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The Mana Women's Wellness Podcast

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Coming off the pill birth control

Periods

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Did you know that the pill was the very first medication that was prescribed to perfectly healthy women to treat something that was not a health problem?

Instead, it works by shutting down a completely natural process of the female body – ovulation.

Periods

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Let’s get something straight, cervical mucus is not just discharge and it is a very good thing! You want to see mucus throughout your menstrual cycle because it’s the very best real-time indicator you have of your fertile window. It tells you when you’re ovulating so you can use this information to avoid unplanned pregnancy or conceive naturally. Mucus helps keep sperm alive and helps get us pregnant, and it protects us from vaginal infections. The change in mucus during our cycle also helps us to predict our next period and if you’re a control freak like me – you like knowing when your period is coming. Some women see cervical mucus every single day. Some only see it a few days in a month. And every single one of these women is 100% normal.

Guest Experts

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In this episode, we’re talking about UTIs and why the bacteria around your vagina and bladder are essential for good health. I’m chatting with registered Chinese medicine practitioner Joanna Macmeikan about all things UTIs and bacterial vaginosis and why antibiotics are not always the answer.

Pelvic Floor

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In this episode, we’re talking about overactive pelvic floors. When your pelvic floor muscles have higher tone and activity than what we’d consider normal and why kegels are the very last thing you should be doing.

For some women, weakness isn’t the problem. And when we’re all being bombarded with the message to do our pelvic floor exercises every single day, we’re not necessarily being told about symptoms other than weakness and leaking. And so any problem down there at all, we think can be fixed by squeezing and lifting every day.

And this could be doing more harm than good.

Periods

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Ever had a complete breakdown only to discover that your period came the next day and *maybe* you overreacted slightly?

Yep, I’ve been there!

Mood swings, PMS, breakouts – in this week’s podcast episode, we’re wrapping up the Menstrual Cycle Masterclass series and talking about the luteal phase. That window of time after ovulation has occurred and as your body is preparing for your next period. That window of time where those typical symptoms of PMS start to emerge…

Periods

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In this episode, Part 3 of the Menstrual Cycle Masterclass, we have arrived at the main event – ovulation. I’ll be sharing what happens in our bodies in the lead up to, during and after ovulation, the signs of ovulation you can look out for and how to support your body during this important window of time with nutrition, exercise and self care.

Periods

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The follicular phase – the window of time between menstruation and ovulation – can be tricky. While all of the other phases of our menstrual cycle are usually quite consistent and reliable, it’s the follicular phase which can change every single month. Some women may even skip this phase completely!

Welcome to Part Two of your Menstrual Cycle Masterclass, where I’m breaking down the sneakiest of all the phases of the menstrual cycle, the follicular phase – what actually goes on inside our body, how to support your body, balance your hormones and support your reproductive system with nutrition, self care, exercise and sleep.

The Menstrual Phase - Menstrual Cycle Masterclass Part 1

Periods

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Half of the world’s population will experience a period. A lifetime of periods equates to 8.6 years, 448 weeks, 3139 days, 70 080 hours. And yet, I wonder just how many women actually understand what’s going on in their bodies. Not just during menstruation, but for the rest of the month too. Welcome to your Menstrual Cycle Masterclass, where I’ll be diving deep into each phase of the menstrual cycle – what actually goes on inside our body, how to support your body, balance your hormones and support your reproductive system with nutrition, self care, exercise and sleep.

Guest Experts

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In this episode, I have the absolute pleasure of talking with Melissa Finlay – a nutritionist with a love for women’s health.

She’s passionate about helping people take control of their health, and getting back to feeling great so that life can be lived to the fullest. Her absolute favourite thing is to see people change their lives through understanding how to treat their body with the respect it deserves. Not only is Mel a qualified Nutritionist, she is also a Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer with years of experience in helping people reach their health, fitness and wellness goals.

Women's Health

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It’s the first week of September which means it’s Women’s Health Week in Australia. This is an event now in its 8th year and is run by Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, an Australian not-for-profit organisation that is dedicated to improving women’s health and inspiring women to take control of their health.

This year’s theme is all about Checking In on Your Health – and so in this week’s podcast episode, I’m unpacking the 3 health checks that every woman needs to know about – no matter what age you are or season of life you’re currently in.

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