NWP Episode 86: Fertility Awareness Method, the Menstrual Cycle & Hormones with Lisa Hendrickson-Jack

NWP Episode 86

About Lisa:

Lisa Hendrickson-Jack talks about vaginas a lot! She’s a certified Fertility Awareness Educator and Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner who teaches women to chart their menstrual cycles for natural birth control, conception, and monitoring overall health. In her new book The Fifth Vital Sign, Lisa debunks the myth that regular ovulation is only important when you want children, by recognizing the menstrual cycle as a vital sign. Drawing heavily from the current scientific literature, Lisa presents an evidence-based approach to fertility awareness and menstrual cycle optimization. She hosts the Fertility Friday Podcast, a weekly radio show devoted to helping women connect to their fifth vital sign by uncovering the connection between menstrual cycle health, fertility, and overall health. With well over a million downloads, Fertility Friday is the #1 source for information about fertility awareness, and menstrual cycle health, connecting women around the world with their cycles and their fertility — something our education systems have consistently failed to do. When she’s not researching, writing, and interviewing health professionals, you’ll find her spending time with her husband and her two sons. To learn more, visit fertilityfriday.com.


Topics include:

  • Why learning about our menstrual cycle is important for all people, men and women

  • Difference between rhythm method and FAM

  • Why we should consider the menstrual cycle as a vital sign

  • Why the menstrual cycle (with regular ovulation) is an important sign of health

  • Why period pain, though common, is absolutely not normal, and steps to take to reduce pain without painkillers

  • Why hormonal contraceptives don't "fix" or "cure" period problems

  • The most common side effects associated with hormonal birth control

  • The impact of hormonal contraceptives on fertility (and how this relates to planning ahead for pregnancy)

  • Using fertility awareness for birth control — breaking down the 3 main fertile signs (cervical mucus, basal body temperature, and cervical positions


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NWP Episode 86