Welcome to week two of our Beautiful, Healthy You series! Check out this page if you missed any past articles or features!
Last week, I asked a simple question in our Kisses From Above review and giveaway:
What would you like to learn more about regarding your health as a woman?
A sampling of the comments you left in response:
I’d like to learn what I should be doing to improve my fertility now that I’m getting older…
I would love to learn how to keep my hormones from fluctuating so much…
I’ve been trying to conceive for the past year without success…
After experiencing the heartbreak of a miscarriage, my drive to know more about hormone’s and all the other intricacies of my body has increased…
We have been trying to conceive for almost five months now…
I would like to learn how to promote fertility and how to track my cycles more efficiently…
I want to learn how to naturally boost my fertility…
Your responses absolutely grabbed my heart. I knew what I had to write about this week!
Hormones. Natural Family Planning. Fertility.
Am I an expert on these topics? Absolutely not.
But I’m going to share products that I know have helped others, ones I’ve personally found helpful, and as many resources that I know of in order to get “expert” information into your hands.
Understanding & Charting Your Monthly Cycles
This is a topic I am familiar with. Now.
As a young wife, however, I didn’t have a clue, so there has been a lot of on-the-job training here. 🙂
In case you’re new to “charting” and don’t know what that means, I’m referring to the process of becoming familiar with your body’s cycles in order to pinpoint your times of fertility and infertility. (It’s called “charting” because you literally record your cycle changes on a chart or calendar.)
This understanding of your body is a key component of Natural Family Planning (NFP).
Over the last ten years or so, I’ve read a number of books and articles on NFP and charting. Most of them were confusing or just weren’t thorough enough to be reliable!
My favorite resources on the topic, and ones I readily recommend to friends or family, are:
You can also check out my favorite Fertility Tools for the Natural Woman.
The best way to become knowledgeable about your body is simply to start charting. Keep track of your cycles, no matter how sporadic or irregular they might be.
Learn to recognize what your body is doing, and how it changes from week to week and month to month.
Every woman’s body is unique, so even the best tools are resources are going to be nothing more than guidelines to help you out. You become the expert about your body!
Balancing Those Wacky Hormones
This is another topic I can share about from personal experience, at least a little.
After the birth of our fourth baby (nearly four years ago), my hormones went crazy. I nearly went crazy. (No kidding.)
A few symptoms I experienced:
- unpredictable monthly cycles
- depression, anxiety and moodiness
- night sweats
Obviously, the list of symptoms caused by hormone imbalances includes many other issues, and can contribute to infertility and/or miscarriage.
My midwife recognized what I was dealing with (I didn’t, I just thought I was going nuts). She recommended two herbal tinctures from Mountain Meadow Herbs:
I took these tinctures for several months, alternating every two weeks. I saw good results within a few months; eventually, my cycles got back on track and I haven’t had hormone issues again.
I realize all hormone imbalances are not so easily corrected.
If you need advice from an experienced professional, please seek out help from a trusted naturopath or herbalist, or called the trained staff at Mountain Meadow Herbs to get started in the right direction.
Fertility & Conception
I haven’t experienced infertility. I can point you to resources, but I can’t say I’ve been there because I haven’t.
I do have many close friends who have suffered the pain of infertility and miscarriage; if you find yourself there right now, my heart goes out to you. I know it hurts so badly.
If I may humbly offer a few suggestions, here are products and resources I would recommend:
Products to Encourage Conception:
- Fruitful Vine, from Mountain Meadow Herbs (read info & a review here)
- Evening Primrose Oil (read a helpful article here)
Websites & Resources:
- Making Babies DVD & book series, by Shoshanna Easling
- Natural Fertility and Wellness (website & blog)
- Kisses From Above (website & products)
Our bodies are fearfully and wonderfully made. I don’t have to tell you that your body is complex; you already know that! 😉
Maybe it’s painfully obvious to you that your body is complicated.
Maybe you’re discouraged from trying and not getting good results from your efforts.
Maybe you’re overwhelmed and don’t even know where to start.
Just don’t forget that your body is also amazing. You, a beautiful and cherished creation of God, are amazing.
Whatever your struggle, God is in the midst of it. He understands.
I hope something you found here today was helpful and encouraging, my friend!
Please feel free to recommend products or resources in the comments section of this post.
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.