• Cycles & Charting,  Uncategorized

    How to start charting your cycle

    The basic practice of charting your menstrual cycle is one of the foundations of the fertility awareness method. Charting is a way in which you can begin to take note each day of your cycle, and it brings an awareness to your day of what energy the cycle day is bringing to YOUR day. It also helps you keep track of your fertility biomarkers, such as cervical mucus and basal body temperature, so you can identify your fertile window and use the method to track your fertile window, for effective hormone free birth control or to get conceive easily. For more on how the fertility awareness method works as an…

  • Cycles & Charting,  Uncategorized

    When should I start using FAM?

    “I’m on hormonal birth control and I’m interested in switching to FAM. When should I start?” You’ve done your research, read the books, talked to other people who use FAM, and you’ve made up your mind that you want to give it a shot. Maybe you are on hormonal birth control, have been in the past, or have never been on it. No matter the situation, a question that comes up often in my DM’s and in Facebook groups that I am a part of, is when do I start charting?  Where to begin There are a couple things you will want to get in order before you make the…

  • Cycles & Charting,  Uncategorized

    How to talk to your community about FAM

    “So you’re using FAM, that’s the rhythm method, right? See you in 9 months when you’re pregnant!” It can be really challenging to bring up FAM with other people because of the misconceptions that surround FAM as to whether it is an effective method of birth control. Misconceptions stem from lack of awareness, minimal medical professional education on the physiology of fertility, the billion dollar pharmaceutical industry, and a culture that shames women for their sexuality and menstruality. Phew!   These misconceptions are the reason that you may feel others have negative feelings towards you using FAM as your method of birth control. I wanted to share some tips I’ve learned…

  • Reviews

    Why I switched to Non-Toxic Products

    I was the hippie kid When I was a kid, we went on a sugar cleanse, we had CSA pick ups before it was cool & my first pair of shoes were Blundstones. Like many things when you’re growing up, you will take things for granted that are actually really good for you. One thing that I really did not appreciate growing up was our use of chemical free cleaning products, personal care products, and the like. Growing up, I never thought twice about it, until I reached an age where I started to buy my own things like deodorant and shampoo. Never having the option to buy generic personal care…

  • Cycles & Charting,  Uncategorized

    How does FAM exactly work?

    The fertility awareness method is an effective and natural form of birth control, but how exactly does it work? The biggest barrier to educating and informing women about FAM is that we aren’t raised knowing how our fertility and reproductive physiology works beyond knowing that we get a period. When we understand just exactly how we’re able to get pregnant, we can use that knowledge to avoid pregnancy as well. Ovulation is the main event We wouldn’t get our period if we didn’t ovulate. Ovulation is the event in the middle of the cycle that triggers the next steps in order for us to get our period. This is because…

  • Hormonal Health,  Uncategorized

    Hormone healing post-pill

    So you’re on hormonal birth control, and you want to support your hormones to make the transition easier when you come off! You might be wondering what your cycles will look like when you come off birth control, or you might be nervous or anxious to make this change.  Choosing birth control is a personal decision, and coming off it is a similarly personal decision. Whether you’re still on hormonal birth control, or it’s been several months since you’ve come off, I wanted to outline some things to think about when it comes to your cycles and practical ways to support your hormones.    When will my period come back?…

  • Hormonal Health

    Moon Menu: Eating with your Cycle

    Did you know that you can support your hormones through something you do already everyday?  This idea, which is sometimes called cycle-syncing, is matching what you eat with where you are in your cycle. The wonderful thing with cycle syncing is you don’t have to cut out foods, but you can add foods to support healthy hormones. There is an accompanying Cycles 101 audio lesson, which you can find here. My food philosophy There is so much out there in the wellness world around food, and always a trendy diet, or something you “should” or “shouldn’t” be eating. My intention is not to add to this type of conversation. Instead, I…

  • Non Toxic Living

    Homemade Natural Toothpaste Recipe

    In  my blog post, Why I Switched to Non Toxic Products, I talked a little bit about my own journey with switching to natural personal care products, after taking it for granted most of my young life.  Some things were easier to switch over, like using bar soap instead of drugstore-brand body wash, and others were harder, like switching to non-toxic deodorant. Toothpaste was also one of those things that was hard to switch over. We tend to take what we’re used to as the status quo, like having minty-fresh breath. This is why, when I started using non-toxic toothpaste, my mouth definitely had a reaction. But we accept what we’re…

  • Hormonal Health

    The Pill, FAM & Teens

    Why is it that teenage girls are prescribed the pill to “fix” hormonal problems? During puberty, our periods are often not normal, which is completely normal! This is because the hormonal pathways are just starting to develop. On average, for teens 12 and under, it takes 5 years for hormones to balance to “normal” levels. The later the onset of menstruation, the longer it takes for regular cycles to settle in.(1)  Teenagers might notice irregular cycles, anovulatory cycles, and symptoms of hormonal imbalance. But because we are in a culture of quick fixes, we would rather easily solve the problem then either deal with being uncomfortable for a little while,…

  • Cycles & Charting

    Wandering FAM

    In the last 12 months (at the time of this blog article), my day job has taken me all over the province and the country. I am really fortunate to see places in my province that not many people are able to see. As a natural homebody, I’ve become an expert at taking my home with me wherever I go. This also means taking FAM with me wherever I go. I’ve received many questions on how to continue on with FAM when travelling. There are many of posts about how to keep charting while you travel, but I wanted to give my own perspective on this.  There is the practical…