What can your boobs tell you about your fertility?
Our breast health is directly correlated to our reproductive health. What we do to support our fertility naturally will also support our breast health. With breast cancer on the rise, it's important to know what to do to benefit our breast health.
You want to know what your boobs can tell you about your fertility. This is super interesting to me, because I just learned a lot myself about my breast health and I have a lot more to learn and I just thought this was fascinating and I really want to tell all women about this. I want to spread the word about what I experienced this past week because it's pretty phenomenal when it comes to women's health, specifically our breast health, but it also relates to fertility. All of you who are trying to get pregnant, who are, you know, following me for fertility purposes, our breasts are related to our reproductive health. Our breast health is absolutely tied into our reproductive health and what's really important to be aware of as what we do to support our fertility naturally will also support your breast health.
So with one in eight women now getting diagnosed at some point in their lives with breast cancer, obviously this is a really relevant issue and something that we need to be aware of and know what we can do, how we can empower ourselves to find early detection and prevention of breast cancer. I wanted to tell you about something I experienced last week. I am now 42 so it's about that time, you know, where they suggest getting a mammogram. And I personally was like, oh, I don't know if my first step is going to be a mammogram. I would prefer to actually go and get breast thermography done. So I don't know if you've heard of breast thermography, but I heard of it originally years ago when I was in acupuncture school and a colleague of mine, Dr Wendy Sellings, she's now a doctor of Chinese medicine and like the co-founder of an organization the Academy of Breast Thermography, I think it's called.
She gave a presentation in one of our classes, I think it was a women's health class about breast thermography. She was super passionate about it. She's now not only an acupuncturist practicing Chinese medicine, but she's also has a clinic, a Breast Tomography Clinic, and is very involved in the education and research around breast thermography. It is FDA approved. You should know up front that if you do seek out going to get breast thermography done that you go to somebody that's like board certified and legit for quality control to make sure that the protocol is followed so that you're getting the most accurate information, but it can be used as an adjunct diagnostic tool. It doesn't replace mammogram, but it can actually be more effective at early detection because, as I understand it, a mammogram will show things that are already a bit more developed.
So breast thermography, I'm just learning about it so I can't speak about it as such an expert, but it will show a pattern of vascularization in your breast and where there might be specific hotspots and so forth. And after doing the reading, the imaging, they're able to kind of like grade you on a scale of, oh something like four or five or I forget the specific terms on how, you know, whether everything looks healthy or whether everything's healthy, but you should keep a close eye on things or whether there's some the serious markers that should be further looked into. So I was level two so I was within normal limits but I did not get, you know, it was like you need to keep an eye on things because there is some imbalance going on and there's the potential risk of it developing into something worse.
I was kinda like when I first was like, "Oh yeah, I'm within normal limits I'm healthy." Then as I read further in the report I was like, "Oh wow, this is kind of a wakeup call." But you know, I wanted take some additional measures to support my hormonal health so that, you know, I don't have any breast cancer issues. And one thing that put me in the high-risk category, because it's not ... I have an aunt who was diagnosed with breast cancer in her eighties. Other than that, it's not in my family. So I've never really considered myself high risk, but I was on the birth control pill for only six years and that was on and off and that was my late teens, early twenties. I wasn't consistently on, I was on it, on and off. And just for that reason I was considered a high risk.
I think this is really important to share with you because so much fertility treatment involves hormones. It involves estrogen patches and other synthetic hormones that will put you in a high-risk category for breast cancer. And so that is also one of the reasons that the work that I do, like with my online program, Fertility Activation Method, one of the things I feel passionately about because I'd really like to help women avoid having to do fertility treatment altogether, but if not, I want them to at least be able to make the most out of their fertility treatment so that they don't have to do it repeatedly, so that they're minimizing the amount of fertility drugs that they're exposing their bodies to.
So what happens is we get this buildup of estrogen, environmental estrogens, bad estrogens, in our body. It causes, you know, weight gain and causes hormonal issues, it causes things like PCOS and neutrosis, fibroids, irregular cycles, all sorts of fertility issues and potentially it can lead to breast cancer as well. And so in my particular case, I was within normal limits, but there was some indication of increased vascularization, which I have to go back to thoroughly discuss this with the practitioner. They sent me a report that explained that I could possibly have progesterone deficiency. And the progesterone deficiency is a result of having excessive amounts of estrogen. So there's going to be that imbalance because the progesterones can't keep up with the excessive amounts of estrogen. And there's probably other things like my own, you know, degree of stress or certain things, you know. I've decided I want a change my diet or improve about in my diet as well, you know.
Sorry to maybe disappoint you, but I'm human too. So I'm generally pretty healthy and I generally practice what I preach, but I'm human and I'm not perfect. And sometimes, you know, I need reminders like, oh, there's some room for improvement here. And there's nothing like knowing that your breast health could be compromised that serves as, you know, that could be such a wake up call. So I want to encourage you to look into breast thermography yourself. It's recommended to actually do it as early as not. You don't have to wait until you're in your forties or 50s but to actually it's recommended for women, even in their twenties, because then, because it's not invasive, there's no radiation exposure. So it's perfectly healthy to do it. And then the woman's breast can be monitored. And so if there's any changes from, say, when you're 28 to like all of a sudden 34, they're even getting the thermography on a regular basis and suddenly there's a change, then you're going to know, okay, that's where the early detection can kick in and you can address it before it becomes, you know, something more serious.
So I really encourage you to go and find a breast thermographer in your area and look into it, because it will tell you about hormonal health and it will, you know, help with any kind of early detection. And what's so beautiful about women's bodies also, where our bodies are more complicated, we have these indicators, like our cycle and our breasts can tell us, give us insight, biofeedback, into the state of our health so that we can work as a team with our bodies in the signals that it's giving us to sustain our health. So we can respond to that as opposed to not having any clue until it's too late to do anything about it, or we have to take extreme measures, which we don't want to do, right?
All right, so I just wanted to tell you about that. And also if you're interested in learning more about how you can get pregnant naturally without the use of drugs or IVF, or how you can improve the chances of your fertility treatment working so you can minimize the amount of drugs that you put into your body, then I invite you to sign up for my free masterclass, my number one fertility secret for getting pregnant without drugs or IVF. All right, here's to healthy, happy boobies. Yay.