A question about HCG injections

September 8th, 2009

My answer follows the question below:

I’ve read your book (The Garden of Fertility) and have a question about BBT charting. Can I still use BBT to confirm pregnancy if I am currently taking HCG injections to lengthen my luteal phase and improve my body’s production of estrogen and progesterone? (My luteal phase was too short to support a pregnancy). My husband and I are trying to conceive (I currently chart both cervical mucous and BBT too).

Am I doing the right thing, or do other rules apply now?

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I’ve never heard of HCG injections. You might go to your local hospital’s medical library, and ask the librarian to help you answer your question. You might also ask the librarian to help you research your risks in taking this drug. Also, your pharmacist should give you the drug company’s insert for these injections, and it might address these questions.

A question about breastfeeding

September 8th, 2009

Another message I thought you might enjoy. My response follows the message below.

Dear Katie,

I read your book, The Garden of Fertility. It’s great! Very helpful. We are loosely following a Weston Price diet, taking our butter and codliver oil every day, eating no sugar or processed foods, eating plenty of grass fed meat and raw butter and eggs and fermented foods and organic vegetables. We don’t have nearly enough organ meats or bone stock. I have 2 children, one is 5 and one is two and a half.

I’m still nursing the youngest a bit. He’s small for his age, though his big brother isn’t, but my husband and I aren’t really that big either, so I expect it’s genes rather than diet related, but who really knows? He’s very healthy and bright and lovely. His teeth are closer together than his brother’s but there are still spaces between them.

We started our version of the WAP diet a few months before getting pregnant with him. Before that we were macrobiotic for many years, although I started eating cheese, yoghurt, lamb and chicken when I became pregnant with my first. I nursed the first right through my second pregnancy and just to go to sleep at night for a couple of months after the second was born. I’ve never really been able to find anything about how long “traditional” people nursed their babies, and if they nursed when pregnant or trying to get pregnant, or if there was a period of time before getting pregnant where they were no longer nursing in order to build up their reserves again. Do you know? I’m just wondering about getting pregnant again and if I should stop nursing entirely and wait a while before I try. Do you have any opinion about this? I just want to make sure I’m doing the best thing particularly as it’s my third. I’m sorry to throw so much information at you. I’m not sure if you can help, but I’d be really interested in anything you had to say. Thanks!

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Thank you for your email. I do not know how long people breastfed in traditional cultures. I can recommend two books: “Our Babies, Ourselves: How Biology and Culture Shape the Way We Parent” by Meredith Small. You might also enjoy “Mother Nature: A History of Mothers, Infants, and Natural Selection” by Sarah Blaffer Herdy.

I will also say that I have questions about how the number of children that a woman has and the space between her children have been affected by the phenomenal changes on our planet in the last 150 years. Quality food is much more difficult to get. We are all experiencing increased population density, and technology can rule the pace of our lives. How do these factors affect creating healthy families and healthy child-spacing? I don’t know! I do know that I do have questions.

Thanks for your thoughtfulness on these matters.

Very best,

Katie Singer

A question about fibroid tumors

September 8th, 2009

Greetings!

I received the following question regarding fibroid tumors, and I thought I’d share the information with my readers. My response follows the message below.

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I found out 1.5 years ago that I have several fibroid tumors and cysts on my right ovary. My doctor suggested surgery for both. I have tried several alternative options with little results. I eat nutrient dense foods but do not take any supplements except cod liver oil. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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I can think of four suggestions for you.

1. Read up about estrogen dominance (in earlier FAQs) and in Dr. Tom Cowan’s “Fourfold Path To Healing.” Do what you can to decrease your exposure to estrogenic stuff.

2. Check out Carla Dionne’s website, uterinefibroids.com.

3. Try homeopathy. You’ll need a very experienced homeopath.

4. Try acupuncture and chinese herbs. Again, you’ll need a practitioner whom you connect with and trust.

Meanwhile, continue with your nutrient dense diet, and avoid sugar, soy, white flour, and unsaturated oils and trans fats.

Very best,

Katie Singer

An interesting message regarding Natural Family Planning

September 8th, 2009

I thought you might like to read this, along with my response, below:

As I see you are quite the authority on natural family planning and I had a questions. My husband and I both want to begin using NFP to prevent pregnancy now, and help to achieve it later on. I am currently on the pill and would like to change to a healthy method of birth control. However, we are not Catholic, I think I’ve only been in a church 2 times in my life. Both of us are from Jewish families, although we are not very outwardly religious people (in the sence that we do not go to temple or observe holidays). I would like to meet with someone, a NFP councilor of some sort. However, they all seem to be affiliated with churches. I think it is important for us to meet with someone to insure that we are doing things correctly. I don’t mind visiting a church; however, I also don’t know how my religious beliefs and practices would be received. Do you have any suggestions are there any unaffiliated NFP instructors?

Thank you very much for your time.

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Congratulations on your decision to get off the pill. As a first step, I
recommend that you and your husband read my book, “The Garden of
Fertility.” This explains what happens during a healthy menstrual cycle,
how the pill affects your cycle, and it gives nutritional information and
night-lighting techniques for encouraging your cycles’ return to health. I
also give comprehensive instruction about how to chart your fertility
signs, and how to identify the days you are fertile and infertile.

The book also includes a test that you and your husband can take at home
to determine how well you know the method.

You can also contact the Fertility Awareness Network in New York City to
find a teacher near you. FAM’s number is 800.597.6267. FAM is a secular
organization.

Best of luck,

Katie Singer

"The Garden of Fertility" in Spanish

August 10th, 2009

A question (and my response) about obtaining my books in Spanish.

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First of all, i want to say that i love your book. i am still not doing the best at charting, but at least i know which days i can and cannot get pregnant, so it has helped me a ton! i just have to get into a routine of charting everything, which i just need to stop being lazy. anyway, the real reason i am writing is because i have a friend that is from mexico and has 1 kid, and wanting to get pregnant with her 2nd, but is having problems. i of course told her about your book, but she doesn’t speak english. i have been talking to her about it and explaining things but i was wondering if you have your book translated into spanish? i can translate for her, it would just take awhile, but at least i am working with her on the main areas, anyways, i just wondered because i know there are a lot of hispanics it would benefit. i think the more people that have the opportunity to learn this information, the better! thanks again for an awesome book.

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Thanks for your email. I’m always glad to hear about another woman
connecting with her menstrual cycle.

The book has not been translated. I do have a fertility IQ test on this
website in Spanish.

http://www.gardenoffertility.com/iqspanish.shtml

If you decide to translate my material for your friend, you might have an easier time with Honoring Our Cycles. This book is much simpler. You should be able to order it online.

http://www.amazon.com/Honoring-Our-Cycles-Planning-Workbook/dp/096708976X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1247415077&sr=8-1

Sticky vs. Dry Mucus

June 8th, 2009

A response to a reader regarding mucus.

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As you decrease soy, your mucus might change. You might see some bone dry days after and before your period. Your cycles might get shorter.

If you don’t see significant changes after a couple of cycles, you might consider a few other things: decreasing or eliminating food wrapped in plastic; sugar, honey, maple syrup; animal products from live stock given GMO’s, bGh, antibiotics and pesticides; caffeine; perfume and other scented products. All of these contribute to estrogen dominance, and that can create the kind of mucus pattern you described. You might also try the night-lighting techniques I’ve described.

What’s the difference between dry and sticky? The nose is a moist membrane, and most people know whether the inside of their nose is dry or sticky. That’s about sensation, and it applies to vaginal sensation.

Interesting observation about body temperatures.

May 21st, 2009

Hi Katie,

Love your book!

One thing I would strongly recommend though… I always took my morning temperatures under my armpit and was always discourages as the temps were so low.

A friend recommended under the tongue. I looked through your book and noticed that you recommend either way so I tried it. Well, my temps are consistently 1-1.5 degrees higher! I just think this info needs to be out there so women know it isn’t apples to apples. I was convinced I had thyroid issues when in fact it was just the way I was measuring my temp.

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Thank you so much for sharing your research. I will post your observations on my blog.

Best,

Katie Singer

Interesting observation about body temperatures.

May 21st, 2009

Hi Katie,

Love your book!

One thing I would strongly recommend though… I always took my morning temperatures under my armpit and was always discourages as the temps were so low.

A friend recommended under the tongue. I looked through your book and noticed that you recommend either way so I tried it. Well, my temps are consistently 1-1.5 degrees higher! I just think this info needs to be out there so women know it isn’t apples to apples. I was convinced I had thyroid issues when in fact it was just the way I was measuring my temp.

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Thank you so much for sharing your research. I will post your observations on my blog.

Best,

Katie Singer

A question about night-lighting

May 13th, 2009

Hello,

I have just read your book “Honoring Our Cycles,” and I have a question
about using the “night-lighting” technique to regulate my menstrual cycle.
I have a very bright streetlight outside and my black-out curtains don’t
make the room entirely dark. Will night-lighting have the same effect if
I use a sleeping mask to block out the light from my eyes, or is it
necessary that my entire body be surrounded by complete darkness?

Thanks!

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I’m not sure. I think the eye mask should give you what you need. If you
can afford it, there are room-darkening honeycomb blinds made with mylar;
I’m also looking into roll-down blinds that might be available at places
like Home Depot. I have also had good experience with flattened cardboard
between the window and the existing blind.

Best of luck,

Katie Singer

A question about night-lighting

May 13th, 2009

Hello,

I have just read your book “Honoring Our Cycles,” and I have a question about using the “night-lighting” technique to regulate my menstrual cycle. I have a very bright streetlight outside and my black-out curtains don’t make the room entirely dark. Will night-lighting have the same effect if I use a sleeping mask to block out the light from my eyes, or is it necessary that my entire body be surrounded by complete darkness?

Thanks!

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I’m not sure. I think the eye mask should give you what you need. If you can afford it, there are room-darkening honeycomb blinds made with mylar; I’m also looking into roll-down blinds that might be available at places like Home Depot. I have also had good experience with flattened cardboard between the window and the existing blind.

Best of luck,

Katie Singer