Truth be told? Pre-conception support for women and couples is virtually non-existent in our healthcare system.
As more and more couples struggle to conceive, the multi-billion dollar IVF industry is thriving. But 50% of the couples seeking help have no fertility issues at all. They just have the timing wrong.
For many women, the internet has taught them more about their fertility than any health professional ever has. Never before have we been able to access knowledge so easily.
But this also means anyone with a vague understanding of their menstrual cycle can claim their corner of the internet, leading to an epidemic of misinformation!
I was the girl who ate crap, used the gym as a social hangout, took the Pill because it was convenient and completely ignored the warning signs my body was sending me.
Years of working 60 hour weeks in a toxic management job that I hated, combined with stress eating and over-exercise resulted in an autoimmune disease diagnosis that changed my life overnight.
And the cause? Well, it turns out that stress can do a lot of damage.
In spite of my unsustainable work-life balance, I was tuned in to my body and quickly recognised that my pain, digestive issues and irregular menstrual cycles were a sign that something wasn’t right. I looked for second opinions and asked questions until I got answers.
Oh, and I quit my job and never looked back.
So, we see our periods as a monthly inconvenience, we suppress our natural cycles with artificial hormones and when we are FINALLY ready for pregnancy, we don’t understand our bodies and we struggle to conceive. And worst of all, we panic and think that we’re not normal and wonder if there’s something wrong with our fertility!
I taught myself about my menstrual cycle after 10 years on the Pill with zero clue about the side effects it was having on my body!
When I decided it was time to ditch the hormones forever, I had nowhere to go for help. I *attempted* to teach myself about periods, pregnancy and the pelvic floor using books, Google, anything I could find!
It wasn’t until I went back to school, got a few extra bits of paper and started working with women with the same questions I had that I realised just how common the problem was - and how simple the solution could be!
Doctor Google allows us to self-diagnose in seconds. Bloggers and influencers are the new wellness gurus. Say something often enough and it eventually becomes fact.
It’s no wonder women are left feeling confused and overwhelmed trying to sort the fact from the fiction
There’s more free information available to women on every imaginable subject than ever before in human history. But if you’re not aware of what you need to know (and what is utter BS), or where to get the support you really need, all the free information in the world won’t help!
When it comes to your health, it is essential to work with a qualified healthcare professional - That's where I come in!