Women’s Health – Anatomy, Hormones & Cycle-Tracking
Learn about the phases of the menstrual cycle and how to cycle-chart. Empower yourself with an understanding of hormones.
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Meet your course instructor
Krista Dawn Poulton | Medical Herbalist, DIP PHYT, RHT
Krista Dawn Poulton is a Medical Herbalist in Victoria, BC. She balances her private practice as a faculty member at Pacific Rim College, teaching courses in herbal medicine and medicine making, along with supervising clinical training. Her mission with her practice is to teach women to love and adore their bodies, address societal norms of body awareness, and educate ways to shift reproductive issues with the use of herbs, diet and supplements. Krista’s clinical practice focuses primarily on reproductive health from post-birth control care, fertility planning to infertility, endometriosis, fibroids and PCOS.
This course is designed as the first in a possible series of three, depending on your desired level of study. Following this course, we suggest taking: Menstrual Cycle-Tracking and Herbal Medicine (designed for general enthusiasts) or if you’re a clinical practitioner, Menstrual Cycle-Tracking and Herbal Medicine for Practitioners.
Have you ever felt the need to get back in touch with the natural rhythm of your body? Or perhaps you already feel that connection and would like to have a better knowledge of the reproductive hormonal system of the anatomical female body. Either way, Women’s Health Part I: Anatomy, Hormones, and Cycle-Tracking, will enlighten and empower you in understanding hormonal health and fertility. In this course you will learn methods for charting menstrual and ovulation cycles. Your instructor, Krista Dawn Poulton is an experienced herbalist who focuses her practice primarily on reproductive health.
In This Course You Will Learn About:
- An overview of the reproductive hormonal system, including the hypothalamus, pituitary, and ovarian/adrenal hormones
- The follicular and luteal phases of the menstrual cycle
- How these phases are affected by reproductive hormonal systems
- How to track cycles with basal body temperature, cervical changes, and mucosal changes
- Anatomy of the Female Reproductive System
Here, Krista explains the anatomy of the reproductive system. She leads students through a discussion of the structure and function of the fallopian tubes, uterus, ovaries and cervix/vaginal opening. Krista will also cover how these tissues change in response to the fluctuation of sex steroid hormones throughout the cycle.
- Hormones: Hypothalamus, Pituitary and Ovarian/Adrenal Hormones | Part I
In this section, Krista discusses the various hormones produced by the hypothalamus, pituitary, ovaries, and adrenals. Students will learn about the interconnectedness of these hormones and how they interact to create the menstrual cycle.
- Hormones: Hypothalamus, Pituitary and Ovarian/Adrenal Hormones | Part II
Krista gives a deep discussion of the hormones estrogen and progesterone to provide an understanding of the feedback loops which create the phases of the menstrual cycle.
- Phases of the Cycle: Follicular and Luteal Phase
Here, students will learn about the follicular and luteal phases of the cycle. Krista gives an in-depth overview of and the sex steroid hormones that influence them and how.
- Cycle-Tracking: Basal Body Temperature, Cervical Mucous and Cervical Changes | Part I
Discover the benefits of cycle-charting and learn how to track basal body temperature throughout the phases of the cycle to understand the timing of fertile windows and hormonal fluctuations. Krista provides fascinating visual examples of the different types of cervical mucous ranging from sticky, creamy, to egg white consistencies.
- Cycle-Tracking: Basal Body Temperature, Cervical Mucous and Cervical Changes | Part II
Continuing from Part I, Krista dives deeper into an examination of cervical mucous and cervical changes. She presents cycle-tracking charts and explores secondary signs of fertility, so you can feel empowered in understanding your reproductive health naturally.
- Quick Reference Document and Temperature Chart Template
Now that you have learned all of this invaluable information, it is time to download your quick reference document and temperature chart template so that you can start practicing!
Students are saying…
“Exactly what I wanted! This was a very helpful course and taught excellent foundational knowledge on women’s menstrual cycle health!”
“Very much met and exceeded my expectations. Most of all, the teacher’s demeanor was perhaps the most helpful, very confident but the knowledge just came out of her which made it easy to access what she was sharing. I’ve also never seen a chart like the one that depicted the levels of hormones through the cycle. That chart was awesome!”
“Krista was great! I like following the moon cycles and this course is in perfect harmony with it. Looking forward to our next lesson!”
“I’m becoming a doula and want to gain more insight on cycle-tracking. The instructor was a great teacher! Very clear, engaging and straightforward—easy to follow along. Really enjoyed the lecture and will continue learning from these modules.”
“This was a great intro to the female reproductive hormone health and an excellent primer to cycle tracking for the newly initiated! The materials were a great complement to the course, and the description of the HPO Axis as a feedback loop was an eye-opener.”
“Really informative, well done, and nicely put together. I really enjoyed this, and cannot believe this is not taught to teenage girls in more detail in school.”
“Really informative. This was a great course with so much information! I felt like I learned a ton in such a small amount of time. I know this information will come in very handy for myself and my clients!”
“Very good course. I am a fitness instructor and recently started my own company with natural skincare products. I am now armed with all this great info so that I can help other women.”
“Great – Loved the delivery, she explains things very well, slow, and gives good examples. I appreciated the length of the videos because they didn’t overwhelm or intimidate me. Can’t wait to take all of the others you have!“
“Very impressed. Teachings were very thorough and detailed. This course offers valuable information.“
“I loved this course. It complemented all other women’s health courses without repeating information. It was very comprehensive and useful. High quality.”
“Krista is doing such great work empowering, inspiring and educating about our cycles, and inner goddess, with ALL the details. Every women and young girl should learn what Krista is sharing.”
“The teacher have a perfect rhythm and intonation optimizing the absorption of the information. The information is clear, organize and synthesize will beeing complete enough for a global comprehension of the process.“
“I love how Krista repeated information and in new ways so you can could really take it in. I found the way she taught so useful! The slides were great and easy to comprehend. Very informative, easy to follow, and great resources that you could put into action right away. I really loved the entire course.“
“I find Krista to be very detailed and easy to listen too! I found out things I didn’t even know. I have hormonal imbalances and I would like to help other women with theirs.“
“Very educational. Learning about the hormone axis, endocrine system and charting was very useful!”
“Impressive! Loved the length of the course. I am a registered Holistic Nutritionist wanting to specialize in woman’s health and hormones. I was able to fly through it and can always refer back to it. Also, love the additional slides so I can print them off and have them with me.”
“This course was very informative and easy to follow along—a great intro to women’s health and cycle tracking.”
“So good & clear. It was beneficial for ALL women. I am loving integrating the information.”
Please note, this elective course is for PRC Campus students only.