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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 used to like this podcast but it’s now dangerous pseudo-science

By mpolikbu - Aug 08 2019
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This used to be a good podcast but it’s now filled with dangerous pseudo-science. I’m talking Goop-level crap. I really can't take anyone seriously who supports vaginal steaming. Incidentally, a vaginal steaming company sponsors the podcast. If you try to question the science behind it, Lisa censors/kicks you out of her Facebook group. There are better resources on cycle charting out there.

Favorite women’s health podcast

By Cookie G. - Aug 06 2019
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I absolutely love this podcast. I have been listening to Lisa for about 4 years now and I always use it as a source of reference for women wanting to learn more about the gems that she talks about. The information never ceases to amaze me!

iTunes Ratings

416 Ratings
Average Ratings
389
12
5
1
9

I used to like this podcast but it’s now dangerous pseudo-science

By mpolikbu - Aug 08 2019
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This used to be a good podcast but it’s now filled with dangerous pseudo-science. I’m talking Goop-level crap. I really can't take anyone seriously who supports vaginal steaming. Incidentally, a vaginal steaming company sponsors the podcast. If you try to question the science behind it, Lisa censors/kicks you out of her Facebook group. There are better resources on cycle charting out there.

Favorite women’s health podcast

By Cookie G. - Aug 06 2019
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I absolutely love this podcast. I have been listening to Lisa for about 4 years now and I always use it as a source of reference for women wanting to learn more about the gems that she talks about. The information never ceases to amaze me!
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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.

Rank #1: 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
40 mins
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Rank #2: 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
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #3: 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
51 mins
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Rank #4: 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
44 mins
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Rank #5: 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
1 hour 21 mins
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Rank #6: 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
43 mins
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Rank #7: 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
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #8: 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
55 mins
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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
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #10: FFP 270 | Hypothalamic Amenorrhea | How Laura Got Her Period Back 5 Years After Coming Off The Pill | Laura Bruner

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Laura is a Certified Nutrition Consultant, Certified CrossFit Trainer, mama to Evie Wilder, and firm believer in the mind, body, soul connection. She is one of the voices and hearts behind the Modern Mamas Podcast and has a passion for supporting families (especially mamas) in every phase.  Laura’s goal is to educate and inspire towards intuitive shifts in daily habits and headspace, leading to healthier minds and bodies, increased strength and physical potential, longevity, and most importantly, the empowerment that comes with taking your health into our own hands.

In today’s episode Laura shares her experience with hypothalamic amenorrhea, and how she got her period back 5 years after coming off the pill.

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 inspired Laura to start the Modern Mamas Podcast
  • How mindfulness changed Laura’s life
  • What is Hypothalamic Amenorrhea
  • How exercise, nutrition and stress can affect your menstrual cycle
  • How did Laura feel during the 5 years before her period came back post-pill
  • How learning to love her body and changing her mindset on her body image changed Laura’s health
  • What steps did Laura take to get her period to return
  • The importance of women appreciating their bodies and all that they can do
  • Why it is so important to listen to your body and tune into what it is telling you
Connect with Laura Bruner: You can connect with Laura on her  FacebookTwitter,Instagramand 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 02 2019
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #11: 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

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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
1 hour 16 mins
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Rank #12: 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

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)

Apr 29 2016
1 hour 9 mins
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Rank #13: 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.

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Jul 28 2017
38 mins
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Rank #14: 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
1 hour 2 mins
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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

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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

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Mar 09 2018
1 hour 15 mins
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Rank #16: 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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Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast on iTunes!

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

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Nov 18 2016
1 hour 17 mins
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Rank #17: 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

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Apr 21 2017
57 mins
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Rank #18: 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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Music Credit: Intro/Outro music Produced by Sirc of (The Nock)

Sep 25 2015
1 hour 12 mins
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Rank #19: FFP 092 | Natural Fertility Info | Nutrition For Fertility | Smart Supplementation | Get Pregnant Naturally | Hethir Rodriguez

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Hethir is the founder of Natural-Fertility-Info.com. She wants to live in a world where work is play, traveling to new places is the norm, and growing vegetables is foolproof. As a Natural Fertility Specialist, Hethir and her team have helped thousands of couples to get pregnant using natural fertility therapies and lifestyle changes. When she’s not working on herbal formulas or obsessing over research, you can find her in the field playing beekeeper, experimenting with waffle recipes in the kitchen, or playing with her son Tobias and spending time in the woods. Natural-Fertility-Info.com has helped couples prepare for healthy conception for over 7 years, connecting with over 900,000 visitors a month.

In today’s episode, we talk about the importance of preconception nutrition, nutrition for fertility and pregnancy, and we also talk about using herbs and supplementation to improve fertility naturally.

Topics discussed in today's episode

  • How Hethir's personal fertility journey lead to the development of her website
  • How does xenoestrogen exposure relate to hormonal health and fertility
  • How do diet and nutrition relate to the effectiveness of herbs and supplementation?
  • What does a healthy diet for fertility look like?
  • The importance of looking at the whole body when trying to improve fertility
  • Coping with the feelings of frustration that come with fertility struggles
  • How to improve egg quality, and why it takes a minimum of 90 days
  • What is Vitex and how does it work?
  • What is Maca and why does it have such a strong influence on hormone balance in the body?
  • How herbs adapt to what our body needs
  • Why is Royal Jelly indicated for improving egg quality?
  • The benefits of getting nutrition from food

Connect with Hethir

You can connect with Hethir on her website and on Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube

Resources mentioned

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Subscribe to the Fertility Friday Podcast on iTunes!

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

Aug 19 2016
58 mins
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Rank #20: 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.

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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

Aug 10 2018
1 hour 10 mins
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