This weekend I had the pleasure to visit the beautiful city of Perth!  Oh my, two words.  In LOVE!  I had never been and I honestly I didn't want to leave!  The women of Perth totally immersed themselves into the time we had together.  It seems, I could have spoken to them all day and they would have kept listening.

My inbox indicates that some of you have missed the live events in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, and now Perth which is why I created the Debunking Ovulation Download that was released last week.

In case you're not sure of what all the fuss is about OR perhaps you're just not sure if it is for you – here's my promo clip.  When I say this information is valuable for ALL woman, I truly mean it.  We not only cover ovulation, we talk about contraception, conception, natural fertility methods, poly cysitic ovarian syndrome, cervical cancer and abnormal pap smears, gut health and SO much more.

I invite you today to do 2 quick things.  

1.  Watch the clip.  It will take you all of 3 minutes and most likely you'll learn something you didn't know.

2. Share this post – you'll automatically go in the running for the giveaway to SCORE a free download.  I'm giving away 3 – they're valued at $47.

(you'll have to tell me you've shared it please in the comment section below)

 

From the bottom of my heart – I know you'll change somebodies life just from helping me spread this message!

To head directly to the Debunking Ovulation page, click here.

 

This coming weekend I'm off to share the word with Tasmania.  Perhaps you know somebody there that may like to join me?  Not to be a nag – there's still tickets available and so again – send them here and change their lives too.

One last thing.  My co-ordinator and I had plenty of time to chat on the long-ish flight over (which actually went really quickly!) and we want you to stay tuned.  My team and I have something exciting we will be revealing in the next few weeks about next years tour dates!  We'll be covering something entirely new and equally as important – changing the way women see their health and taking the fear factor out of fertility because of course, fertility isn't just about the babies!

The winners will be announced this Friday 8th of November – you've got 4 days to get your place in the draw!

Guest Post – by Dr. Sherrill Sellman, MD (excerpt from Dr. Sellman’s newly released book)

You've met Sherrill before – we've chatted many times about breast cancer, hormone health, weight loss, emotional problems, menopause myths and everything in between.  Today I'm sharing with you an exerpt from her book – What women must know to protect their daughters from breast cancer.  Take a read – it's well worth your time and will save if not your daughters life, those close by to you as you are blown away with what Sherrill shares.  And if you want to purchase her book, the link is below for you to do so.  



These days, young women are besieged by many challenges. Social pressures, economic concerns, health problems, schoolwork, and family tensions all tilt the stress barometer into the dangerous red zone. Skipping meals, eating junk food along with starvation diets have become a way of life for teenagers. More than ever, young women seem to be burning the candle at both ends. 

Woman's lifestyles and behaviours directly affect their physical and emotional wellbeing, both for the short and long term.  It's no wonder that their hormonal health is under attack.  Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS), painful periods, irregular or absent periods, ovarian cysts, poly cystic ovaries, fibro-cystic breast disease (lumpy painful breasts), endometriosis, hormonal migraines, fibroids, acne, allergies, fatigue and mood swings are occurring in young women at epidemic rates.  many girls try to ignore their health problems, hoping they will disappear.  Others schedule appointments with their doctors.  Odd's on, they will leave the doctors office with either a prescription or some version of the Birth Control Pill.



Rather than perceiving hormonal imbalances as aberrations created by the many abuses of modern life. Medicine has convinced women that menstruation itself, is the problem and those natural menstrual cycles are dangerous, disease producing and require medical intervention. Doctors have also convinced many women that their ovaries are the villains behind their health problems and emotional turmoil. The solution: shut it down. The method: some form of birth control!

The erroneous notion that menstruation is rather unpleasant, toxic process has been around for hundreds of years.  So has the belief that the source of woman's suffering resides within her ovaries, uterus and menstrual flow.



In a syndicated column written by a well-known Australian doctor a reader asked the following question. “My doctor told me recently that monthly periods were now regarded by some as a ‘disease’ and totally preventable. Is this true?” His reply. “Why should women be burdened with loss of valuable blood each month, which is often not manufactured in similar amounts, often leading to anemia and chronic tiredness? Taking the active ingredients of the oral contraceptive pill daily, with no seven-day break solves the problem.” 



The sentiment that periods are a disease – or at least a most unwelcome, unproven and unsafe physiological process – reflects a growing trend amongst both physicians and pharmaceutical companies to promote the theory that menstrual cycles should be eliminated.



Leading the charge to eradicate menstruation is Dr. Elsimar Coutinho, Professor of Gynecology, Obstetrics and Human Reproduction in Brazil. In his book, “Is Menstruation Obsolete?” Dr. Coutinho argues that monthly bleeding is not the “natural” state of women and that actually places them at risk of various medical conditions.  The author maintains that menstruation is neither medically meaningful nor sound.  He asserts that prehistoric women had fewer than 160 periods in their lifetime. On the other hand, modern women, start menstruating earlier, and spend less time pregnant, and have more than 400 menstrual cycles. 



Dr. Coutinho believes that women should be able to choose the timing and frequency of their periods. In addition to perceiving menstruation as a failed process, he also contends that it is devoid of beneficial effects and may even be harmful to women’s health. Coutinho’s work suggests that the most medically advanced “treatment” for menstruation would be its total cessation in all reproductive- aged women. 



According to Dr. Coutinho, the profoundly complicated reproductive system that has taken millions of years of evolutionary fine-tuning has now been declared obsolete and harmful. Medical science is about to provide the rationale and the means to make menstruation completely disappear. The solutions are simple: just give all women a continuous low dose birth control pill which is used continuously for 84 days followed by a seven-day break. This will allow only 4 bleeds a year. (By mimicking pregnancy, the Pill literally shuts down the ovaries, and causes a forced bleed each month not a natural menstrual cycle).



Physicians and researchers alike have enthusiastically embraced Dr. Coutinho’s theory. They see no reason why all women wouldn’t want to have fewer periods. Whether is a problem such as migraines or the just the “ inconvenience and messiness “ of menstruation, the Pill can now come to the rescue



Now that “medical advances” have conquered menstruation and drug companies’ glossy marketing campaigns have succeeded in extolling the Pill’s virtuosity, what has actually been achieved?  What does the future portend for all the young women presently seduced by these promises?  Does The Pill really improve women's health?  Or will it contribute to a health catastrophe of unparalleled proportions? 

The Pill has become the most popular method of birth control.  But, in recent years oral contraceptives have increasingly been prescribed to young women for non contraceptive purposes.  The Pill has become the darling of the medical world for treating just about any hormone problem a girl may have and then some.  To date, the Pill is prescribed for acne, to 'regulate' periods, for heavy bleeding and painful periods, to treat PMS, endometriosis, migraines, ovarian cysts and poly cystic ovaries.  The Pill is even prescribed for girls as young as 13 for acne.

The Shocking Facts about The Pill.

The Pill is said to be one of the safest drugs around. But is it?

In December 2002, the US government published its biannual Report on Carcinogens that added all steroidal estrogens to the list of “known” human carcinogens. The gravity of this finding cannot be overstated: all estrogens used in HRT and oral contraceptives have now been proven, unequivocally, to cause cancer! 

To make matters even worse, synthetic progesterone (proteins) such as Provera or Depo-Provera, used in HRT, oral contraceptives, injections and implants are also listed as carcinogens. 
This is the indisputable fact: the ingredients of the Pill, whatever its formulation, cause cancer. How can any carcinogens be deemed safe especially when given to vulnerable young women? Studies have linked estrogens and progestins to breast, ovarian, endometrial, cervical, skin, brain and lung cancers.

There is nothing natural about taking the Pill. As a result of the Pill, a woman’s ovaries may be permanently damaged, resulting in infertility. Fabio Bertarelli, a billionaire manufacturer of fertility drugs told the Wall Street Journal: “Our usual customers are women over 30 who have been taking birth-control pills since they were teenagers or in their early 20’s.” 

Contraception formulas also increase the risk of coronary artery disease, immune dysfunction, liver toxicity, strokes, blood clots, osteoporosis, gum disease, high blood pressure and ectopic pregnancies. The side-effects include nausea, vomiting, migraine-type headaches, breast tenderness, allergies, weight increases, changes in sex drive, depression, head hair loss, facial hair growth, colitis, Crohn’s disease and increased incidence of vaginitis. Many of these effects may persist long after the discontinuation of the Pill. 

In addition, the Pill depletes Vitamin B1, B2, B6, Folic Acid, B 12, vitamins C, E, K, zinc, selenium, magnesium and the amino acid tyrosine, essential for proper thyroid function. 

Even more alarming is the fact that the earlier a woman uses the Pill the greater the risk of developing breast cancer and also having a worse prognosis. O
ne disturbing study showed that the Pill caused chromosomal aberrations in the breast tissue of young female users. This research was further backed up with a study showing that there was a 100 percent increased risk of breast cancer, which extended from 10 years of pill use down to just three months! So, it is of no surprise that women as young as 17 years old are now being diagnosed with breast cancer. 

In one landmark study, researchers found that women who took the Pill before the age of 20 and were later diagnosed with breast cancer, have tumors with the worse prognoses than do breast cancer patients who started taking the Pill at a later age or had not previously taken it. Another study found this most terrifying result: the younger the women were at the time of diagnosis, the greater the possibility they would die within five years.

Echoing these findings, the U.S. National Cancer Institute published a study in 2003 showing that the risk of breast cancer was significantly increased for women between the ages of 20-34 who had used the Pill for at least six months.

Progestins make their own mischief, raising “bad” cholesterol and blood pressure, altering sugar metabolism, compromising the immune system, and creating undesirable masculinizing effects. One study found that women who used Depo-Provera before the age of 25 increased their relative risk of breast cancer by 50 percent and for women using it for six or more years; their risk was raised significantly to 320 percent.

Of further concern are studies showing that oral contraceptives and Depo-Provera contribute to bone loss in adolescents.

With the arrival of the continuous low dose Pill, normal menstrual cycles are now fair game for the drug companies. This option appeals to many young women who believe that menstrual cycles are, indeed, “a curse” and an unnecessary inconvenience. Nutritionally depleted diets, stress and environmental toxins, the real culprits of menstrual irregularities and hormonal imbalances, have been all but ignored by doctors who prefer to opt for a quick drug fix.

Getting healthy is really the challenge before us. Understanding the immense importance of a healthy diet, good nutritional support, exercise, relaxation techniques along with the guidance of competent holistic health practitioners is the only way to truly assist young women to regain their hormonal health and ensure their fertility.

Should menstruation, an intrinsic expression of a woman’s physiological and psychological self, ever be made obsolete? Absolutely not! 

Source: www.whatwomenmustknow.com

 

For Sherrill's site with radio interviews and so much more, click here.

You can get Sherrill's books from here and follow Sherrill's facebook page here.

As if life isn't busy enough, if you're anything like me, sometimes you can complicate things even more.  And now, I've done it again – but that's ok, sometimes we just need to re-jig.

Most of you are familiar with my e-book Fertilise Yourself.  You've loved it so much that time and time again you've asked me for the hard copy version and I hear you.  I've realised that there is a whole lot more to Fertilise Yourself, that I want everybody to know and so it's time to bunker down and get that happening as my next project.  I'm now focusing on getting this hard copy, new and improved version to you.

Why am I telling you this?  I need a little slack.  Typically I blog 4 times a week (including healthtalksTV which is on holidays right now) and I'm absolutely dedicated to bringing to you my knowledge and sharing with you tips and tricks on how to make your life more fertile (and just all round awesome – not limited to babies!!).  But I need your support – over the next several weeks, you may see a few less posts – not many, but I'd rather let you know where I'm at rather than be M.I.A.  

If only there were more hours in the day!

This is all because I've realised the power of re-jigging.

I encourage you to be on a mission to re-jig.  You know, just in that moment we feel we've got it all figured out (the 'top' of the roller coaster) things can then come crashing down.  I don't like crashing, it hurts and so rather than falling over repeatedly, it becomes about shifting the pieces on the chess board.  Being aware and constantly readjusting your plans actually keeps you on track – something my wise Lara Wilson taught me (did you see her second free event coming up? The first was a knock out, she's doing it again!!).  She taught me that just as a pilot has to readjust his flight path 97% of his journey, we need to have our goals and dreams clearly on the horizon and be constantly re-analysing and re-adjusting to keep us on track making sure we are heading where we want to go.

This isn't limited to our hopes and dreams – this extends to every corner of our lives, especially our health.  Is your health on track?  What is YOUR plan?  Don't have one?  Make one!  When we plan, achieve.  I encourage you to write down your immediate goals, as well as those for 6 months time, 1 year and 5 years.  You know, I recently did this and discovered something when I checked back in some 8 months later.  I had achieved everything in my 5 year plan – in 8 months!!!  

I know that I don't have to ask for your permission to submit a few less posts over the next short while (and who knows, maybe I'll be ok!) but I do thank you all for your ongoing support, the constant stream of lovely feedback and most of all commend you on all the positive changes you are making toward better health.  I can't wait to bring the big printed version of Fertilise Yourself to you!

Donielle – my fertility sister from the US.

 

Meet my friend Donielle.  She's all the way from the US and is world renowned for her site – Naturally Knocked Up (which has just changed its name to Natural Fertility and Wellness – but I love the 'knocked up' part so I kept it in!).  Just like me, she helps make babies!  Donielle entertains thousands with her website and she's an avid fertility fixer.  She's my sister from another mister so it seems!

Today we chat about all things fertility, about PCOS, hormone imbalances and what we think is the key to reproductive health.  You can catch Donielle via her site or  via Facebook & Twitter.  I'm excited to collaborate more with her in the future – but for today, sit back and take a listen to our chat!  

OH and don't forget today is the FIRST period party call in!  So excited.  If you can join us – please do, otherwise you can listen at a later date.  All the details are here.

On healthtalks today, we're discussing IUDs.  You know – I could talk all day about gynaecological health (oh, you didn't notice?), I'm so passionate about sharing around this information to help women (especially young women) make informed decisions.  You won't want to miss this one – every woman needs to know more when it comes to her own health.

Share this one around, spark up some conversation in the comment window below and tell me what you think about IUD's.  Chances are your experience will help others!

And if you want to know more about the IUD – you might like to read this story – the diary of a mirena sufferer and my copper IUD post.

The copper IUD. What you need to know.

 

I don’t have a preferred contraception.  They’re all seriously nasty and come with a monster list of side effects, complications and troubles.  The copper IUD is one many women turn to because it doesn’t contain ‘synthetic’ hormones.   We visited the mirena a few weeks back – you may like to take a read of that here.

 

The copper IUD is a small intrauterine device that prevents pregnancy (see below image).

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Could being vegan be messing with my hormones?

Stunning image by my good friend CJ photography

If you are vegan (or vegetarian the non variety type eater) your choice in diet may be standing between you and your more fertile self.  If you are reading this and you are a non meat or animal product eater, and you don't have a menstrual cycle, you might like to consider why.  That said, if you are a meat eater and you too have an absent menstrual cycle, you equally need to ask yourself the same question.  "What exactly is my body telling me here?"

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Here's a tip – theres a great chance your belly ring is causing your body more harm than you may realise.  The conception vessel is the meridian than runs through the centre of your body – connecting you from top to bottom.  From a TCM perspective, this is where all the communication occurs for the events involved in reproductive health including hormone regulation, ovulation, menstruation, implantation, and all your lady (and man) inner workings (think egg and semen quality, hormone interaction…. you get the drift right?)  Now the belly ring poses two major issues from my perspective.  Firstly, it creates a permanent obstruction in the acupuncture point CV (or REN) 8.  This acupuncture point is never needled in a clinical situation.  It is in fact 'forbidden' to do so in TCM practice.  And secondly, as I've outlined, being on the conception vessel, it is one of the most important meridians influencing fertility.

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Can one bad habit make me infertile?

If there is just one time our adult lives that we really feel the urge to leave old habits behind, it's when babies are on the to do list.  Thing is, getting fertility fit can be stressful – and that can be one big fizzer on the fertility front too!  It's a vicious merry go round.  By now, you may have had the chance to read my e-book, where I talk about the specifics on the good habits you should be creating around your health.  Truthfully, I prefer to focus on your fertility through wellness and health, not on the baby making act itself.  Fertility isn't babies.  Fertility is having a healthy reproductive system.

So can one bad habit make me infertile?  

As sure as I love coconuts, one single bad habit will be enough to flick off the fertility switch.

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image from blog.mybigeyekids.com

 

I see patients from all walks of the fertility journey.  Some natural fertility, some assisted conception and some, that have truly been over the hill, to the moon, around the block and back again.  One thing I know is this; the fertility journey can be tough.  Really tough.  That's why I write here – to share some of that load, to educate and help others make well informed decisions.  I was connected with Candace and Chris from our mis-conception several weeks ago.  They write a fabulous blog and share about their journey – a very rough, tough and heartbreaking one thus far.  Take the time to look around their site – it may be exactly the support you are needing in your own journey – it's all about connecting.  Connecting with people who are in the same boat – grabbing the orr's and rowing together.  

I've wanted to touch on the physical and emotional strain of IVF for a long while – and whilst I see and share with hundreds of couples in this position, I myself have not personally experienced IVF.  So I asked Candace and Chris to share with us, from their perspective, how IVF has affected their lives.  I figure there is no better than those living it, to tell their story.  My main motivation for it is this – to help couples understand IVF isn't necessarily the easy route (although for some, the only route, granted).  In fact, it is far from simple and straightforward as you are about to see.  It makes for a very straining, painful and disconnected time.  I want you to remember, IVF isn't always a last resort either – I also see people who are told they will never have children, fall pregnant.  But, by some tiny miracle, they do.  Trust me, it happens.

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