Hormone Myth Busting Pt 2
I’m back this week for some more menstrual Q&A/Myth-busting. I have really loved all the questions you’ve posted over the last two weeks and I promise to do these kinds of posts more often as I know there are a ton of purported truths out there! So let’s get to it!
Can the cause for clotting be unveiled?
I think many women are told that blood clots are totally fine and “normal” (I hate that word) but it depends on a number of factors. These factors include things like:
- adenomyosis – can affect the ability of the uterine muscles to contract
- endometriosis (in some cases)
- the size of your uterus
- any obstruction to menstrual blood flow such as polyps etc.
Blood clots are commonly associated with the first three conditions. These conditions are usually a sign that your body is in a state of estrogen dominance – which is really just another way of saying that your body is progesterone deficient. You can read my post about that here.
If you’ve been pregnant, your uterus may remain larger than it was previously, which can cause blood pooling and result in clots. If there are polyps or other growths blocking the regular flow of blood, there is an increased chance for clots as well.
I’d say that clots aren’t necessarily harmful but they could be indicative of something bigger going on, like a hormonal imbalance, especially if they are a new occurrence. I highly recommend seeing your doctor if this is the case for you.
I’d love to know why my PMS symptoms can change so drastically each month.
Why are some months a breeze and others a difficult journey? What causes the variance and is there anything I can do to help them be more consistent?
I love this question because it brings up a whole lot of other questions. I view this time in your cycle as a time in which we are supposed to be winding down from the “busyness” of the ovulatory phase and life in general, but many of us don’t do that. As you may know, traditionally women rested right before and during their periods, but alas that is not the norm anymore.
What I know is the time before and during your period is a time of natural quietness, introspection and self-reflection. Because of hormonal fluctuations during this part of your cycle, you have a heightened sensitivity to external stimuli which leads to irritation, bad moods and all the other emotional “stuff” that comes up. In addition, I believe that you are much more sensitive to all the goings-on of the past month (or however long your cycle was). So in this time of self-reflection (you may not even know this is happening!) you’re getting pissed about something someone said or did to you during ovulation, but it may not have bothered you when it happened.
What you have to do is cultivate an awareness for this time of the month. Make it a special time where you take extra care of yourself and pay attention to what is coming up for you. Could your PMS symptoms be caused by something traumatic that happened during the last month…review your month and find out. Or perhaps you’re in a dead-end relationship or soul-sucking job, you know you need to leave but you haven’t – PMS is your body’s way of trying to get you to pay attention girl!
When I was married, my husband used to say I had the worst PMS. Back then I didn’t know it but I was unhappy with him, my work and the place where I lived. When I made the impossible decisions to move, change my career and eventually get divorced, my “PMS” went away too.
For women with PCOS (like me), with longer cycles (mine is about 50 days), is there a way to tell when you are ovulating or about to ovulate (or if we are ovulating at all)?
I have a temperature shift at the end, but with frequent fluctuations in temperature throughout the cycle. I think I can tell after the fact because I get a temperature shift, but I’m just not sure.
I’d say cervical fluid is the keyword here. Paying very close attention to your unique cervical fluid patterns is probably the best way to know when or if you are ovulating. Taking your temperature is obviously helpful too, but as you stated you can’t tell until after you’ve ovulated and temps can be influenced by sooo many things – including your hormonal imbalance.
You also need to keep in mind that with PCOS, there tends to be an underlying imbalance of too much estrogen and not enough progesterone (because of the lack of consistent ovulation) which means that cervical fluid patterns might not fall under what is considered normal.
Check out my Hormone Myth Busting Pt 1 post from last week and read up on cervical fluid patterns. I’d also highly recommend Nat Kringoudis’ Debunking Ovulation to learn everything about how to successfully chart cervical fluid.
In myth buster #5 in the last post, you mentioned that a true period would have a continuous flow.
What does it mean when your period lasts about 5-6 days, yet the flow is not continuous the entire time?
Love this question! Basically everyone is different and I think what is most important to know is your period will probably be quite different to anyone else’s. If you have recently noticed that your period starts then stops, then starts again, this could be indicative of an underlying issue and I suggest seeing your doctor to discuss what might have caused the flow of your period to change.
However, if your period has always flowed consistently for 5-6 days, say with a bit of a lull on day 3 or 4, then it’s probably just your unique flow. Usually a period flow is more consistent for the first 2-3 days and then starts to taper off. Sometimes it will stop for a couple of hours or longer and then start back again. Towards the end it could be more spotty and that’s okay too.
If there aren’t any other symptoms involved – clots, severe pain, migraines, extremely heavy flow – then you’re probably fine.
Is low progesterone always connected to something going on with the thyroid?
I always have a clear temp rise but due to other signals in my cycle my doctor is having my estrogen, progesterone, and TSH checked. I got the sense that he added on the TSH test just to be sure and it’s more connected to the corpus luteum not producing enough progesterone. Could you clarify, would that be connected to thyroid stuff or could it stand on its own. Wondering if I need to contact him and push for the T3, T4, and reverse T3 tests if it doesn’t necessarily seem to be a thyroid issue.
I think if there is ever a chance that you have a thyroid issue then you should always push for a full thyroid panel. You can read about thyroid testing and it’s connection to progesterone in this post.
To answer your question, no, low progesterone isn’t always connected to low thyroid function but it is very very common! There are a couple other causes for low progesterone and you can read all about that in this post. Damn, I’ve written a lot of great posts!
Here are two solutions for low progesterone that you might be interested in.
And that wraps up my mini-series on hormonal myths and commonly asked questions. What else do you wanna know, I love getting new topics for posts. xoxoCOMMENT
Hormone Myth-Busting Pt 1
Last week I went to the Integrative Healthcare Symposium, a 5-day health and wellness extravaganza held once a year in New York City. It’s a chance for anyone to hear the best doctors in integrative and holistic health present the latest research on functional medicine.
I was particularly interested in the pre-conference workshop, “Hormone testing and balancing” (duh lol) and as you can imagine, I learned a ton! Like whoa! It got me thinking about the myths surrounding our feminine health and how they are continually perpetuated by the conventional medical industry because of it’s lack of viable solutions for women’s reproductive and menstrual health conditions. Something I take major issue with because I continually hear the most outrageous stories from women who have been messed about by what I call the “take a drug and brush it under the rug” phenomenon.
So I decided to ask the girls in my Know Your Flow Facebook group (it’s free to join and you can come hang out with me and my flow-ettes anytime!) what their biggest questions and concerns are around their periods, menstrual health and reproduction. I then put on my detective hat and got to work on busting those myths.
Here are my top five for this week…
1. Do I need to see egg-white-like cervical fluid in order to be fertile (ovulating)? We don’t all have the same cervical fluid patterns right?
Technically no, you do not have to see egg-white-like cervical fluid. What you need to be on the lookout for is cervical fluid with a very wet consistency and cold feel. What you’re really looking for is a pattern from dry –> wet, with the wettest cervical fluid being the most fertile.
And no, we do not all have the same cervical fluid patterns. Here’s the one you see the most: None -> Sticky -> Creamy -> Eggwhite -> Watery -> Creamy/Sticky -> None. If yours doesn’t look like this it doesn’t mean you are not ovulating! The whole egg-white cervical fluid pattern is just what is seen in the majority of women, but not all women. Phew, now you can breathe!
2. My doctor’s solution for all my menstrual woes is the birth control pill. Is this the only way to regulate my cycle?
Absolutely not. The pill does nothing more than mask a deeper underlying hormonal imbalance and the longer you stay on it, the longer you will be able to ignore this imbalance. Trust me, this is probably the worst thing you could do for yourself. There is a reason for periods that are all over the place, heavy periods, painful periods, or no periods at all, and the pill ain’t gonna fix it. What will fix it however, is getting rid of the dangerous synthetic hormones and getting back to the way your body was mean’t to function.
Unfortunately mainstream docs don’t have training in functional nutrition, targeted supplementation, botanicals and effective stress reduction techniques so it’s difficult for them to recommend anything other than the pill or surgery. Use your judgement – if your gut instinct is telling you this isn’t right, then go with that and start to explore other options. If you don’t have the vaguest idea where to start, then check out my Fix Your Period Home Study E-Course. It’s a really great place to begin!
3. When charting my cycle using the fertility awareness method, what is considered my peak day?
Your peak day is your most fertile day. It is the very last day you see fertile-quality cervical fluid before going to sticky or dry after ovulation. This fluid could be watery or egg-white but generally should just be a very wet consistency. The peak day is NOT the day you have the most cervical fluid (of any kind) or the day you ovulate.
4. Is it possible for our bodies to ovulate and the temps don’t show it assuming we are temping correctly? I have had multiple cycles where I do everything right and have all the signs of ovulation including tons of cm but the temps don’t show a big enough jump for ovulation. I have heard everything from it has to be at least a half degree jump to it has to be only .2 or. 3 jump. What’s the truth?
This is a great question! First of all, I want to break down what “everything correctly” actually means. Are you:
- Taking your temp at the same time or as close to the same time every day
- Taking your temp as soon as you wake up before doing anything else at all including getting out of bed
- Taking your temp after at least 3 consecutive hours of sleep
- Accounting for any kind of illness, episodes of stress, and travel – travel across time zones messes with your temps
- Using a good thermometer? Sometimes a regular digital thermometer isn’t good enough. I recommend the iBasal thermometer because it is super accurate down to hundredths of a degree.
- Checking to see if your temperature rose at least 2/10ths (0.2) of a degree above your pre-ovulatory temperatures and stayed within that higher range for more than 3 days?
If you are following all those steps and still not seeing a typical thermal shift then it could mean two things:
- Your corpus luteum is not producing enough progesterone for you to see the shift
- You have an underlying thyroid issue -hypothyroid or under-active thyroid function – that is causing your temperatures to stay low.
You would then want to get your progesterone levels checked to see if you have low progesterone and also have your thyroid levels checked as your thyroid has a huge impact on fertility. Please see my post on thyroid testing for guidelines. Don’t get too disheartened, there are reports of women who don’t see shifts but have gotten pregnant but you want to make sure your hormones are in tip-top shape regardless.
5. If I got my period, then I must have ovulated right?
Yes and no. Basically, if you ovulated then it will be followed by a true period somewhere between 12-16 days after ovulation (ideally). A true period is defined as red blood flow that lasts from 3-5 days (sometimes longer), but preferably closer to five days, and has a continuous flow. You can learn more in this post I wrote – What a Period is Supposed to Look Like.
Here’s the other scenario: You can also bleed when your hormones drop. This will happen when your body senses that there is no pregnancy and sends a signal for your uterine lining to start shedding – the signal comes in the form of a drop in progesterone. So you have a hormonal bleed, but not an actual period. These bleeds tend to be lighter and don’t flow as much. Check out the post I just mentioned for what this actually looks like.
Okay now it’s your turn! What are you confused by? I’m going to be doing Part 2 next week so bring it on in the comments!COMMENT
Why I went to the movies alone on Valentine's Day
“You are such a perfect little arrangement of atoms.” –unknown
Seriously, you are. Know it and own it.
Friday February 14th 2014 was the first Valentine’s Day in a very long time that I was not feeling sad, kind of alone and somewhat sorry for myself. It’s also the first time I haven’t had an overwhelming desire for flowers, chocolates and just general loving up. I know that my best friend would say Valentines is just a ridiculous, made-up “holiday” but for many people it is a glaring reminder of their single-ness.
Not for me though, this year it was all about becoming my own Valentine.
Instead of hoping for my white knight to swoop in, I made an all-day date with myself. Lucky for me, I’ve got good friends who invite me to very cool love fests like Eve Ensler’s V-Day/1 Billion Rising event in NYC, where I got to experience 8 hours of some of the most remarkable women on the planet – Eve Ensler, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Danielle LaPorte, Gabrielle Bernstein, Meggan Watterson and others – what more could a girl ask for on V-Day?
If you didn’t know, Eve Ensler is the creator of the Vagina Monologues, a play about, yup you guessed it, the power of vaginas. If you have not seen it, then I insist that you run (not walk) to the nearest production of this masterpiece.
She is also the genius behind V-Day and 1 Billion Rising, a global movement to wake the world up to the horror of violence and injustice that women and girls endure on a daily basis. And wake me up she did.
In her closing speech, she told her story of growing up not too far from New York City in a wealthy suburb where on the outside everything was perfect. However, behind closed doors she was living in complete hell, a situation so unimaginable she had to mentally and emotionally vacate her body so she could survive the physical and sexual abuse. Although Eve’s personal journey is heart-wrenching, she said it pales in comparison to what happens to millions of women all over the world every day.
Then with tears in her eyes, she spoke about Jane, a woman she met in the Congo in 2007. She said, “Jane is the reason that I get up every day.” I’d say that’s pretty powerful coming from Eve Ensler.
A little backstory: The Democratic Republic of the Congo, particularly the eastern region of the country, has been dubbed “the most dangerous place to be a woman” and “the rape capital of the world.” It is estimated that 1000 women are raped every day and some say those numbers don’t come close to the reality. I get chills just thinking about what life must look like for women in that country.
Jane’s story is particularly heinous. In 2005, she was taken from her home by the militia and tied to a tree – for two months. TWO MONTHS! She was violently raped every single day before she was rescued. Her body was so broken that she almost didn’t survive the journey to the hospital. When Eve met her, Jane was in the hospital recovering from the nine operations it took to physically put her back together.
Eve asked her how she could help and Jane said all she needed was a place where women could come to feel safe and to heal from atrocities committed against them. If this space existed, then Jane could help empower other women who’s lives had been destroyed by unspeakable acts of sexual violence. Such a shining example of how to turn personal pain into power.
My pre-occupation with flowers and chocolates suddenly seemed so gross and ridiculous. I looked at my friends and we were all crying. I felt embarrassed and ashamed by my absurd first world problems. Everything is relative but perspective is everything.
This event was a gentle reminder to recognize (yet again) that what we desperately need is a massive shift in consciousness and behavior across the planet. And that some serious gratitude for my life was in order.
Get involved in the movement: www.onebillionrising.org
That was my unbelievably awesome day date with myself which I topped off with a movie. If you know me, you know that I’m not the girl who goes to the movies (or anywhere for that matter) alone because I don’t think I can act cool enough! Haha! Well that changed on Friday night and it was totally liberating. I’ve now got a recurring monthly date with ME on the calendar!
Whether you have a Valentine or not, creating a relationship with yourself should be a top priority. Because no one on this planet will care more about you than YOU.
Here are some of the practices that have heightened my own self-love and comfortable-ness (is that a word?) with myself:
“Love and hate are the same beasts, what you feed is what grows.” Tweet that!
1. Surround yourself with people who love and adore you. We tend to be blind to our own greatness, so let others help you see what you aren’t seeing. Don’t focus on the people who can’t love you, they need to learn to love themselves first.
2. Be honest with yourself about your feelings. Remember, Facebook statuses are not an an accurate reflection of what people’s lives actually look like. We ALL have bad days and tough times – if you’re going through a rough patch don’t pretend to feel good if you don’t. Instead, talk it out with friends or simply to yourself – in the mirror And feel it…there is nothing more toxic than pent-up negative emotion.
3. Buy yourself flowers. Or anything that creates a warm, yummy feeling inside. Easy. How you interact with yourself is how you interact with life – so make sure to gift yourself often.
4. Make a list of 5 things that you think are fun. Get crazy and do at least one a week! Don’t worry about what anyone else would think. Just know how AMAZING it feels when you’re doing something for you! Here are mine: Hanging with girlfriends (I’d die without them!), long chilled-out walks, dance classes (Zumba anyone?), binge-watching juicy TV shows, anything creative (cooking classes, vision board classes…you get the idea).
5. Get uncomfortable so you can get comfortable with yourself. There are soooo many distractions nowadays. Unfortunately, they are all just a mechanism to avoid feelings we don’t want to feel. The next time you reach for your phone, that piece of cake, or get lost on Facebook – STOP yourself and ask “What’s behind this? Am I avoiding/disconnecting from something I don’t want to deal with?”
Here’s the last word on being your own fabulous Valentine: I want you to become as beautiful and happy and irresistible as you can possibly be. The more you tap into this divine self-love energy, the better the world becomes for you and for everyone around you. So don’t spend another minute pining for what you don’t have, because you truly lack for nothing. It’s all inside you ready to be dished out to the world and LOVED!!!COMMENT
Bone broth-the most fertile food?
The butcher had a blank stare on his face…
“You want just bones?”
“Um, yes that would be correct thanks.”
This exchange didn’t actually happen to me, but it did recently happen between a butcher and a friend of mine. She was buying bones for…wait for it…home-made bone broth, which happens to be all the rage these days.
Lucky for me, I live in New York City right next to a Whole Foods, where (get this!) they sell bagged bones in the freezer section. And yes, before you even think to ask I will tell you that these bones are from grass-fed, free-range, organic blah blah blah cows. Factory-farmed bones need not apply. I think I paid like 6 bucks for the whole bag of bone goodness. Cheapest thing in WF.
I’ll admit, I’m a late arrival to the bone broth party. I mean, everyone I know in this nutty health and wellness world I live in has been drinking bone broth by the gallon for ages. I’ve had it here and there, but haven’t actually worked up the stamina to make it.
Another admission: I’ve been mildly terrified of the process – especially after reading what it would look like and how damn long it would take! Not necessarily an undertaking for the faint of heart/busy gal like me. Or a busy gal like you for that matter! However, I know store-bought broth is not a substitute for home-made at all!
So naturally I found a short-cut in the form of a pressure cooker! But I’ll get to that in a moment. First I wanna tell you why you’ve got to get down with the bone broth girl!
Broth or stock (as it is commonly called) is a mineral-rich infusion made by boiling bones of healthy animals with vegetables, herbs and spices. It has been used for centuries in many traditional cultures as a healing, and fertility-enhancing food. There’s a reason chicken soup is recommended when we’re sick with the flu and there is even evidence to support this theory. And the medicinal properties of bone broth certainly don’t stop at the flu – check it out…
1. Bone broth is incredibly healing for the gut and ultimately your hormones!
Do you know that about 90% of women who come to me with hormonal imbalances have some kind of gastrointestinal challenge – food sensitivities and allergies, leaky gut, chronic constipation, IBS – you get the idea. I suffered for years with f-cked up digestion and had no clue it was linked to all my hormonal woes.
Why are these two linked? Because if your gut is not functioning optimally, you are not digesting and absorbing enough nutrients. And what do you need to make hormones? Vitamins, minerals and nutrients of course! In addition to that, food sensitivities or allergies create an inflammatory response in your body, which promotes cortisol production and bam, this throws off your other hormones.
Bone broth “heals and seals” the gut, according to Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, the author of Gut And Psychology Syndrome (GAPS). The gelatin found in bone broth is actually what is responsible for this healing and sealing. It essentially fills in the holes of a leaky gut and should be a part of any gut healing regimen.
2. Bone broth gives you hair, skin and nails to die for!
How much money have you collectively spent on those three body parts in this lifetime? If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably spent an obscene/unmentionable amount of cash on products that promise a rockin’ mane, glowing skin and healthy nails. Who knew all you had to do was drink some good ol’ broth. The high collagen content in broth along with the gelatin are responsible for the benefits to your hair, skin and nails.
Oh oh, and I’ve read that bone broth may even get rid of cellulite because it maintains healthy connective tissue. Lack of good connective tissue typically shows up as that trademark lumpy, dimpled skin aka cellulite.
Seriously, why would you ever get botox or any other skin-improving procedure again?!
3. Bone broth for strong bones, teeth and joints. Yes please!
Makes sense that bone broth would be good for your bones and teeth right? Broth contains a high calcium, magnesium and phosphorus content and thus keeps bones and teeth strong. Many people even claim that their teeth have been re-mineralized – as in cavities have healed. I’m working on this and will do a followup post on my findings
Do you have creaky, painful joints? I sure do. I’m totally prone to physical pain and I’m excited to see what happens with my bad knees. Bone broth contains high amounts of glucosamine, chondroitin and hyaluronic acid, the same compounds found in expensive supplements that supposedly treat joint pain, arthritis and inflammation. Imagine all the fabulous things you could buy instead of supplements!
4. Bone broth is super rich in the amino acids glycine, proline, glutamine and arginine.
Without going into too much detail, I’ll say that these amino acids profoundly affect everything – your immune system, sperm production, liver function and detoxification (remember, very very important to a woman’s hormonal health) and gut/digestive health. Basically these amino acids have an effect on every cell in your body so it would be wise to make sure you’re consuming adequate amounts.
Alright, you’ve convinced me, where does one find good bones for stock?
- You can save leftovers from when you roast a chicken or turkey
- Check with a local butcher, especially one who butchers the whole animal
- Ask farmers (who raise grassfed animals) at your local Farmer’s Market
- Online from US Wellness Meats or Tropical Traditions - both great options for meat and bones!
Lots of choices for ya – now you don’t have to deal with a butcher who might look at you like you have two heads!
Pressure cookers and recipes
I am not trying to re-invent the wheel here so I’m going to give you recipes from the people who know what the heck they’re doing.
For those who want bone broth in 60 minutes vs 24 hours, here is an awesome pressure cooker recipe from NomNomPaleo.
If you want to take the slower route to broth, try the recipe below. I borrowed this information from Sarah Wilson of “I Quit Sugar” fame. Here is the link to her original post.
This recipe is mostly taken from Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions.
about 2-3kg of bones (beef marrow, knuckle bones, meaty rib, neck bones – whatever the butcher will give you)
about 3-4 litres of cold water
1/2 cup vinegar (I prefer apple cider vinegar)
2-3 onions, coarsely chopped
3 carrots, coarsely chopped
3 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
several sprigs of fresh thyme, tied together
1 teaspoon dried green peppercorns, crushed or a tsp black peppercorns
Meanwhile, place the meaty bones in a roasting pan and brown at 350 degrees in the oven. When well browned, add to the pot along with the vegetables.
Add additional water, if necessary, to cover the bones; but the liquid should come no higher than within one inch of the rim of the pot, as the volume expands slightly during cooking.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and add the thyme and crushed peppercorns.
Simmer 12-72 hours.
Strain the lot (you’ll need to use tongs our your hands to pull out the bones) into a large bowl. Let cool in the fridge and then…
Operation Remove Fat Layer.
This is a little gross, but somehow satisfying. The congealed fat on top is usually a good 1-2cm thick and you can literally pick it up in chunks (like ice over a pond) and turf it.
Divide into containers and freeze/eat.
Some things to know:
- You brown the meatier of the bones in the oven first to 200 degrees C/395 F for 45-90 minutes. Lamb/beef bones give better broth if roasted in the oven first.
- Acid is necessary in order to extract the minerals from the bone. Add some vinegar to aid in leaching these minerals – in particular calcium -and other nutrients from the bones.
- The water should be cold, because slow heating helps bring out flavors.
- Stock will keep several days in the fridge…I mostly freeze it though.
- Boiled down it concentrates and becomes a jellylike fumée or demi-glaze that can be reconstituted into a sauce by adding water.
- For more information Nourished Kitchen is a great resource. Ditto Sally’s Nourishing Traditions.
Some things to do with bone broth:
* Drink it like a soup
* Make this amazing Wild Mushroom stew (picture above).
* Braise vegetables with it. I use a tablespoon or two instead of oil when doing stirfries.
OKAY! I want to know – do you make bone broth? If so, have you got any good tips and tricks? And what benefits have you seen? If you don’t make bone broth, have I convinced you to give it a try? Or are you completely grossed out?COMMENT
Woohoo for your hoohoo!
I can’t even believe I am writing a post with a title like that! What a world we live in!
As I said in my weekly email, one reason I love being a girl (who also happens to specialize in lady parts) is that I get to play with cool new products like those offered by Healthy Hoohoo! My good friend Stacy, the founder and creator of Healthy Hoohoo had this to say about our partnership:
“A strategic relationship for the record books: hoohoo head honcho + chief period fixer-upper!”
Better words have never been spoken!
Okay let’s talk hoohoo. The idea is to always work with your vagina, not against it. Especially when it comes to cleansers and any other product we put near our precious parts. As Stacy puts it, “your vagina is a self-cleaning oven” and only the best/most natural ingredients will do. She uses aloe, green tea, cucumber and pomegranate extract in all her products. She does not use parabens, fragrance, alcohol, mineral oil, sulphates, dyes, phthalates, or animal by-products.
You can read here what Healthy Hoohoo has to say about the importance of natural ingredients in feminine care products.
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