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....

January 18, 2017

The journey through pre-menopause, peri-menopause and menopause itself can be incredibly disorientating.  Everything turns on its head, you no longer relate to the world as you know it and women often ask me if what they are going through is normal.

However, menopause isn't just something that happens to us, it is a process of transformation which, once we have accepted, can help us to create a life we really want for ourselves and our families.  It can be an opportunity to really review what it...

December 14, 2016

Please note: I'm British so I spell oestrogen the British way, but I am referring to Oestrogen interchangeably with Estrogen.  

Lack of sex drive, not feeling your usual vibrant self?  Low oestrogen isn't as common as high oestrogen or oestrogen dominance, but more women are coming to me with issues for low oestrogen:

  • Wrinkles and saggy skin

  • Achy joints

  • Vaginal dryness, irritation or loss of feeling

  • Feeling dry (both vaginally and elsewhere such as skin and eyes)

  • Low libido


November 16, 2016

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...

November 2, 2016

One of the things many of my clients do every morning is chart their basal body temperature (BBT) because charting your cycle can give me huge clues to your hormonal health.  BBT charting can be used on its own or as part of one of the Sympto-Thermal Methods (STM) of either Natural Family Planning (NFP) or Fertility Awareness Method (FAM).

If these terms are new to you, these methods are used to achieve or avoid pregnancy using evidence based, scientifically proven methods of measuring vario...

October 26, 2016

As Autumn sets in and many people are carving pumpkins ready for Halloween, I thought this would be a great time to talk about what you can do with the pumpkin flesh and seeds which are often discarded and overlooked, but one of the most valuable parts of the pumpkin and great for hormones and women's health.

Pumpkins: The Low Down

Before we start, I thought I would let you know, pumpkins are a type of orange winter squash and most of the information I give here is going to apply to other winter s...

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.

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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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October 2, 2016

One thing all my clients want to know more about are their hormones, what they do and their effect on their health, menstrual cycles and fertility.  So I thought I would do a whistle stop tour of your hormones to familiarise you with some of the key ones.  (Note, there are lots more, but I am just going to cover the ones we look at for our cycles and fertility).

Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone (GnRH):  produced by the pineal gland and stimulates the pituitary to produce Follicle Stimulating H...

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:


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

August 17, 2016

I don't know about you, but I have been following the Olympics and I loved the fact that Chinese swimmer Fu Yuanhui actually broke through the period taboo. 

It reminded me of the time when I used to swim every day, I found that my exercise levels varied heavily from week to week.  I couldn't figure out why some days, I could swim 2 km in record time, followed by aqua-aerobics, and I will still have to go running afterwards,  just to feel tired enough to go to bed.

Then the next wee...

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...

August 3, 2016

Women who care about their periods, hormones and fertility seem to intuitively know that standard sunscreens aren't great for us (I explain this below).  And as someone who has not only had hormonal issues, but also battles with allergic reactions to sunscreens, and had two moles removed, I feel that we should be more aware of all our sun protection options.

An intriguing new trend that has caught my eye  recently, is the "using coconut oil for sunscreen" or other oils that ar...

July 27, 2016

Summer’s here and it appears that the main question on everyone’s lips is to D or not to D, Vitamin D that is.

There is so much conflicting advice on wellness websites and medical authorities about vitamin D, sun exposure and supplementation, and, only this week in the news, did the Scientific Advisory on Nutrition (SACN) in the UK decide that everyone should take a vitamin D supplement in the Winter.

Many of you ask me about vitamin D for various cycle related and fertility issues, so here is the...

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...

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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.





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