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 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)
How she developed a passion for the study of the reproductive system and natural vaginal care
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.
Dietary recommendations to propeciate menstrual bleeding - a great tool when engaging in natural vaginal care.
Energy levels fluctuating during the menstrual cycle.
One of the key variables that need to be considered for fertility and that can be optimized with natural and Ayurvedic vaginal care.
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:
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.
It functions as a sweat absorbent and a smell and pheromone carrier.
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.
Phexxi Gel to alter pH in the vagina.
Fertility tracking: Daysy, Cervical Fluid and Temperature.
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