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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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I am new to the world of charting (this is my first charting cycle!), and I cannot explain how valuable this podcast has been to me. I look forward to every episode, not only because I love learning new information, but because it feels like talking to an old friend! The FAM community is wonderful and supportive and Lisa is an amazing!

Lisa is the best!

By RachelLWS - Mar 23 2020
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This podcast has been instrumental for me transitioning off birth control and taking charge of my female health. I really can’t recommend it enough for any woman!

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540 Ratings
Average Ratings
500
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My favorite podcast

By GraceRachel - May 14 2020
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I am new to the world of charting (this is my first charting cycle!), and I cannot explain how valuable this podcast has been to me. I look forward to every episode, not only because I love learning new information, but because it feels like talking to an old friend! The FAM community is wonderful and supportive and Lisa is an amazing!

Lisa is the best!

By RachelLWS - Mar 23 2020
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This podcast has been instrumental for me transitioning off birth control and taking charge of my female health. I really can’t recommend it enough for any woman!
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Rank #1: 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:

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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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Rank #2: 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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Rank #3: 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.

*Please note that Cora only ships within the United States.

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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Rank #4: 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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Rank #5: 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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Rank #6: 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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Rank #7: 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

Resources mentioned

NaPro Technology Related Podcast Episodes

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

Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast on iTunes!

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

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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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Rank #8: 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

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

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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Rank #9: 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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Rank #10: 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

Resources mentioned

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

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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Rank #11: 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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Rank #12: FFP 124 | Thyroid Health & Fertility, Why the TSH Test Isn’t Enough | Iodine & Thyroid Function | Wilson’s Temperature Syndrome | Dr. David Brownstein, MD | Dr. Denis Wilson, MD

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In today’s episode, I share with you two interviews I recorded live at the Restorative Medicine Conference in Toronto.

Dr. David Brownstein is a Board-Certified family physician and is one of the foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. He is the Medical Director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, MI. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians, and others, about his success in using natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice.

Dr. Denis Wilson developed the concept of Wilson ‘s Temperature Syndrome in 1988 after observing people with symptoms of low thyroid and low body temperature, yet who had normal blood tests. He found that by normalizing their temperatures with T3 (without T4) their symptoms often remained improved even after the treatment was discontinued.

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Topics discussed in today's episode

  • How a book on nutrition led Dr. Brownstein down this career path
  • What should we know about iodine as it relates to the thyroid and why is it essential?
  • What happens when there’s an iodine deficiency?
  • Why is it important to know your iodine levels before you get pregnant?
  • Iodine’s connection to cystic breasts
  • How the thyroid is related to metabolism
  • Low body temperature: what does it mean and what does it have to do with the thyroid?
  • Dr. Wilson’s experiments with cycling patients and resetting their thermostat and thyroid
  • What to do if you have a low body temperature
  • The direct correlation between metabolism and body temperature and how it relates to fertility
  • How does hyperthyroidism relate to fertility?
  • How to tell if, and when, what you’re doing is working
  • What to eat, and when to eat it, to maintain healthy insulin levels

Connect with Dr. David Brownstein, MD

You can connect with Dr. Brownstein on his website.

Connect with Dr. Denis Wilson, MD

You can connect with Dr. Wilson on his website.

Resources mentioned

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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

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!

Feb 24 2017

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Rank #13: [On-Air Client Session] FFP 168 | Timing Sex For Conception & Optimizing Cervical Mucus Production | Ashlee & Lisa

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Today I share another installment of my Fertility Awareness Reality Series. This is an on-air client session with Ashlee, a member of my most recent 10 Week Fertility Awareness Mastery Group Program.

In today’s show, we delve into cervical health, cervical mucus production, and how to accurately time sex to optimize your chances of conceiving naturally.

Today's episode is sponsored by my 10 Week Fertility Awareness Mastery Group Program. I have designed the Fertility Awareness Mastery program 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 to check for cervical mucus
  • The link between cervical mucus and hormonal health
  • Gentle ways to boost progesterone production in the post-ovulatory phase
  • What are the characteristics of a healthy cycle
  • Does your cycle have to be "perfect" to conceive?
  • How to time sex to optimize your chances of conceiving
  • The connection between the pill, HPV, and abnormal cervical cells
  • What causes of low mucus production?
  • How to boost cervical mucus production
  • Using the menstrual cycle as a diagnostic tool
Connect with Lisa: You can connect with Lisa on her Website, and on Facebook and Twitter.   Resources mentioned:

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

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

This episode is sponsored by my 10 Week Fertility Awareness Mastery 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!

Nov 10 2017

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Rank #14: 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.

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

Jun 24 2016

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Rank #15: 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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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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Rank #16: 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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Rank #17: [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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Rank #18: FFP 054 | The MTHFR Gene Mutation and Fertility | Recurrent Miscarriage, Nutrient Deficiencies, and Folic Acid | Diane Keddy

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Diane is Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist in Newport Beach, California, specializing in nutrition counseling for compulsive overeating, binge eating, weight management, diabetes, food allergies, as well as MTHFR gene mutation and methylation defects, and numerous other medical concerns.  Diane has her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Nutrition and has her Master of Nutritional Science as well. She has a specialized certification in treating eating disorders, and she is also certified in Food allergies by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

In today’s show, we talk about the MTHFR gene mutation and how it can impact a woman’s health and fertility. We talk about how common this gene mutation is and how significantly it can interfere with a woman's fertility. We also talk about folic acid, and why you may want to steer clear of it altogether.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is the MTHFR gene mutation and how common is this gene mutation?
  • Why is the MTHFR gene mutation problematic in both men and women?
  • What impact does the MTHFR gene mutation have on a woman’s ability to convert folic acid to folate?
  • What are the symptoms of the MTHFR mutation and how do you test for it?
  • Is folic acid dangerous to individuals with this gene mutation?
  • What type of diet is recommended for individuals with the MTHFR gene mutation?
  • How does the MTHFR gene mutation impact a woman’s chances of conceiving?
  • Why is the MTHFR gene mutation linked to repeated miscarriages and birth defects?
  • What are some of the natural sources of folate?
  • What should women be looking for in a supplement to ensure they get the correct type of folate?
  • What is the connection between the MTHFR gene mutation and Iron deficiency?
  • What is the link between MTHFR and heart disease?
  • When should you ask your physician to screen you for the MTHFR gene mutation?
  • Why is the MTHFR gene mutation linked to depression, anxiety and irritable bowel syndrome among other medical conditions?
  • What to do if you have the MTHFR gene mutation and you are having trouble getting pregnant?

Connect with Diane

You can connect with Diane on her website, or via email!

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

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

Dec 04 2015

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Rank #19: FFP 066 | Gut Health and Fertility | Preconception Nutrition | GAPS Diet | Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

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Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride is a medical doctor who graduated in Russia, and after practicing for five years as a Neurologist and three years as a Neurosurgeon she started a family and moved to the UK, where she got her second postgraduate degree in Human Nutrition. She is well known for developing a concept of GAPS (Gut And Psychology Syndrome), which she describes in her book Gut And Psychology Syndrome - Natural Treatment for Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression, and Schizophrenia.

The GAPS diet was developed to naturally treat chronic inflammatory conditions in the digestive tract as a result of a damaged gut lining.  Through years of research and clinical experience, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride adjusted her protocol to fit the needs of her patients suffering from a variety of intestinal and neurological conditions as a result of an imbalanced bacterial ecosystem within the GI tract.  The GAPS Diet focuses on removing foods that are difficult to digest and damaging to gut flora and replacing them with nutrient-dense foods to give the intestinal lining a chance to heal and seal.

In my interview with Dr. Natasha, we talk about the importance of gut health for fertility, pregnancy as well as the important role that gut health plays in the health of your children!

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • What is the connection between the hormonal health and gut health?
  • The relationship between menstrual cycle irregularities and gut dysbiosis
  • How do antibiotics impact gut flora?
  • What impact do hormonal contraceptives have on gut flora?
  • The role that breastfeeding and vaginal delivery play in the development of healthy gut flora
  • The relationship between abnormal gut flora and illnesses such as Autism, ADHD, allergies, food sensitivities, eczema, asthma, etc.
  • The relationship between miscarriage and the toxic load we acquire in our modern world
  • The relationship between gut health and fertility
  • Using the GAPS diet to heal and seal the gut wall and improve fertility
  • Nutrition for fertility, preconception, and pregnancy
  • The importance of cholesterol for fertility and pregnancy and hormone balance
  • The difference between raw dairy products and pasteurized supermarket dairy products
  • The role of fermented foods in the GAPS healing protocol
  • Why is it important for both the mother and father to focus on their gut health when trying to conceive
  • The relationship between gut health and acne

Connect with Dr. Natasha

You can connect with Dr. Natasha on her website! and the GAPS diet website!

Resources mentioned

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

Feb 26 2016

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Rank #20: FFP 221 | 10 Ways I Reduced My Sugar and Carbohydrate Consumption | Lisa | Fertility Friday

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In today’s episode, I share the top 10 ways I’ve reduced my sugar consumption over the past 10 plus years, and I share how my cycles have changed as a result!

This episode is sponsored by my 10 Week Fertility Awareness Mastery Group Program. We start on October 9th. Will you be joining us? Click here for details!

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 reason why I opt for water over juice and pop
  • Why I went (mostly) gluten free & reduced my grain consumption
  • The importance of having a balanced breakfast
  • How to reduce your carbohydrate consumption by changing your plate
  • Knowing the difference between high and low sugar fruits
  • Skip the sugar with alternative sweeteners!
  • Tips for reducing processed foods
  • Do you have to give up chocolate? (Hint: I didn't!)
  • Benefits of tracking what you eat for a few days
  • Why moderation is important
  • Can your sugar intake impact your cycles?
Connect with Lisa: You can connect with Lisa on FacebookTwitter, and on her website.

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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!

Sep 14 2018

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