Archive for February, 2009

A question about Queen Anne’s Lace and Wild Carrot

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

A question – and my response – about two particular herbs:

Hello Katie,

I’ve been thinking through various birth control options and I recently learned about a Western herb called Queen Anne’s Lace or Wild Carrot? Do you have any experience with it as a natural form of birth control?

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I’ve never used it myself.

A question about the follicular phase, and night lighting

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Please see a few questions, and my answers below…

Enjoy!

Dear Ms. Singer,

Your book ‘Garden of Fertility’ is superb but I just can’t understand one part of it no matter how hard I try. You have stated that low progesterone levels can be indicated by a number of factors,including when the transitioon from the follicular phase to
the luteal phase takes more than 3 days. You have also used examples to illustrate this but I cannot understand these examples. How does one work out this transition and how many days it takes. I normally seperate the follicular phase from the luteal by looking at the day when temperatures shot above coverline. So which is the transitional period?

For example on P113 on Barbara’s chart, you say she took 6 days (Days 18-23) to shift from the follicular phase to the luteal phase. How do you get 6 days?

I have shown this book to my friends as well and none of us can work it out. Not sure if I missed something in the book or if this perhaps needs further explanation.

Thanks so much for your help.

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Thank you for your question.

I first want to clarify that we’re talking about Chart 6.6 on page 114.

I think you are right. I’m confused here. I think what I was trying to show is that Day 18 was the last day before Barbara’s
temperatures started to rise. Days 20, 21, 22 and 23, her temperatures continued to rise. She didn’t have a crisp shift. I might say she was “stairstepping” between the follicular and luteal phases. The “stairstepping” quality can indicate low progesterone levels. I hope this clarifies.

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Dear Ms. Singer,

Thanks for clarifying. Yes, it is Figure 6.6 I was referring to.

I see the pattern that you have explained so it makes sense now.

I have read a few chapters of your book and it’s been quite enlightening…especially the lunaception chapter as I did not come across that in most of the articles I have read. After reading that last night, I now plan to sleep blindfolded for a few nights until my husband and I find a more practical way to block out the bright street lights that illuminate our bedroom every night.

Thanks once again for getting back to me.

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I’m glad you’re enjoying the book. Before I bought light blocking shades, I used unfolded cardboard boxes which actually worked quite well.

Best of luck,

Katie Singer

A question about teenagers and sexuality.

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Hello!

I’ve posted a query about teenagers and sexuality. My response follows below.

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Dear Katie,

Do you have advice for some kind of info to show to a 16-year old who is being tempted into sex?!

Thank you!
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Every sixteen year old is unique, so it’s hard to know what to recommend. My book, HONORING OUR CYCLES, gives a simple description of the menstrual cycle and how pregnancy occurs. THE GARDEN OF FERTILITY also includes what happens in the male reproductive system. Both books are packed with stories from real people about their experiences with sex, birth control,
and their bodies. That might be the best recommendation I can give; that you help this young woman find a way to hear from other people about their experiences.

Best of luck,

Katie Singer

A question about Night Lighting

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Greetings!

I’ve posted a question about Night Lighting, as well as my response.

Enjoy!

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Hello,

I recently got both of your books, and I thank you for the wonderful information. I’m 27 years old and haven’t had a menstrual cycle in 3 ½ years. My cycle stopped as soon as I discontinued birth control pills after taking them for 8 years. I have been charting my temperatures and cervical fluid for about a year now. I do not ovulate or have a change in cervical fluid. I have followed and combination on Weston Price and Body Ecology Diet for 4 years. I am working with a natural medicine doctor to strengthen my thyroid and adrenals. A vaginal ultrasound done about 1 year ago showed nothing abnormal.

My husband and I have begun Lunaception. We have been in complete darkness for 4 nights now. My question is should we sleep with a light on for 3 nights this coming full moon, or should we continue in darkness until I notice a change in my cervical fluid. Your opinion is greatly appreciated, and any other suggestions you might have.

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Why don’t you sleep in total darkness until the day before the full moon, and then return to total darkness on February 10th or the 11th, right after the full moon?

These days, I’m also encouraging people to consider eliminating WiFi and drastically reducing cell phone use to see if reducing microwave radiation exposure improves your health.

I would also recommend Tai Chi or yoga or some other kind of gentle movement that supports your circulation.

Do keep with your WAP/Body Ecology diet.

Best of luck,

Katie Singer