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fertility health and happy hormones

Those of you who follow my blog may have noticed I’ve been a little quiet for the past few months… To be honest, I’ve been lacking the creative drive to even think of blog articles or newsletter themes.

But I guess that is because my creative energy has been subconsciously assigned to something else. Yep that’s right, I’m growing a baby!

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The past few years, I have been invested in getting my health back on track. When I learned of my PCOS diagnosis, suddenly I was reading all things fertility, even though a baby was not on the cards just yet.

One of my favourite philosophies is based on the inspirational work from Dr Nat Kringoudis, who reminds us that fertility is not about making babies – it’s an extension of our health. If our bodies aren’t in a good way, the reproductive switch will be turned off, because biologically it’s not a good time to fall pregnant.

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an update on my personal PCOS story

Things have been moving in the right direction this year with my PCOS diagnosis, so I felt I should share my success! As you may be aware, last year I decided to tackle my PCOS and hypothyroidism without the use of medications. I wanted to balance my hormones naturally.

light end of tunnel

It’s taken a very long time to start to heal, but I can see light at the end of the tunnel!

If you wanted to catch up on my diagnosis and story thus far, please check out this post.

This year, my cycle has slowly returned, inconsistently but at least it’s happening! As you may be aware, women ovulate from alternate ovaries. I seem to have one cycle that is pretty close to 28 days now, and I can pinpoint the day of ovulation. The period associated with this cycle is completely pain free! No PMS!!!

However, the other cycle from the other ovary is not so pleasant. It fluctuates from 35 to 65 days long, and I can’t seem to pinpoint ovulation. The period associated with this ovary still quite painful, with cramps, headaches and a bad mood.

I have found that castor oil heat packs have eased the period pain. You can read more about them here.

So what do I believe have been the contributing factors to easy my PCOS symptoms, balancing my hormones and  bringing my cycle back into line?

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Stress, Sleep and Sex

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One of the most underrated negative effects on health is stress. I recently attend a live event by the lovely Nat Kringoudis which focussed on the impact of stress on our bodies.

Often when we think of stress, we think of deadlines at work, or being late and stuck in traffic. But what about the silent stressors that you have no idea are lurking around, wreaking havoc on your body? I’m talking things like pollution, artificial light emitted from our iphones, and chemical stressors.

For me, sleep is one of the first things to be affected by my stress levels. I just can’t seem to switch my mind off, and I endlessly toss and turn until I finally fall asleep 10 minutes before my alarm is due to go off! Talk about frustrating!

Do you know that over an average lifetime, we will sleep for 229,961 hours!? That is an average for someone who sleeps for 8 hours a night, which is about right. Anything less, and there are some worrying health implications. Some of us might get the recommended 8 hours a night, but what about the quality of that sleep? Some spend the first few hours trying to fall asleep, with no luck. If this is you, read on my friend!

Today, I want to share with you my night time routine, and some tips for getting a good night’s rest. I found this stuff particularly crucial when healing from the likes of adrenal fatigue, where sleep and recovery is just sooo important.

photo 11. Mood lighting

After dinner, try turning off all the main lights. Perhaps even light a few candles! “Back in the day”, once the sun had set, the only light we had access to was fire.

Artificial light (in particular, the blue light emitted from your iphone, ipad, computers and tv) in the wrong setting can have a negative effect your sleep quality,  specifically through disruptions to melatonin production and circadian rhythm.

I turn on my Himalayan Salt Lamps for mood lighting and wear my blue blockers when watching TV or reading my ipad!

To find out more about how artificial light is impacting your melatonin levels, Dr Chris Kresser has written this excellent article.

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wanna learn more about PCOS? plus a giveaway!

Those of you who know me, know that I’m a huge fan of Dr Nat Kringoudis. I attended her live session of Debunking PCOS earlier this year, as this is a health issue I personally struggle with. The turning point for me in my healing was making an appointment to see Nat at the Pagoda Tree, and I still regularly visit to get my Traditional Chinese Medicine fix. So, spreading this message is really important to me, so I’m thrilled to share this with you today!

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