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PCOS can be a terrible condition. It can make you infertile, overweight, spotty, fatigued and hairy-er. For many women suffering with it they feel depressed and un-feminine. Here's an excerpt from my free guide to PCOS.
What's all the fuss about Turmeric milk?
Turmeric is a root related to ginger which comes from Southeast Asia. While it has been used for millenia in Asia it was only used as a dye in Europe until the 20th century when suddenly its medicinal uses exploded. Now it is best known as an anti-inflammatory for the gut and joints.
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.
I used to feel like I was vulnerable to becoming pregnant. As if my fertility was a weakness which would be exploited by sperm. I felt like it could happen at anytime, and my life would be forever changed. I needed to shut that part of me down. I needed to know it was all 'under control'.
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.
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.
This is a collection of supplements and herbs that I see women wondering if they should use when they’re struggling with trying to conceive. It lets you know how to use them, what they’re for and how to take them. How it helps x
Sex is supposed to be fun right? If you’ve been trying to conceive for a while it can be hard to remember that. The constant peeing on sticks, temperature taking and mucous inspections make sex more like a regimental operation than a passionate exchange of love.
When I treat patients from menarche to post natal I always think about how to protect a woman's fertility. Not just for their ability to conceive children but for their ability to conceive ideas too.