Women’s health is something I’ve always been passionate about. I graduated with a degree in Gender & Women’s Studies from a women’s college in the South, and a large part of my focus was on health advocacy for ladies. I was a birth doula and childbirth educator for several years, and prior to that I applied and was accepted to midwifery school! But after working closely with a midwife for quite some time, I realized that I didn’t exactly have the inner tigress required for the job. (I’m just not cut out for high-adrenaline clinical work: I’m way better suited to writing, teaching, and talking.)
Once I had my third child in five years, I had to put doula’ing aside for a while because arranging for childcare during births was very difficult. I live out my passion for women’s health in a quieter way now, primarily by understanding and caring for my cycles, often with the help of a few well-designed products. Having command over my body has done nothing but improve my experience of womanhood. I take for granted that most women already know about these stellar items. But for those who don’t, I recently reached out to a variety of small companies that make lady products that I love. (Most small shops have an application process in order to become an online ambassador for their super cool items, which is very reassuring.)
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Alternative menstrual products: I’m writing a full menstruation recommendation page now, so plz check back soon!
- menstrual cups
- cloth, reusable pads
- period panties
Fertility awareness tools: this post discusses the whys and hows of charting your cycle!
Vitamins and supplements: Vitamins can be terribly expensive, but I feel my best when I include as many of these in my daily regimen as possible. Below are my top ten favorite supplements, based on a few years of research and word-of-mouth recommendation. In my dream world, I would be taking every one of these supplements everyday.
Vitex Berry, the ultimate balancing herb for women’s cycles and hormones. Can definitely cause a boost in fertility, so be wary.
I love this mood-boosting probiotic. My husband and I both take it and find that it does the trick to help with energy, digestion and an overall sense of calm. Your gut needs good bugs like these to keep your brain happy.
Another great probiotic, designed specifically with women in mind. These are shelf-stable, which some folks prefer. Again, probiotics help immensely with mood-related problems, so its always best to include them in your self-care routine.
Not everyone knows that this is an essential supplement for women’s health! Vitamin D3 helps regulate everything from the bones to the immune system. I feel best when taking between 2000-4000 units of Vitamin D3 daily. And I live in the suns shine state! Don’t be fooled into thinking that you are meeting your Vitamin D requirements with sunlight alone. My testing came back low and I’ve felt much better since I started taking these. (Fish can also be a good source of Vitamin D.)
I am the queen of pushing B-vitamins on others. Actually, being a chicken farmer’s wife, I would prefer to see folks meeting their B vitamin requirements with organ meats like hearts and livers. (I make a mood-boosting homemade chicken or duck liver paté every change I get.) But if you aren’t a fan of the organ meats, this supplement will help.
I am a fan of this brand. I strongly recommend this Women’s One Daily, along with their Blood Builder supplement (which I swear by for postpartum mamas, or any mother suffering from fatigue and low energy!).
My kids love Calm. I like to serve it warm in the evenings because it chills everyone out before bedtime. Magnesium is another that supports restful sleep and decreases anxiety. Grab some epsom salts, too, while you’re at it!
This is the fish oil supplement that I take, but there are lots of options out there. If you are having any memory problems, fuzziness, or suffering from so-called “mom brain,” don’t wait on this one.
You can find ground flaxseed but I tend to prefer whole. I even put them on pizza! Really, you can add them to anything (smoothies, cereal, oatmeal, etc.) These help improve digestion, create regularly bowel movements, promote weightloss, improve hearth health- they are loaded with fiber but very low calorie. Its really a miracle seed.
These is a gentle, herbal treatment for adrenal support, containing the most commonly recommend herbs. I rarely meet a modern woman or mother who doesn’t have adrenal problems of some kind- although she may not even know it!
Books: These three are my essential women’s health books! Each one serves a different purpose but contains a real wealth of information. There are certainly more books out there, but these are the ones that I reach for the most.