Vaginal Microbiome, Youthful Genitals & Reproductive Essence | Angela Heap #058

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What constitutes a healthy vagina?

How much pubic hair? How much lubrication? What pH level? What bathing methods? - what are the ideal parameters for a healthy vagina for healthy hormonal, reproductive and general health, and how do you look after it?

How can men care for the seat of creative intelligence? The Vagina

You have probably heard about the gut microbiome, maybe even the skin and oral microbiome, but what about the vaginal microbiome?

Join Ayurvedic practitioner Dylan Smith, who is incredibly passionate about gynaecology and the female urino-genitary system, and Fertility Nutritionist Angela Heap, who is is establishing a very popular fertility clinic and following, in this juicy episode so you can increase your awareness of what a healthy vagina is, and how to look after it.

About Our Guest: Angela Heap

Angela is a Nutritionist with 12 years experience in fertility and pregnancy.
She runs a successful London based clinic and works internationally with clients.
Angela lectures on Fertility and Pregnancy for the British College of Nutritional Health, The British Association and The College of Naturopathic Medicine where she studied in 2005 and now trains Nutritional Therapists on how to use functional tests.

Angela also collaborates regularly with a UK Based genetic testing company LifecodeGX to present on female health and genes incorporating Dutch testing.

Angela Heap

Angela recently took part and lectured to peers in the Fertilty Masterclass which represented an in depth look into fertility for practitioners. She also represents labs in the UK on interviews on fertility.

In 2018 she presented on clinical fertility as part of one of the biggest international conference sponsored by UK labs Regenerus on Fertility and Pregnancy with prominent International Gynaecologists, Paediatricians, Doctors and Naturopathic Doctors in their field in ‘ The Gestational Journey’ in London. In 2019 she presented on Male Fertility at the International Congress of Nutritionist in Croatia. Angela is a speaker at the UK Fertility Show in the UK, and regularly collaborates with Urologists and Gynaecologists in the UK. Her area of special interest is multiple miscarriages,  IVF, Genetics, PCOS and Thyroid health. She has been interviewed for podcasts and has taken part in many fertility summits over the years.  She also writes for magazines on Fertility and pregnancy.


In this Episode we Discuss:

Angela’s morning routine (Dinacharya)

Angela’s story

How she developed a passion for the study of the reproductive system

Infertility and having a hard time getting pregnant

Hormonal, and IUD contraceptive methods disrupting the energy and natural essence of the female body (shakti).

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and it’s relationship with the daily intake of contraceptive pills

The effects of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) on energy levels of the female body.

  • Pushed to produce 12 months of eggs in a short period of time (14 days).
  • The liver is under so much stress to be able to produce the amount of follicles with the stimulatory drugs.

Menstrual cycles

Dietary recommendations to propeciate menstrual bleeding.

Energy levels fluctuating during the menstrual cycle.

Vaginal Microbiome

Conditioning the possibility of having a successful pregnancy.

pH levels determining which bacteria can thrive in the vagina (ideally has to be between 4.2 - 4.5)

  • The absence of oestrogen causes pH to go higher.

The lactobacillus crispatus bacteria working as an indicator of microbiome health in the vagina.

The presence of certain specific bacteria leading to early miscarriages:

  • Ureaplasma
  • Streptococcus

Bacterial Vaginosis: a precursor to candida or thrush; its causes and how to prevent. 

Vaginal swabbing: availability and the dangers of over-scanning and over-testing in general.

Lubrication of the reproductive tissues (Shukra)

Smell and fluid (discharge) of the vagina.

Proper genital hygiene

  • Market-sold vaginal douches - not recommended.

Pubic Hair

It functions as a sweat absorbent and a smell and pheromone carrier. 

Conscious conception

Optimizing overall health and fertility 

Thinking of reproduction as a pious thing, Yagya. This way:

  • Every cell in the body is involved in the process. 
  • The rest of the body gets distributed and engineered into that seed. 

Aligning the child's conception with astrology.

Contraception methods

Phexxi Gel to alter pH in the vagina.

Male-centered contraconception.

Fertility tracking: Daysy, Cervical Fluid and Temperature.

Ayurvedic wisdom to increase vaginal health

Yoni Pichu: administering Yoni Ghee in the vagina to improve overall health or Phalla Ghee specifically to increase fertility. 

Dhumapana (fumigation therapy) after shower to be kept clean

Resources

Angela’s current website HERE

Angela’s ebook “Boost our Fertility - The Natural Solution” for free HERE

If you want to get in touch with Angela do it via her Instagram: @fertilitynutritionist 

Women's health section of the Vital Veda shop HERE

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Ayurvedic Fertility, The Misaligned Superwoman & Juicy Radiance | Heather Grzych {Podcast #043)

Fertility is not only a physiological condition required to have a baby, but is also a crucial state for overall health and a way to utilise the potent energy that is available in a woman.

About Heather Grzych

Heather Grzych is the author of The Ayurvedic Guide To Fertility.

A board-certified Ayurvedic practitioner, she bridges the worlds of conventional and alternative medicine to help women and men heal their physical and emotional lives.

Heather is on the board of directors for the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and has consulted with doctors, governments, and insurance companies. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.


In this Episode we Discuss:

The Epidemic of Infertility

The Australian Department of Health reports 1 in every 6 Australian couples suffers from fertility problems, which they attribute to the decision to have children later in life as well as declining sperm count. 

According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 10 percent, or 6.1 million, women in the United States have difficulty getting pregnant or staying pregnant each year.

Male Infertility Epidemic

According to the largest and most comprehensive meta-analysis of its kind published in August 2017, sperm counts around the world declined by more than 50% between 1973 and 2013, and continue to shrink.

Feature Article: Sky Rocketing Male Infertility Skyrocketing Warns the Human Race

Fertility is not just about having a child, it’s a by-product of good health.

Re-identifying the role of a woman to benefit the women

The Misaligned Superwoman

  • The challenge to harmonise between the divine masculine and the divine feminine in the workplace.
  • Excess androgens (male hormones) in woman.
  • Women want success financially and in their job, but they are less successful at making babies.
  • Controlling a time to have a child.
  • Intellectual mind dominating the primal mind.
  • PCOS - excess androgens.

The Trend of Having Children Later In Life

Although we are extending our longevity as a species, we are not extending the age of our fertile window.

The Physical Benefits of Having a Child in Earlier Years

Freezing Eggs

Your Eggs Are In Your Grandmother / You (Woman) Are Born Containing Your Grandaughter

  • Modern science says that all your eggs in your ovaries. All of them.
  • You don’t grow new ones in your life.
  • While your grandmother was growing your mum, you were one of the follicles in her teeny tiny ovaries.
  • Ovarian Follicle - secretes hormones and has the potential to develop into healthy eggs that could be available for a future baby.
  • This oocyte may undergo divisions to form an ovum - a mature female reproductive cell, which can give rise to an embryo, usually only after fertilisation by a male cell.

If you are pregnant right now with a girl, you are carrying your daughter AND the of your future grandchild.

This is bija dosha - and why consciousness conception ie. preconception health is so important for your future generations (plural).

Don’t let the man off the hook either.

Smriti

Cellular memory of perfect health and enlivening health at a quantum level.

Sex During The Menstrual Period

  • The most inauspicious thing one can do according to Ayurveda.
  • Blocking the pathway and blocking the cleansing.
  • Reversing the flow towards upwards.
  • Reversing the energy.

Deep respect and honour for the very special event that is the menstrual cycle

Related Listening:

Podcast Episode 5 - Ayurveda for Menstruation, Pre-Conception and Conscious Conception with Dylan Smith and Laura Poole (Part 1) on MahaSoma Podcast

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Synthetic Hormonal Contraceptive contributing to causing infertility

Sex Fast

Not only to pull back the bow for stronger ojas and fertility, but a time to perform introspection on your sexual energy, sensations, arousal levels, emotions, desire for sex - where do I put my energy when I’m not having sex?

Good to practice pre-conception.

Fertility Awareness

Daisy: Natural Intelligent Fertility Tracker

Daysy is an intelligent fertility tracker that lets you get to know your very own menstrual cycle. Thanks to Daysy, you know exactly when you are in your fertile window and when you are not.

The technology-based temperature method used by Daysy is one of the most reliable methods in the world for fertility tracking.

 Daysy allows every woman who wants a health-conscious lifestyle to monitor her individual monthly cycle and determine her fertile and infertile days in natural harmony with her body.

Check it out HERE

The Ayurvedic View on Sex

How much to have and when.

Essential Elements for Conception

Garbha Sambhava Samagri

“Fetus forming ingredients”

  1. Rtu - ideal season, in terms of fertile period in a woman. Ideal climate in the garbhashaya (uterus and fallopian tubes) for the sperm to fertilise the ovum.
    • Sperm should enter the uterus a couple of days before ovulation. Ovulation is the release of egg or ovum from the ovary in woman.
    • Dvadasaratram: Day 12 when artava is manifested. Days 12-16 (fertile period) is the ideal kala for conception.
    • If not fertilised, the ovum gets distorted.
    • As lotus flower closes positively when the day is over, a woman's uterus contracts after the period of conception is over (thus, does not receive the seed).” S.S. Sarira Sthana, Ch 2.
  2. Kshetra - Fertile land. Mother. Healthy womb (uterus).
    • Good land for implantation to occurs. Implantation: the ovum which is coming towards to uterus following ovulation meets the sperm. Then fertilisation occurs. The fertilised ovum (sukra shonita) now comes into the uterine cavity and gets adhered in to the wall of the uterus.
    • Now, uterus is home for the garbha and growing foetus until it gets matured until delivery.  The first home of all living beings.
    • Treat diseases related to the uterus before conception so a healthy women allows for proper implantation.
  3. Ambu - Proper water supply for the land.
    • Rasa dhatu to supply nutrient for the foetus.
    • To create this: PK, shodana, nasika, pranayama, asana, ensuring spine is in good position always.
    • If this rasa to the garbha is cut off, the foetus doesn’t grow properly or one can find stunted growth or mal-formation.
    • Foetal circulation - the exchange centre of the two bloods of mother and foetus is the Jarayu (placenta). The circulation takes place trough the blood vessels of the mother drain and receiving through the umbilical cord of the foetus (nahbi) via the umbilical cord.
  4. Bija - healthy seed.

~ Susruta Samhita, Sarira Sthana, Ch 1 & 2.

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