Frequently Asked Questions
How do I book an appointment?
Please see this booking page where you can get in contact with me to organise an appointment.
What are your qualifications?
I hold a Bachelor of Health Science (Nutritional and Dietetic Medicine), Bachelor of Education and am a Trained Fertility Awareness Educator.
I completed my education degree at the University of New South Wales, my Nutrition degree at Endeavour College of Natural Health and my Fertility Awareness training under Kerry Hampton at Wise Women Business.
What is your fertility awareness method training?
I am Training Fertility Awareness Educator. I am studying under Kerry Hampton - a natural fertility specialist and owner of Wise Women Business in Melbourne. I will have completed the Comprehensive Course in Natural Fertility Education by November 2018.
How much are your appointments?
As I am in my final semester of Nutritional Medicine, I am currently practicing in the student clinic Wellnation Sydney where we are offering generously discounted appointments of $20 for initials (90 minutes), and $15 for follow ups (60 minutes), with discounts available for students and pensioners. Please see my pricing page for more information.
Do you offer private health fund rebates for nutrition consults?
Rebates are not available for student appointments. After December when I am in my private practice however, rebates will be available to those eligible.
Certain Australian private health funds offer rebates for nutrition consults. Please see pricing page to determine if you fund may offer you a rebate.
Do you see couples?
Yes, absolutely. Particularly if you are coming to see me for a preconception consult, it is great to have both partners attend the session.
How many appointments will it take for me to come off the pill?
The length of time it will take for your body to get back to normal post-pill depends on what your cycles were like before you started taking the pill. If you had regular cycles with no major issues, you will be able to come off the pill straight away, before your first appointment.
You will likely only need 1 or 2 appointments to address potential nutrient deficiencies created by the pill and to check how your cycles are post-pill. If you suffered from irregular, painful or otherwise abnormal cycles before the pill, you will most likely still suffer from these issues once you stop taking it.
If you are in this boat, we will work together for around 2 sessions to being to treat these issues before you stop the pill. This will minimise issues once you stop taking it. You may then need around 2 sessions post-pill to make sure everything is getting back to normal.
What is the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM)?
The Fertility Awareness Method is a form of menstrual charting which determines ovulation based on natural body signs. It is a highly effective form of birth control or tool for pregnancy achievement.
The Fertility Awareness Method is based upon the fact that women are only fertile (able to conceive) for around 6 days each cycle. The Fertility Awareness Method involves daily tracking of temperature and vaginal mucous secretions, as well as the optional additional sign of cervical position.
This data is recorded in a chart and used to map the fertile and infertile points of your cycle. Based on this information, intercourse can be timed to maximise the chances of falling pregnant by pinpointing when your egg will be released (or avoided to avoid pregnancy).
How can the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) help me get pregnant?
Many couples who believe they are experiencing infertility are able to conceive naturally after learning this method. Once a month, most women will release an egg at ovulation. Once released, this egg lives for around 24 hours.
If it does not meet a sperm during this very small window, the egg will not be fertilised and will be released in the form of your period. Sperm can live inside a woman for up to 5 days, therefore having intercourse in the days leading up to, and on the day of ovulation, significantly increases your chances of getting pregnant.
For this reason, if you are not timing intercourse successfully each month, you may not be allowing the sperm to meet the egg. No matter how much intercourse happens on the other days of the month, if you miss this window you will not fall pregnant.
How can the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) help me avoid pregnancy?
The Fertility Awareness Method is based upon the fact that women are only fertile (able to conceive) for around 6 days each cycle.
The Fertility Awareness Method involves daily tracking of temperature and vaginal mucous secretions, as well as the optional additional sign of cervical position. This data is recorded in a chart and used to map the fertile and infertile points of your cycle.
Based on this information, you can avoid vaginal intercourse for the 6 days each cycle where it is possible for you to get pregnant. This means that you can enjoy unprotected intercourse on the remaining days of your cycle without the fear of falling pregnant.
I've heard that the fertility awareness method (FAM) is not effective at preventing pregnancy?
The Fertility Awareness Method should not be confused with the rhythm method which is a highly inaccurate method of simply counting the days of the previous menstrual cycle and using this to guess the fertile days of the next window.
The reason this method does not work for most women is thateach month, our cycle is slightly different. Even if your cycle is "regular" it can still easily vary by a day or two based on your stress levels, diet, exercise and travel each cycle.
For women with conditions like PCOS, it is even more difficult to predict when you will ovulate. This means that most women don't ovulate at the same time each month, therefore cannot rely on how their last cycle was.
FAM is 99.4% effective at preventing unintended pregnancy when practiced correctly. This is comparable to perfect use of the pill: 99.7%, and more effective than perfect use of condoms: 95%.
What is Clinical Nutrition?
Clinical Nutrition is the holistic practice of examining the dietary, lifestyle, environmental and spiritual factors which influence an individual's health and making positive, sustainable changes to improve and support health.
I work with clients in a partnership which empowers you to take control of your own health. I practice holistic healthcare which means I take an in depth look at all aspects of your life, not just the food you put in your mouth. Your environment, stress, exercise, sleep, personal life and medical history can have just as big an influence on your health as your diet.
What happens in an initial consultation?
An initial consult will mostly involve in depth questioning where we explore the your key symptoms or concerns. I give you time to explain your health and lifestyle to me in a place free of judgement.
We will also explore your overall health, diet, lifestyle and environment to create a complete picture of your health. From here, key imbalances that may be contributing to your health concerns will be addressed and you will leave with a clear treatment plan which outlines mutually agreed upon goals to support your return to health.
What happens in a follow up consultation?
A follow up appointment is generally shorter than an initial appointment. We will discuss how well you have implemented the mutually agreed upon goals from our previous session and identify reasons you may have struggled.
If I have referred you for further testing since our previous consult, we will also discuss your results in this session and use them to further build upon and refine your treatment plan.
Do you offer Skype/web-based consults?
At this point in time I do not offer Skype or web-based consults, however this is an avenue I am hoping to move in to soon. Please get in contact if this is something you are interested in and I will place you on my waiting list.