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Follow your Flow podcast is hosted by Women's Health Counsellor/Practitioner & Educator, Sara Harris. Sara brings the topics of menstruation, contraception, pregnancy, fertility and menopause to the fore, having very real conversations with real women and health professionals. This show aims to enlighten topics around being a woman that have otherwise been shrouded in stigma, taboos or even modern hype. Episodes will be released every 2 weeks. If you are a woman interested in understanding your health and life on a deeper level, where being real is a priority for you, then you will love this podcast!

Follow your Flow Sara Harris

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

Follow your Flow podcast is hosted by Women's Health Counsellor/Practitioner & Educator, Sara Harris. Sara brings the topics of menstruation, contraception, pregnancy, fertility and menopause to the fore, having very real conversations with real women and health professionals. This show aims to enlighten topics around being a woman that have otherwise been shrouded in stigma, taboos or even modern hype. Episodes will be released every 2 weeks. If you are a woman interested in understanding your health and life on a deeper level, where being real is a priority for you, then you will love this podcast!

    23. 'Life-changing' Fertility Awareness Method, with Paula Andras

    23. 'Life-changing' Fertility Awareness Method, with Paula Andras

    This episode is brought to you by my Cycle Wise Woman 12-Week Program. This is a specially designed intimate program with 12 women only, where are going to dive right in to FAM - for contraception, conception or simply to get to know your own body. There are two intakes offered each year - to get your name on the wait-list, follow this link. We will be learning the method in depth, and sharing charts to learn from each other. This is invaluable when learning this method for whatever purpose you may be using it for. You can email me at sara@followyourflow.com.au or head over to the website, look under courses and events and then select Cycle Wise Woman.

    In this episode I am chatting with Paula, a participant o the Cycle Wise Woman program, who shares her insight and experience of the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) and how this changed her relationship with her body and with her cycle. The Cycle Wise Woman Program is a 12-week program with a small group of women, where we dive deep into using the FAM, it's like a FAM intensive really getting to know your cycle intimately, when you are fertile and when you are not, whether that be for contraception of conception and simply to get to know your body. As Paula shares it is very empowering on so many levels.

    Topics that Paula and I discuss in this episode:

    •Fertility Awareness Method and irregular cycles
    •Paula's menstrual cycle history
    •Looking at non-hormonal options of birth control
    •Added (unexpected) bonuses of Fertility Awareness Method
    •Observing changes in real time of cervical mucus and basal body temperature
    •How we can gain insight into our cycle and health
    •Going from hating periods to having an enormous appreciation for what the menstrual cycle offers
    •Fertility Awareness to support timing of conception, and potentially avoid IVF and ART
    •Why the Fertility Awareness Method is 'life-changing'

    Enjoy this very real and super supportive interview with Paula Andras!

    To find out more about the Cycle Wise Woman Program and the Fertility Awareness Method, go to the website https://www.followyourflow.com.au/cycle-wise-woman

    SHOW NOTES: https://www.followyourflow.com.au/post/episode-23-life-changing-fertility-awareness-method-with-paula-andras
    INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/_followyourflow_/
    FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/FollowYourFlowForever

    WORK WITH SARA: https://www.followyourflow.com.au/work-with-sara

    IMPORTANT: The information in these podcasts is of a general nature for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness or address any health concern you may have, and it may not be suited to your personal circumstances...

    • 37 min
    22. What Doctors Say About Birth Control - With Mike Gaskins

    22. What Doctors Say About Birth Control - With Mike Gaskins

    Have you ever been told by your doctor that what you're experiencing couldn't possibly be from the pill? Or maybe you're using the copper IUD and have been told that because there are no hormones involved it doesn't have any side-effects?

    In this episode I get together once again with Mike Gaskins, author of In the Name of The Pill, where we look at his 10 least favourite things that doctors say about birth control. This is a must listen for any woman who may be on or considering some form of birth control - as is Mike's book a must read and it is NOW also a must listen, having just been released as an audiobook on Audible.

    Listen in to this podcast episode or check out the video version below, to hear this all important episode where we talk about hormones, the oral contraceptive pill, depo provera, Copper IUD, Mirena, regulating periods, the history of birth control, risk of depression and anxiety associated with taking birth control and much more.

    Some important links mentioned in this episode:

    •In the Name of The Pill - Audio Book on Audible
    •Association of Hormonal Contraception with Depression
    •Episode 7 - In the Name of The Pill, with Mike Gaskins

    Some other related links:

    •Episode 20 - Is the Copper IUD a 'better' choice that the Mirena?
    •The Pill, by Dr Anne Malatt - To Medicine with Love

    Thanks to Mike as always, for his incredible dedication to Women's Health. His genuine care for women and commitment bringing the truth to the fore on important matters that deserve attention, is truly inspiring.

    **Also, to be clear, it is not ALL doctors who adhere to this list - however, it is quite clear that it is very common.

    SHOW NOTES: https://www.followyourflow.com.au/post/episode-22-what-doctors-say-about-birth-control-with-mike-gaskins
    INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/_followyourflow_/
    FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/FollowYourFlowForever

    WORK WITH SARA: https://www.followyourflow.com.au/work-with-sara

    IMPORTANT: The information in these podcasts is of a general nature for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to be used to diagnose, trea...

    • 1 hr 3 min
    21. True 2 You - With Rachel Andras

    21. True 2 You - With Rachel Andras

    In this episode I'm talking with Rachel Andras, gender expert and social educator from Spain, founder of the Indera Foundation and the brand-new platform True 2 You. I have interviewed Rachel back on Episode 12, so check that out to hear about What's Missing from Sex Education Today.

    This episode is to bring to everyone's awareness, the new platform called True 2 You, which has completely blown me away.

    It has to be the most comprehensive meaningful and supportive website for youth today, addressing every aspect that affects young people providing a space for them to get information, to have real conversations, read articles, ask questions and they can even attend support groups. There is a free online magazine with literally hundreds of articles!

    Rachel's message is super clear - if we think we need to 'tell' and 'educate' the youth of today how to navigate life, we are entirely on the wrong track. Because perhaps 'we' (the adults) are part of the problem!

    Here are some of the topics we cover:

    - True 2 You is for young people, parents, teachers
    - Is 'educating' our youth what is really needed?
    - What are our standards in society?
    - Do we patronise young people thinking we have to 'tell them' how to do it?
    - True role models - do young people have them?
    - What is sexspreading versus revenge porn?
    - 'Ask an Expert' on the True 2 You website
    - Teacher resources for running sessions on relationships, self-love & self-esteem, understanding violence and bullying, the power to change, and much more.
    - True 2 You Magazine & Quizzes
    - Why do we accept and settle for less in relationships?

    True 2 You website - https://true2you.eu

    Enjoy looking through is game-changing website, with endless content to support us all on the real issues and challenges in life, so that we can be true to ourselves and therefore a true reflection for the young people in our lives.

    SHOW NOTES: https://www.followyourflow.com.au/podcast
    INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/_followyourflow_/
    FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/FollowYourFlowForever

    WORK WITH SARA: https://www.followyourflow.com.au/work-with-sara

    IMPORTANT: The information in these podcasts is of a general nature for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness or address any health concern you may have, and it may not be suited to your personal circumstances. It is in no way to be used as a substitute for or alternative to the advice of a registered medical or health care professional. By engaging with this material and any other material distributed by Follow your Flow, you are acknowledging that you are solely responsible for any decisions you make regarding your health, you will not rely on any information presented by Follow your Flow in making health decisions, and that you have consulted with a registered medical practitioner on your particular circumstances, conditions and goals and will continue to do so. If you do not agree with this statement, you should not listen to or use the podcasts on this site or use any other information provided by Follow your Flow.

    • 51 min
    20. Is the Copper IUD a better choice than the Mirena?

    20. Is the Copper IUD a better choice than the Mirena?

    I get a lot of questions about contraception, with women looking for alternatives to the pill. And one question that always comes up on this topic is - what is the difference between the Copper IUD (intra-uterine device) and the Hormonal IUD? The common and understandable way of thinking is that the copper IUD is better because it doesn't have the hormones. And/or the hormonal IUD is better than the pill because the hormones are only released locally. In this episode I take a look to see what's really going on here with these intra-uterine devices. Are they effective? How do they work? How do they impact the body? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

    Here are some of the main points discussed in this episode:

    •What is the Copper IUD? And how does it work?
    •The Copper IUD used as emergency contraception
    •What is the Hormonal IUD? And how does it work?
    •Do the hormones in the Mirena only act locally to the reproductive organs?
    •How effective are these methods of contraception?
    •Do these methods of contraception affect ovulation?
    •What is copper toxicity? And what symptoms to look out for?
    •What are the side-effects of both the Copper IUD and the Mirena?
    •What are the advantages and disadvantages of both?
    •How much do they cost comparatively?
    •The importance of being informed and working in partnership with your doctor on the topic of contraception.

    SHOW NOTES: https://www.followyourflow.com.au/podcast
    INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/_followyourflow_/
    FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/FollowYourFlowForever

    WORK WITH SARA: https://www.followyourflow.com.au/work-with-sara

    IMPORTANT: The information in these podcasts is of a general nature for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness or address any health concern you may have, and it may not be suited to your personal circumstances. It is in no way to be used as a substitute for or alternative to the advice of a registered medical or health care professional. By engaging with this material and any other material distributed by Follow your Flow, you are acknowledging that you are solely responsible for any decisions you make regarding your health, you will not rely on any information presented by Follow your Flow in making health decisions, and that you have consulted with a registered medical practitioner on your particular circumstances, conditions and goals and will continue to do so. If you do not agree with this statement, you should not listen to or use the podcasts on this site or use any other information provided by Follow your Flow.

    • 38 min
    19. Endometriosis & Self-Care, with Jane Keep

    19. Endometriosis & Self-Care, with Jane Keep

    Endometriosis is experienced by 1 in 10 women. It is a condition where endometrial like tissue grows outside of the uterus, forming adhesions in the pelvic cavity and therefore can affect other organs such as the bladder and the bowel. When the endometrial lining responds to hormonal changes each month, so too do the adhesions growing outside of the uterus which can cause severe pain, along with other complications.

    The average length of time for a woman to be diagnosed with endometriosis is 7 years - the reasons being that it can be passed off as just being bad period pain; symptoms associated with endo are similar to other pelvic conditions; and 1 in 3 women consult 3-4 physicians before getting an actual diagnosis - so this takes time...

    The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare estimated that this condition cost $7.4 billion in 2017/18, mostly through reduced quality of life and productivity losses - and they acknowledge that this may actually be a considerable underestimate given the difficulties in diagnosing and in underdiagnosing.

    In this episode, I had the great pleasure of interview Jane. She is a professional woman who is 60 years old this year and works in health-care, manages a large number of people, also works at a University and volunteers for other numerous organisations.

    And she has a very interesting history with Endometriosis that we are going to hear about in this episode. What she came to in her understanding of the condition and how she was living is incredibly valuable and I am so pleased that she has very generously shared her experience with us on the Follow Your Flow Podcast, for you all to hear her story.

    If you experience severe period pain and or have a diagnosis of endometriosis, have you considered Counselling as part of your treatment? I work with women 1:1 in a counselling capacity to support them to deal with any trauma associated with these conditions - and there is often A LOT of trauma involved that can be due to the pain itself, the management of the pain, the effects and impacts on your life - and then I also work with you to look at any underlying patterns that may be contributing to what you are experiencing. Head over to the Follow Your Flow website and go to the 'work with me' tab and you can get in touch from here.


    Topics we discussed -

    •Jane talks about her life in her younger years, working a very stressful job and not taking care of herself. She was absolutely exhausted and 'burnt-out' eventually.


    •Jane needed a big stop to help her recognise that she was not taking care of herself - even though part of her role was to advocate for wellbeing in the workplace.

    •Is being stoic really a desirable way to be in work and in life? And how did this impact Jane's body and her overall health?


    •Jane's experience of extreme debilitating pain as a young woman - disillusioned and blind-sided by the lack of medical support, the succession of pain-killers and being prescribed by the oral contraceptive pill.


    •Jane had numerous investigations into the pain and associated symptoms she was experiencing however endometriosis was never mentioned until she was in her 30's.


    •What options was Jane eventually given?


    •What changes did Jane make and how did this change her experience of the pain?


    •Considering the detail of understanding your cycle and how you live your life - and how they mutually exclusive.


    •The link between self-worth and endometriosis. Jane makes astounding revelations around this that so many women will be able to relate...

    • 52 min
    18. Ways to 'know' (& NOT know) when you ovulate.

    18. Ways to 'know' (& NOT know) when you ovulate.

    This episode is brought to you by my Cycle Wise Woman 8-Week Program. This is a specially designed intimate program with 12 women only, where are going to dive right in to FAM - for contraception, conception or simply to get to know your own body. I'm offering the first program, starting in July, at a heavily reduced rate and there are still some places available at the time of this episode airing, so get in touch if you' like to join us. We will be learning the method in depth, and sharing charts to learn from each other. This is invaluable when learning this method for whatever purpose you may be using it for. You can email me at sara@followyourflow.com.au or head over to the website, look under courses and events and then select Cycle Wise Woman.

    On average women have around 450 periods in a lifetime. So if that's the case, this means that there has to be around 450 ovulations, because remember ovulation happens first! But very few women actually know when this happens, they may have some idea or if they are like I was up my late 20's, they may not know what it even is. I see so many women who are trying to conceive and they get the timing completely wrong thinking they are ovulating at a particular time when they are not. So this episode is discussing the ways to KNOW when you ovulate. We all need to know this and we CAN know this, the ACTUAL day of ovulation, just as well as we know our bleeding time.

    Here are some of the main points discussed in this episode:

    •The key word is 'know' - not think, guess, assume, presume - it's know. And this is absolutely possible.


    •What is ovulation? A reminder about what ovulation actually is...


    •When does it occur in general? We can have a general understanding that ovulation occurs around 2 weeks before we get our period. However we have to look at the signs our body is communicating for us to know exactly when that is from cycle to cycle.

    Why do you want to know when you ovulate?

    •To achieve pregnancy
    •To avoid pregnancy
    •To support diagnosis like PCOS, see stress patterns, short luteal phase - could be linked to recurrent miscarriage, hormone levels - are you ovulating at all, amenorrhea
    •To get to know your body - understand the markers in your body that support you to identify or confirm the changes that you feel - we are not always the same.

    Ways to KNOW when you ovulate
    Please note: this is not the rhythm method, which is where your previous menstrual cycles are tracked on a calendar, and this information is used to predict future ovulations.

    •Cervical Mucus (CM) - presence communicates the lead up to ovulation and can also let you know when ovulation has occurred
    •Basal Body Temperature (BBT) - thermal shift in temperature confirms when you have ovulated
    •Cervical position (CP)- feels Soft, High, Open, Wet (SHOW) when approaching ovulation - can't be used exclusively but can support other methods - particularly CM and BBT
    •Ovulation Predictor Kits (OPK) - measures LH surge that happens before ovulation.


    •Can OPK's reduce your chances of conceiving?


    •Is it possible to miss your fertile window when using OPK's?


    •Does using OPK's alone encourage use of the Rhythm Method (RM)?


    •How is the Fertility Awareness Method different to the RM?


    •In terms of timing, how do you maximise your chances of conception?

    IN SUMMARY ...

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

salty bip ,

Brilliant education

I wish I had learnt this stuff at a much earlier age.
Such great foundational education and so needed to be able to navigate life in a much more sustainable and connected way .
Thankyou so much for this Sara. So very much needed!!

CheriseHolt ,

Pearls of wisdom for every age

All the realities of living in a woman’s body, full of inspiration and support to deepen in one’s own body-relationship and understand your cycle. I wish I had access to such wisdom and support when I was younger, but equally love that this is available now.

HannahAus ,

A must listen

Possibly the realest and most honest account of periods. Addressing the often unadressed topic of contrception... And beyond that - the magic that is in our bodies as women and the beauty of it all.

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