• 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…

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    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,…

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    Environment, Gut Health and Cyclical Living

    All women have a personal story about their cycles and their periods. I want to explore the stories of our instagram community and the women behind many of the women on Instagram working towards period advocacy, fertility awareness advocacy, and modeling how to live in line with our cycles. One of those people is Nicola Rabkin, founder of Hormonal Harmony (check out @harmonal.harmony on Instagram). Nicola is one of those beautiful people who you can tell is advocating for cycle awareness and body literacy from a place of love and genuine-ness. Nicola is a Capetonian at heart, but spent a few years living in Berkeley, California. In Berkeley, Nicola was…

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    Healing my Cycles

    Before I learned how to chart my cycles and use FAM, I had really regular cycles. I loosely charted on a period tracker app, so I knew that my periods were consistent. The strange thing happened when I learned FAM and started charting my first cycle. The FIRST CYCLE that I was charting showed no sign of ovulation… for 175 days. I knew this because I was monitoring my temperature and cervical fluid. I felt frustrated and confused. There was no clear sign saying “Hey! This is why your cycles are way out of whack!!” During this time I tried a lot of different things to get my body on…

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    Why Periods are GOOD

    There are over 5000 terms for menstruation in 10 languages!! This info came from a study done by Clue, the period tracker app, that surveyed women in 190 countries. The terms I had heard of were Aunt Flo, That Time of The Month, Crimson Tide and Monthly Visitor. But honestly, the terms in other languages were my favourite. Take the French slang “VHS” – Vagianelment Hors Service or Vagianally out of Order. Or “Le Petit clown qui saigne du nez” – the little clown with a nosebleed.. How often do we find ourselves talking negatively about our period, like it’s something we dread or that we’d be better off without…