Winter Solstice Wisdom

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Today marks the Winter Solstice in the Northern hemisphere, the longest night of the year. In Chinese Medicine, we would consider this the time of the year most associated with yin energy. It’s dark, cool and drawn inward. Similarly, Winter is the season associated with the water element. Water runs deep into the earth for nourishment before the onset of Spring, when the wood element comes to life.

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Natural Solutions for Menstrual Pain

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Menstrual pain is a common complaint that I hear when working with women. It’s sad to say but many women make the assumption that it’s normal and there isn’t much you can do about it. While it is common and widely accepted, it’s not normal to have pain each month that ranges from mild to debilitating. Fortunately, it is possible to have pain free cycles.

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The Basics of The Fertility Awareness Method

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In my last post, I touched on some of the reasons why women might want to start tracking their own fertility. Today I’ll cover some of the basics of FAM, but if you really want this to be your primary method of preventing conception then I highly recommend reading “Taking Charge of Your Fertility” by Toni Weschler. This book also has some great information in regards to potential fertility issues and common menstrual problems.

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What Every Woman Needs to Know about Fertility Awareness

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Less than 4 years ago, I distinctly remember discussing the Fertility Awareness Method with a gynecologist after a brief pelvic exam. It was my first, and last, encounter with this particular female doctor. She asked the question that every woman in America gets asked at these appointments: “What are you using for birth control?” In my experience, unless you are already on the pill, this is usually followed by: “Are you interested in getting on birth control (aka hormonal contraceptives)?”

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