In this episode we’re talking with Lisa Hendrickson-Jack about postpartum fertility. Lisa is a certified Fertility Awareness Educator and Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner who teaches women to chart their menstrual cycles for natural birth control, conception, and monitoring overall health. In her new book The Fifth Vital Sign, Lisa debunks the myth that regular ovulation is only important when you want children by recognizing the menstrual cycle as a vital sign. Drawing heavily from the current scientific literature, Lisa presents an evidence-based approach to fertility awareness and menstrual cycle optimization. She hosts theFertility Friday Podcast, a weekly radio show devoted to helping women connect to their fifth vital sign by uncovering the connection between menstrual cycle health, fertility, and overall health. Here’s what you’ll hear about in this episode:

  • Lisa’s background and how she got into this field
  • A brief overview of the fertility awareness method
  • The benefits of using FAM for birth control
  • How fertility changes after pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • When fertility returns after giving birth
  • The effectiveness percentage of the fertility awareness method
  • Some misconceptions about FAM
  • Challenges of using FAM as birth control in the postpartum period

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