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March 16, 2018
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It’s been a minute since I last popped in to post a couple of Female Friday links! I found some good ones this week and wanted to share them. Also, the above photo is from Bite Lip Lab, where I helped create two custom shades of lipstick last week. Did you know the average woman eats about 7 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime? #NOTHANKS And while I’m not going to stop wearing a dark berry or bright pink, I will make a conscious effort in making sure my beauty products don’t contain any harmful ingredients that are going to mess with my hormones!

What you should be reading this Friday

Normalization of Period Pain

“The widespread belief — shared by the medical system and the public alike — that menstrual pain is “normal” poses a barrier to the prompt diagnosis of endometriosis even before a patient steps foot in a doctor’s office. A 2006 study of women eventually diagnosed with the disease found that one of the reasons for the diagnostic delay was that the women themselves didn’t see a reason to ask a doctor about their painful periods. They figured they were just one of those “unlucky” people who got bad cramps. And really, how would they know that their periods weren’t normal? There’s so much stigma around menstruation that many young women are left without any point of comparison.”

Are you paying attention to your pelvic floor?

“I’d never thought about my pelvic floor, like, ever. And I’d certainly never heard any friends talk about it. But according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, pelvic floor disorders affect a whopping 1 in 4 women—so many of whom go undiagnosed. And yes, that’s women of all ages, even young ones like me.

Childbirth injuries are a big contributor, but not the only one. Other causes include things like high-impact exercise gone awry and traumatic injuries to the area, which means childfree women can certainly be affected.”

Mixing Birth Control and Antibiotics

“Drugs can induce synthesis of a particular enzyme in the liver that then decreases the plasma levels of estrogen in the women taking the pills. Estrogen is found in most birth control pills, and works in tandem with progestin to prevent pregnancy. If estrogen plasmas go down, there could be an increased risk of pregnancy. A 1999 study in the Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases also found that Rifampin is the only antibiotic reported to reduce plasma estrogen concentrations.”

If you’re on birth control and are taking antibiotics – check with your doctor to find out if there are any interactions. Moreover, if a pregnancy isn’t in the cards – try an additional form of birth control like a condom to decrease your risk of getting pregnant. 

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September 15, 2017
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I participated in a time tracking challenge this week hosted by Laura Vanderkam. I listened to her book “I Know How She Does It” and was immediately reminded that I prefer reading books and having the hard copy in front of me. Nevertheless, it was an interesting insight to the time journals of many successful women who not only maintain a successful career but also take care of a family. One of the highlights that I jotted down was to tackle your hardest tasks in the morning, and around 4pm to assess your to do list – what small things can you get done between then and quitting time? Sure, it’s an idea that many of us know – but how many follow through? I really enjoyed the concept of working on your to do list the day before, so you’re not spending hours the next morning trying to figure out your schedule.  

What you should be reading this week: 

5 Period Myths

If you’ve been a longtime follower of my blog (& other social profiles), you know that there are certain things we learned as girls that shaped how we see our period today. Painful periods? Common, but NOT normal. Check out the article to learn 4 more myths and then book an appointment with your ND to fix your period. Yes, this is possible. 

What you learn when you have endometriosis

Before you fall down the Buzzfeed rabbit hole, check out some of the common symptoms/experiences you face if you are a woman living with endometriosis? Can you relate to any of these?

Do Household Products Impact Your Fertility?

Organophosphate flame retardants (PRFs) can decrease fertility by interfering with your thyroid and sex hormones. There’s also some research suggesting that PRFs can lower sperm count, says Eric Levens, M.D., a physician at Shady Grove Fertility, which serves the Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Baltimore metro areas. “The problem is that they are ubiquitous—and as a result difficult to avoid,” he says.”

Bad news: PRFs are everywhere, do what you can to avoid them, and for extra support make sure all your detoxification organs are working properly. (I can help with that!)

Hysterectomies for Endometriosis

It’s true that there isn’t a cure for endometriosis, but this can be an extreme treatment for women – especially if it’s posed as their only option. Because we don’t know the root cause of why endometriosis occurs, Naturopathic Doctors work to minimize and alleviate pain through various treatments like diet, botanicals and acupuncture. 

Forming Better Habits

By now, you know that I love to read. Check out my latest review of the book ‘Better than Before‘ by Gretchen Rubin. I share my favourite highlights and these are things that you are able to implement right away! Do you have any tips when it comes to forming habits? Share them with me!

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June 23, 2017
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I’m thankful for today’s rain because I planted some herbs and vegetables in my garden yesterday! Otherwise, it’s days like today where fuzzy socks, a cup of tea and a good book are absolute musts. I have a lot of thoughts this week – so maybe grab that tea before you dig in!

IVFML | If you haven’t listened to this podcast yet, and are having fertility issues – download this 5-episode podcast. Yes it’s heartbreaking to listen to this couple’s infertility journey, but I valued it because they go through the entire process (ICSI and IVF) and have experts on to talk about a wide array of topics and answer questions that many couples have. Moreover, it was interesting to learn how much it costs to have a baby. Couples who aren’t able to conceive naturally have to pay a lot of money (at once!) for just basic testing – which always isn’t guaranteed! Because they live in the US, we get an idea of what it costs there. In Canada and it’s different provinces and territories, the costs differ. 

6 Exercises for Building Strength in Pregnancy | Before you grab your resistance band – pause! A lot of these lists circulate throughout the blogosphere listing all that you can do during pregnancy. Fundamentally, we all want to be strong, be fit, be active, etc. But it pays to be critical about the information that you come upon (yes, min included). 

Read this: Dougan emphasized the importance of women doing these exercises frequently, regardless of whether they are pregnant. “Especially the kegel,” Dougan said. “That’s the number-one exercise that all women should be doing anyway.”

Kegels are great. But they’re not going to help everyone. When I was completely my level 1 pelvic floor certification for male and female urinary incontinence, my kegels were assessed. TMI aside, I have a hypertonic pelvic floor. Translation? My pelvic floor muscles are really tight. So if I were to do a kegel while pregnant, it’s going to further tighten an already-tight muscle. How will that help me? It won’t. Ideally I would need to relax the muscles first, before learning how to connect to my pelvic floor to ensure I can properly do a kegel. 

So instead of doing that number one exercise right away, book a pelvic floor assessment first to see the condition of your pelvic floor – especially if you’re pregnant. 

Other things: Before you consider doing ab-work (like v-sits and bird-dogs) talk to your pelvic floor PT to see how that will affect your core and pelvic floor. 

Activated Charcoal may disrupt your hormonal birth control | The summer’s trendiest ingredient may actually absorb some of the drugs that you take – including birth control! Something to be cautious about before taking that Instagram photo of your black ice cream cone. It seems like this effect is limited to oral consumption – so that activated charcoal deodorant that I just bought, should be fine. 

Are your hormones where they should be? | #1 is one of the best tell-tale signs that everything is not rainbows and sunshine inside your body. Fixing hormones takes some time, but is certainly worth it especially if you’re looking to become pregnant in the neat future!

Achieving sexual satisfaction | Take a look at this in-depth article to learn more about the science of sex and that factors that go into achieving an orgasm!