body
  • How Catherine’s menstrual cycle was interrupted by her exercise routine
  • Though currently pregnant, how has the Fertility Awareness program benefitted Catherine and prepared her for life postpartum
  • How Hypothalamic Amenorrhea can affect your bone mass
  • The importance of Catherine making sure she is getting enough to eat postpartum to avoid losing her period again
  • How steady-state exercises can increase cortisol levels and actually be a stressor on your body 
Connect with Lisa: You can connect with Lisa on her FacebookTwitter, and on her website   Resources mentioned: Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now.

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Program

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Aug 30 2019

58mins

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FFP 274 | Paper Charting | Top 3 Reasons to Chart Your Cycles on Paper | Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook | Lisa | Fertility Friday

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Do you prefer paper charting to charting apps? Have you ever considered charting your cycles on paper? In today’s episode I’ll take you through the top 3 benefits of charting your cycles on paper! You’ll also get a sneak peak behind the scenes of my new Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook. The FAM Charting Workbook is the first paper charting workbook to include 3 years worth of charting pages, and is fully customizable depending on what charting system you follow! Head over to fertilityfriday.com/workbookto grab your copy today!

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. The Fifth Vital Sign is available for purchase on Amazon. Exciting news!! The audiobookis finally here! Listen to The Fifth Vital Signfor FREE when you sign up for a 30 day free trial with Audible. Click here to download now.

 

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • The Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook launches today!
  • What is the Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook
  • What did Lisa originally use to start charting her cycles
  • Who is the ideal candidate for the workbook
  • The benefits of charting on paper
  • How charting apps can add confusion
  • Why charting on paper can really let you customize your observations
  • Why it’s beneficial to have the paper records of your charting
  • How long the Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook will last for you
  • What information is included in the workbook for you to reference
  • How many versions of the workbook are there
Connect with Lisa: You can connect with Lisa on her FacebookTwitter, and on her website   Resources mentioned: Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now.

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Aug 26 2019

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FFP 273 | The Magnesium Miracle | Magnesium & Your Menstrual Cycle | Dr. Carolyn Dean MD, ND

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Dr. Carolyn Dean is a medical doctor and naturopath. She’s the author of over 35 books including best seller The Magnesium Miraclealong with IBS for Dummies, Hormone Balance, Death by Modern Medicine, and 110 Kindle books. In 2011, she launched RnA ReSetand brought her 50 years of experience into her proprietary, unique formulations that give every individual at any stage of wellness or illness the necessary building blocks for sustained health, vitality and well-being.

In today’s episode we focus on magnesium, and how magnesium deficiency can negatively impact your health, your cycles, and your fertility.

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. The Fifth Vital Sign is available for purchase on Amazon. Exciting news!! The audiobookis finally here! Listen to The Fifth Vital Signfor FREE when you sign up for a 30 day free trial with Audible. Click here to download now.

 

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • What led Dr. Dean to focus on magnesium
  • What is the percentage of people that are magnesium deficient and why
  • The many activities that deplete magnesium
  • Why a lot of athletes have magnesium deficiency
  • How many conditions are associated with magnesium deficiency
  • What are some side effects of magnesium deficiency
  • Why it takes time to fully rectify nutrient deficiency
  • How to know if you are deficient in magnesium
  • How magnesium affects the menstrual cycle or menopause
  • What are the different types of magnesium
  • The benefits of an epsom salt bath for optimal absorption
  • What are some supplements that Dr. Dean recommends for rectifying nutrient deficiencies
  • How magnesium can affect your heart rate
  • The connection between the thyroid and magnesium
Connect with Dr. Carolyn Dean You can connect with Dr. Carolyn Dean on her  FacebookTwitter, and on her website.   Resources mentioned: Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now.

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Aug 23 2019

1hr 6mins

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FFP 272 | The Truth About The Implant | Pill Reality Series | Lisa & Laura

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In today’s latest edition of the Pill Reality Series I share my interview with Laura. Laura shares her experience using the contraceptive implant. An episode you won’t want to miss!

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. The Fifth Vital Sign is available for purchase on Amazon. Exciting news!! The audiobookis finally here! Listen to The Fifth Vital Signfor FREE when you sign up for a 30 day free trial with Audible. Click here to download now.

 

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • Why Laura decided to get the contraceptive implant
  • What are some side effects Laura experienced from the arm implant
  • How did Laura change emotionally from the implant
  • Laura’s differences in side effects from the pill vs. the arm implant 
  • Who influenced Laura to remove her implant and what that removal experience was like
  • What Laura is currently doing to prevent pregnancy 
  • How long after her implant was removed did she notice changes in her body
  • How looking back on her journaling, Laura really was able to conclude how her body was affected by the contraceptive implant 
Connect with Lisa: You can connect with Lisa on her  FacebookTwitter, and on her website.   Resources mentioned: Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now.

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Aug 16 2019

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FFP 271 | Sexual Pleasure & Redefining “Sex” | Amy Baldwin & April Lampert

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Amy is a Sex and Relationship Coach (trained in the Somatica® Method), Certified Sex Educator, lead educator for Uberlube, as well as co-owner of a mother-daughter owned pleasure boutique called Pure Pleasure Shop. Amy has a passion for promoting shame-free, pleasure-focused sexuality education while emphasizing the deep emotional and energetic forces behind great sex and intimate connection, offering everything from private sessions to how-to workshops to erotic empowerment retreats.

April has been educating people about sexual pleasure, health and wellness at a global scale for the past 9 years. She travels internationally as VP of Hot Octopuss, an innovative pleasure product company. April was voted Woman of the Year in the adult industry, and continues to climb to new heights as the Boss Queen that she is.

In today’s episode we focus on sexual pleasure and redefining “sex” from a more feminine-centric place.

Today’s episode is sponsored by The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. The Fifth Vital Sign is available for purchase on Amazon. Exciting news!! The audiobookis finally here! Listen to The Fifth Vital Signfor FREE when you sign up for a 30 day free trial with Audible. Click here to download now.

 

Topics discussed in today's episode:
  • How did April & Amy get involved in the field of sex education
  • Why is there such shame around talking about sex and sexual experiences
  • What is a sexological body worker 
  • How sensation play could help you focus more on the experience 
  • The importance of getting out of your own way during sex and tuning in to the experience
  • Why you have to put work in to your sexual relationship with your partner to keep it fun and interesting 
  • Figure out what is sexy to you and share that with your partner 
  • What is the clitoris and how is it used for pleasure 
  • Why it is important to explore yourself and figure out what you like 
  • The importance of stopping the negative self-talk and love all parts of you 
Connect with Amy & April: You can connect with Amy & April on their  FacebookTwitter, Instagram and on their website.   Resources mentioned: Related podcasts & blog posts:

Join the community! Find us in the Fertility Friday Facebook Group. Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast in Apple Podcasts!

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

A Special Thank You to Our Show Sponsor: The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility

This episode is sponsored by my new book The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. Click here to buy now

Fertility Friday | Fertility Awareness Programs

This episode is sponsored by my Fertility Awareness Programs! Master Fertility Awareness and take a deep dive into your cycles and how they relate to your overall health! Click here to apply now!

Aug 09 2019

1hr 15mins

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