Podcast Episode 25: Optimizing Your Menstrual Cycle, Understanding Cervical Mucus & The Impact of Toxic Makeup

What exactly happens with our bodies around ovulation? What do we need to look out for and be conscious of in our cycle? Get ready to learn about these things and more as hormone biohacker and functional naturopath Nicole Harlow talks about all things cervical mucus. Enjoy!

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Topics Discussed in this Episode:

  • How toxic ingredients in makeup can impact our hormones
  • Where to start cleaning up your makeup bag
  • Apps that can help you discern about beauty care products and its ingredients
  • Green beauty as an industry
  • Personal care products, menstrual products, and sexual health
  • The fertility finger test
  • What happens during the time we are ovulating


Key Takeaways:

  • The more expensive a makeup is, it doesn’t mean the better it is for you.
  • It doesn’t take a lot of toxic chemicals in your products to make a difference.
  • If you live in the US, federal regulations allow a certain level of heavy metals in the pigments of makeup products.
  • There’s a basic blueprint for what we’re looking for when it comes to hormonal balance throughout the month and fertility.
  • It’s helpful to know what the blueprint is so you can see where your body is at.
  • Being fertile isn’t just about having a baby, it’s about having healthy hormones overall.
  • As a woman, ovulation is a beautiful time to be in.


Action Steps:

  • Clean up your makeup bag, and do it systematically.
  • Make sure that you are using an all-natural deodorant.
  • Be a proactive consumer and take the time to know what’s in your products.
  • Consider free bleeding during your period.
  • Do the fertility finger test and get to know your body at a deeper level.


Nicole said:

“Any opportunity for us to get closer to our bodies, to touch, feel, sense what’s going on down there, is a really good thing. We’re not taught any of this when we were growing up… and what you find as you dig down into it is that for most women, there’s a pattern going on.”


“Menstruation and the hormonal cycle is not a curse, it’s a blessing. It’s a blessing to have these beautiful, hormonal shifts every month that you can ride… even PMS can have a gift to it, especially if you approach it with the right mentality.”


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