Pregnenolone Steal: Are YOU A Victim Of This Crime Against Hormones?

Pregnenolone Steal: Are YOU A Victim Of This Crime Against Hormones?

 

YOU may be a crime victim and not even know. Shock, horror.  Your hormones could be stolen by stress, right under your nose.  Well, not literally under your nose but you catch my drift.

It’s called the “pregnenolone steal” to give it’s Sunday name.

Are you a victim of pregnenolone steal? If you suffer hormone havoc or fatigue you just could be a victim?

Read on lovelies …

 

What The Heck Is Pregnenolone?

Don’t confuse pregnenolone with progesterone. It’s NOT the same as progesterone.

Pregnenolone is a hormone needed to make other hormones in your body.  It’s a “building block” hormone and it’s used to make…

 

  • Oestrogen
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • Thyroid Hormone
  • Cortisol

How is Pregnenolone Stolen and Why?

So pregnenolone is a building block.

Our adrenals produce more cortisol a.k.a The Stress Hormone when we’re stressed,

Our bodies use pregnenolone to make and pump out cortisol.  We use up pregnenelone to make cortisol diverting it from making the other hormones. It’s called pregnenlone steal.

And if we’re in a constant state of stress, we can be consistently in a state of pregnenolone steal.

And let’s not forget stress can be psychological (mental and emotional) and/or physiological (physical) – think poor digestion, lack of sleep, inflammation in the body and more.

Pregnenolone steal risks lower sex hormones – oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone – and thyroid hormone which can lead to signs of tiredness, low sex drive, hormone imbalance, fertility issues and more.  You may notice symptoms of low thyroid function and tired adrenals … and even be given a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue or Fibromyalgia in time.

 

 

Are You a Victim of Pregnenolone Steal?

Maybe. If you’re tired, lacking energy, have low sex drive and generally feel pants. And that’s just the symptoms you notice.  What about what might be going on inside? Low sex hormones, even infertility?

If you visit a conventional doctor with those signs they may run tests for thyroid function (here in the UK it’s not usual to run a full set of tests including T3 hormone), iron levels and other things.  They probably won’t run a whole set of hormone tests straight off.

You may even find your tests come back “normal” and still be feeling rubbish.  That happened to me. Natural practitioners treated me for tired adrenals instead and I started to feel much better pretty quickly. That’s just my story.

It’s possible to arrange private hormone tests taking saliva samples at home over a month.  That shows the pattern of your hormones over time and can show if you’re likely to have adrenal tiredness and be at risk of the steal. Give me a shout if you want to know more.

 

What Can You Do If You Suspect Pregnenlone Steal and Adrenal Fatigue?

Aside from arranging tests for yourself, super self-care is a good start.

 

#1 Food and nutrition

Eat for nutrition.  That means mostly whole, natural foods like fruits, vegetables, quality and lean proteins, nuts, seeds, and healthy omega-3 fats from oily fish and extra virgin olive oil.

Food is medicine as well as fuel.  Food can help heal our bodies at cell level. And cells are the body’s building blocks. We need good food to repair and renew.

 

#2 Rest and Sleep

Cortisol goes up when we’re sleep deprived.  Yikes.  And high cortisol can lead to the steal.

Maybe not a big deal if it happens occasionally but if it’s persistent, it can result in nasty health issues like adrenal fatigue, weight gain, hormone imbalances, infertility …

Get 7-8 hours quality sleep a night and make sure you have time for rest and relaxation in your life. Sleep and relaxation are two very different things.  We need both.

 

#3 Exercise

If you’re at a really low place, exercise is probably the last thing on your mind.

And indeed, over exercisers are putting themselves at risk of tired adrenals if they push themselves too hard without proper self-care in other areas of their lives.

If you feel able, take regular gentle exercise and mix it up a little. Choose a range of activities that include  aerobic exercise, strengthen flexibility work and resistance or muscle building training.

Build up over time.

 

#4 Reduce Stress

Stress – either big trauma or low level stress over time – can contribute to adrenal tiredness and hormone issues.

Ideally, we’d remove the sources of stress, but if it’s your job, you can’t always go and tell your boss to stick it tomorrow.

In that case, we’re in the space of finding coping strategies – meditation, yoga or tai chi, massage, being outdoors, exercise …whatever works for you.

 

 

Phew, that’s a quick look at a very complex subject.  I really made it as simple as I can. Avoiding the busy, diagrams of hormone paths that fry your brain.

The key message for my tribe is stress messes up sex hormones and that can lead to symptoms of imbalance and fertility issues.

 

6 Ways Sugar Can Sabotage Hormones and Fertility

6 Ways Sugar Can Sabotage Hormones and Fertility.

 

Sugar can sabotage hormones and fertility in a lot of ways.

Now, I am a warm, fuzzy, caring person. And I know how women with hormonal health issues AND woman and couples on a tough path to parenthood appreciate empathy and support.  I have empathy. Supportive is my middle name.

But I think it’s important to be honest with people. To help teach them and empower them to take control of their own health to balance hormones and cycles and also to max their natural fertility. With no guilt, shame or blame. Because if you don’t know something, you can’t choose how to respond. So sometimes, I’m a bit more direct and lay it on the line. Then it’s up to you to choose what to do armed with that info.

Please don’t feel that your scoffing sweeties or quaffing cupcakes is your fault. Or that you’re somehow contributing to your own issues. PLEASE.  That’s NOT what I mean.

Sugar is addictive and I don’t see many programmes teaching us about the dangers of sugar to hormone balance or baby-making either.

Trust me, I’m really here to help.  With empathy and support.

 

Sugar Is Addictive

Yes, sugar is an additive substance. And hurrah! No need to shoot it up, smoke it or snort it.

It makes us feel soooooo gooooodddd.  We feel satisfied, soothed, energised…it’s soooooooo pleasurable.

And no unpleasant side effects short term – no staggering, slurring, palpitations, blacking out.   We’re more socially acceptable after a cupcake than a draw on a crack pipe.

We use it to celebrate – think cake and chocolates for birthdays. Mince pies and cakes at Christmas. Chocolate Eggs at Easter. And as a reward –  sweeties, chocolates, ice cream.

Let’s not underestimate its power though: once a hit wears off, we crave another and another. The dark side of sugar.  And it’s not just adults: our children are also hooked.

But this blog is about hormones and fertility, so let’s look at how sugar messes up our delicate hormone balance…

 

How Sugar Sabotages Hormones and Fertility

#1 The Hormone Rollercoaster

Sugary foods are broken down quickly by our bodies giving us a blood sugar spike, oh and a glorious high. Followed by a crashing low. Insulin (The Fat Storing Hormone) levels peak and trough. I call it riding the rollercoaster of blood sugar, energy, hormones and mood.

The insulin spike and crash stimulates our adrenal glands on top of our kidneys.  Our adrenals pump out Cortisol (The Stress Hormone) and Adrenalin to boost blood sugar back up.

So could that be okay after one snarf of a cupcake washed down with a sugary, flavoured coffee? Maybe.

But if that pattern continues. Sugar – insulin spike – insulin crash – adrenals working hard ….well we can burn out our adrenal glands.  Leading to hormone imbalances, because the delicate balance of chemical triggers and messages that make up the hormone system are kaput.

Trust me I know. I had adrenal fatigue caused by stress, not by sugar.  Although I did crave it to boost my flagging energy at the time. Tired adrenals lead to craving yet more sugar and the risk of eating binges.

Adrenal stress impacts levels of oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone and the hormones. In women and men.

That hormone imbalance can harm ovulation, cycles and fertility.

Eating a hormone friendly and fertility friendly diet avoids this rollercoaster.  Some studies show IVF outcomes are higher with a lower carb (not no carb) diet.

#2 Weight Issues

For a long time we were told that fat makes us fat and so everyone went on a low fat diet .

Now we know that it’s sugar that’s more likely to make us fat. With it’s 50 plus different “disguises” on food labels. Added to everything, even savoury foods like baked beans

When we eat carbs and sugary foods,  blood sugar rises and insulin spikes, as already mentioned. This drives all our body’s fuel into fat cells, especially around the belly.  And this can trigger more hunger, food cravings and overeating.

Weight is a hormonal issue and a fertility issue.

Fat cells – as well as ovaries – produce oestrogen.  Overweight and obese women are at risk of too much oestrogen, causing hormones imbalances and conditions like endometriosis and fibroids.

Being overweight is a risk factor for fertility issues too.

 

#3 Insulin Resistance, PCOS, Obesity and More

The overproduction of insulin we described in #1 can lead to a condition called “insulin resistance”.

And insulin resistance is associated with obesity, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and even diabetes.  All of those have pretty unpleasant symptoms. All of those can impact fertility. Insulin resistance has been linked with implantation issues and a higher risk of miscarriage as well as ovulation issues.

 

#4 Low Nutrition

The White Stuff depletes us of nutrients … indirectly.  When the body goes into insulin and adrenal overdrive, we use up vital vitamins and minerals. And we need vitamins and minerals for hormone health, fertility and a healthy pregnancy.

 

#5 Thrush

Okay, so it’s not a hormone imbalance, but eating a lot of sugary foods is a risk factor for yeast overgrowth in the body… candida and thrush.

Thrush is a white, cottage cheesey discharge from the vagina, which is itching and burning. It’s horrible.

Thrush makes the vagina sperm UNfriendly and can make sex uncomfortable.

If you have thrush and have a baby, the baby can catch it when he/she passes through the birth canal. In turn that can cause nappy rash and oral thrush in the baby, making feeding more difficult.

 

#6 Low Immune System

Busted. Again it’s not strictly hormonal but sugar lowers our immune systems. Leaving us susceptible to all kinds of bugs, lurgies, coughs and colds … plus yeast infections (see #5) and any sexually transmitted diseases too.

 

So What’s A Sweet Toothed Girl To Do?

Decisions, decisions.

As I see it, the main choices are:-

  • Quit sugar. Go “cold turkey”. A good place to start is Sarah Wilson’s website and book I Quit Sugar.
  • Reduce it over time by not adding sugar to drinks, avoiding sweet treats, being label savvy and so on. And/or…
  • … choose alternative sweeteners. The ones with the least impact on blood sugar are xylitol, stevia and agave.  All are processed foods.
  • Choose natural sweeteners like fruit, dried fruits, raw honey and maple syrup – they are more nutrient dense, but still impact blood sugar levels. They still contain sugars.

In my view, a hormone and fertility friendly diet is one low in sugar for all the points raised.   It’s a piece of fruit a day. Avoiding added sugars.  Eating healthy carbs in moderation only.

My experience is that having a sweet tooth is a habit and one which can be broken in time. Women who quit sugar often report that eating a sugary snack some time after they quit tastes revolting and makes them feel sick. Imagine that.

 

 

The Love Hormone OXYTOCIN and How To Boost Yours

THE LOVE HORMONE OXYTOCIN AND HOW TO BOOST YOURS.

Ooh it’s nearly Valentines Day as I type and my thoughts have turned to lurrrrve!

At Valentines, many people feel relaxed, positive, open and connected to their honey and it’s not just the flowers, chocolates and champagne!  Honestly.

Of course, when we’re in a happy couple, that’s how we feel that about each other. In lurrvvvve.

Which made me think about how many people spend a lot of life feeling stressed, afraid and angry. When we could feel calm and peaceful. Loved and loving.

And it’s ALL related to hormones, don’t you know?

 

The Stress Hormone (Kinda Opposite to The Love Hormone)

When we’re stressed, we respond – mostly – by striking out or running away. Fight or flight.

We get scared or irritable or both. Our blood pressure rockets. Digestion slows down. Reactions sharpen. We become less sensitive to pain. Our body defends us against the “threat”.

In fact, under threat we can have superhero powers.  Recall those news stories of people moving really heavy objects to get to loved ones trapped underneath and that sort of thing?

At times of stress we release The Stress Homone,  Cortisol. High cortisol leads to all kinds of health issues – mental and physical – including haywire hormones that can affect female sex hormones and fertility. Bummer.

It made me wonder… is the opposite of stress and fight or flight, actually LOVE?

When we feel connected and calm, we are more friendly and trusting.

Our hearts and circulation slow down. Digestion fires up. Our defences go down and are more open and sensitive to other people.

We grow. We heal. And we love.

 

The Love Hormone

The key hormone here is Oxytocin. The Love Hormone. Or the Cuddle Hormone.

You may have heard of it? It’s the hormone that speeds up the birth process and is linked to breastfeeding. It’s the hormone of loving touch and close relationships.

Oxytocin also stimulates Dopamine (The Job Well Done Hormone) and Serotonin (The Happy Hormone). AND reduces anxiety. It sets a chain reaction of warm, fuzzy loveliness.   Aaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

The modern world is stressful and broken. Sorry, if that sounds a bit bleak.

Some traditional cultures still promote peace and calm and practice “arts” that are peaceful and calming – meditation, yoga, t’ai chi, massage …

Often, we find other ways to “self-soothe”.

 

  • Junk food.
  • Binge eating.
  • Booze.
  • Recreational drugs (Ecstasy and other party drugs release oxytocin!).
  • Prescribed meds… and more.

 

So is the cliched pursuit of happiness easier than we think? Our brains and bodies are complex systems of amazing processes. We can influence the processes by our daily actions. I say, let’s start triggering more harmony where we can.

To get your hit of oxytocin without popping party pills…

 

  • Give someone you love a cuddle.
  • Hold hands.
  • Kiss.
  • Have sex.
  • Dance.
  • Even stroking a pet releases oxytocin.
  • Start practising those “arts” and therapies that give a sense of peace and calm like meditation, massage, yoga and t’ai chi.

 

Let’s spread the love bug in February and every day, week, month,  year.  Be a lover not a “fighter or flighter”.

 

Love, Kathy x

How To Boost Egg Health for Fertility

 

How To Boost Egg Health for Fertility.

Today I’m talking eggs. Women’s eggs to be precise. Egg health.

It may seem odd talking about looking after your eggs, but let’s face it. We are born with all the ones we’re going to have (although some studies suggest that may not be strictly true) so it makes sense to nurture them.

To protect them BEFORE we plan a baby and to max the quality when we want to start making a baby.

Without ovulation of a healthy egg, there is no natural conception.  If you’re choosing IVF or similar with our own eggs, egg health is equally important.

 

Isn’t Egg Health All About Your Age?

The short answer is yes and NO.

The number of eggs and quality does generally decline with age.

But how many eggs we have and how healthy they are is partly genetic.  The tendency to early natural menopause can run in families, but not always.

AND we can really influence the health of our ovaries and our eggs with food, lifestyle choices and natural therapies.  To support regular ovulation, healthy eggs and a welcoming womb.

 

Help! I’ve Been Told My Eggs Are Unhealthy or “Old” Or I Have Low Reserve

Okay.  Stay calm.

We can influence the health of the eggs we have with good preconception care.  We have some control.

Your doctor can talk you through other options like IVF or using an egg donor.

And low reserve diagnosis tells us about the quantity of eggs, not quality.

 

A Teensy Bit Of Biology

It takes about 90 days for an egg to mature ready for ovulation.

So today’s egg is the product of what we ate, drank, breathed in, touched, suffered from, stressed over about 3 months ago.

That’s it, biology over. Told you it was teensy.

 

So How Can We Look After Our Eggs?

Here are some simple ways we can take care of our eggs to protect and boost egg health.

 

#1 Eat To Nourish Our Eggs, Ovaries and Balance Hormones.

I know I keep banging on about this.  #sorrynotsorry but a fertility friendly diet (outlined in the link) improves women’s and men’s health and boosts fertility.

Some fab foods to include in your diet are:-

  • Dark leafy green veggies
  • Wild or organic salmon
  • Broccoli
  • Berries
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • So called “superfoods” maca, Royal Jelly and green powders. Avoid Royal Jelly if you suspect clergy to bee products.

 

Some things to avoid include:-

  • Sugar
  • Trans fats -look out for hydrogenated vegetable oil on labels and avoid takeaway and fast foods.
  • Caffeine – in regular tea, coffee, cola drinks, chocolate and some over-the-counter meds
  • Processed, packet, ready-made, GMO foods
  • Meat and dairy that is NOT organic

There are some useful supplements and I think that supplements are best tailored to the individual after a case history and tests. Every woman trying to conceive should at least take a good prenatal multi with enough folic acid. Get my views on supplements here.

 

#2 Live a Fertility Friendly Lifestyle

Another of my top tips.

If you want more details of the hormone and fertility friendly lifestyle, take a read of this blog .

My strong guidance for starters is  :-

  • Don’t smoke
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Quit street drugs
  • Detox your life of hormone harming chemicals

 

#3 Boost Blood Flow

It’s been shown that getting oxygen-rich blood to the pelvis supports good egg health.

So you’re thinking, how the heck do I do that?   Here are my suggestions:-

  • Drink plenty of filtered water or glass-bottled mineral water
  • Exercise – move your butt to get your heart pumping and fresh blood circulating
  • Speak to a qualified fertility acupuncturist or a qualified fertility massage expert.

 

#4 Reduce Stress

Stress can impact ovulation. Hormone imbalances can block ovulation temporarily. Even in women who do ovulate despite stress, it can harm chances of fertilisation and implantation.

So, its key to work out ways of managing stress. And that’s different for all of us – try yoga (also good for pelvic blood flow), massage, meditation, qi gong or tai chi, other exercise.

If stress is a real big issue for you, try a talking therapy like EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), hypnotherapy or counselling and coaching. I know some very good therapists in the field, who specialise in fertility.

 

So my take home message is we can protect and influence egg health with good diet and healthy habits.

If you loved this egg cosy-ing post, you will  love the totally FREE course 7 Steps to Boost Fertility. Find out more by clicking the box below.

 

 

 

6 Myths About The Pill Busted

6 Myths About The Pill Busted.

I was on The Pill. A long time ago. I wish I had known then what I know now.  I’d never have taken it.  But it was my choice.  Made rashly, I now realise.

We all have choice.  These days, I like to make informed choices: choices based on info from a range of different sources. And I encourage people to do the same. I do respect the choices others make.

Here, I’m just busting a few myths. To help women decide if The Pill is a sensible choice for them or not. It doesn’t go into the risks and side effects.  That’s one for another day and a whole other blog or three.  For the benefits, please visit any conventional medical website.

Let’s look at some common myths…

 

#1 The Pill Is Made From Hormones

Nope.

The Pill contains drugs that are similar to hormones, but they are not identical to natural hormones produced in our bodies.

They have similar chemical structures. They are pseudo-hormones if you like.

I always think of our whole hormone system as like an orchestra – all perfectly-tuned, different instruments played expertly in harmony to create a beautiful sound. Remember, ALL our hormones are interlinked; not just our sex hormones.

To me, The Pill is like a out-of-tune, out-of-time, loud horn. Yes, it’s still playing in the band and in the performance, but it’s just not right.  It’s not the right fit. It’s not harmonious. And it’s getting a response from the audience, but maybe not the one the conductor wanted.

The Pill’s synthetic hormones kinda “fit” into our natural hormone receptors, but they aren’t a perfect match. They don’t function in the way natural hormones do. Which means our bodies don’t function in the way nature intended.

Synthetic hormones have side-effects, switch off  our own hormones and suppress ovulation.

And ovulation is a normal body process which produces sex hormones oestrogen and progesterone…which have many functions in women’s bodies, not just menstrual cycles, fertility, pregnancy and so on.

 

#2 You Still Get A Period On The Pill

The bleeds women get when taking The Pill are “withdrawal” bleeds caused by a break in the synthetic hormones. That’s not the same as a period. You’re not having a menstrual cycle or periods if you’re taking hormonal contraception.

Did you know that The Pill’s 28 day pattern is just chosen to represent an average cycle? To reassure us that it’s in tune with our natural cycles and rhythms.  When it’s not.

Drug companies could choose any pattern.  Indeed, there are some pill programmes dosed to bleed less than once a month.

 

#3 The Pill Controls Periods and Regulates Hormones

The Pill was developed as a means of birth control.  At a time when contraception was illegal.

So, it was promoted as a miracle cure to treat female issues and to control or normalise periods.  Where normalising periods really meant preventing pregnancy.

And nothing’s changed. Doctors still prescribe it to normalise periods and regulate hormones. When really, it suppresses cycles; the period is actually a withdrawal bleed; The Pill’s synthetic hormones are not balancing our natural hormones.

FYI I am all for women’s sexual freedom and preventing unwanted pregnancies. I just know that there are lots of options for contraception; synthetic hormones are one choice available.

 

#4 The Pills “Mimics” Pregnancy

I have heard people promote The Pill by saying it’s like the pregnant or breastfeeding states of our distant grandmothers.  Women did have fewer ovulations and periods in the past, because they had more pregnancies and breastfed their children.

We maybe have over ten times as many periods as our great-grandmothers, I read somewhere. Our health, hormones and fertility are very different from those days.

Taking The Pill is not the same as having multiple pregnancies and breastfeeding for a long time.  Pregnancy hormones help protect us from certain cancers and heart disease. Synthetic hormones do not prevent cancer – indeed they increase slightly the risk of breast and liver cancer and increase risk of blood clots.  It’s not the same at all.

#5 New Pills Are Much Safer

All drugs come with risks and side effects. Newer hormonal contraceptives carry with them risks and side effects too.

Learn these before you make a final decision on taking any medication or choosing a treatment. Conventional or complementary.

Ask a Doctor or Pharmacist. Read the packet inserts.  Do your research.  And then decide.

 

#6 The Pill Cures Some Reproductive Health Issues

Not true either.

Some women are prescribed The Pill after a diagnosis of a condition like PCOS or amenorrhea (no periods).  Or due to unwanted symptoms, like heavy periods and flooding.

If we had heavy bleeding before, we’re only masking the cause when we choose The Pill. We’re not fixing the real issue.   It’s not a cure. And it’s the same with any diagnosis or label we’ve been given.

It just might come back when we stop taking The Pill.

When we stop hormonal contraception because we want to try for a baby, we may have been living with a suppressed condition for years.  And that condition might be one that makes natural conception trickier. It still needs to be addressed. Either by restoring health and hormone balance naturally (that’s what I teach and support women and couples to do) or through fertility treatments …which can mean even more artificial hormones overriding normal, natural body processes.

 

I end where I started. On the subject of choice.  Our body, our choice. And amen to that.  Please make your own decision on full information, gathered from a range of reliable sources.

I hope this is one source.

If you’re considering stopping The Pill, I have loads of great hints and tips on restoring balance, naturally. Get in touch.

Love, Kathy x 💕

 

 

 

10 Things That Harm Male Fertility

10 Things That Harm Male Fertility.

It takes two to tango. Two to make a baby. A healthy egg and a strong, vibrant sperm.   Male fertility is just as important to the baby of your dreams as female fertility.

It’s often women who approach me for guidance on boosting fertility. And that’s dandy. Super dandy, in fact.  It’s my mission to spread the word and to help.

But I always suggest that their partner gets on board with the programme. Even when he doesn’t have “a problem” and any sperm tests results are in “normal” range. I see test results that may be normal, but they are not fantastic.  Let’s aim for Grade A sperm and not just scrape through with a C, eh?

Because a baby is the product of sperm and egg. The health of todays sperm and egg are strongly influenced by what we ate, drank, breathed in, stressed about and did about 4 months ago. And a baby’s health is based upon the health of the sperm and egg that made them.

This blog is for you guys. To supercharge sperm. Jazz up your …. well, you know what I mean.

 

#1 Banish Booze

Basically, the more you drink, the worse it is.

Booze also bombs testosterone levels, which can tank sex drive.  Not what you want when you’re baby-making.  So it’s best to give it up for at least 4 months to get baby-fit and baby-ready.

 

#2 Quit Smoking

Smoking harms sperm.

It reduces sperm count, motility (movement), and morphology (shape).

And again, the more you smoke, the worse it is.

Don’t forget the second-hand smoking shizzle – men smoking around their partner are increasing their partner’s risk of fertility issues too.

You need to find support to quit, guys.

 

#3 Check Out Medical Conditions

This might sound obvious.  Certain medical conditions affect male fertility.

Some are better known – genito-urinary infections, varicocele, inflamed prostate…  But there are also a whole host of other conditions that might impact fertility like thyroid issues, diabetes, anaemia… to name but a few.

Basically, if you have a diagnosed condition, speak with your doctor to ask if it’s likely to impact fertility.

If you have any odd signs and symptoms that you haven’t had checked out. Do it before you start trying for a baby.  You may have undiagnosed conditions, allergies or whatever which need to be addressed to boost chances of conception.

 

#4 Prescribed and Over The Counter Meds

Yup, some prescribed meds and even some over-the-counter ones affect male fertility.

As an example, some antihistamines affect sperm quality and quantity.  Long term antibiotic use can affect it. Aspirin has been shown to harm sperm motility. Certain antidepressants impact male fertility. Some beta blockers and psychotropic meds can lead to impotence.

Check out whether your meds or over-the-counter med choices can harm fertility. Speak with your doctor or pharmacist to find out all the known risks and side effects before you start on the baby dancing.

 

#5 Street Drugs

Street drugs harm health and they harm fertility.

Cannabis can lower male hormones needed to produce sperm. Yikes.

Cocaine can lower sperm count, can cause sperm to be poor swimmers and can lead to higher rates of abnormal sperm.

Herion messes up testosterone levels.

Just say no. Get help to quit. ‘Nuff said.

 

#6 Moobs and Beer Belly

If you have Man Boobs (moobs) or a beer belly or any other weight issues, tackle it before you start on the path to parenthood.

Yes, weight can impact a man’s ability to father kids.  Sperm quality decreases the bigger your waist size and higher BMI, some studies show.

And if you’re making poor food choices, it’s likely you’re low in the nutrients needed to supercharge sperm like zinc, selenium and essential fatty acids as well as a range of vitamins.  And pre natal supplements won’t totally compensate for a fertility UNfriendly lifestyle.

Start with healthy habits before you’re a Dad and you’ll be able to cope with the wonderful but exhausting first few weeks, months and years of parenthood. You’ll be able to run and play games with the best of ’em. AND you’re setting up healthy habits for you new family.

 

#7 Overheating In The Pants Department.

Not because you’re hot stuff, although I’m sure you are.

I mean, don’t let your testicles get overheated.  It can harm sperm production.

🌟So no super-tight, budgie-smuggling pants.

🌟Don’t have your laptop on your lap or your phone in your pocket.

🌟No blistering hot baths or saunas.

🌟Stop sitting down for long, long periods letting your junk get hot and sweaty.

🌟Avoid cycling for marathon sessions.

 

#8  Environmental Toxins

Toxic chemicals can cause health issues, hormone issues and fertility issues. For men and women.

These toxins are everywhere.

They include bug killers, weed killers, heavy metals like lead.

They can lurk in your personal care products.  Hide in your cleaning cupboards. And even in the packaging, wrap and pans in your kitchen. As an example, there are hormone disrupting chemicals in most plastic bottles.

Detox your world as much as possible.

 

#9 Jobs That Affect Junk

Following from the other points , you can see that some jobs are much more risky to health and fertility than others. I’m not saying quit your job, unless you want to and you can, of course. It’s about minimising risk and taking steps to get as healthy as you can to make a healthy, happy baby.

Drivers can spend lots of time sitting and driving, risking hot and sweaty pants which can lower sperm count and increase levels of abnormal sperm.  So take breaks. And don’t wear tight clothes.

Some jobs expose guys to toxic chemicals – factory work, painting and decorating, farming, manufacturing and loads more  – so take all the safety precautions possible.

Think about any risk your job presents to fertility and take steps to reduce those risks.

 

#10  Stress

Stress can be work related too, but not always.

And stress affects sex drive and fertility. Stress in men affects hormone balance and sperm production. Some studies show it leads to higher numbers of abnormal sperm and poor sperm quality.

It can be tough to remove sources of stress quickly e.g. if it’ your job it’s not always possible to quit overnight.  If you can’t remove the sources, it’s important to find stress reduction techniques that work for you.

As examples, try meditation, yoga or tai chi.  Get a massage often. Take regular, gentle exercise. Breathe more deeply.

 

If you loved my top tips for boosting make fertility, you’ll love my FREE online programme called 7 Steps To Boost Fertility.  It’s for guys and girls.  And super easy to get your hands on it. It’s just a virtual and online chinwag from me. To help you improve health to boost fertility if you’re trying naturally or going for IVF.  Sign up below and a link to the short videos and classes (in a safe, secure space) will wing it’s way to your inbox. If you don’t know what an online programme is, check this out.

 

Love, Kathy x

How To Stay Healthy and Avoid Hangry

 

How To Stay Healthy and Avoid Hangry

How To Stay Healthy And Avoid Hangry.

Picture the scene.

You’ve been working hard.  Focussed on some super-important task.  Shizzle that must be done. Maybe it’s really interesting and you got lost in doing it.

Hours tick by.

Your bum is numb in your chair. Back killing.

Eyes are crossed from staring at a screen.

You haven’t had a brew in eons.

And you notice your energy really f-l-a-g-g-i-n-g.

One computer error or the broadband goes down and suddenly you turn from a Mild Mannered Miss to totes Bitch Troll From Hell, hurling your stress ball and unrepeatable abuse at your computer screen.

You’re more than thirsty, peckish and tetchy. You’re full on HANGRY. 

 

When Hangry Strikes

So what do you do in your hangry state?

Crash into the kitchen like an ogre  and look for the quickest, easiest, most fuelling – AVAILABLE  –  foods. It usually involves bread and cheese (or that classic variation toast and cheese). Or a shrivelled, microwaved, chewy potato.  Or the contents of the cookie jar.

If you’re out at work or college, you go to the canteen or shop and carb up big styley. Maybe even with bread and cheese again.

Am I right?

Washed down with a mug of coffee as big as your own head.

Any thoughts of nutrition, protecting your health, balancing your hormones, stabilising energy or moods, boosting your fertility – woooooshhhhhh. They flew straight out of the window.

Sticking with healthy habits isn’t always easy.

We’re busy, tired and sometimes don’t feel like rustling up a healthy meal or snack. I get it.

Sometimes, get pretty hangry myself. I have been known to eat doorsteps of sourdough toast and almond butter for lunch.

The key is a bit of PLANNING AHEAD.  And EATING LITTLE AND OFTEN.  Even though it’s tempting to skip meals when we’re busy.

 

Reasons To Avoid The Hangry

The main reason for hangry-ness is not eating regularly or skipping meals altogether.

Here’s why that’s not such a great plan.

 

  • Not eating  often or skipping meals messes up our blood sugar levels.  When our blood sugar is out of whack, so are our energy levels, moods and hormones.
  • It also affects our mood and concentration.  We can feel tired, sluggish and moody. Hell yeah.  We might also find it tough to concentrate which leads to poor performance.
  • If we make skipping meals a habit it can alters our metabolism. Our systems thinks it’s starving. Metabolism goes down. Our bodies stores and hangs onto fat.  Bummer.
  • Again, over time, it can increase our risk of diabetes. Blood sugar is higher and insulin balance thrown out of kilter.
  • We can have lower nutrition because we miss out on meals or we reach for poor food choices when we’re really hungry.
  • It can affect blood pressure. The drop in blood sugar levels due to skipping meals stimulates our bodies to release hormones to make up for low blood sugar. This in turn causes an increase in blood pressure levels.
  • We risk digestion issues. One of the key causes of acid, reflux, stomach pain and gas is skipping meals. When our stomachs are empty for a long time, there is more acid. So every time we skip meals, our stomachs produce acids that attack the stomach lining leading to acidity, ulcers and abdominal pain.

 

Best avoided, yes?

But how?

 

Planning Ahead To Avoid The Hangry and Stay Healthy

Planning ahead is key. It doesn’t just start in the kitchen, though, it goes way back to meal planning,  shopping and meal prep.

 

Here are some of my top tips:-

 

#1 Always make a list before you shop.

That way you’ll be less likely to meander around being tempted by the unhealthy and convenient choices. You could shop online to reduce risks of impulse shopping even more.  If it’s not in the house, you can’t eat it either. ‘Nuff said.

 

#2 Never shop hungry.

It’s too tempting to reach for chocolate, crisps or cake. Or a family sized pizza. All of which aren’t really healthy, hormone balancing or fertility-friendly.  Food is fuel and food is medicine. Cake is neither fuel nor medicine *winks*  It IS food for the soul … that should only be quaffed in the 10% of the time that we eat for the soul.

 

#3 Shop for fresh produce regularly.

You want veggies and fruit especially fresh to max the nutrition value and fresh fish tastes much nicer than frozen – I think anyway.

 

#4 Plan meals ahead.

That way you can shop more effectively. Maybe cuts down on any food waste too.  I actually have a one page meal planner. I use it for planning main meals, but you can use it for snacks too.

AND if you’re savvy you can cut down on food prep and cooking with the “cook once, eat twice” idea. e.g. cook a roast chicken on Sunday and eat leftovers for lunch or dinner for Monday!

 

#5 Batch cook and store food in the fridge or freezer.

Of course, be mindful of food safety. Don’t eat spoiled food. I often cook up a lot of healthy food on a Sunday to have in the fridge or to freeze for meals in the week or weeks ahead. Soups, stews, casseroles, curries, dhaals are good choices. I even cook up things like more rice than needed or a large pan of quinoa and transform it into different lunch dishes during the week.

Get the whole family roped into batch cooking to make it quicker, easier and more fun.

 

#6 Portion up food for meals in advance.

For example box up or plate up lunches tonight for tomorrow. So if hangry strikes, you just reach into the fridge and grab your healthy, filling food… feeling more saintly than if you snarfed a cheddar sandwich. And feeling loads better for a nutritious meal. You can even portion up and freeze food to defrost and reheat.

I share lots of easy recipes on my Facebook page, Instagram feed and in the blog.  Keep checking back.

 

Stay healthy, avoid hangry ladies.

 

Love, Kathy x

5 Tips For The Menopause Journey

5 Tips for The Menopause Journey

5 Tips For The Menopause Journey.

I’m menopausal.  No secret there.

I wouldn’t call it a total blast.  But I wouldn’t call it sucky either. To be honest, the years before menopause were probably worse with periods of Biblical flood proportions. Until I learned what I know now.

Menopause is a journey.  Indeed, my whole life in hormones has been one big, fat journey.

And I have learned. A Lot. So here are my 7 top tips on dealing with the menopause journey. To stay at least half-way sane. Keep a smile on your face most of the time. And to avoid the scary rollercoaster of a ride.

AND IMPORTANTLY to help end the snickering and eye-rolling that sometimes goes with the word “menopause”.

Read on my Menopause Mavens …

 

#1 Be Loud and Proud.

I want to start with a biggie.

Menopause is not a taboo. Nothing shameful about it.

Let’s break the silence. End any stigma.

Be loud. And proud.  On your menopause journey.

I now proudly whip out a rather fetching fan when I get hot in public places. Very Downton Abbey in the early days.

Anyway, I’m constantly surprised by the number of people – younger women included – who don’t really understand what the menopause journey is. What the signs are. How it affects women. What we can do to help manage our symptoms and carry on with our valuable, productive, wild and precious lives.

YES society and media, we women in our 40s, 50s and older ARE valuable. We are useful. Productive. Eminently employable. Experienced and mature. Still attractive. Not invisible.

We matter. More than that, we’re freakin’ marvellous!

But menopause does affect us.  Just like puberty does. Or pregnancy.

And it affects women in different ways. We are all unique and special. And deserve to be treated that way.

It’s not a joke either.  Any woman who has experienced hideous hot flushes, memory lapses, anxiety, hair loss and more will tell you that.  It’s. Just. NOT. Funny.

No-one laughs at a pregnant woman – why would anyone laugh at a menopausal one?

Society and the media accept – even embrace – pregnant women. Why not menopausal ones?  We work with the fact a woman is pregnant and rightly so.  We don’t discriminate.  The same should be true in menopause.

You heard it from me all you partners, family, friends, employers, coworkers, neighbours of Menopause Mavens.

Let’s join voices.  We all need to help educate people about what the menopause journey is and what it means to women. Otherwise they may continue to snigger or misunderstand.

BUT, girls let’s admit it’s not a medical condition.

 

#2 Don’t See It As A Medical Condition

It’s my opinion that we medicalise everything these days and we shouldn’t.

Menopause is a life stage. A transition. Part of the cycle of a women’s life. The menopause journey. Just like puberty. If you’re unlucky, it also includes the spots.

Both do strange things to your body, emotions and mind. But they’re not diseases or medical conditions. We’re not ill.

And that’s a good thing.  It’s normal.  Totally natural.

You only need to visit your doctor if you want confirmation through tests that your symptoms are menopausal.  Or if you have symptoms that persist, get much worse or worry you, go to the doctors. You’re not wasting their time

Modern medicine has developed medications to relieve menopause symptoms.  It’s personal choice to go down that route.

I always urge women to check up before they decide on any medication, procedure or treatment.

What is the treatment?  What’s it made from (HRT can remade from pregnant mares’ urine for example)? Who was it tested on and how? How long is it safe to use? What are the benefits? And risks? The common and not-so-common side effects? What can I do myself to relieve my symptoms? What other options are there?

Then decide, what’s right for you.

And if it’s not a medical condition, should your employer allow “sick days” for it?

Mmm.

My view is that employers should enable their menopausal workers to function well in the workplace…just like everyone else. That might mean flexible working, the option to do some work from home, providing information, access to coaching or occupational health ….whatever is suitable for that employment.

That relies on us explaining our situation to our employer (see #4) and employers being equipped to handle it well and with empathy.

No need to retire early … unless you really want to and can, of course

 

#3  Help Yourself

 

I’m a firm believer in self-care.  It’s not selfish.  It’s necessary for you and all the people that rely on you to help and support them. You can’t give from an empty cup, lady.

So let’s take care of ourselves on the menopause journey.  Take responsibility for our own health and wellness – physical, emotional and mental – as far as we can.

There are lots of changes we can make to diet and lifestyle that make a big difference to symptoms.  We really can make a difference to our hot flushes,  muffin top,  hair, drynessmood swings , sex drive, memory issues  …

Click the links for my top tips on taking care of yourself naturally, at home.

Complementary therapies and treatments can also really help.

I have really helped myself with diet and lifestyle changes and natural therapies. I have really helped women through my online courses.  And through 1-1 coaching.

I’ve also helped myself by not reading and buying into the claptrap peddled by glossy mags and other media.  You know the stuff.

Photoshopped images of young women in clothes that hardly anyone can afford, skateboarding whilst on their period, kissing impossibly beautiful men (they’ll make such cute babies), whilst holding down a dream job that pays a gazillion dollars a year AND travelling the world. Oh and I forgot the good deeds. Gahhhhhhhhhhh.

Helen Mirren and Diane Keaton are MY role models.  Women even older than me. Strong. Attractive. Working. Warm. Clever. Funny.

 

#4 You Are Not Alone.

There are millions of us!  We’re everywhere…mwah ha ha ha ha ha

Find your tribe of Menopause Mavens.  Gather with your friends and talk about it – share!  Join online forums and follow pages to get support, encouragement and good quality information.  Hint: this blog has lots of fab tips and so does my Facebook feed!

Talk to your partner. Your family.  In a constructive way.  Don’t blame them for your crazy moods or getting (literally) hot under the collar. Help them understand what help and support you need from then as you navigate the menopause journey. Explain the changes you’re going through and how it affects you.

They are not mind-readers. Or well versed in the ways of the menopausal Miss.

Tell your employer. It shouldn’t be embarrassing for either of you. You’re just going through a life stage. They should be equipped to deal with the whole gamut of stuff their employees might face OR have access to experts who do and can advise them.

Make sure your close colleagues know. When they know, they can empathise and support. If they don’t know, they can’t.  If they know and still laugh and roll their eyes, they’re idiots. Fact.

 

#5 Look On The Brightside

Yup.  There is always a brightside.

Menopause is often talked about in terms of loss or lack. Lack of periods.  Mourning of childbearing years. Lost youth. Even lamenting an empty nest.

And I do get that IS those things and we need to find ways to work through that for ourselves, if those things come up for us.

It is possible to change we way we look at things and feel better about menopause.  The link shows a great guest blog on moving your menopause mindset.

It’s not just about loss really, it’s about gain.

New beginnings. Freedoms. Opportunities. And we have the maturity and experience to make the most of them.  Maybe we didn’t have that when we were younger.

In many cultures, menopause is celebrated as a rites of passage.  It’s when women become respected and trusted wise women. Mature women are revered.

And heck, 50 is the new 30. Well, it is if we make it so.

Plus there’s always laughter.  I wiggle my finger at anyone who laughs at someones else’s hot flush. Doesn’t mean we can’t laugh at our own, eh? If we choose.

Or follow someone genuinely funny, like The Mentalpause.  Always raises a snigger here.

That should help you get through the menopause journey laughing.  Just be careful you don’t laugh so hard a little pee comes out. *winks*

Love, Kathy x

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A Quick Fix – Are You Looking For One?

 Quick Fix Are You Looking for One?

A Quick Fix- Are You Looking For One?

A quick fix? We ALL want one don’t we? Whatever the problem.

And if you’re like me, you want it for a good price and a solution that lasts.

I don’t know about a quick fix, but that’s ONE BIG ASK.

The Definition of a Quick Fix

Out of interest I looked up the definition of a quick fix on good old Google.  I found this.

“Quick fix: an expedient usually temporary or inadequate solution to a problem”

Mmmm.  But I want long lasting results. Not a temporary solution.  More often than not, anyway.  Pinning up my flapping hem with a safety pin until I can sew it – that’s quick fix I’d go for to save me tripping over my own trousers and falling base over apex in the street. But I’d fix it properly as soon as I could.

 

 

Many of the women that send me questions or approach me to work with them want a quick fix.

And I totally get it. I’d love a quick fix to shed this menopausal extra 10lbs I’m carrying by tomorrow too. I really would.

But is there such a thing as a quick fix? When it comes to health, wellness, hormone balance and fertility, I mean.  Here’s what I think… as I embark on tackling my own meno muffin top!

 

Quick Fix Questions?

Many of the quick fix questions I’m asked are along the lines of “I’ve read that if I take X (insert some powder, potion, supplement, superfood) it will really help me with my Y (insert health condition, life stage, challenge, goal).

As an example “I’ve read that if I take maca powder it will boost my fertility”.

And that’s a good question. I get some really good questions. And I do love getting your questions. Keep them coming. Please.

 

Quick Fix Answers

My responses are usually structured in similar ways.

I give the skinny on the supplement, herb, remedy or superfood – what it is, what I’ve learned, how I use it (if I use it), what the benefits are, what risk factors I know.   I’m totally honest with women. All good you might think.

Then, I usually end by saying something like, BUT on it’s own it’s probably not going to help you greatly in the short term: combining that with a hormone/fertility friendly diet and lifestyle is probably a better option to reaching your goal. Quicker.

Because it’s often a combo of a lot of little things that make a difference.

And that’s the truth.

The women who have already made some changes to take control of their health and hormones get it.

Some women get curious and want to know more about how they can help themselves get healthier, have more balance and boost fertility.  No-one teaches us this stuff, remember? I’m back in my  “broken record” groove *winks*

Occasionally, some don’t. And that’s okay.  No judgement.

Some people want instant gratification. They want whatever it is fixed and right now. Without any effort.

And I get that. I’d love the muffin top to disappear overnight. With a wave of some magic muffin-top-marmalising wand. But I learned already that life isn’t like that. I’d have to go and have it hacked off or sucked out by a Plastic Surgeon if I wanted “magic wand”.

 

There ARE “Quick Fixes”

So plastic surgery would be my best quick fix.  Aha, there ARE quick fixes, Kathy!

Obviously there are situations where surgery is necessary. Life saving even.  And massive hurrah for that.

In many ways conventional medicine offers a quick fix.  Again, I’m not knocking ALL medications, procedures or treatments. Some are totally necessary. Sometimes they are the only option or every other possible option has been exhausted.

But they are not always the only option. And they are sometimes given when other options haven’t been explored fully.

And that’s when I feel a bit icky about the “quick fix”, personally.

But, it’s personal choice, as ever.

I’m NOT considering HRT  (Hormone Replacement Therapy) during menopause, because there are lots of steps I can take through food, supplements, lifestyle and complementary therapies that I’d much prefer to use.  HRT could be my quick fix, but I’m not going there.

And not just because I feel I’m managing my symptoms just fine.

 

The Potential Downsides of a Quick Fix

No.  I wouldn’t consider any quick fix without knowing the risks as well as potential benefits.

Let’s go back to my example of  HRT for my menopause symptoms.

Artificial hormones rob the body of nutrients …leading to other symptoms.  Side effects include bloating, breast tenderness, swelling, leg cramps, headaches, nausea. Not to mention increased cancer, blood clot and heart disease risks.

Plenty of possible downsides to weigh up.  It’s not for me.

And they tackle the symptoms not the cause.  It’s just my view, but in my example, it’s not even a disease; it’s a life transition.

Plus HRT can be made from pregnant mares’ urine. And I just plain don’t like the sound of that.

So my point isn’t don’t take medicines or have procedures, it’s make an informed choice based on info from different sources.

It’s that a quick fix might come with baggage.

 

The Long Quick Fix

So when is a quick fix, not a quick fix? But IS in fact a quick fix? Confused?

What I mean is, we often think something is too hard, too boring and will take too long, but is it really?

My 10lbs has crept on over about 18 months…sure partly menopausal, but also because I wasn’t very well at the start of 2016 and back, neck and shoulder problems meant exercise was off the agenda for a while. No excuses. I am where I am. And I’m tackling it.

So it crept on over 18 months: it won’t take 18 months to get rid of it with some persistent effort. I reckon that it will take 3 months maybe?

Now that seems like a pretty quick fix for a medium term challenge to me.

It’s kinda like when I speak to women about preconception care. I recommend getting baby-fit for at least 3-4 months before starting to try to conceive. Many look aghast.  I get that it seems ages if you have planned a baby later in life.  But it’s not long where time is on your side.

And that few months of improving health to boost fertility just might save months of peeing on sticks and negative tests later. We just don’t know. I’m all for stacking odds in our own favour.

 

The Voice of My Mother

As I’m here typing, I’m also hearing the voice of my Mother in my head.  And that’s a good thing. I think, anyway.

I’m hearing …

“Anything worth having is worth working for Kathleen”.  Er yes, Kathleen is my full on, Sunday, getting-a-disapproving-look name.

And “If something looks too good to be true, it probably is”.

Of course, whether you buy into those depends on your personal values. We know we INHERIT some of these from our parents and guardians.

Me? I believe in the first one.  In working towards what I desire. Taking responsibility.  Managing the things in my life I can control.  Doing the best I can at the time. Not making lame excuses for myself. That’s one of my values.

The second one is a bit trickier. I don’t believe there’s some miracle cure for my extra 10lbs.  But I DO believe there are miracles in the universe. I mean, I am one.  10lbs extra or not.

 

What do you think?   Is there such a thing as a quick fix? Tell me in a comment.

 

Love, Kathy x

 

What The Heck IS an Online Course?

What The Heck IS an Online Course?

I’m a Women’s Health Coach.

Once upon a time I offered my services one-to-one only. Or – in the case of my fertility coaching – me to couples. Face-to-face or via Skype. I still do that.

But I want to help as many women and couples as I can.  To boost fertility and to calm hormones and to improve health and to soothe modern life stresses. In order that we can reach our health goals.  And live in harmony- not be all hormone-y.

So it made sense to take my work online, as well.

Now I’m not a Tech Girl, but with the help of a super Biz Coach showing me how to do it, I have taken my work online. It hasn’t been that tough.

So now I have this lovely website. I have a social media presence – especially Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

AND I have online courses.

I am in love with online courses. Really user friendly stuff.

Here’s why…

 

What an Online Course Is

It’s a little piece of genius, that’s what.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

It’s a dollop of awesome sauce.

Basically, it’s a course.  That you study via your computer, tablet or smart phone. Anywhere YOU like. No need to sit in a drafty, dusty old lecture hall.

Or cramped into a small, airless room with a massage table shoved in the corner and a carpet stained by candle wax and carrier oils …as with many courses taught by Health Coaches and other therapists.  At the same time every flippin’ week.  Looking at the same faces.

No weighty books to carry about. Taking up room on your shelves. Where people can SEE them.

 

What I Do To Produce and Host An Online Course

I produce my super videos, classes, workbooks, notes, audios, hints, tips, recipes and recommendations.

There are simple instructions on how to “work” the programme.  Even I can do it!

I host all of that in a secure, safe, private online “space”.  It’s run by a reputable company which hosts online courses for gazillions of coaches. Including some real heavyweights in the industry.

I send secure access to those who sign up for the course, via e mail. And only them.

 

Is An Online Course Secure and Private?

I know who signs up for my courses. No-one else does.  Unless you choose to join the Facebook Groups I set up alongside them. You don’t have to join the Facebook support group, if you’d rather not.

No-one else can “see” you in the space. Or sees what you looked at.  You can choose to mark as “done” everything you’ve looked at. But you don’t have to.

You view/listen from your computer, tablet or smart phone.

OR download to listen later on the go.

 

I’m Too Cool For School – Is An Online Course For Me?

There is no homework. You can join in simple challenges, if you choose. Or not, if you don’t fancy it.  I never mind.  It’s not school.

I don’t chase progress.

No need to keep up with anyone.  Nor any need to keep up with the course material as I publish it. I get we’re adults. Busy adulting. An online course is a great way to learn at your own pace and in your own time.

There are no “marks” or detention *winks*.
No need for notes from your Mum.
Er, em no chance to skive off behind the bike sheds either.
Oh and – sadly –  no Tuck Shop …boo hiss.

You get access 24/7 365 days and year and it’s there for you for as long as you want.

It’s so easy to use, even I can do it.

The software is very reliable and I have had no issues – well, only the odd user error on my part… easily and quickly fixed.

 

Benefits of An Online Course

The benefits to you are…

  • It’s safe and secure.
  • And private.
  • It’s very easy to use.
  • And all stored in one convenient place.
  • Learn at your own pace.
  • View/listen in your own time.
  • It’s 24/7 365 days a year so view/listen whenever you like …at 9pm wearing your PJs and drinking cocoa if you like …
  • All you need is computer/tablet/phone so you can watch/listen anywhere too.
  • Download and listen privately on the go in the car, or on the bus or train.  No-one will ever know what you’re doing.
  • I am there to support and I’m backed up by superb Tech Support, if we ever need it.

 

You can sign up for my online courses on my website .

Now that is COOL.

Love, Kathy x