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What to Do When Your Doctor Won’t Listen to You

Maria Brown by Maria Brown

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Prior to being diagnosed with PCOS, I experienced an interesting variety of responses from the medical community to the various symptoms of my disorder. I encountered everything from a standoff with an endocrinologist who insisted she could do nothing but put me on birth control, to a primary care physician who thought I was a […]

Video: Postpartum Depression and Anxiety: a restorative approach to recovery

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In an informative interview conducted by Anna Saucier during the 2020 Cycle Power Summit, Dr. Naomi Whittaker, a NaProTechnology Surgeon & Board Certified OBGYN, answers a number of important questions women have about Postpartum Depression and proposes a new and effective approach of treatment. An estimated one in seven women suffers from depression in the […]

“When does postpartum depression start?” and other questions, answered: A Natural Womanhood PPD FAQ

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What is postpartum depression? Like depression, postpartum depression (PPD) is a serious mental health issue requiring medical attention. PPD is specifically depression that follows the birth of a child. While approximately 70% of women experience “the baby blues” after giving birth, the feelings of sadness and anxiety associated with the baby blues typically only last […]

The emotional effects of PCOS: The lies it tells me, and how I battle them

Rebekah Firestine by Rebekah Firestine

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On a good day, my battle with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a burden I must carry, making me stronger, more intentional, and more merciful towards myself and others. Every other day, it’s an intense emotional battle–the bane of my existence, and an ugly reminder that I am chronically ill. Although the emotional effects of […]

How I Overcame Postpartum Depression with Bioidentical Progesterone

Laura Range by Laura Range

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By the time of her six-week postpartum visit, Laura knew that something was wrong. While many women experience baby blues syndrome postpartum, Laura began to wonder if her tearfulness, anger, and trouble connecting with her son meant that something more serious was going on. She suspected that she might have postpartum depression (PPD), and sought […]

4 Supplements to Naturally Boost Your Fertility When Trying to Conceive

Avatar by Grace Stark

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When my husband and I were first trying to conceive a child, it seemed like the Internet was chock-full of suggestions for ways we could change our diet and lifestyle in order to naturally boost our fertility. Read on to find out why certain supplements (like evening primrose oil) are often recommended to couples who […]

“Why do I get pre-period bloat?” and other PMS questions, answered: A Natural Womanhood PMS FAQ

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Premenstrual syndrome, better known as PMS, has long been accepted as a fact of life by many women. After all, if you’re a woman of reproductive age, chances are good that at some point you’ve experienced an uncomfortable combination of telltale symptoms warning you about “Aunt Flo’s” upcoming visit–from symptoms like headaches, to mood swings, […]

How to Get an Endometriosis Diagnosis and Find Truly Restorative Treatment

Melissa Buchan by Melissa Buchan

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Like many women I know, I was put on hormonal birth control at a young age to manage menstrual pain. Desperate and confused, I complied with what medical professionals prescribed. What followed were years of struggle and unwanted side effects. When I finally received my endometriosis diagnosis and real treatment for this disorder, my entire […]

“What causes irregular periods, and can you fix them without birth control?” and other questions: A Natural Womanhood Irregular Periods FAQ

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Before diving into our first question about irregular periods, let’s first establish what a “regular” period looks like. The “average” cycle length for most women is 28 days, with ovulation (when an egg is released from the ovary) occurring roughly in the middle, around day 14. However, it is perfectly normal to have a cycle […]

How A Blood Clot During Pregnancy Led Me to Fertility Awareness

Jeanette Lundgren BSN, MN by Jeanette Lundgren BSN, MN

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Twenty-six weeks into my first pregnancy, I was solidly in the “honeymoon phase” of the second trimester. After finally emerging from the fog of fatigue and nausea, we were preparing the nursery, discussing baby names, and excitedly feeling our baby’s kicks. Unfortunately, our blissful and carefree experience was about to be drastically interrupted by the […]