Hi! I'm Lisa Hendrickson-Jack, author of The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility. I've been teaching women to chart their cycles using fertility awareness for nearly 2 decades.
After nearly 20 years in the field, I'm disheartened by how little has changed in our education systems. Most women learn very little about their menstrual cycles, and most of what they're taught is blatantly false. To this day, most women are still taught that ovulation always takes place on day 14 of the (28 day) menstrual cycle, and that they are fertile on every day of their menstrual cycle.
Hormonal birth control is marketed as the only effective option to prevent pregnancy, and women are rarely fully informed about the most common side effects. However, hormonal birth control is associated with a whole host of detrimental side effects including depression, anxiety, low libido, clitoral (and ovarian) shrinkage, nutrient deficiencies, and so much more!
You deserve better, and it all starts with understanding your body, your menstrual cycles, and your fertility.
That is why I wrote The Fifth Vital Sign.
Lisa Hendrickson-Jack talks about vaginas a lot! She’s a certified Fertility Awareness Educator and Holistic Reproductive Health Practitioner who teaches women to chart their menstrual cycles for natural birth control, conception, and monitoring overall health. In her new book The Fifth Vital Sign, Lisa debunks the myth that regular ovulation is only important when you want children, by recognizing the menstrual cycle as a vital sign. Drawing heavily from the current scientific literature, Lisa presents an evidence-based approach to fertility awareness and menstrual cycle optimization. She hosts the Fertility Friday Podcast, a weekly radio show devoted to helping women connect to their fifth vital sign by uncovering the connection between menstrual cycle health, fertility, and overall health. With well over a million downloads, Fertility Friday is the #1 source for information about fertility awareness, and menstrual cycle health, connecting women around the world with their cycles and their fertility — something our education systems have consistently failed to do. When she’s not researching, writing, and interviewing health professionals, you’ll find her spending time with her husband and her two sons. To work with Lisa in one of her fertility awareness programs, follow this link.
The Fifth Vital Sign: Master Your Cycles & Optimize Your Fertility brings together over 1000 meticulously researched scientific references to help you understand your menstrual cycle. It aims to better connect women with their menstrual cycles and to break the myth that ovulation is only important when you're ready to have a baby.
In this book you’ll learn
- what a normal cycle looks like;
- the best way to chart your cycle and increase your fertility awareness;
- how best to manage critical aspects of your health, including better sleep, exercise and a healthier diet;
- natural methods for managing period pain and PMS;
- how to successfully avoid pregnancy without the pill; and
- how to plan ahead if you do want to get pregnant.
Whether children are a part of your future plans or not, your health matters. Start learning more now, and take control of your fertility and your health.