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.

1.5 CEUs/PDAs

Length: 1.5 hours

Instructor: Krista Dawn Poulton | Medical Herbalist, DIP PHYT, RHT


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Who is this course for?
Students and practitioners of herbal medicine, naturopathic medicine, and acupuncture. Also applicable for Advanced Generalists.
Course length (start & watch when you want)
1.5 hours of video content
Course credits
1.5 CEUs / PDAs

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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.

Course description

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

Lesson plan

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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!

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