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The Wholly a Woman podcast is hosted by Dr. Emily, the natural family planning pharmacist. In this show, we will discuss women's health from the perspective of a natural family planning educator and pharmacist. This show is for women who want to learn more about how their beautiful bodies work and want to find encouragement and inspiration to embrace their whole womanhood. New episodes are released every Sunday evening.

Wholly a Woma‪n‬ Emily Kirkwold

    • Health & Fitness
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The Wholly a Woman podcast is hosted by Dr. Emily, the natural family planning pharmacist. In this show, we will discuss women's health from the perspective of a natural family planning educator and pharmacist. This show is for women who want to learn more about how their beautiful bodies work and want to find encouragement and inspiration to embrace their whole womanhood. New episodes are released every Sunday evening.

    Episode 52: Celebrating One Year of the Wholly a Woman podcast! Highlights of the top 5 episodes

    Episode 52: Celebrating One Year of the Wholly a Woman podcast! Highlights of the top 5 episodes

    Today I am celebrating a year’s worth of episodes! So what I want to do is highlight the top 5 most downloaded episodes of the Wholly a Woman podcast.

    The 5th most downloaded episode is Episode #1, with yours truly, What is NFP?

    The 4th most downloaded episode is Episode #12, Giving You Options with the Marquette Method of NFP with Sara Flood, RN, and NFP instructor

    The 3rd most downloaded episode is Episode #16, Self-care to Reduce Stress and Balance Hormones with Dr. Heather Rhodes

    The 2nd most downloaded episode is Episode #23, Be Curious About and Accept Yourself - Interview with Jigyasa Takkar. An amazing teenager with so much wisdom

    And the #1 most downloaded Episode of the Wholly a Woman podcast this past year is Episode #14, How to Use the Marquette Method of Natural Family Planning, a solo episode with Dr. Emily (sorry it is super quiet!)

    Whether this is your first time listening or you have been a subscriber since the beginning, thank you SO much for being part of this journey with me! It was especially fun for me to hear the different guests answer how they would recommend women celebrate their whole womanhood.

    Please help me celebrate all week by letting me know YOUR favorite moments on the Wholly a Woman podcast. Post and tag me @nfppharmacist on Instagram, or message me @nfppharmacist on Facebook Messenger, on Instagram or even on TikTok. Or don’t hesitate to send me an email to emily@nfppharmacist.com. It would absolutely make my week to hear from YOU! And when you let me know your favorite moment, if you have any ideas for future episodes, whether that is a topic or a guest, please let me know that too!

    One final favor: if you haven’t yet, would you rate and review this podcast on Apple Podcasts? THANK YOU!

    My next FREE “Know Your Body with Natural Family Planning” workshop is Tues 3/16/21 at 7:30pm central time. Sign up at https://workshop.nfppharmacist.com/0316. See you then!

    You can find Sara Flood here: www.nfpcoach.com
    Facebook: www.facebook.com/nfpcoach
    Instagram: @nfpcoach

    For more resources from Dr. Heather Rhodes, including her courses, visit https://www.drheatherrhodes.com/
    Follow Heather on Instagram: @drheatherrhodes
    Heather’s free Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/hormonessimplified

    Jigyasa Takkar is the host of the Puzzled podcast or you can connect with her on Instagram @jigyasatakkar

    If you would like to learn more so you could actually start using the Marquette Method, then visit www.nfppharmacist.com/resources and sign up for an Online Introduction to the Marquette Method of Natural Family Planning class.

    • 38 min
    Episode 51: A restorative approach to fertility - featuring Nora Pope and Dr. Jessica Liu, ND

    Episode 51: A restorative approach to fertility - featuring Nora Pope and Dr. Jessica Liu, ND

    What do you think about your own fertility? Can you be grateful for this even if you are not intending to have a baby right now, or maybe even if you are struggling with infertility?

    According to my podcast guests this week, restoration is an attitude. Are you trying to cover up your signs of fertility and/or your ability to bring forth life? Or are you learning WHY you are having these signs and what you can do to support your body’s natural functioning?

    Nora Pope and Dr. Jessica Liu, ND are naturopathic doctors who are passionate about promoting a restorative approach to fertility. Charting your cycle is a great first step. Then, if you are paying attention to your cycle, you know your normal patterns and know when you need more support.
    Here are the take-aways:
    -The magic of 5: five days of red flow, 5 days of white flow, and then the second half of your cycle should be 5 x 2-2.5 days (10-12 days)
    -If you are going to have blood testing, it needs to be based on your own cycle patterns. Use your cycle as a roadmap
    -Low-dose naltrexone can calm down the body (anti-inflammatory) to help with ovulation
    -Optimize physiology with acupuncture
    -Work with the patient wherever she is at
    -Tend the soil first. Your body has to fight the brightest burning fire
    -Stop the stigma around male infertility. Up to 50% of infertility might be male-factor
    -Look at the WHOLE person
    -Increased inflammation is correlated with decreased fertility. Conversely, decreased inflammation is associated with increased fertility
    -A diverse gut microbiome means a healthy endometrial lining
    -Restoration is an attitude. Are you trying to suppress symptoms or find the cure?

    Register now for Nora and Jessica’s Fertility CE seminar on Friday 2/26/21: www.fertilityce.com

    Follow Nora on Instagram @nora.pope and Dr. Jessica, ND on Instagram @thefertilitynd
    Tag us (I’m at @nfppharmacist) and let us know your take-aways!

    Visit me at The Wellness Boutique on Thursday 2/25/21 at 6:30pm for a free class on Spiritual Wellness. Learn more at www.thewellnessboutiquemn.com

    Resources mentioned:
    -“Day 21 no more” article by Nora Pope: https://ndnr.com/womens-health/day-21-no-more/
    -Naturopaths interested in a restorative approach to fertility:
    -Katie Corazzo, ND, Naturopathic Doctor. Balanced Care LLC 612-564-2218 drkatie@balancedcarend.com www.balancedcarend.com
    -Tamara Darragh, ND, DC, Naturopathic Doctor | Integrative Fertility. Studio Within Naturopathic Medicine. p: (612) 202-1417 tdarragh@DrTamaraDarragh.com www.DrTamaraDarragh.com Instagram: @DrTamaraDarragh
    -Medical clinics in Minnesota familiar with the restorative fertility approach: aalfafamily.com , tcnfp.org, minnesotamidwife.com, www.northlandfamilyprograms.com

    My next FREE “Know Your Body with Natural Family Planning” workshop is Tues 3/16/21 at 7:30pm central time. Sign up at https://workshop.nfppharmacist.com/0316. See you then!

    What did you think? I want to hear from you!
    Email me: emily@nfppharmacist.com
    Instagram: @nfppharmacist
    Facebook: NFP Pharmacist

    • 51 min
    Episode 50: Secular and Inclusive - What is the Justisse method of fertility awareness? - featuring Joy Davis, Justisse instructor

    Episode 50: Secular and Inclusive - What is the Justisse method of fertility awareness? - featuring Joy Davis, Justisse instructor

    Which “brand” of fertility awareness is right for you? You can think of different fertility awareness based methods / natural family planning methods as different brands. All will help you identify your body’s natural signs of fertility and then use those signs to achieve your family planning and/or health goals. It’s just about figuring out what method makes the most sense for you and your situation, and, especially if using for family planning, what instructor you fit best with.

    Joy Davis is an instructor in the Justisse method of fertility awareness. Unlike other natural family planning methods, the Justisse method is secular and inclusive. Is this the right option for you?

    Here is some of what you will hear in the interview with Joy:
    -The Justisse method was born out of a desire for non-religious fertility awareness
    -It is a secular and inclusive method of body literacy
    -Justisse is a symptothermal method, using cervical mucus and basal body temperature as fertility signs
    -Fertility awareness transforms the way you look at your body. Instead of suppressing, you’re embracing your body
    -Once you understand your cycle and what it means to be in different phases of your cycle, you can incorporate that cyclic natural into your whole life
    -”I don’t gamble, especially not with my birth control”
    -Natural family planning and fertility awareness methods are more effective when you work with an instructor

    To learn more about Joy or to work with her: https://fullmoonfertility.ca/work-with-me
    Tag Joy (@fullmoon.fertility) and me (@nfppharmacist) on Instagram and let us know your take-aways!!

    My next FREE “Know Your Body with Natural Family Planning” workshop is Tues 2/16/21 at 7:30pm central time. Sign up at workshop.nfppharmacist.com/0216. See you then!

    What did you think? I want to hear from you!
    Email me: emily@nfppharmacist.com
    Instagram: @nfppharmacist
    Facebook: NFP Pharmacist

    • 35 min
    Episode 49: The next wave of feminism - knowing and working with your body

    Episode 49: The next wave of feminism - knowing and working with your body

    Feminism is advocating for women’s rights based on equality of the sexes. And that is exactly what I see natural family planning / fertility awareness as being. Women deserve to know about their bodies, to work with their bodies, and, when used for family planning, to work in equal cooperation with their spouse.

    Women have been told birth control is their key to freedom. In reality, they have had that key within themselves all along. Every woman deserves to have the choice to use this information for family planning. Let’s usher in the next feminist wave.

    Why wasn’t I told about my natural fertility signs when I learned about my menstrual cycle?
    Why didn’t I learn about this in pharmacy school?
    Why didn’t my OB/GYN physician educate me about all my options for family planning?

    Every woman deserves to know how her body works and how to work with her body.
    Every woman deserves to make a truly informed choice when it comes to family planning.
    I’m asking every woman to stand up to help usher in this next feminist wave.

    Listen to episode 48: fertility awareness for health - featuring Mary Nordahl, FEMM instructor

    My next FREE “Know Your Body with Natural Family Planning” workshop is Tues 2/16/21 at 7:30pm central time. Sign up at workshop.nfppharmacist.com/0216. See you then!

    What did you think? I want to hear from you!
    Email me: emily@nfppharmacist.com
    Instagram: @nfppharmacist
    Facebook: NFP Pharmacist

    • 16 min
    Episode 48: Fertility awareness for health - featuring Mary Nordahl, FEMM instructor

    Episode 48: Fertility awareness for health - featuring Mary Nordahl, FEMM instructor

    Two of the most common things women tell me when I tell them about natural family planning / fertility awareness is either “I don’t need that. I’m done having babies” or “I don’t need that. I’m not in a relationship.” The thing is, family planning is only one small part of what fertility awareness can help with. Every menstruating woman can benefit from the knowledge that comes from her own body and her own cycle. Girls should learn this information as soon as they get their first period. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) has called our menstrual cycles the 5th vital sign, they are that important! And they are important throughout our cycles! Whether you just had your first period or you are nearing menopause, fertility awareness can empower you to understand your health. Mary Nordahl, fertility awareness instructor in the FEMM method, and I had an excellent conversation around the topic of using fertility awareness for health.

    Take-aways:
    -The FEMM method of fertility awareness uses cervical mucus and LH testing
    -You can find a medical management provider through the FEMM website
    -FEMM is a knowledge and education-based program. The goal of FEMM is to understand the information behind your fertility signs
    -Make an informed choice about how you use your body’s information to achieve your health and/or reproductive goals
    -Women should know so much more about their cycle than when they last had their period
    -The birth control pill is just a band-aid!
    -Cycle-tracking apps can be a useful tool, but are not equivalent to following a specific fertility awareness method and working with an instructor
    -Knowing your body is incredibly empowering!
    -You are not making an informed choice to take birth control if you don’t know your body’s natural signs of fertility and what those signs mean for your cycle. If you do know all your options, then you can feel confident when you truly choose the contraceptive method that is best for you
    -If you are told something is your ONLY option, stop and ask if there are really any other possible alternatives. Do your own research before agreeing to do or take something, especially when it relates to your health
    -You deserve to speak up for yourself
    -Myth: using NFP/FA is cumbersome. Is taking a pill every day truly easier than charting your cycle?
    -Squash comparison by remembering you are enough
    -When you love yourself, then you can pour out that love to others

    Related Wholly a Woman episodes:
    Episode 5 - our menstrual cycles are a sign of health
    Episode 13 - facts about hormonal contraceptives (how birth control works)
    Episode 16 - self-care as a strategy to reduce stress and balance hormones - featuring Dr. Heather Rhodes
    Episode 22 - thrive with a functional medicine approach to health - featuring Dr. Melody Hartzler
    Episode 24 - can natural family planning help me get off birth control?
    Episode 28 - restoring a culture of women’s health - featuring Anna Saucier

    To learn more about Mary or to work with her: https://www.fertilityawarenesspath.com/
    Find Mary on Instagram: @mn_fertilityawareness (to be updated to @fertilityawarenesspath)
    Tag me (@nfppharmacist) and Mary and let us know your take-away from this episode!

    My next FREE “Know Your Body with Natural Family Planning” workshop is Tues 2/16/21 at 7:30pm central time. Sign up at workshop.nfppharmacist.com/0216. See you then!

    What did you think? I want to hear from you!
    Email me: emily@nfppharmacist.com
    Instagram: @nfppharmacist
    Facebook: NFP Pharmacist

    • 35 min
    Episode 47: Opening your body’s channels with acupuncture - featuring Brianna Kraus, Full Circle acupuncture

    Episode 47: Opening your body’s channels with acupuncture - featuring Brianna Kraus, Full Circle acupuncture

    Your body is made of energy, and this energy moves through channels in your body like rivers. But what happens when one or more of these channels gets blocked? Acupuncture has been around for centuries and is effective for opening your body’s natural channels.

    At Full Circle Acupuncture, Brianna is committed to alleviating “common” symptoms (stress, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, etc.), so you can reestablish balance and well-being in your life. Her individualized acupuncture treatments allow her patients to be heard, understood, deeply cared for, and most importantly…to feel BETTER!

    Take-aways:
    -Just because a provider tells you your tests or symptoms are “normal,” that doesn’t mean you are well. Find a practitioner who will listen to and work with you
    -Moms are often right!
    -Your body is full of energy channels that flow like rivers. When all channels are open, that’s when you’re in optimal health
    -There are certain points along each channel to clear any blocks in the river
    -Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for a variety of conditions, including musculoskeletal pain, seasonal allergies, gut health, immune health, hormonal health, and mental health
    -An acupuncturist focuses on treating the whole person
    -Acupuncture needles are very thin, very flexible, and the needles are just the width of a cat whisker
    -Find a community. It takes a village.

    My next FREE “Know Your Body with Natural Family Planning” workshop is Tues 2/16/21 at 7:30pm central time. Sign up at workshop.nfppharmacist.com/0216. See you then!

    Brianna is located in Littleton, Colorado. To learn more about Brianna or to work with her: https://fullcircleacu.com
    Follow Full Circle Acupuncture on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/briannakrauslac
    Tag me (Emily Kirkwold on Facebook) and Brianna and let us know your take-away from this episode!

    What did you think? I want to hear from you!
    Email me: emily@nfppharmacist.com
    Instagram: @nfppharmacist
    Facebook: NFP Pharmacist

    • 39 min

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