Female Fertility & Education in San Diego

Female fertility and education are concepts that are close to my heart.

 

The reason: working in my practice for over 7 years has exposed me to a large number of women seeking answers to their fertility problems.

Most women’s fertility concerns revolve around infertility, irregular cycles, painful bleeding and hormonal imbalance, although these are just some of the conditions women struggle with today.

The Importance of Female Fertility and Education In Coronado

In my experience, I have found that one of the best and most effective solutions to address these problems is through female education, which is why I chose to train and become part of the Fertility Education & Medical Management (FEMM).

As a women’s health organization, FEMM is focused on encouraging women to familiarize themselves with their bodies and helping them understand hormonal signs of good health.

Through FEMM, women learn to observe and chart their menstrual cycle as well as recognize hormonal changes and signs of fertility. The FEMM program is geared toward women whose goal is to:

  • Get off birth control

  • Heal from the damage of hormonal birth control

  • Get pregnant

  • Avoid pregnancy

  • Identify and Correct hormone imbalances

I’ll now discuss these items in greater detail below.

Getting Off Hormonal Birth Control

Hormonal Birth control is one of the more popular ways of preventing unplanned pregnancies. If you’re ready to have a baby but have been taking pills or have had an IUD for years, you might feel a little anxious about what changes could happen to your body when you stop using hormonal birth control (HBC).

For the majority of women, getting off hormonal birth control doesn’t have a lot of impact on their bodies. However, if you were taking the pill to control acne or alleviate cramps, you might experience those symptoms again when you stop taking it.

The side effects of going off the pill after taking it for years can also vary depending on the dosage and type of birth control you’ve been taking, e.g. progestin only, combination, etc. The presence or absence of side effects also depends on your body, which is why two women using the same HBC at the same dosage may have different symptoms of withdrawal.

However, there are also commonalities in how women experience getting off the pill:

  • You could get pregnant easily.

  • Your weight will more or less be the same.

  • You could have acne breakouts.

  • You could experience temporary hair loss.

  • You may end up having less regular and heavier periods.

  • Your breasts may start feeling more sensitive post-ovulation.

  • Your vitamin D levels could decrease.

  • You could experience more headaches.

  • Your libido could be affected.

 

 

 

If you’re trying to get off HBC but are worried about the side effects or need more information about this process, FEMM can help.

Healing From the Damage of Hormonal Birth Control

Before the introduction of modern methods of birth control, women were able to avoid getting pregnant through the practice of abstinence, which is a natural or traditional birth control method.

However, due to lifestyle changes and the wide availability and the convenience offered by modern contraceptives, more and more women turned to these methods to prevent unwanted or unplanned pregnancies.

The problem with modern contraceptives, particularly HBC, is that they can have harmful effects on the body as they are formulated to affect the hormones that regulate several bodily processes.

Women’s bodies are particularly sensitive to hormonal changes, however small. For example, lower estrogen levels can lead a woman to become more prone to developing osteoporosis. Moreover, there are certain cancers that are hormone-sensitive, including breast and ovarian cancer.

Other side effects of birth control use include acne, headaches or migraines, mood swings and changes in one’s period. More serious side effects include nutrient depletion, hormonal and gut imbalances, chemical exposure and liver dysfunction.

There are so many things we can do in our life to heal from the damage of hormone imbalances! From diet and lifestyle to exercise and sleep, we will be able to help your body recover. 

Getting Pregnant

Women who want to be pregnant need to be able to predict their ovulation period and consider ways of boosting their fertility. While some women get pregnant almost instantly, for others, conceiving successfully is challenging.

If you’re ready to conceive, you should not only focus on mastering the intricacies of ovulation, but also consider the following:

  • Regular chiropractic care to ensure there is proper communication between the reproductive organs and the endocrine system

  • Charting and understanding your cycle

  • Sex during or near ovulation time

  • Maintaining a normal weight

 

Other natural ways of improving your chance of conceiving include sticking to a nutritious, well-balanced diet and managing stress.

To maximize fertility, you should also know the things you need to avoid to improve your chances of getting pregnant. Some lifestyle changes can help boost your chances of conceiving, such as the following:

  • Cessation of smoking and alcohol intake

  • Reducing caffeine consumption

  • Regulating exercise

  • Avoid and remove plastics from your life

The Benefits of FEMM In Coronado

FEMM programs are designed to benefit all women regardless of race and age, as they provide support for all stages of life. Men can also benefit from taking the same courses as, through learning, they can develop an understanding of women’s bodies and support their health goals.

FEMM education gives women opportunities to fulfill their health and reproductive goals by helping them take control of their fertility.

Aside from FEMM educational programs, women can also download the FEMM health app, which lets them easily track their health goals and manage their fertility whether they plan to prevent pregnancy or want to get pregnant.

Other services FEMM offers include wellness checks, pap smears, routine gynecological exams and many more.

If you are interested in FEMM or wish to attend an online FEMM workshop, please contact me.

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