A big part of my PMS course is learning how to keep track of your hormone cycle so you always know where you're at. When I learnt how to do this (using the fertility awareness method) years ago I used good old fashioned pen and paper. There are specially designed charts which you can print off for free from the internet. It's designed so that as you collect your signs and symptoms you can see quite clearly when you ovulated retrospectively and most women get signs of their period before its due so it's easy to predict.
When I was a teenager I took "the pill" for contraception. But I found myself in a never-ending loop of Cystitis leading to antibiotics, leading to Thrush, leading to anti-candida drugs. This pattern would rinse and repeat itself every few months. It was awful. When I started working at Neal's Yard Remedies I told one of my colleagues and they suggested it was the pill upsetting my hormone levels. I was intrigued to say the least. The thought of ending the burning pain, the itching, scratching, horrible symptoms, was so tempting. I just had to find out.
In this episode we're talking about Lady's Mantle with Marie Reilly. A fantastic herbalist who knows SO much when it comes to women's health. We talk about her training in western herbal medicine, endobiogenics and Ayurvedic medicine. Marie explains why Vitex agnus castus isn't always the answer to infertility problems or other hormonal imbalances and what herbs might be better. She helps me understand the causes of PMS as well as other problems like; thrush, fertility, leucorrhea, and cervical dysplasia. Tune in guys, this is a fact-packed episode on my favourite subject; women's health.
Today we’re going to look at the sort of thing you should be eating if you want to feel rest assured you’re eating all you should be to get pregnant. The simplest explanation is that you should be eating a healthy diet! But there are so many misconceptions about what makes up a healthy diet. So let me just spell it out again for clarity.
What does Fertility mean to you?
When you’re trying to get pregnant the only thing it means is the ability or inability to conceive a child. But for those who aren’t, like myself, fertility is also something I need to cultivate to remain creative.