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Fertility Awareness charting tips, Q&A with Leilani, and all things holistic medicine and menstrual cycle health.

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What Your Cervix S.H.O.W.s

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...

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Sensational Sensations

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...

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Questions for Me, Questions for You

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 “...

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Morning After Mix-Up

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 translucent. In other words, it looks like Peak-Type cervical mucus!

So, t...

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Unusual Bleeding is Unusual

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...

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Your Happy Cervix

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.

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Mood Matters

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 ...

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Acupressure for Cramps

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...

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Tampons and Fertile Days During Menstruation

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...

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When to Expect a Double Peak

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...

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Fertile Mucus Does NOT Always Look Like Egg-White

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...

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PMS Headaches

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).

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Cervical Mucus on Light Days of Your Period

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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Beware of Calendar Methods Predicting Ovulation / Fertile Days

Posted on October 5, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Fact: On most days of every cycle, you can't get pregnant.

Myth: You can predict which days these are ahead of time.

Beware of methods that tell you which cycle days will be fertile and infertile ahead of time. This includes the Rhythm Method, the Standard Days Method, and some of the Fertility Awareness apps that are available. If you use the Justisse Method, or another Ferti...

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BBT Rise 6 Days after Peak Day

Posted on August 26, 2015 at 12:10 AM

Question: If my BBT doesn't rise until 6 days after my Peak Day, when do I start considering myself infertile?


Answer: If you are doing all your cervical mucus observations and you confidently identify Peak Day, you can consider yourself infertile after your Count of 3. That is, infertile starting on Day 4 post-peak, as determined by cervical mucus. (This is presuming you've been charting for at least a few cycles a...

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Food for Cervical Mucus and Kidney Jing?

Posted on July 29, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Question: I don't have a lot of cervical mucus, and my acupuncturist said it's because I don't have enough Kidney Jing. Any food advice?


Answer: "Jing" is a Chinese medicine term referring to "reproductive essence." We inherit it, and we can nourish it. Seeds, sprouts, nuts, and eggs are great choices (they support the "babies" of their species!). Also, seaweeds and algae. Being ocean foods, they're great for the Ki...

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Can I Get Pregnant While Breastfeeding Before My Period Has Come Back?

Posted on May 15, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Question: Is it true you can get pregnant while breastfeeding, even before your period has come back?


Answer: Yes. Ovulation (the release of an egg) is suppressed for some number of weeks or months after having a baby. Breastfeeding usually delays it longer. The length of time varies woman by woman, and pregnancy by pregnancy, but at some point, you will ovulate again. (More info below.*) If that egg isn't fertilize...

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When Can We Have Unprotected Sex?

Posted on May 11, 2015 at 9:20 AM

Question: When can I be sure about my chart and start having unprotected sex?


Answer: As long as you and your partner don't need the protection for STIs... then, when you're confident that you can recognize your fertile and infertile days. It's a personal thing, but usually, that takes 2 or 3 cycles. It can take longer, depending on your hormonal balance, and how it's going for you to integrate into your routine che...

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Bringing On a Late Period

Posted on January 16, 2015 at 1:35 PM

Question: My period is about 3 days late, and I'm tired of my PMS symptoms! What can I do to bring my period on?

It really depends why you aren't bleeding when you expect to. The most likely reason is that you ovulated later in this cycle than you are used to doing. For example, you're used to ovulating on Day 13 and getting your period after a 27-day cycle. If you ovulated on Day 17 this time, you'll probably...

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Condoms, Diaphragms and Pulling Out on Fertile Days

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Question: What do you think about using a diaphragm or condoms on fertile days?


It's a decent option for lowering your chances of getting pregnant on those days, as long as you're comfortable with the fact that any time you have sex (or genital contact) on fertile days, there is some chance of getting pregnant.


Avoiding genital contact on fertile days gives you that 99.6% effectiveness of the Justisse Method, and if you choose to switch to b...

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