Archive for August, 2008

A question about bleeding

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Hi Katie,

Want to thank you profusely for your book Garden of Fertility which has provided answers to me that evaded me with midwives, naturopathics and other health practitioners that really should have answers! Your book was the end of over a year of searching. Thank you!

I just have one question left…. You stated in the book that a normal cycle should have clott free bleeding. Tho everything else seems stellar, I’m still having some clotting. It was one of the things I was seeking answers for in the first place because it was something new to me.

What causes them and what can I do to get rid of them? I am sure I don’t have endometriosis, but any other info I find says they are normal. Either way, they aren’t normal for me as I’ve never had them before this last year.

By the way, I recommend your book to *everyone* and I even wrote to Mothering Magazine suggesting they do an article on it.

Hoping you can again point me in the right direction.

Thanks again!


I’m glad you like THE GARDEN.

I seem to remember that doctors of Oriental Medicine consider clotting a kind of chi stagnation. What would cause it? I’m not sure, but I bet you’d get interesting answers if you talked with doctors of Oriental Medicine. They might also be able to clear the situation through herbs and/or acupuncture.

Best of luck,

Katie Singer

Thyroid Deficiency

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008


An interesting question about thyroid problems:

I have been charting for five months and I have more than eight temperatures below 97.5 consistently during my cycles, but i am ovulating and I don’t think that I am particularly lethargic. I have been eating seaweed at least every other day, avoiding soy, I don’t take the pill, drinking nettle infusion, and taking Vitex to support progesterone. Should I be worried about a thyroid problem? If so, what can I do before I go for my annual in a few weeks.


I think your should take a “quiz” to determine if you have symptoms of a thyroid problem besides low temperatures. If you have other symptoms, then bring your concerns to your doctor. You might find a quiz on Mary Shomon’s website. To your remedies, you might consider adding cod liver oil. Do the research and discuss it with your health care provider.


Katie Singer