[fertility (awareness) method]
Get Back to Your Healthy, Natural Cycles!
Do you have irregular cycles?
Do you feel like you are not yourself?
Loss of vibrance?
No sex drive?
Is it your norm to experience stress, anxiety, or depression about everyday things throughout your entire cycle? Or for about 1.5-2 weeks before menstruation?
Have you been prescribed a form of the Pill (a term that refers to all hormonal devices such as the ring, implant, shot, patch, hormonal IUD, etc.) to treat irregular cycles or acne?
Each of these (and more) are a sign of hormonal imbalance. Healing your hormonal imbalance can bring you back to your vibrant self!
It is common for doctors to prescribe a birth control pill for females who have irregular cycles/hormones. This is done under the notion that because artificial hormones are strong, then they should be used as the treatment for hormonal imbalances. The downside to this treatment is that many people on the Pill report an array of miserable side effects. It's worth noting that the Pill works to treat the symptom and not the underlying cause. Therefore, when people in those circumstances go off the Pill, then they are back at square one.
In fact, almost 50% of females discontinue use of oral contraceptive pills after the first year of taking them due to side effects. The most common side effects are:
- worsening of PMS
- low or vanished sex drive
- migraines/increased headaches
- severe mood swings
- weight gain
- hair loss
- loss of appetite
- sore breasts (regularly)
Furthermore, studies have connected the artificial hormones used in hormonal birth control to long-term health issues and large increase in risk for diseases such as:
- blood clots
- heart disease
- severe nutrient depletion
- liver cancer
- breast cancer
- cervical cancer
Most of the alternative realm of health care approaches the imbalance of a female's hormones in a more holistic way. Instead of pumping artificial hormones into the body to treat the symptoms of irregular cycles, natural health care practitioners look at the whole person and seek the underlying cause for irregular cycles. That way, you can begin taking steps to naturally rejuvenate your hormones and maintain healthy cycles, periods, and fertility!
Learning to chart the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) is a perfect first step for you to take back control of your health. A person who is observing and recording their signs of fertility (such as cervical fluid patterns and waking body temperature) will be able to determine when something occurs that is not normal for them. Sometimes, even a person who believes that they are living a healthy life may see patterns in their charting that are outside the variations of normal. Hormones get knocked out of balance for many reasons including (but not limited to): using or coming off of artificial birth control, environmental factors, emotional and physical stress, exposure to endocrine disruptors, and lack of nutrients in the body. Fortunately, there are lifestyle changes women can make to naturally bring their hormones back to balance.
If you become aware that you are dealing with symptoms of a hormonal imbalance, then you can consult with a FAM teacher to pinpoint imbalances. I work with individuals through the first steps of achieving hormonal balance through lifestyle and nutrition. Many find making these types of changes is enough to rejuvenate their cycles and begin feeling like their healthy, happy, natural selves again!