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‚Äôre 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

Birth Sex

with Kimberly
Ann Johnson