EP58: Lisa Hendrickson-Jack on the Menstrual Cycle as a Vital Sign, Fertility, and Holistic Reproductive Health

What Lisa Shares:

  •      Her journey to understanding female fertility more fully after receiving incorrect information in school
  •      How to determine when you’re actually fertile
  •      The biology of the menstrual cycle and how different birth controls alter this
  •      The importance of male fertility in conception and how to boost male fertility

What You’ll Hear:

  •      The recent expansion of scientific literature to more fully include the female body
  •      Learning about the biology and physiology of the female body and basing health decisions on science
  •      The hormonal cycle is intertwined with the rest of your biology
  •      Embracing your body through the lens of pleasure rather than fear
  •      Developing personal agency around your fertility decisions
  •      The difference between the rhythm method and fertility awareness
  •      The importance of familiarizing yourself with cervical mucus, basal body temperature, and cervical positioning
  •      The difference between pre-ovulatory and post-ovulatory mucus
  •      When practiced *properly,* the efficacy of fertility awareness is up to 99.4%
  •      The importance of learning and practicing the method, especially when coming off the pill
  •      Understanding the importance of male fertility for natural conception
  •      Average count and mobility of sperm has declined in the last century, and ways to improve sperm health
  •      Why you might lose your period and the importance of balancing health in order to bring it back
  •      Why the menstrual cycle is an important vital sign about your health
  •      How vaginal steaming might interact with fertility awareness
  •      The long-term health implications of hormonal birth control
  •      Being familiar enough with your cycle to notice when more systemic issues are at play
  •      How stress affects your menstrual cycle
  •      How relating to your body in this way can empower you

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