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  • 😍 🥰 IT'S A GIRL!! 😍 🥰​​​​​​​​
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Exciting news!! Our baby girl is officially here!! 😀😍​​​​​​​​
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Like my other 2 pregnancies, my husband and I waited to find out her sex until she was born.​​​​​​​​
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I find that there are few moments in life like this one! A true surprise! ​​​​​​​​
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I've been a boy mom for 10 years, so it was an incredible moment when I realized that I have a daughter.​​​​​​​​
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Not only will I raise 2 sons with more fertility awareness knowledge than they probably ever wanted 🤣 but now I also have the opportunity to share it with my daughter! 😀​​​​​​​​
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We're enjoying our newborn time, and my sons are obsessed with her! It's the sweetest thing! 😍​​​​​​​​
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If you were wondering why I'm posting a bit less frequently these days, now you know! ​​​​​​​​
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I'll be sharing some additional photos and behind the scenes details about her birth and early postpartum recovery with my email subscribers this Friday!​​​​​​​​
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If you're not on my email list, head over to fertilityfriday.com/freebies or click the link in my bio @fertilityfriday and grab the freebie of your choice to join my email list! ​​​​​​​​
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For those of you who had guessed the sex of the baby ... did you get it right? For all the moms out there, what was the best "advice" you received when you had your littles? ​​​​​​​​
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Let us know in the comments! 👇🏾​​​​​​​​
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📷 Photo credit: @annyamillerphotography​​​​​​​​
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  • 😂 🤣 Little Miss Body Literacy! 😂 🤣​​​​​​​​
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Which is your favourite??​​​​​​​​
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  • Pregnancy is such a beautiful and simultaneously challenging experience. So many things can happen along the way.​​​​​​​​
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From morning sickness, sore breasts, and peeing ALL THE TIME to feeling your tiny baby moving around inside somewhere in the 2nd trimester 🥰.​​​​​​​​
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This picture was taken a few weeks ago ~ mid 3rd trimester. During this time it's possible to get amazing pictures. However, if you had been around me you would have seen me in some degree of constant discomfort 😂. As baby gets bigger and heavier I find it harder to move around without something hurting a little. I have the pregnancy waddle down! 🤣 But overall I've had a fairly uneventful pregnancy.​​​​​​​​
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Some of the not so "fun" highlights included a short lived haemorrhoid experience, intense heart burn, gas-related cramping, and fairly constant Braxton hicks throughout the third trimester. ​​​​​​​​
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Cycle charting has played a huge role in all 3 of my pregnancies. Tracking allowed me to be confident in my date of conception, making my estimated due date as accurate as it can be. ​​​​​​​​
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Since pregnancy dating based on your last menstrual period  assumes that ovulation occurred on day 14 of your cycle, there can be significant variation in the accuracy of your due date unless you can identify your conception date (i.e. your date of ovulation!). You can do this by tracking your cervical mucus & BBT when you start trying.​​​​​​​​
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Now I want to hear from you! Are you or have you been pregnant? What was your experience? Overall good? Challenging? Were you tracking your cycles? ​​​​​​​​
💭 Let us know in the comments below! 👇🏾​​​​​​​​
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📷 Photo credit: @jackflawless​​​​​​​​
#pregnancy #thirdtrimester #fertilityawareness #fertilityawarenessmethod #cyclecharting #duedate #duedatecalculation #fertility #TTC #tryingtoconceive #preconception #realfoodforpregnancy #fertilityfriday #thefiftivitalsign #morningsickness #braxtonhicks
  • ❗️UPDATE❗️ This Contest is now closed 
& winners have been chosen ❗️(see below!) 🩸🎉IT'S ✨G I V E A W A Y✨ TIME!!🎉🩸​​​​​​​​
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I can hardly believe there are over 50K people who follow this page! What an incredible milestone. I started the Fertility Friday podcast back in 2014 with the intention of sharing fertility awareness with as many women as possible — and I've been humbled by the incredible response! ​​​​​​​​
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I wrote 📚 The Fifth Vital Sign 📚 as a response to: "every woman needs to know this stuff" and "why weren't we taught this in school?"​​​​​​​​
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Since its initial release in January 2019, The Fifth Vital Sign has gone on to become a best seller with over 450 reviews on Amazon, and it has introduced tens of thousands of women to their fifth vital sign!​​​​​​​​
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To celebrate, I will be giving away a copy of The Fifth Vital Sign AND the Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook to 3 (THREE) lucky winners!!​​​​​​​​
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🎉 Enter for your chance to win a copy of both books!! 🎉​​​​​​​​
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🩸A winner will be chosen randomly and announced MONDAY EVENING! 🩸​​​​​​​​

AND THE WINNERS ARE: @m_dre_kuh @ashclarke13 @xoxtashh 

Thank you to everyone who entered!!
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This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or affiliated with Instagram.​​​​​​​​
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  • 🛑🗣 📣 EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION 📣 🗣🛑​​​​​​​​
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Have you ever experienced a method failure (i.e. condom breaking, missed pill, withdrawal snafu, etc.)? If yes, you already know how important it is to have a contingency plan in place.​​​​​​​​
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❗️Pregnancy is possible in every cycle with ovulation, so you need to consider how to manage your fertile window, and what you would do if your chosen birth control method fails in the heat of the moment! ​​​​​​​​
❗️If you rely on barrier or other methods during your fertile window, it’s important to discuss possible strategies for handling unexpected condom failures, diaphragm/cervical cap malfunctions, or failure to withdraw in time with your partner ahead of time.​​​​​​​​
❗️ Remember that no birth control method is 100% effective — hormonal or non-hormonal — so you must prioritize having this discussion with your partner!​​​​​​​​
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🤔 But which emergency contraception is the most effective and how do they work? 🤔​​​​​​​​
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💊 Plan B is most effective when taken 4-5 days prior to ovulation (2–3 days prior to the LH surge), the efficacy rate varies from 57–95%, and has been shown to delay ovulation 55-75% of the time.​​​​​​​​
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💊 ella is most effective when taken 2 or more days prior to ovulation, and has been shown to delay ovulation even when taken on the day of the LH surge. One study found that if taken within 24hrs of sex women who used ella were 2/3 less likely to conceive compared to Plan B!​​​​​​​​
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💊Both of these 'morning after' pills work primarily by DELAYING OVULATION — not by terminating an existing pregnancy. ​​​​​​​​
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When you track your cycles you can see this play out in real time. Cycle tracking also helps you to be on top of any possible "surprises" very early in the game. ​​​​​​​​
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💬 Have you experienced a method failure before? Have you used emergency contraception before? Did it work? Let us know in the comments below👇🏾
  • 😂 🤣 A little Monday morning humour for you! 😂 🤣​​​​​​​​
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While moderate to severe PMS symptoms is common, we should be paying attention. Having severe PMS symptoms that affect your daily life are outside of what we can consider "normal" regardless of how many women experience it.​​​​​​​​
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What's "normal" is to notice a change in  your energy, mood, that is fairly mild, and demonstrates the natural change and fluctuation in our reproductive hormones we go through the menstrual cycle. ​​​​​​​​
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With that said, most cycling women have experienced some degree of change in their emotions the week before their period shows up. ​​​​​​​​
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Perhaps you're more emotional (teary). I've cried at commercials before 😂 and I know I'm not the only one! Perhaps you tend more towards anger over things that would normally tick you off (but you wouldn't react the same way). Maybe your anxiety goes through the roof, you feel depressed, or you have intense carb cravings.​​​​​​​​
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The good news is that there are ways to reduce overt PMS symptoms by boosting progesterone and balancing your hormones.​​​​​​​​
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A few resources:​​​​​​​​
🩸 Episode 383: Boosting progesterone fertilityfriday.com/383​​​​​​​​
🩸 Episode 393: PMS & low progesterone fertilityfriday.com/393​​​​​​​​
📚 Chapter 15 of The Fifth Vital Sign​​​​​​​​
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Do you experience PMS symptoms? Ever send a text you shouldn't have? 😂 Rip someone's head off for something that normally wouldn't bother you? 🤬 🤭 Only to get your period the next day? Have you been able to improve your symptoms?​​​​​​​​
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💭 Let us know in the comments below 👇🏾​​​​​​​​
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#PMS #premenstrualsyndrome #periodproblems #periodrage #depression #anxiety #carbcravings #thattimeofthemonth #auntflo #notcrazyjustPMSing #imnotcryingyourecrying
  • 🩸🍷Does alcohol mess with your hormones and your menstrual cycle?🍷🩸​​​​​​​​
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Unfortunately yes ...​​​​​​​​
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📊 One study measured the connection between alcohol consumption, reproductive hormones, and menstrual cycle disruptions including sporadic anovulation, irregular cycle length, luteal phase deficiency, long menses, and heavy blood loss in 259 healthy women 🤓🤔​​​​​​​​
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They had some interesting results! ​​​​​​​​
📍Each alcoholic drink raised estrogen, testosterone, and luteinizing hormone (LH) levels by up to 6%!​​​​​​​​
📍4 or more alcoholic drinks in one sitting time raised estrogen levels by nearly 65% 😲😳😲🤭😳​​​​​​​​
📍Menstrual cycle parameters were not significantly affected, but women who drank the most alcohol were more likely to have heavy periods.​​​​​​​​
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🍷 Bottom line? Any substance that spikes your estrogen to by 65% has the ability to throw off your mensuration cycle!​​​​​​​​
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🍷 The study results suggest that reducing your alcohol consumption can go a long way toward supporting your hormone balance and improving your menstrual cycle!​​​​​​​​
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🍷 Don't worry, you can still enjoy a glass of wine every now and then, but as you track your cycles, you’ll gain a greater understanding of how alcohol affects your hormones.​​​​​​​​
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💭 Now I want to hear from you! Does alcohol affect your cycle? Have you ever noticed any changes? Let us know in the comments below! 👇🏾​​​​​​​​
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📚 More in Chapter 13 of The Fifth Vital Sign 📚​​​​​​​​
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  • 📣 For the record, period pain is NOT normal... 📣​​​​​​​​
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🩸Common but not normal🩸​​​​​​​​
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The only type of pain I can think of that is considered normal is labour pain. But even in that case, it has a purpose and you get a baby in the end!​​​​​​​​
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A normal period:​​​​​​​​
🩸Lasts 3–7 days​​​​​​​​
🩸Begins moderate to heavy and gradually tapers off​​​​​​​​
🩸Ranges somewhere between 25–80mL in volume​​​​​​​​
🩸Is a shade of red, and isn't overly clotty​​​​​​​​
🩸Has a beginning, middle, and end (like a sentence) and then finishes — no mid-cycle bleeding​​​​​​​​
🩸Mild cramping can be considered normal, but moderate to severe cramping and pain, though common, isn't normal or healthy​​​​​​​​
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Period pain can be a sign of:​​​​​​​​
📍Inflammation​​​​​​​​
📍Hormone dysregulation​​​​​​​​
📍Nutrient deficiencies​​​​​​​​
📍Endometriosis​​​​​​​​
📍Pelvic Inflammatory disorder​​​​​​​​
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RESOURCES & PODCAST INTERVIEWS:​​​​​​​​
🩸Managing Severe Period Pain: fertilityfriday.com/420​​​​​​​​
🩸Overcoming period pain: fertilityfriday.com/283​​​​​​​​
🩸Managing painful periods: fertilityfriday.com/180​​​​​​​​
🩸Arvigo Therapy: fertilityfriday.com/284​​​​​​​​
🩸Mercier Therapy: fertilityfriday.com/257​​​​​​​​
🩸📚The Fifth Vital Sign📚 (Chapters 2 & 14)​​​​​​​​
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💬 Are your periods painful? Let us know in the comments below ​​​​​​​​
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#periodpain #PMS #fertilityawareness  #fertilityfriday
  • 🩸PERIOD PAIN MAY BE COMMON, BUT IT'S NOT NORMAL!!🩸​​​​​​​​
I will keep shouting this from the rooftops until I don't have to anymore because every woman needs to know this!​​​​​​​​
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Period pain is a sign of excessive inflammation and possibly endometriosis depending on the severity. Pain is a universal sign that something is wrong, and it's time we demand better!​​​​​​​​
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Today I released a brand new podcast episode with @stashawashburn where she shares her personal experience overcoming severe endometriosis. If you've struggled with period pain, this episode is a must listen. Check my stories for a short clip!​​​​​​​​
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Bottom line, there are specific steps and strategies you can take to reduce and/or eventually eliminate your pain.​​​​​​​​
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🎧 fertilityfriday.com/420 🎧​​​​​​​​
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Find a short list of period pain specific podcast episodes here: ​​​​​​​​
🎧 fertilityfriday.com/periodpain 🎧​​​​​​​​
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Also: ​​​​​​​​
📚 #TheFifthVitalSign 📚 ~ Chapter 2 and 14 (Managing Period Pain)​​​​​​​​
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🩸On a scale from 0 (no pain) to 10 (debilitating pain and possibly vomiting) how would you rate your pain? Has it always been this way or did it change at some point? Do you know why? Let us know in the comments below 👇🏾🩸​​​​​​​​
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#FertilityFriday #thepill #FertilityAwareness #womenhelpingwomen #womensupportingwomen #menstruationmatters #hormones #fertility #fertilityawarenessmethod #postbirthcontrolsyndrome #mythsandfacts #womenshealth #periods #pregnancy #NFP #FAM #gaslighting #endo #endobelly #CBD  #endometriosis #periodprobs #periodproblems #periodpain #dysmenorrhea #sideeffects #endthepain
😍 🥰 IT'S A GIRL!! 😍 🥰​​​​​​​​
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Exciting news!! Our baby girl is officially here!! 😀😍​​​​​​​​
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Like my other 2 pregnancies, my husband and I waited to find out her sex until she was born.​​​​​​​​
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I find that there are few moments in life like this one! A true surprise! ​​​​​​​​
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I've been a boy mom for 10 years, so it was an incredible moment when I realized that I have a daughter.​​​​​​​​
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Not only will I raise 2 sons with more fertility awareness knowledge than they probably ever wanted 🤣 but now I also have the opportunity to share it with my daughter! 😀​​​​​​​​
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We're enjoying our newborn time, and my sons are obsessed with her! It's the sweetest thing! 😍​​​​​​​​
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If you were wondering why I'm posting a bit less frequently these days, now you know! ​​​​​​​​
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I'll be sharing some additional photos and behind the scenes details about her birth and early postpartum recovery with my email subscribers this Friday!​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
If you're not on my email list, head over to fertilityfriday.com/freebies or click the link in my bio @fertilityfriday and grab the freebie of your choice to join my email list! ​​​​​​​​
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For those of you who had guessed the sex of the baby ... did you get it right? For all the moms out there, what was the best "advice" you received when you had your littles? ​​​​​​​​
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Let us know in the comments! 👇🏾​​​​​​​​
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📷 Photo credit: @annyamillerphotography​​​​​​​​
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#fertilityfriday #itsagirl #fertility #pregnancy #babies #babygirl #fertilityawareness #conception #TTC #fertilityawarenessmethod #postpartumcharting #forthtrimester #breastfeeding #nursing #momlife #cyclecharting #chartyourcycles #symptothermalmethod
😍 🥰 IT'S A GIRL!! 😍 🥰​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Exciting news!! Our baby girl is officially here!! 😀😍​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Like my other 2 pregnancies, my husband and I waited to find out her sex until she was born.​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ I find that there are few moments in life like this one! A true surprise! ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ I've been a boy mom for 10 years, so it was an incredible moment when I realized that I have a daughter.​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Not only will I raise 2 sons with more fertility awareness knowledge than they probably ever wanted 🤣 but now I also have the opportunity to share it with my daughter! 😀​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ We're enjoying our newborn time, and my sons are obsessed with her! It's the sweetest thing! 😍​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ If you were wondering why I'm posting a bit less frequently these days, now you know! ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ I'll be sharing some additional photos and behind the scenes details about her birth and early postpartum recovery with my email subscribers this Friday!​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ If you're not on my email list, head over to fertilityfriday.com/freebies or click the link in my bio @fertilityfriday and grab the freebie of your choice to join my email list! ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ For those of you who had guessed the sex of the baby ... did you get it right? For all the moms out there, what was the best "advice" you received when you had your littles? ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Let us know in the comments! 👇🏾​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 📷 Photo credit: @annyamillerphotography​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ #fertilityfriday #itsagirl #fertility #pregnancy #babies #babygirl #fertilityawareness #conception #TTC #fertilityawarenessmethod #postpartumcharting #forthtrimester #breastfeeding #nursing #momlife #cyclecharting #chartyourcycles #symptothermalmethod
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😂 🤣 Little Miss Body Literacy! 😂 🤣​​​​​​​​
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#littlemiss #FertilityFriday #birthcontrol #thepill #FertilityAwareness #TheFifthVitalSign #womenhelpingwomen #womensupportingwomen #menstruationmatters #hormones #pregnancy #fertility #fertilityawarenessmethod  #mythsandfacts #womenshealth #periods #NFP #FAM #gaslighting #medicalgaslighting #TheFifthVitalSignBook #periodprobs #periodproblems #periodpain #advocacy #sideeffects #hormonefreebirthcontrol #naturalbirthcontrol #menstrualcycle #cyclesyncing
😂 🤣 Little Miss Body Literacy! 😂 🤣​​​​​​​​
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Which is your favourite??​​​​​​​​
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#littlemiss #FertilityFriday #birthcontrol #thepill #FertilityAwareness #TheFifthVitalSign #womenhelpingwomen #womensupportingwomen #menstruationmatters #hormones #pregnancy #fertility #fertilityawarenessmethod  #mythsandfacts #womenshealth #periods #NFP #FAM #gaslighting #medicalgaslighting #TheFifthVitalSignBook #periodprobs #periodproblems #periodpain #advocacy #sideeffects #hormonefreebirthcontrol #naturalbirthcontrol #menstrualcycle #cyclesyncing
😂 🤣 Little Miss Body Literacy! 😂 🤣​​​​​​​​
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#littlemiss #FertilityFriday #birthcontrol #thepill #FertilityAwareness #TheFifthVitalSign #womenhelpingwomen #womensupportingwomen #menstruationmatters #hormones #pregnancy #fertility #fertilityawarenessmethod  #mythsandfacts #womenshealth #periods #NFP #FAM #gaslighting #medicalgaslighting #TheFifthVitalSignBook #periodprobs #periodproblems #periodpain #advocacy #sideeffects #hormonefreebirthcontrol #naturalbirthcontrol #menstrualcycle #cyclesyncing
😂 🤣 Little Miss Body Literacy! 😂 🤣​​​​​​​​
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Which is your favourite??​​​​​​​​
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💭 Let us know in the comments below!!​​​​​​​​
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#littlemiss #FertilityFriday #birthcontrol #thepill #FertilityAwareness #TheFifthVitalSign #womenhelpingwomen #womensupportingwomen #menstruationmatters #hormones #pregnancy #fertility #fertilityawarenessmethod  #mythsandfacts #womenshealth #periods #NFP #FAM #gaslighting #medicalgaslighting #TheFifthVitalSignBook #periodprobs #periodproblems #periodpain #advocacy #sideeffects #hormonefreebirthcontrol #naturalbirthcontrol #menstrualcycle #cyclesyncing
😂 🤣 Little Miss Body Literacy! 😂 🤣​​​​​​​​
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Which is your favourite??​​​​​​​​
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#littlemiss #FertilityFriday #birthcontrol #thepill #FertilityAwareness #TheFifthVitalSign #womenhelpingwomen #womensupportingwomen #menstruationmatters #hormones #pregnancy #fertility #fertilityawarenessmethod  #mythsandfacts #womenshealth #periods #NFP #FAM #gaslighting #medicalgaslighting #TheFifthVitalSignBook #periodprobs #periodproblems #periodpain #advocacy #sideeffects #hormonefreebirthcontrol #naturalbirthcontrol #menstrualcycle #cyclesyncing
😂 🤣 Little Miss Body Literacy! 😂 🤣​​​​​​​​
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Which is your favourite??​​​​​​​​
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#littlemiss #FertilityFriday #birthcontrol #thepill #FertilityAwareness #TheFifthVitalSign #womenhelpingwomen #womensupportingwomen #menstruationmatters #hormones #pregnancy #fertility #fertilityawarenessmethod  #mythsandfacts #womenshealth #periods #NFP #FAM #gaslighting #medicalgaslighting #TheFifthVitalSignBook #periodprobs #periodproblems #periodpain #advocacy #sideeffects #hormonefreebirthcontrol #naturalbirthcontrol #menstrualcycle #cyclesyncing
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😂 🤣 Little Miss Body Literacy! 😂 🤣​​​​​​​​
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💭 Let us know in the comments below!!​​​​​​​​
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#littlemiss #FertilityFriday #birthcontrol #thepill #FertilityAwareness #TheFifthVitalSign #womenhelpingwomen #womensupportingwomen #menstruationmatters #hormones #pregnancy #fertility #fertilityawarenessmethod  #mythsandfacts #womenshealth #periods #NFP #FAM #gaslighting #medicalgaslighting #TheFifthVitalSignBook #periodprobs #periodproblems #periodpain #advocacy #sideeffects #hormonefreebirthcontrol #naturalbirthcontrol #menstrualcycle #cyclesyncing
😂 🤣 Little Miss Body Literacy! 😂 🤣​​​​​​​​
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Which is your favourite??​​​​​​​​
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💭 Let us know in the comments below!!​​​​​​​​
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#littlemiss #FertilityFriday #birthcontrol #thepill #FertilityAwareness #TheFifthVitalSign #womenhelpingwomen #womensupportingwomen #menstruationmatters #hormones #pregnancy #fertility #fertilityawarenessmethod  #mythsandfacts #womenshealth #periods #NFP #FAM #gaslighting #medicalgaslighting #TheFifthVitalSignBook #periodprobs #periodproblems #periodpain #advocacy #sideeffects #hormonefreebirthcontrol #naturalbirthcontrol #menstrualcycle #cyclesyncing
😂 🤣 Little Miss Body Literacy! 😂 🤣​​​​​​​​
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Which is your favourite??​​​​​​​​
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💭 Let us know in the comments below!!​​​​​​​​
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#littlemiss #FertilityFriday #birthcontrol #thepill #FertilityAwareness #TheFifthVitalSign #womenhelpingwomen #womensupportingwomen #menstruationmatters #hormones #pregnancy #fertility #fertilityawarenessmethod  #mythsandfacts #womenshealth #periods #NFP #FAM #gaslighting #medicalgaslighting #TheFifthVitalSignBook #periodprobs #periodproblems #periodpain #advocacy #sideeffects #hormonefreebirthcontrol #naturalbirthcontrol #menstrualcycle #cyclesyncing
😂 🤣 Little Miss Body Literacy! 😂 🤣​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Which is your favourite??​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 💭 Let us know in the comments below!!​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ #littlemiss #FertilityFriday #birthcontrol #thepill #FertilityAwareness #TheFifthVitalSign #womenhelpingwomen #womensupportingwomen #menstruationmatters #hormones #pregnancy #fertility #fertilityawarenessmethod #mythsandfacts #womenshealth #periods #NFP #FAM #gaslighting #medicalgaslighting #TheFifthVitalSignBook #periodprobs #periodproblems #periodpain #advocacy #sideeffects #hormonefreebirthcontrol #naturalbirthcontrol #menstrualcycle #cyclesyncing
2 months ago
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2/9
Pregnancy is such a beautiful and simultaneously challenging experience. So many things can happen along the way.​​​​​​​​
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From morning sickness, sore breasts, and peeing ALL THE TIME to feeling your tiny baby moving around inside somewhere in the 2nd trimester 🥰.​​​​​​​​
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This picture was taken a few weeks ago ~ mid 3rd trimester. During this time it's possible to get amazing pictures. However, if you had been around me you would have seen me in some degree of constant discomfort 😂. As baby gets bigger and heavier I find it harder to move around without something hurting a little. I have the pregnancy waddle down! 🤣 But overall I've had a fairly uneventful pregnancy.​​​​​​​​
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Some of the not so "fun" highlights included a short lived haemorrhoid experience, intense heart burn, gas-related cramping, and fairly constant Braxton hicks throughout the third trimester. ​​​​​​​​
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Cycle charting has played a huge role in all 3 of my pregnancies. Tracking allowed me to be confident in my date of conception, making my estimated due date as accurate as it can be. ​​​​​​​​
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Since pregnancy dating based on your last menstrual period  assumes that ovulation occurred on day 14 of your cycle, there can be significant variation in the accuracy of your due date unless you can identify your conception date (i.e. your date of ovulation!). You can do this by tracking your cervical mucus & BBT when you start trying.​​​​​​​​
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Now I want to hear from you! Are you or have you been pregnant? What was your experience? Overall good? Challenging? Were you tracking your cycles? ​​​​​​​​
💭 Let us know in the comments below! 👇🏾​​​​​​​​
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📷 Photo credit: @jackflawless​​​​​​​​
#pregnancy #thirdtrimester #fertilityawareness #fertilityawarenessmethod #cyclecharting #duedate #duedatecalculation #fertility #TTC #tryingtoconceive #preconception #realfoodforpregnancy #fertilityfriday #thefiftivitalsign #morningsickness #braxtonhicks
Pregnancy is such a beautiful and simultaneously challenging experience. So many things can happen along the way.​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ From morning sickness, sore breasts, and peeing ALL THE TIME to feeling your tiny baby moving around inside somewhere in the 2nd trimester 🥰.​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ This picture was taken a few weeks ago ~ mid 3rd trimester. During this time it's possible to get amazing pictures. However, if you had been around me you would have seen me in some degree of constant discomfort 😂. As baby gets bigger and heavier I find it harder to move around without something hurting a little. I have the pregnancy waddle down! 🤣 But overall I've had a fairly uneventful pregnancy.​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Some of the not so "fun" highlights included a short lived haemorrhoid experience, intense heart burn, gas-related cramping, and fairly constant Braxton hicks throughout the third trimester. ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Cycle charting has played a huge role in all 3 of my pregnancies. Tracking allowed me to be confident in my date of conception, making my estimated due date as accurate as it can be. ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Since pregnancy dating based on your last menstrual period assumes that ovulation occurred on day 14 of your cycle, there can be significant variation in the accuracy of your due date unless you can identify your conception date (i.e. your date of ovulation!). You can do this by tracking your cervical mucus & BBT when you start trying.​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Now I want to hear from you! Are you or have you been pregnant? What was your experience? Overall good? Challenging? Were you tracking your cycles? ​​​​​​​​ 💭 Let us know in the comments below! 👇🏾​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 📷 Photo credit: @jackflawless​​​​​​​​ #pregnancy #thirdtrimester #fertilityawareness #fertilityawarenessmethod #cyclecharting #duedate #duedatecalculation #fertility #TTC #tryingtoconceive #preconception #realfoodforpregnancy #fertilityfriday #thefiftivitalsign #morningsickness #braxtonhicks
2 months ago
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3/9
❗️UPDATE❗️ This Contest is now closed 
& winners have been chosen ❗️(see below!) 🩸🎉IT'S ✨G I V E A W A Y✨ TIME!!🎉🩸​​​​​​​​
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I can hardly believe there are over 50K people who follow this page! What an incredible milestone. I started the Fertility Friday podcast back in 2014 with the intention of sharing fertility awareness with as many women as possible — and I've been humbled by the incredible response! ​​​​​​​​
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I wrote 📚 The Fifth Vital Sign 📚 as a response to: "every woman needs to know this stuff" and "why weren't we taught this in school?"​​​​​​​​
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Since its initial release in January 2019, The Fifth Vital Sign has gone on to become a best seller with over 450 reviews on Amazon, and it has introduced tens of thousands of women to their fifth vital sign!​​​​​​​​
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To celebrate, I will be giving away a copy of The Fifth Vital Sign AND the Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook to 3 (THREE) lucky winners!!​​​​​​​​
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🎉 Enter for your chance to win a copy of both books!! 🎉​​​​​​​​
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RULES TO ENTER:​​​​​​​​
🩸 LIKE this photo​​​​​​​​
🩸 FOLLOW @fertilityfriday​​​​​​​​
🩸 TAG a friend in the comments! ​​​​​​​​
🩸ADDITIONAL COMMENTS TAGGING FRIENDS = more entries!!​​​​​​​​
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BONUS ENTRIES: ​​​​​​​​
🩸SHARE and/or REPOST in your IG feed or stories (tag me so I can see! @fertilityfriday)​​​​​​​​
🩸Tell me why you want to win!​​​​​​​​
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That’s it!​​​​​​​​
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🩸 🎉 You have until MONDAY AFTERNOON ~ July 25th at 5PM ET to enter 🎉🩸​​​​​​​​
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🩸A winner will be chosen randomly and announced MONDAY EVENING! 🩸​​​​​​​​

AND THE WINNERS ARE: @m_dre_kuh @ashclarke13 @xoxtashh 

Thank you to everyone who entered!!
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This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or affiliated with Instagram.​​​​​​​​
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🩸 Good luck!!🩸 ​​​​​​​​
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#fertilityfriday #thefifthvitalsign #giveaway #giveaways #giveawaysofIG
❗️UPDATE❗️ This Contest is now closed & winners have been chosen ❗️(see below!) 🩸🎉IT'S ✨G I V E A W A Y✨ TIME!!🎉🩸​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ I can hardly believe there are over 50K people who follow this page! What an incredible milestone. I started the Fertility Friday podcast back in 2014 with the intention of sharing fertility awareness with as many women as possible — and I've been humbled by the incredible response! ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ I wrote 📚 The Fifth Vital Sign 📚 as a response to: "every woman needs to know this stuff" and "why weren't we taught this in school?"​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Since its initial release in January 2019, The Fifth Vital Sign has gone on to become a best seller with over 450 reviews on Amazon, and it has introduced tens of thousands of women to their fifth vital sign!​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ To celebrate, I will be giving away a copy of The Fifth Vital Sign AND the Fertility Awareness Mastery Charting Workbook to 3 (THREE) lucky winners!!​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 🎉 Enter for your chance to win a copy of both books!! 🎉​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ RULES TO ENTER:​​​​​​​​ 🩸 LIKE this photo​​​​​​​​ 🩸 FOLLOW @fertilityfriday​​​​​​​​ 🩸 TAG a friend in the comments! ​​​​​​​​ 🩸ADDITIONAL COMMENTS TAGGING FRIENDS = more entries!!​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ BONUS ENTRIES: ​​​​​​​​ 🩸SHARE and/or REPOST in your IG feed or stories (tag me so I can see! @fertilityfriday)​​​​​​​​ 🩸Tell me why you want to win!​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ That’s it!​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 🩸 🎉 You have until MONDAY AFTERNOON ~ July 25th at 5PM ET to enter 🎉🩸​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 🩸A winner will be chosen randomly and announced MONDAY EVENING! 🩸​​​​​​​​ AND THE WINNERS ARE: @m_dre_kuh @ashclarke13 @xoxtashh Thank you to everyone who entered!! ​​​​​​​​ This giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or affiliated with Instagram.​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 🩸 Good luck!!🩸 ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ #fertilityfriday #thefifthvitalsign #giveaway #giveaways #giveawaysofIG
3 months ago
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4/9
🛑🗣 📣 EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION 📣 🗣🛑​​​​​​​​
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Have you ever experienced a method failure (i.e. condom breaking, missed pill, withdrawal snafu, etc.)? If yes, you already know how important it is to have a contingency plan in place.​​​​​​​​
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❗️Pregnancy is possible in every cycle with ovulation, so you need to consider how to manage your fertile window, and what you would do if your chosen birth control method fails in the heat of the moment! ​​​​​​​​
❗️If you rely on barrier or other methods during your fertile window, it’s important to discuss possible strategies for handling unexpected condom failures, diaphragm/cervical cap malfunctions, or failure to withdraw in time with your partner ahead of time.​​​​​​​​
❗️ Remember that no birth control method is 100% effective — hormonal or non-hormonal — so you must prioritize having this discussion with your partner!​​​​​​​​
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🤔 But which emergency contraception is the most effective and how do they work? 🤔​​​​​​​​
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💊 Plan B is most effective when taken 4-5 days prior to ovulation (2–3 days prior to the LH surge), the efficacy rate varies from 57–95%, and has been shown to delay ovulation 55-75% of the time.​​​​​​​​
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💊 ella is most effective when taken 2 or more days prior to ovulation, and has been shown to delay ovulation even when taken on the day of the LH surge. One study found that if taken within 24hrs of sex women who used ella were 2/3 less likely to conceive compared to Plan B!​​​​​​​​
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💊Both of these 'morning after' pills work primarily by DELAYING OVULATION — not by terminating an existing pregnancy. ​​​​​​​​
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When you track your cycles you can see this play out in real time. Cycle tracking also helps you to be on top of any possible "surprises" very early in the game. ​​​​​​​​
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💬 Have you experienced a method failure before? Have you used emergency contraception before? Did it work? Let us know in the comments below👇🏾
🛑🗣 📣 EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION 📣 🗣🛑​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
Have you ever experienced a method failure (i.e. condom breaking, missed pill, withdrawal snafu, etc.)? If yes, you already know how important it is to have a contingency plan in place.​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
❗️Pregnancy is possible in every cycle with ovulation, so you need to consider how to manage your fertile window, and what you would do if your chosen birth control method fails in the heat of the moment! ​​​​​​​​
❗️If you rely on barrier or other methods during your fertile window, it’s important to discuss possible strategies for handling unexpected condom failures, diaphragm/cervical cap malfunctions, or failure to withdraw in time with your partner ahead of time.​​​​​​​​
❗️ Remember that no birth control method is 100% effective — hormonal or non-hormonal — so you must prioritize having this discussion with your partner!​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
🤔 But which emergency contraception is the most effective and how do they work? 🤔​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
💊 Plan B is most effective when taken 4-5 days prior to ovulation (2–3 days prior to the LH surge), the efficacy rate varies from 57–95%, and has been shown to delay ovulation 55-75% of the time.​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
💊 ella is most effective when taken 2 or more days prior to ovulation, and has been shown to delay ovulation even when taken on the day of the LH surge. One study found that if taken within 24hrs of sex women who used ella were 2/3 less likely to conceive compared to Plan B!​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
💊Both of these 'morning after' pills work primarily by DELAYING OVULATION — not by terminating an existing pregnancy. ​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
When you track your cycles you can see this play out in real time. Cycle tracking also helps you to be on top of any possible "surprises" very early in the game. ​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
💬 Have you experienced a method failure before? Have you used emergency contraception before? Did it work? Let us know in the comments below👇🏾
🛑🗣 📣 EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION 📣 🗣🛑​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
Have you ever experienced a method failure (i.e. condom breaking, missed pill, withdrawal snafu, etc.)? If yes, you already know how important it is to have a contingency plan in place.​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
❗️Pregnancy is possible in every cycle with ovulation, so you need to consider how to manage your fertile window, and what you would do if your chosen birth control method fails in the heat of the moment! ​​​​​​​​
❗️If you rely on barrier or other methods during your fertile window, it’s important to discuss possible strategies for handling unexpected condom failures, diaphragm/cervical cap malfunctions, or failure to withdraw in time with your partner ahead of time.​​​​​​​​
❗️ Remember that no birth control method is 100% effective — hormonal or non-hormonal — so you must prioritize having this discussion with your partner!​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
🤔 But which emergency contraception is the most effective and how do they work? 🤔​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
💊 Plan B is most effective when taken 4-5 days prior to ovulation (2–3 days prior to the LH surge), the efficacy rate varies from 57–95%, and has been shown to delay ovulation 55-75% of the time.​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
💊 ella is most effective when taken 2 or more days prior to ovulation, and has been shown to delay ovulation even when taken on the day of the LH surge. One study found that if taken within 24hrs of sex women who used ella were 2/3 less likely to conceive compared to Plan B!​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
💊Both of these 'morning after' pills work primarily by DELAYING OVULATION — not by terminating an existing pregnancy. ​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
When you track your cycles you can see this play out in real time. Cycle tracking also helps you to be on top of any possible "surprises" very early in the game. ​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
💬 Have you experienced a method failure before? Have you used emergency contraception before? Did it work? Let us know in the comments below👇🏾
🛑🗣 📣 EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION 📣 🗣🛑​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
Have you ever experienced a method failure (i.e. condom breaking, missed pill, withdrawal snafu, etc.)? If yes, you already know how important it is to have a contingency plan in place.​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
❗️Pregnancy is possible in every cycle with ovulation, so you need to consider how to manage your fertile window, and what you would do if your chosen birth control method fails in the heat of the moment! ​​​​​​​​
❗️If you rely on barrier or other methods during your fertile window, it’s important to discuss possible strategies for handling unexpected condom failures, diaphragm/cervical cap malfunctions, or failure to withdraw in time with your partner ahead of time.​​​​​​​​
❗️ Remember that no birth control method is 100% effective — hormonal or non-hormonal — so you must prioritize having this discussion with your partner!​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
🤔 But which emergency contraception is the most effective and how do they work? 🤔​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
💊 Plan B is most effective when taken 4-5 days prior to ovulation (2–3 days prior to the LH surge), the efficacy rate varies from 57–95%, and has been shown to delay ovulation 55-75% of the time.​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
💊 ella is most effective when taken 2 or more days prior to ovulation, and has been shown to delay ovulation even when taken on the day of the LH surge. One study found that if taken within 24hrs of sex women who used ella were 2/3 less likely to conceive compared to Plan B!​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
💊Both of these 'morning after' pills work primarily by DELAYING OVULATION — not by terminating an existing pregnancy. ​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
When you track your cycles you can see this play out in real time. Cycle tracking also helps you to be on top of any possible "surprises" very early in the game. ​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
💬 Have you experienced a method failure before? Have you used emergency contraception before? Did it work? Let us know in the comments below👇🏾
🛑🗣 📣 EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION 📣 🗣🛑​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
Have you ever experienced a method failure (i.e. condom breaking, missed pill, withdrawal snafu, etc.)? If yes, you already know how important it is to have a contingency plan in place.​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
❗️Pregnancy is possible in every cycle with ovulation, so you need to consider how to manage your fertile window, and what you would do if your chosen birth control method fails in the heat of the moment! ​​​​​​​​
❗️If you rely on barrier or other methods during your fertile window, it’s important to discuss possible strategies for handling unexpected condom failures, diaphragm/cervical cap malfunctions, or failure to withdraw in time with your partner ahead of time.​​​​​​​​
❗️ Remember that no birth control method is 100% effective — hormonal or non-hormonal — so you must prioritize having this discussion with your partner!​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
🤔 But which emergency contraception is the most effective and how do they work? 🤔​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
💊 Plan B is most effective when taken 4-5 days prior to ovulation (2–3 days prior to the LH surge), the efficacy rate varies from 57–95%, and has been shown to delay ovulation 55-75% of the time.​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
💊 ella is most effective when taken 2 or more days prior to ovulation, and has been shown to delay ovulation even when taken on the day of the LH surge. One study found that if taken within 24hrs of sex women who used ella were 2/3 less likely to conceive compared to Plan B!​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
💊Both of these 'morning after' pills work primarily by DELAYING OVULATION — not by terminating an existing pregnancy. ​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
When you track your cycles you can see this play out in real time. Cycle tracking also helps you to be on top of any possible "surprises" very early in the game. ​​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​​
💬 Have you experienced a method failure before? Have you used emergency contraception before? Did it work? Let us know in the comments below👇🏾
🛑🗣 📣 EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION 📣 🗣🛑​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Have you ever experienced a method failure (i.e. condom breaking, missed pill, withdrawal snafu, etc.)? If yes, you already know how important it is to have a contingency plan in place.​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ ❗️Pregnancy is possible in every cycle with ovulation, so you need to consider how to manage your fertile window, and what you would do if your chosen birth control method fails in the heat of the moment! ​​​​​​​​ ❗️If you rely on barrier or other methods during your fertile window, it’s important to discuss possible strategies for handling unexpected condom failures, diaphragm/cervical cap malfunctions, or failure to withdraw in time with your partner ahead of time.​​​​​​​​ ❗️ Remember that no birth control method is 100% effective — hormonal or non-hormonal — so you must prioritize having this discussion with your partner!​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 🤔 But which emergency contraception is the most effective and how do they work? 🤔​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 💊 Plan B is most effective when taken 4-5 days prior to ovulation (2–3 days prior to the LH surge), the efficacy rate varies from 57–95%, and has been shown to delay ovulation 55-75% of the time.​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 💊 ella is most effective when taken 2 or more days prior to ovulation, and has been shown to delay ovulation even when taken on the day of the LH surge. One study found that if taken within 24hrs of sex women who used ella were 2/3 less likely to conceive compared to Plan B!​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 💊Both of these 'morning after' pills work primarily by DELAYING OVULATION — not by terminating an existing pregnancy. ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ When you track your cycles you can see this play out in real time. Cycle tracking also helps you to be on top of any possible "surprises" very early in the game. ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 💬 Have you experienced a method failure before? Have you used emergency contraception before? Did it work? Let us know in the comments below👇🏾
3 months ago
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5/9
😂 🤣 A little Monday morning humour for you! 😂 🤣​​​​​​​​
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While moderate to severe PMS symptoms is common, we should be paying attention. Having severe PMS symptoms that affect your daily life are outside of what we can consider "normal" regardless of how many women experience it.​​​​​​​​
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What's "normal" is to notice a change in  your energy, mood, that is fairly mild, and demonstrates the natural change and fluctuation in our reproductive hormones we go through the menstrual cycle. ​​​​​​​​
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With that said, most cycling women have experienced some degree of change in their emotions the week before their period shows up. ​​​​​​​​
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Perhaps you're more emotional (teary). I've cried at commercials before 😂 and I know I'm not the only one! Perhaps you tend more towards anger over things that would normally tick you off (but you wouldn't react the same way). Maybe your anxiety goes through the roof, you feel depressed, or you have intense carb cravings.​​​​​​​​
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The good news is that there are ways to reduce overt PMS symptoms by boosting progesterone and balancing your hormones.​​​​​​​​
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A few resources:​​​​​​​​
🩸 Episode 383: Boosting progesterone fertilityfriday.com/383​​​​​​​​
🩸 Episode 393: PMS & low progesterone fertilityfriday.com/393​​​​​​​​
📚 Chapter 15 of The Fifth Vital Sign​​​​​​​​
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Do you experience PMS symptoms? Ever send a text you shouldn't have? 😂 Rip someone's head off for something that normally wouldn't bother you? 🤬 🤭 Only to get your period the next day? Have you been able to improve your symptoms?​​​​​​​​
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💭 Let us know in the comments below 👇🏾​​​​​​​​
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#PMS #premenstrualsyndrome #periodproblems #periodrage #depression #anxiety #carbcravings #thattimeofthemonth #auntflo #notcrazyjustPMSing #imnotcryingyourecrying
😂 🤣 A little Monday morning humour for you! 😂 🤣​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ While moderate to severe PMS symptoms is common, we should be paying attention. Having severe PMS symptoms that affect your daily life are outside of what we can consider "normal" regardless of how many women experience it.​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ What's "normal" is to notice a change in your energy, mood, that is fairly mild, and demonstrates the natural change and fluctuation in our reproductive hormones we go through the menstrual cycle. ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ With that said, most cycling women have experienced some degree of change in their emotions the week before their period shows up. ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Perhaps you're more emotional (teary). I've cried at commercials before 😂 and I know I'm not the only one! Perhaps you tend more towards anger over things that would normally tick you off (but you wouldn't react the same way). Maybe your anxiety goes through the roof, you feel depressed, or you have intense carb cravings.​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ The good news is that there are ways to reduce overt PMS symptoms by boosting progesterone and balancing your hormones.​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ A few resources:​​​​​​​​ 🩸 Episode 383: Boosting progesterone fertilityfriday.com/383​​​​​​​​ 🩸 Episode 393: PMS & low progesterone fertilityfriday.com/393​​​​​​​​ 📚 Chapter 15 of The Fifth Vital Sign​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Do you experience PMS symptoms? Ever send a text you shouldn't have? 😂 Rip someone's head off for something that normally wouldn't bother you? 🤬 🤭 Only to get your period the next day? Have you been able to improve your symptoms?​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 💭 Let us know in the comments below 👇🏾​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ #PMS #premenstrualsyndrome #periodproblems #periodrage #depression #anxiety #carbcravings #thattimeofthemonth #auntflo #notcrazyjustPMSing #imnotcryingyourecrying
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🩸🍷Does alcohol mess with your hormones and your menstrual cycle?🍷🩸​​​​​​​​
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Unfortunately yes ...​​​​​​​​
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📊 One study measured the connection between alcohol consumption, reproductive hormones, and menstrual cycle disruptions including sporadic anovulation, irregular cycle length, luteal phase deficiency, long menses, and heavy blood loss in 259 healthy women 🤓🤔​​​​​​​​
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They had some interesting results! ​​​​​​​​
📍Each alcoholic drink raised estrogen, testosterone, and luteinizing hormone (LH) levels by up to 6%!​​​​​​​​
📍4 or more alcoholic drinks in one sitting time raised estrogen levels by nearly 65% 😲😳😲🤭😳​​​​​​​​
📍Menstrual cycle parameters were not significantly affected, but women who drank the most alcohol were more likely to have heavy periods.​​​​​​​​
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🍷 Bottom line? Any substance that spikes your estrogen to by 65% has the ability to throw off your mensuration cycle!​​​​​​​​
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🍷 The study results suggest that reducing your alcohol consumption can go a long way toward supporting your hormone balance and improving your menstrual cycle!​​​​​​​​
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🍷 Don't worry, you can still enjoy a glass of wine every now and then, but as you track your cycles, you’ll gain a greater understanding of how alcohol affects your hormones.​​​​​​​​
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💭 Now I want to hear from you! Does alcohol affect your cycle? Have you ever noticed any changes? Let us know in the comments below! 👇🏾​​​​​​​​
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📚 More in Chapter 13 of The Fifth Vital Sign 📚​​​​​​​​
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PMID: 26289438
🩸🍷Does alcohol mess with your hormones and your menstrual cycle?🍷🩸​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Unfortunately yes ...​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 📊 One study measured the connection between alcohol consumption, reproductive hormones, and menstrual cycle disruptions including sporadic anovulation, irregular cycle length, luteal phase deficiency, long menses, and heavy blood loss in 259 healthy women 🤓🤔​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ They had some interesting results! ​​​​​​​​ 📍Each alcoholic drink raised estrogen, testosterone, and luteinizing hormone (LH) levels by up to 6%!​​​​​​​​ 📍4 or more alcoholic drinks in one sitting time raised estrogen levels by nearly 65% 😲😳😲🤭😳​​​​​​​​ 📍Menstrual cycle parameters were not significantly affected, but women who drank the most alcohol were more likely to have heavy periods.​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 🍷 Bottom line? Any substance that spikes your estrogen to by 65% has the ability to throw off your mensuration cycle!​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 🍷 The study results suggest that reducing your alcohol consumption can go a long way toward supporting your hormone balance and improving your menstrual cycle!​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 🍷 Don't worry, you can still enjoy a glass of wine every now and then, but as you track your cycles, you’ll gain a greater understanding of how alcohol affects your hormones.​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 💭 Now I want to hear from you! Does alcohol affect your cycle? Have you ever noticed any changes? Let us know in the comments below! 👇🏾​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 📚 More in Chapter 13 of The Fifth Vital Sign 📚​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ PMID: 26289438
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📣 For the record, period pain is NOT normal... 📣​​​​​​​​
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🩸Common but not normal🩸​​​​​​​​
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The only type of pain I can think of that is considered normal is labour pain. But even in that case, it has a purpose and you get a baby in the end!​​​​​​​​
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A normal period:​​​​​​​​
🩸Lasts 3–7 days​​​​​​​​
🩸Begins moderate to heavy and gradually tapers off​​​​​​​​
🩸Ranges somewhere between 25–80mL in volume​​​​​​​​
🩸Is a shade of red, and isn't overly clotty​​​​​​​​
🩸Has a beginning, middle, and end (like a sentence) and then finishes — no mid-cycle bleeding​​​​​​​​
🩸Mild cramping can be considered normal, but moderate to severe cramping and pain, though common, isn't normal or healthy​​​​​​​​
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Period pain can be a sign of:​​​​​​​​
📍Inflammation​​​​​​​​
📍Hormone dysregulation​​​​​​​​
📍Nutrient deficiencies​​​​​​​​
📍Endometriosis​​​​​​​​
📍Pelvic Inflammatory disorder​​​​​​​​
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RESOURCES & PODCAST INTERVIEWS:​​​​​​​​
🩸Managing Severe Period Pain: fertilityfriday.com/420​​​​​​​​
🩸Overcoming period pain: fertilityfriday.com/283​​​​​​​​
🩸Managing painful periods: fertilityfriday.com/180​​​​​​​​
🩸Arvigo Therapy: fertilityfriday.com/284​​​​​​​​
🩸Mercier Therapy: fertilityfriday.com/257​​​​​​​​
🩸📚The Fifth Vital Sign📚 (Chapters 2 & 14)​​​​​​​​
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💬 Are your periods painful? Let us know in the comments below ​​​​​​​​
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#periodpain #PMS #fertilityawareness  #fertilityfriday
📣 For the record, period pain is NOT normal... 📣​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 🩸Common but not normal🩸​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ The only type of pain I can think of that is considered normal is labour pain. But even in that case, it has a purpose and you get a baby in the end!​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ A normal period:​​​​​​​​ 🩸Lasts 3–7 days​​​​​​​​ 🩸Begins moderate to heavy and gradually tapers off​​​​​​​​ 🩸Ranges somewhere between 25–80mL in volume​​​​​​​​ 🩸Is a shade of red, and isn't overly clotty​​​​​​​​ 🩸Has a beginning, middle, and end (like a sentence) and then finishes — no mid-cycle bleeding​​​​​​​​ 🩸Mild cramping can be considered normal, but moderate to severe cramping and pain, though common, isn't normal or healthy​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Period pain can be a sign of:​​​​​​​​ 📍Inflammation​​​​​​​​ 📍Hormone dysregulation​​​​​​​​ 📍Nutrient deficiencies​​​​​​​​ 📍Endometriosis​​​​​​​​ 📍Pelvic Inflammatory disorder​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ RESOURCES & PODCAST INTERVIEWS:​​​​​​​​ 🩸Managing Severe Period Pain: fertilityfriday.com/420​​​​​​​​ 🩸Overcoming period pain: fertilityfriday.com/283​​​​​​​​ 🩸Managing painful periods: fertilityfriday.com/180​​​​​​​​ 🩸Arvigo Therapy: fertilityfriday.com/284​​​​​​​​ 🩸Mercier Therapy: fertilityfriday.com/257​​​​​​​​ 🩸📚The Fifth Vital Sign📚 (Chapters 2 & 14)​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 💬 Are your periods painful? Let us know in the comments below ​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ #periodpain #PMS #fertilityawareness #fertilityfriday
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🩸PERIOD PAIN MAY BE COMMON, BUT IT'S NOT NORMAL!!🩸​​​​​​​​
I will keep shouting this from the rooftops until I don't have to anymore because every woman needs to know this!​​​​​​​​
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Period pain is a sign of excessive inflammation and possibly endometriosis depending on the severity. Pain is a universal sign that something is wrong, and it's time we demand better!​​​​​​​​
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Today I released a brand new podcast episode with @stashawashburn where she shares her personal experience overcoming severe endometriosis. If you've struggled with period pain, this episode is a must listen. Check my stories for a short clip!​​​​​​​​
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Bottom line, there are specific steps and strategies you can take to reduce and/or eventually eliminate your pain.​​​​​​​​
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🎧 fertilityfriday.com/420 🎧​​​​​​​​
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Find a short list of period pain specific podcast episodes here: ​​​​​​​​
🎧 fertilityfriday.com/periodpain 🎧​​​​​​​​
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Also: ​​​​​​​​
📚 #TheFifthVitalSign 📚 ~ Chapter 2 and 14 (Managing Period Pain)​​​​​​​​
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🩸On a scale from 0 (no pain) to 10 (debilitating pain and possibly vomiting) how would you rate your pain? Has it always been this way or did it change at some point? Do you know why? Let us know in the comments below 👇🏾🩸​​​​​​​​
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#FertilityFriday #thepill #FertilityAwareness #womenhelpingwomen #womensupportingwomen #menstruationmatters #hormones #fertility #fertilityawarenessmethod #postbirthcontrolsyndrome #mythsandfacts #womenshealth #periods #pregnancy #NFP #FAM #gaslighting #endo #endobelly #CBD  #endometriosis #periodprobs #periodproblems #periodpain #dysmenorrhea #sideeffects #endthepain
🩸PERIOD PAIN MAY BE COMMON, BUT IT'S NOT NORMAL!!🩸​​​​​​​​ I will keep shouting this from the rooftops until I don't have to anymore because every woman needs to know this!​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Period pain is a sign of excessive inflammation and possibly endometriosis depending on the severity. Pain is a universal sign that something is wrong, and it's time we demand better!​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Today I released a brand new podcast episode with @stashawashburn where she shares her personal experience overcoming severe endometriosis. If you've struggled with period pain, this episode is a must listen. Check my stories for a short clip!​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Bottom line, there are specific steps and strategies you can take to reduce and/or eventually eliminate your pain.​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 🎧 fertilityfriday.com/420 🎧​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Find a short list of period pain specific podcast episodes here: ​​​​​​​​ 🎧 fertilityfriday.com/periodpain 🎧​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ Also: ​​​​​​​​ 📚 #TheFifthVitalSign 📚 ~ Chapter 2 and 14 (Managing Period Pain)​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ 🩸On a scale from 0 (no pain) to 10 (debilitating pain and possibly vomiting) how would you rate your pain? Has it always been this way or did it change at some point? Do you know why? Let us know in the comments below 👇🏾🩸​​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​​ #FertilityFriday #thepill #FertilityAwareness #womenhelpingwomen #womensupportingwomen #menstruationmatters #hormones #fertility #fertilityawarenessmethod #postbirthcontrolsyndrome #mythsandfacts #womenshealth #periods #pregnancy #NFP #FAM #gaslighting #endo #endobelly #CBD #endometriosis #periodprobs #periodproblems #periodpain #dysmenorrhea #sideeffects #endthepain
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