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Knowing your body

I had my last period two years and two months ago. You see, I had a baby 17 months ago and have breastfed, co-slept, not given my boy a dummy (and followed all the guidelines for exclusive breastfeeding) and it’s take me 17 months to get a period again. However, what...

Period Panties review

Having tried them myself, I'm excited to give you a review of the Bakgat Period Panties. My verdict: truly comfortable! Let me tell you a bit more about the panties. There are three different types: Heavy flow (which can absorb 45ml of blood – that’s a lot of blood!)...

The heartbreak of a miscarriage

2018 has been full of babies for my practice. For so many women who have been struggling to fall pregnant, this has been their year of positive pregnancy tests and ecstatic phone calls.

But as happy as that has been, I have also supported several women through miscarriages. It’s that dreaded message or call I get at around eight weeks and one I hate because of the heartache I can feel from the woman who has lost her baby.

Do you know what your birth control options are?

A friend emailed me Fitbit’s latest newsletter last week on predicting cycles for better life planning.

Fitbit’s prediction algorithm helps you estimate your next period, fertile window and ovulation date. I have to say that the modern woman has so many wonderful tools at her fingertips that help her take control of her fertility. With so many apps to choose from, and products like the Daysy thermometer, gone are the days when we felt like we only had one option of birth control.

Myths about falling pregnant

There is so much information on the internet these days, some true, some complete nonsense. If you have ever heard any of the below statements, they are all myths: Lying on your back with your hips elevated for 20 minutes after sex will help you conceive. If you...

Birth control – naturally

All women need a way to have children when they want them, and not to have them when they don’t. They need to feel good about the whole thing — not freaked out, bloated and crazy. This is possible thanks to the wonderful simplicity of the Justisse Method of Fertility...

Menstrual health problems

The health of your menstrual cycle is a reflection of the health of your whole body. Paula Hillard, M.D., professor of obstetrics & gynaecology and pediatrics at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine, said: The menstrual cycle is a window into the general...

Are you increasing your risk of breast cancer?

Breast cancer month. It drives me crazy! I’m being honest here. We all know at least one woman who has been affected by it. I do: Dr Heidi van Loggerenberg. The woman who changed my life. You see, instead of hearing Heidi’s story about how hormonal contraceptives...

Breastfeeding and birth control

Hormonal contraceptives (the pill/Mirena/patch) containing greater than 35 mcg of estrins will diminish a woman’s milk supply. In general, hormonal contraceptive use is not recommended for a breastfeeding mother because of the risk of contamination of her milk supply...

How expensive is your birth control?

I often get enquires about my services from women thinking of making the change to a more natural, healthier option of birth control. I get so excited because my mantra of “let’s change the world one woman at a time” makes me feel like I am getting there. Albeit...

Choosing the right practitioner

Women are happy to shop around for shoes or for the perfect set of curtains to match their lounge, but when it comes to shopping around for medical and holistic health practitioners we will gladly accept the ideas, training and practice methods of one doctor. Why do...

Hormonal contraception and menstrual health problems

Endometriosis, PMS, PCOS The hormonal contraceptive is an endocrine disruptor, which means it disrupts your endocrine system. Therefore your symptoms might be alleviated but the problem and the imbalance is not fixed. Oral contraceptives are often the treatment of...

So you want an effective birth control method?

What I’m about to tell you might sound too good to be true. Believe me, it’s not. There is a method of birth control that’s more affordable than the pill, Mirena or injection. A method that won’t kill your sex drive, has zero side effects (like weight gain or risk of...

Holistic approach to falling pregnant

Some women fall pregnant without even batting an eyelid. Some plan it to the tee and others try for years. We are all on our own journey and what’s difficult for some may come naturally to others. Whatever camp you fall into, charting your cycle is one of the most...

Coming off the birth control pill

There are many different opinions among the medical and scientific communities about the true effects of hormonal contraception. What we do know is that in order for hormonal contraception to work it has to stop your normal daily bodily endocrine system from working...

Holistic approach to menstrual health problems

Suffering from reproductive health problems is not an experience most women would call enjoyable. Reproductive health problems include Poly Cycstic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, menstrual cramps and PMS, all of which can be controlled and cured in some cases...

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