Anyone who has spoken to me about their cycle, will have had me wax lyrical about cervical fluid at some point. It is a pretty special substance that not only aids fertility in multiple ways, but can also also tell you so much about your menstrual health.
For me, it is an essential part of my charting practice and it is something I recommend to most of my clients. If you're on this post, the chances are you already chart your cervical fluid or you are at least attempting to. It can be difficul...
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.
One of the things many fertility clients come to me with is "why am I not getting pregnant when I am trying around/after I have ovulated?". They are so upset and frustrated and feel that their body has let them down. Assuming these women have no underlying conditions or hormonal imbalances, what else can they do?
Well, it may surprise you to know that there is an optimal window for trying to conceive, but not always when you think. Many women assume it is between ovulation and menstruatio...
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...
Your period has been AWOL for a while and you really just feel that you want a period but it isn't coming. You know you don't have an underlying reason for this such as pregnancy, post partum, menopause, the pill, medications or illness. So what is a girl to do?
There are a number of reasons you may not be having periods, so it is hard to right a catch all blog post, however, there are some thing that you can start to get your body in a better position (and may just bring your period back)...
It can take quite a while for your cycle to return at all after coming off the pill and it can also take a while for your cycle to resemble something in the normal healthy range too. However, if it's been a year (or you'd like to give your body a helping hand), then this blog is for you.
One of the things the pill does is increase something called Sex Hormone Binding Globulin, let's call it SHBG, which does exactly what it says on the tin; binds up excess sex hormones so they no longer have effec...
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...
Do you remember having Sex Ed at school and you were told that you could get pregnant at any time? Or maybe you had an accident and rushed to get the morning after pill because any unprotected sex pretty much leads to pregnancy, right?
Well if you were told any of the above you may be surprised to know that we are actually only fertile for a few days each month. If this is shocking news to you, then please do read on as all will be revealed.
Valentine's Day is here and who'd have thought I'd spent my birthday telling women how to fall in love with their bodies and get their sexy back again?
But on a serious note, this is a HUGE issue I see all the time and it is in women who are in their 20s, 30s and 40s not just those who are peri-menopausal who are affected. And it doesn't just affect them, it affects their relationships and partners too. So there are two things I just want to make clear, if this is you:
One of the many questions I get asked on a regular basis is: is the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM)/Natural Family Planning(NFP)/any other sympto-thermal charting method right for me? Or perhaps they think it is but aren't feeling 100% sure of their choice.
To start this post off, I am going to say: THERE IS NO ONE CONTRACEPTIVE METHOD THAT IS PERFECT OR THAT WORKS FOR EVERYONE. THERE IS ONLY THE METHOD THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU.
With an additional caveat of you being both you as an individual and...
One thing many fertility clients keep asking me is what is the most important thing that they can do before actively trying to conceive a child and my answer is always the same: take time to do some pre-conception preparation.
This is simply taking some time before actively trying to conceive to get your health into top shape. It can help your journey in a number of ways:
Getting both partners physical health and reproductive health into its optimal state both so that there are less issues wi...
Nearly every post I write about cycle charting, whether on this site or guest blogging, I regularly get people asking me in the comments "Am I pregnant?" and "Can you tell without taking a pregnancy test?" I even get many other women's health practitioners asking me this too.
There are a whole host of classic signs of earlier pregnancy many of them could be a sign of other things. Let's take a look at these common symptoms:
One subject that comes up regularly with preconception and fertility clients is a Luteal Phase Defect (LPD) also known as a shortened luteal phase. It is vitally important that if you are trying for a baby to get your luteal phase to a decent length to maximise your chances of conception.
However, it is also important for your health to ensure that your body is getting enough progesterone which is essential for long term health (to find out more, sign up for the cycle charting kit which i...
This is a topic that keeps popping up over and over again. So many of my clients are asking me about it at the moment it seems to be making a come back. I am going to preface this discussion with: I do not teach withdrawal as I am not qualified to. I don't know much about it other than my research below and IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN USING IT AS YOUR METHOD OF CONTRACEPTION, YOU MUST SEEK FURTHER ADVICE AND DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH FIRST.