Are You Ovulating?
How to Tell (and why it matters)
Ovulation is a superpower.
For real... getting connected to the phases of your cycle can change your life.
Do you ever wonder whether or not your cycle is "normal"? Or sometimes think maybe you'd prefer a natural form of contraception, but don't know where to start...
Maybe you've heard about cycle synching and want to deepen your relationship with your cycle so that you can really explore these concepts.
Maybe you aren't even sure why you should be interested in tracking your cycle or whether you're ovulating in the first place. I mean, what's the point if you already use an app?
Or you've been hearing about fertility awareness for a while and are ready to take the steps to start practicing it yourself...
If any of these sound like you, you are in the right place, my friend.
In this episode, you'll learn:
- what ovulation is (the basics)
- the inherent superpowers of the ovulatory phase of your cycle
- how ovulation benefits you beyond just fertility
- the magic of progesterone
- how to know if your lack of ovulation may be due to low estrogen
- why most apps are not the best choice for tracking your cycle
- how to track your own cycle using the Fertility Awareness Method (including what you need to know about checking your basal body temperature, cervical fluid and cervical position) for contraception, fertility or general health awareness
- when it's normal NOT to ovulate
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DISCLAIMER: This podcast is for educational purposes only, I am not providing any medical advice, I am not a medical practitioner, I’m an herbalist and in the US, there is no path to licensure for herbalists, so my role is as an herbal and integrative health educator. Please do your own research and consult your healthcare provider for any personal health concerns.
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