Fertility Awareness charting tips, Q&A with Leilani, and all things holistic medicine and menstrual cycle health.
|Posted on February 5, 2019 at 10:20 AM|
What a delight. Thanks to everyone who chimed in on this. (*scroll to the bottom for my original post! read the story first - it will be more fun that way.)
I heard from seven people, which is a lovely size for this type of conversation in person – and considering my current Instagram reach is not half bad for a first online go
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|Posted on February 5, 2019 at 12:25 AM|
Happy New Moon and Lunar New Year!
First for today, an acupressure tip.
If you have pain in your lower abdomen (whether it's in your ovaries during ovulation, or your uterus during menstruation), a great place to explore for tender points is right here at the base of the palm.
Feel around this circled area. Mo...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 7, 2019 at 2:05 PM|
The best way to tell on which days intercourse can bring pregnancy is by checking for your own cervical fluid. It's MUCH more accurate than calendar predictions (even from your app!), and it's a lot cheaper than using ovulation predictor kits.
If you already use the Justisse Method, here's what you need to know: Conception is most likely on d...Read Full Post »
|Posted on December 7, 2018 at 8:35 PM|
Weeping is a human behavior. It helps us relieve stress, communicate with others, and feel soothed. Crying can also feel overwhelming, embarrassing, or just “in the way.” Sometimes, it lets us know that our physical or mental health is out of balance. All of these things can apply to the teariness that is ever-present for some women in the days before their periods.
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|Posted on November 7, 2018 at 9:00 AM|
Times are good for learning about your period and your hormonal health. Empowering truths about the menstrual cycle are replacing misconceptions in talks, articles, and everyday conversations. More and more people are discovering that they can choose to ditch the pill, the shot, and the IUD in favor of Fertility Awareness Based Methods of birth control (FABMs). But one major misund...Read Full Post »
|Posted on October 8, 2018 at 2:50 PM|
Why can't an app work for birth control when you have irregular cycles, but Fertility Awareness can?
(Read on, or if you'd like to hear me explain in a video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTB09qOjHz8" target="_blank">click here.)
The answer has to do with relying on prediction, versus real-time information. An app that calculates fertile days based on past cycle lengths and current Basal Body Temperature (BBT) – even o...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 10, 2018 at 6:55 PM|
See this New Moon Note on Youtube: https://youtu.be/85lCx-LId9I
One of my favorite things about learning Fertility Awareness is the end of the confused anxiety, and confused hope, around waiting for a “late period”. This came up twice with my clients this month: One of them got her period 5 days l...Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 2, 2017 at 6:20 PM|
I’m curious. How many of you are listening for what your cervix is saying?
It’s a fertility sign I usually don’t talk about until the second or third follow-up consultation. It’s in the Justisse Method Guidebook, and Taking Charge of Your Fertility, but it’s “secondary” to cervical fluid and BBT – so who’s using it? Comment or email and let me know!
I check cerv...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 7, 2017 at 11:40 PM|
Your cervical fluid tells you what you need to know in three ways: what it feels like when you wipe (“Sensation”), how far it stretches (“Consistency”), and what color it is (“Color”). I think most of us easily take note of Color and Consistency, but I want to remind you of the importance of Sensation.
First, a little review: Check Sensation when you are wiping with toilet paper. Pass the toilet paper over y...Read Full Post »
|Posted on December 1, 2016 at 3:45 PM|
On this New Moon in early winter, as we enter a time of reflection, I’ve got a few questions. Three of them I'd love to hear your answer to, and four are for you to reflect on.
My questions for you are:
- Are you still charting your cycles, using the Justisse Method, or another method of Fertility Awareness?
- If you aren’t, why not? Do you still find yourself “...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 30, 2016 at 11:50 AM|
After you have unprotected intercourse, at some point, seminal fluid will come back out. Maybe later that day, or the next day, or even two days later. Maybe in your underwear or maybe while you're using the restroom.
If you're used to checking for cervical fluid, you've likely noticed that it's usually slippery, stretchy, and somewhat tran...Read Full Post »
|Posted on September 1, 2016 at 4:25 PM|
New Moon greetings! This month, let’s clear up the idea of “unusual bleeding,” or bleeding that isn’t a true menstrual period.
We always consider days of “unusual bleeding” to be fertile, because bleeding that isn’t a true menstrual period can be associated with ovulation. But how do you know if a bleed is “unusual”? It’s up to you, really – trust your awareness of yo...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 4, 2016 at 4:05 PM|
"There's always something there." Many women tell me that there's always some discharge when they check for cervical mucus: "I never have a Dry day." Maybe it's pasty and white, or maybe yellowish and gummy. Figuring out your "Basic Infertile Pattern" so you can still tell your infertile days from fertile ones is always possible - but if you're getting yellow discharge every day, we should ask some other questions about reproductive health.Read Full Post »
|Posted on March 8, 2016 at 3:05 PM|
It's the New Moon, and International Women's Day! One special event: Zahra Haji of Yoga Goddess’s #notpsychoperiod webinar party. Check it out by clicking here.
In keeping with Zahra’s theme of embracing and working in harmony with our hormonal cycles, I’d like to encourage you to note your mood on your chart. In the Justisse Method we have a ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on February 8, 2016 at 7:00 PM|
Do you write "Cramps" on your chart every month?
I know many of you do. This New Moon I'd like to talk about something you can do yourself to get natural relief from painful periods: acupressure.
"Acupressure” is massaging or pressing on acupuncture points. Massaging these points throughout the month will be the most effective, because this can help prevent cramps. You can also ma...Read Full Post »
|Posted on January 7, 2016 at 6:15 PM|
Question: If I use tampons during my period, can I still consider my first 5 days infertile?
Answer: Remember that it's not always all 5 days at the beginning of your cycle that are infertile. The days of Heavy and Moderate flow, when you know that you are having a true menstruation, are infertile. (In a true menstruation, the bleeding appears normal to you, and you saw all your normal signs of ovulation 9-16 d...Read Full Post »
|Posted on December 9, 2015 at 2:35 PM|
Sometimes I’m asked when to “expect” a Double Peak. Really, you always want to be alert for this possibility, especially if you’re avoiding pregnancy. It’s more likely during times of stress, illness, or hormonal change, but don’t count on those to be the only times. (If you want a reminder of what a Double Peak is, scroll to the bottom of this post.)
If you’re following the Observational Routine and the rule...Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 20, 2015 at 4:50 PM|
We often hear about “egg-white mucus” for identifying the fertile phase and ovulation. Peak-type cervical mucus often does look like egg-white, BUT not always.
All cervical mucus is fertile. If you see cervi...Read Full Post »
|Posted on November 13, 2015 at 5:40 PM|
Question: Turns out my worst headaches are all after ovulation. They're not every day post-ovulation, but most. Always in my temples. So is it hormonal? What do I do about it?
Answer: Sounds like it's hormonal! Pre-menstrual headaches are common, and often related to the liver having trouble dealing with higher levels of hormones post-ovulation. The temples are a classic location for these PMS headaches due to "Liver Qi stagnation" (in Chinese medicine terms).
|Posted on October 17, 2015 at 1:20 AM|
Charting tip: On your “Light” and “Very Light” days of true menstruation*, you can check for and chart cervical mucus the same as any other time of your cycle. During days of “Heavy” or “Moderate” flow, you won’t be able to tell whether cervical mucus is being discharged. But on those days when your menstrual flow is light enough that you CAN check for cervical mucus, DO!
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