January 25, 2020

I love Disney films, yes I know, I know.  But the Lion King? Who'd have thought you'd get me to love Shakespeare, add in a load of animals singing Elton John works....amazing.  Ever wondered what would happen if Disney did a film about menstruation? I would imagine it would be very much like the earlier films with singing birds helping the young maiden with the housework, but I was very wrong.

So, in honour or our sex ed days, if you can remember back to your school days, probably with an in...

April 24, 2019

One of my favourite therapies that I have been practising for years is essential oils and they are now suddenly fashionable in the wellness world.  Whilst these power plant medicines can have some incredible effects on your health and wellbeing, I always like to mention first, that they are not a substitute for good quality nutrition and a healthy balanced lifestyle.

That being said there is a lot that they can be used for including as first aid for period pain.  Unfortunately, research in essent...

April 4, 2019

I often get asked variations of, "can I have periods if I'm not ovulating?" or, "I have regular periods so I must be ovulating" or "I have regular periods so I must be fertile" and I have been asked to help clear this up.  

I did a post a few years ago on what qualifies as a period, but one of the key definitions of a menstrual period is that it occurs after an ovulation.  So, the short answer is, if you are not ovulating, you are not having periods.

But as with all things, this is a bit...

October 2, 2018

Ever have days when you bleed through everything and it feels like you period is never going to stop? Heavy periods, or menorrhoea is no joke.  I have experienced it personally as a teen (I even wore a tampon and a night pad and still bled through within half an hour), was put on various forms of the pill, mini pill, the IUD, the implant.  You name it I was on it.  But nothing ever worked and I was made to feel like it was my fault that my periods didn’t know how to respond, like I was the probl...

March 18, 2018

One really common question I hear is, I know I am not pregnant, so why is my period late?  There are a number of reasons why this might be and to get to the bottom of them, you need to know, when you ovulated and how long your luteal phase (the number of days between ovulation and the start of your period) usually is.

You can check out my posts on how to tell whether you are ovulating here.

So let's say you have ovulated and your luteal phase is hitting 3 days or longer than it usually is, and you...

October 29, 2017

As someone who works with women with period problems and who spent thousand of hours learning to become a Natural Family Planning and Fertility Awareness Educator, I am always keen to research different charting methods.

I love the different things that they tell you about your cycle and in all honesty, in many cases, a client who comes in with a few months of charts can give me more to go on, than with tests that may or may not have been done at the right time of the month to be meaningful.

Until...

October 18, 2017

Do you ever get tired shortly after eating?  Maybe you need that midmorning snack or 3.30 pick me up to get through the day?

Perhaps you have been diagnosed with PCOS, Insulin resistance, pre-diabetes or even type 2 diabetes (or suspect you have them).  Maybe you have irregular cycles, don't ovulate regularly, struggle to lose weight around the middle, have facial hair or thinning hair around your parting or the top of your scalp (so unfair, right)?

What makes it worse is when you end up beat...

August 2, 2017

Do you have period problems or thyroid issues?  Maybe your have PMS or fibroids?  You may have gotten your  Vitamin D tested as part of the lab tests I recommend people get as part of their full hormone panel and for good reason; it affects both our pituitary development and can have an affect on several hormonal conditions.

What is Vitamin D?

It is a hormone like vitamin which controls calcium levels in our bodies.  It can also help us to absorb nutrients such as iron, magnesi...

June 6, 2017

One question I'm regularly asked by my private clients is "my period is 22 days/56 days what can I do?".  You can pretty much insert any number of days into that question, it still won't change my response which is: are you ovulating and when?

Ovulation is pretty awesome.  Not only does it enable us to get pregnant (if we want to) but it helps with so many other important things, stabilising our mood after the drop in oestrogen, nourishing our thyroid, bone health, heart health and breast he...

March 15, 2017

Ever thought your period was well, switched to your pretty undies only to get random spotting at an odd point in your cycle?  You are not alone, many women have spotting, but the key is to know whether you should be worried or not.

Spotting can be benign, and even a good sign but there are times when you want to investigate it further.  Here is the complete guide:

Spotting Before Your Period

This is when you get that odd spot in your knickers throughout the few days leading up to the period.  Often...

February 8, 2017

I love helping women with their period problems, and many of you reading my blog ask me about online programmes and learning how to help other women too.

One of the women I trained with is my friend and mentor, Nicole Jardim, a woman's health and functional nutrition coach.  She has a suite of programmes and her apprenticeship is up for enrolment again.  As a proud graduate (and affiliate of these programme), I am happy to recommend them to anyone wanting to improve their hormonal health or those...

February 1, 2017

In my post "Signs That Your Period Needs A Helping Hand" we covered the signs that there is something wrong with your periods.  In this post, we are going to cover what the main causes of period problems are.  You may have one of these or a combination, which is why it can be hard to pinpoint the exact cause or why one protocol may not fix the whole issue.

1.  Times of Stress or Illness

Reproduction and our whole reproductive system is not essential to our survival.  So it makes sense that wh...

January 25, 2017

I often write about what a period should look like, but some people ask me, what are the warning signs that something isn't right about your period (I don't like categorising these into good and bad periods).  I thought this was a brilliant question so here are some signs that your period needs a bit of TLC.

1.  Length of Period

Your period should be 3-7 days of flow.  Not including spotting, although we will get into that later on.  Period too short?  You may not be producing adequate hormones....

October 12, 2016

One of the biggest problems causing period problems is inflammation.  Inflammation is responsible for causing some period symptoms such as cramps, migraines, sickness and nausea.  I explain more in this video.

Part 1

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If you want to get your inflammation under control, help your hormones and join our Autumn Cleanse programme, then get my quick and easy recipe quick start here.

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June 15, 2016

I don't know about you but I think it is a shame that we don't learn about our menstrual cycle at school in the depth we should.  Most people can't even name the distinct phases.  I remember my first women's health specific training (Fertility Massage Therapy a few years ago if anyone is wondering) and finding out so much about the menstrual cycle and I remembered being an 11 year old girl pre-internet pouring through the information that various tampon companies and sanitary towel companies had...

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Hi, I am Rachel and you are most welcome to my online home.

 

I am a woman's reproductive health specialist, who after suffering terribly with various issues with my period, found natural solutions to heal myself.

 

I now help other women who are suffering period problems, PMS and fertility issues who often feel they have no where else to turn.

 

In my clinic, based in Guildford I treat my clients using Fertility Massage Therapy, massage for digestive issues, Reflexology, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Nutrition, Natural Family Planning and Meditation depending on what the client needs.

 

I also offer online Skype sessions for one to one clients teaching them self massage of the abdomen, natural family planning, meditations, EFT and putting together a health plan for them to follow with recommendations on appropriate exercise, nutrition regimes and other self care and life style changes.

 

I also offer online tuition for Benkung Belly Binding for post partum women (or a partner, friend or companion who would like learn it for them).

 

For free resources, you can sign up to my free "Womb Health Guide" and read my blogs.

 

Blessings,

 

Rachel

March 5, 2020