September 14, 2016

Many women I work with are dreading the menopause because they know someone, either friends of family members with various horror stories of mood swings, hot flashes or weight gain.  They want to prepare for the physical and emotional changes that this process brings, but just don’t understand when to start.

I thought I would look at the various options available and explain the pros and cons.  First of all, if you are unfamiliar with the difference between menopause, perimenopause and pre-menopa...

September 7, 2016

One thing that is super confusing with women’s health is the number of terms flying around and when you are trying to do your own research on different websites, you may see so many different names for the same things, it is a bit of a minefield at the best.

Here is a few of the key terms that I think all women should know in order to navigate their way around the world of women’s health:

Menarche

This is the first period a woman experiences and the start of her cycling years.  This is the date of...

August 24, 2016

The reason I love teaching the Sympto-Thermal Methods of Natural Family Planning and Fertility Awareness (STM) is because they are evidence based scientific methods of charting your cycle.  They are based on observing your signs and learning to interpret them.

But what if your periods are irregular?  What if you have endometriosis, PCOS, or spotting?  What if you have different length cycles each month?

The Great News Is That It Still Works!

The reason the STM methods will work during these ci...

August 10, 2016

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: 

  • implantation bleeding

  • cramping 

  • back ache 

  • tende...

July 13, 2016

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...

July 3, 2016

So many of my nutritional therapy clients come to me for a nutritional plan to fix many of their issues with periods and fertility and I can draw up a detailed meal plan with the exact nutritional requirements suitable for them.  They are so excited, we talk about it and they go home and maybe try a meal from it on day 1.

They may even do three days worth of meals but eventually they all fall off the wagon.  The thing is that making drastic changes to your nutritional routines, are very unlikely...

June 29, 2016

One thing many of my charting clients ask me is "why do I get really hot just before my period?".  I also have a few clients who have this issue on the first day or two of their period and they come to me with confusion.

It's funny how our bodies work sometimes, especially if you are used to being cold throughout most of the month.  So what is going on?

During the second half of the cycle, if we have successfully ovulated, our ovary produces vast quantities of progesterone, the heating hormone.  T...

June 22, 2016

I have come been asked this question by clients in so many scenarios.  "I haven't had a period yet, can I get pregnant?" or they just assume they won't get pregnant until they see a period.  The a few situations in which I see this the most are:

  • In teenagers who haven't started their periods yet.

  • Women who have given birth and haven't yet resumed their periods.

  • Women coming off the pill or other contraception methods that stopped their reproductive system.

  • Women who h...

May 24, 2016

One of the common misconceptions I come across a lot is so many people think that Sympto-Thermal Methods such as Natural Family Planning (NFP) and Fertility Awareness (FAM) are variations of the rhythm method.  But this couldn't be further from the truth.  Let me explain why.

The Rhythm Method

This is a based on the theory in which women had 28 day cycles and always ovulate on day 14.  Different variations will tell you that you can get pregnant by having intercourse before day 14, on day 14...

April 13, 2016

Isn't technology just amazing these days? I still sometimes become over awed with Skype as I remember the concept of the internet and television phone calls as a futuristic idea from my childhood.  I just think it is incredible that I can talk to people on the other side of the world, live and in real time.

But how is technology affecting our cycles?  You can get apps telling you almost anything these days.  In all honesty, there are so many period tracking, ovulation predictor and fertility moni...

March 23, 2016

One question my pre-conception and fertility clients frequently ask me is how long should they start preparing their bodies for pregnancy.  This is such a great question, I just had to right a blog on it.

There are several things that are important to consider.  How ready are you mentally and as a couple to have a baby?  What condition are the parents in physically as the moment?  And of course, do you feel ready for a baby.

In theory, perfect health means perfect fertility so we should...

March 16, 2016

One thing many of my clients have asked me a lot recently is “how do I come off the pill?”  What to expect, what to do.  Many of them are anxious about symptoms, nutrient deficiencies and other issues.

Others worry about when their fertility will return, and whether they need to think of alternative contraception.  Additionally, if you want to conceive, the pill is known to cause deficiencies, so you really want to make sure you get the into a good place at the very least 3 months before you...

March 9, 2016

I cringed a lot when I first started hearing about cervical fluid but it is such an important part of our health and fertility, we should be paying so much more attention to it.  Unfortunately, it gets shrouded in mystery and most women don't realise how valuable and important it is.

What Is It?

Cervical fluid (also called Cervical Mucus, CM for short or CF) is a mucus produced by our cervix, the lower part of the womb.  A lot of people will dismiss it as discharge, but, it is an essential part of...

February 24, 2016

Those of you who have been on my webinars will know this is kind of a trick question, because the definition of a period means you have to have ovulated.  However, there are so many times you can have a flow of blood that doesn't occur after ovulation.

I have so many clients say to me, "I know I ovulate because I have a period" but when I start them off charting, it turns out they are not actually ovulating at all.

So What Is Going On?

If you aren't ovulating, but you are producing some kind of oes...

February 20, 2016

One of the most annoying and frustrating things that my fertility clients hear from well meaning family and friends saying "just relax, de-stress and forget about it and you will get pregnant".  Which (ironically) usually adds to the stress of trying to conceive.

So is there any truth behind this at all?  Let's break it down and take a look.

How Stress Affects Ovulation

When my clients are charting their cycles, they will notice that sometimes, they will get months where they get all the signs...

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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).

 

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