Syllabus

The following classes are provided as downloadable and printable e-books. This allows you to read them in the comfort of your own home, in your own time. New classes are added on a continual basis.

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Nutrition

Lifestyle

Mindset

Medical


Nutrition

  1. What food to eat: Discover which nutrient dense food is recommended to optimise the quality of your eggs or sperm and improve your chances of conceiving. Includes a grocery list. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  2. What food to avoid: Find out what food can be a chemical source of stress in your body, deplete you of vital nutrients, expose you to harmful toxins, affect your hormone levels and the quality of your eggs or sperm. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  3. Macronutrients: These include protein, carbohydrates and fats. We require them in large amounts as they provide the body with energy and enable it to function properly. There are different types of protein, carbohydrates and fats. Learn which ones you should be eating to optimise your fertility. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  4. High quality fats: Find out which type of fats are good to eat (in moderation) as part of a balanced diet. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  5. High quality protein: Find out which type of protein is good to eat as part of a balanced diet. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  6. 4-Day energy experiment: Find out which type of protein gives you energy and which robs you of it using this 4-day energy experiment. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  7. High quality carbohydrates: Find out which type of carbohydrates are good to eat as part of a balanced diet and learn about bridge foods, which help to ease the transition between refined processed carbohydrates and a diet rich in whole foods. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  8. Micronutrients & supplements: These are vitamins and minerals. We require them in very small amounts. They are essential for keeping the body working properly, especially when trying to conceive. Learn which vitamins and minerals you should be getting from your diet or in supplement form to optimise your fertility. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  9. How to balance blood sugar: Maintaining your blood sugar levels is important, especially when you’re trying to conceive. This is because you want to prevent insulin resistance and inflammation in the body, which can affect your fertility. Learn what causes sugar cravings and how to keep your blood sugar balanced. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  10. How to reduce inflammation: Certain foods can trigger inflammation, which can be a huge source of chemical stress in the body. Discover which foods can reduce inflammation and prevent free-radical damage to eggs or sperm. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  11. Feel-good nutrients: Learn how to increase your levels of serotonin – a feel-good hormone – by consuming certain nutrients in your diet. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  12. Natural aphrodisiacs: An aphrodisiac is a substance that tends to be derived from plants, which increases sexual desire, performance or pleasure. Discover three aphrodisiacs for men. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  13. How to keep hydrated: Water is not only essential to maintain bodily functions, but also to flush out toxins and boost your energy. Find out how much water you should be drinking and tips on how to stay hydrated. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  14. GM crops and pesticides: Become more aware of health issues related to food produced with GM technology and how to reduce your exposure to pesticide residue. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  15. How to munch mindfully: Learn how to eat more mindfully, improving your digestion, absorbing more nutrients from the food you eat and creating a more nourishing environment for your eggs or sperm to mature and a baby to grow. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist 
  16. How to stop comfort eating: Whether we feel stressed, sad or stroppy, we often turn to food for comfort; feeding our feelings instead of filling our tummies. So why do we have this urge and how can we stop using food as an emotional comfort blanket? By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  17. Fertility food rules: Follow these simple fertility food rules to improve your digestion and absorb more nutrients from the food you eat, keep your blood sugar balanced and create a nourishing environment for eggs or sperm to mature and a baby to grow. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  18. Oestrogen dominance: This is when there is too much oestrogen or too little progesterone to balance out the oestrogen. Find out how you can adjust your hormone levels by eating and avoiding certain food. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  19. Endometriosis diet: Endometriosis is a hormone-dependent chronic inflammatory disease. Studies suggest a link between diet and risk of endometriosis. Learn how to reduce your risk and manage your condition through your diet. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  20. PCOS diet: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a condition that affects hormone levels in women and is characterised by cysts on the ovaries. Learn how to manage your condition through your diet. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  21. Uterine fibroid diet: Uterine fibroids are also known as leiomyomas or myomas. They are the commonest benign (non-cancerous) uterine tumours, with an estimated incidence of 20-40% in women of reproductive age. Learn how to manage your condition through your diet. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist 
  22. IVF & ICSI diet: Find out which foods have been found to increase the effectiveness of assisted reproduction procedures and those to avoid. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  23. Fermented food: Fermented foods are rich in ‘good’ bacteria, which fortify the gut microbiome and help to support the immune system. Learn about fermented food you can add to your diet. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  24. Sea vegetables: Sea vegetables are a great natural nutritional source of minerals such as iodine, which is important in thyroid function, vitamins and antioxidants. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  25. Three superfood powders: Find out which three superfood powders have particular health benefits, especially when it comes to your fertile health. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist

Lifestyle

  1. How to sleep better: You need sleep to restore your energy, regulate your hormones and allow your body to repair and rejuvenate. Find out how many hours you should have when trying to conceive, how to get a better night’s sleep and tools to use if you’re too anxious to sleep. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  2. What movement to do: Movement helps to improve your circulation, reduce stress and boost your mood. Discover what type of movement supports optimal physiology for pregnancy and how you can incorporate more movement into your day. For men, learn how it’s important to wear the right clothing whilst exercising. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  3. Fertility yoga stretches: Fertility yoga is a gentle and restorative practice, which can help relieve tension, support relaxation and promote a calm mind. Practicing certain postures can stimulate the pelvic region and encourage healthy functioning of the sex glands, helping to regulate hormone levels. Your organs are nourished by the increased blood flow and work more efficiently at flushing toxins out of your body. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  4. How to reduce your toxic load: The Environmental Working Group found 287 chemicals in new-born umbilical cord blood – 180 of which cause cancer, 217 of which are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 that can cause birth defects and abnormal development. Learn what you can do to reduce your body’s toxic load. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  5. Why quit smoking & drugs: You should think about quitting smoking and stop taking recreational drugs before trying for a baby or undergoing fertility treatment, to optimise your chance of successful conception and delivering a healthy baby to term. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  6. Ways to reduce stress: Stress is a state of mental or emotional strain, which not only affects your thoughts, feelings and emotions, but also processes in the body. Understand what happens when stress is activated and what you can do to reduce your stress levels. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  7. Learn to control your breathing: Breathing may be a basic human function, essential to life, that you do with little-to-no thought and take for granted, but are you actually breathing effectively? Learning how to consciously control your breathing can enable you to experience both physical and mental health benefits, such as alleviate stress and reduce anxiety. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  8. Why your weight matters: If you are over or under weight you may find it more difficult to conceive through natural methods or with the aid of medical treatment. Learn how weight may be affecting your fertility and how to calculate your Body Mass Index. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  9. Enhance your relationship: Trying to conceive can have a huge impact on your relationship, whether bringing you closer as a couple or further apart. Learn how to make your relationship as happy as possible by using mindfulness techniques. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  10. Let's talk about sex: When you first start trying, sex will likely be fuelled with passion and excitement. However, after a while if you haven’t conceived, sex can become more mechanical as you become tired, impatient and worried that something might be wrong. Knowing the facts around sex can increase your chances of conceiving and prevent you both from tiring out month after month. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  11. How to manage your friendships: Friendships come in many different forms and will continue to evolve as your life does. Is it time for you to look more closely at how you define a friend, who you spend your time with and what type of friend you are? By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  12. Simple self-care practices: Self-care is about nuturing the relationship you have with yourself, making sure that you take care of yourself and giving yourself permission to do so. Explore how you feel about your body and what you can do to meet more of your needs. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  13. How to keep skin blemish free: Acne drugs such as Accutane should not be taken if you’re trying for a baby as it has been linked to birth defects. Find out natural ways to clear your acne. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  14. How to manage your money: Expenses can escalate when trying to conceive, especially if you’re paying for fertility treatment privately. Learn how to manage your finances, whilst looking at your relationship to money and the story you tell yourself when it comes to money. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  15. How to turn off autopilot: We all have an autopilot. Although it’s a useful and adaptive skill to have at times, there are drawbacks with relying on it to guide us through life. Learn how to use mindfulness to switch your autopilot off and become fully engaged in the present moment. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist 
  16. Why look after your teeth: Teeth are more vulnerable when pregnant because of hormonal changes, so it’s best to make sure they’re in good shape before conceiving. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  17. How to be domestic: Your home environment effects your wellbeing. If you keep your home clean, tidy and free-from clutter, it can help you to create a space where you can truly relax and put your feet up, reducing your stress levels. Learn how to keep your home in shipshape condition, without it being such a drag. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  18. How to bring out your inner child: Sometimes we all just need to be a little bit naughty, childish and have some fun, otherwise we can find that our bodies go into self-sabotaging mode as a result of built up feelings of having to always be good. This is especially true when we are working to create the best environment for our baby to grow, it can sometimes feel really restricting. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  19. Progressive muscle relaxation: This involves tensing, releasing and relaxing muscle groups, whilst paying attention to the different sensations brought about. It works by inducing your parasympathetic nervous system; part of your autonomic nervous system that turns off the stress response, helping you to feel more calm and relaxed. Have a go for yourself by following some simple steps. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  20. Complimentary therapies to try: A group of therapeutic disciplines that use methods which sit outside of mainstream healthcare. Whilst conventional medicine tends to treat an illness, using surgical intervention or chemically-derived medication, complimentary therapies treat the individual as a whole entity, looking at their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Find out which ones are recommended for fertility. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  21. Positive ways to deal with challenges: Dominique describes how Sophrology can be used to support individuals in keeping their stress levels down and maintaining emotional balance throughout their fertility journey. If you haven’t heard of Sophrology before, it’s a dynamic relaxation using breathing, simple movement and positive visualisation. It was created by neuropsychiatrist Professor Alfonso Caycedo in 1960 to improve the quality of life of mental health patients. By Dominique Antiglio, Sophrologist, Author and BeSophro Founder

Mindset

  1. Your fertility journey: We need to accept that not everything will go to plan in life or be as easy as we thought it would be. There are bound to be some bumps, turns and tunnels in the road ahead of us. This isn’t so we don’t get our hopes up; it’s so we have the readiness and willpower to work through any obstacles that come our way. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  2. How to manage anxiety: When trying to conceive, it’s natural to you have feelings of apprehension, fear or worry. Understand why we get anxiety, how to notice it and what you can do to stop it from spiralling out of control. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  3. Self-exploration: Trying to conceive can take time and use up a lot of your energy. It’s easy to become so focussed on trying to get pregnant that you lose track of all the other things in life that make you feel fulfilled. Learn how to take back control and gain a deeper understanding of yourself. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  4. Emotional blockages: Emotions can be thought of as energy in motion. They want to be felt and acknowledged so they can move through us. If we suppress our emotions we create a physiological blockage. Learn how to remove blockages so that you can let your emotions and physiology flow. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  5. Give EFT a go: Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is otherwise referred to as tapping, as it involves tapping a sequence of points on the body. The practice combines both acupressure and modern psychology. It can help you feel emotions, acknowledge their presence and process them, so they no-longer cause a physiological response in you. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  6. How to meditate: A mental exercise where you practice focussing your attention on one point of reference at a time, to increase awareness of the present moment, quieten the mind and bring you into a calm state. Clarify why you wish to meditate, learn different techniques how to and set yourself a goal. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  7. Say affirmations: Affirmations are simple statements that define you as you want to be, such as “I am fertile”. Research has shown the act of repeating a affirmations silently or out loud, can change your brain on a cellular level. Over time, you’ll start to build the belief in your mind and feel more in control of your life. Learn how to create your own affirmations. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  8. How to sustain hope: Find out how an experiment with swimming rats can teach you how to sustain hope. Clarify what your purpose is and what long-term vision you are working towards. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  9. How to manage baby jealousy: When you’re trying to conceive, it’s only natural that when you see other parents with babies or you hear a pregnancy announcement, you inevitably feel some degree of jealousy. It’s not just women who feel this, but men too. Follow six simple steps to manage this type of jealousy. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  10. Embrace your fears: When trying to conceive, fear is more likely to show up as you become more wrapped up in your own life and work towards something you really want. Learn a simple technique to use when you feel fearful of something. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  11. How to stop self-sabotage: Our inner saboteurs spring from our subconscious mind, rooted in the form of negative beliefs, thoughts and feelings. They protect us from experiencing negative outcomes like failure, disappointment or pain, which we expect to occur. Through the process of self-sabotage, we don’t suffer from the negative outcomes we fear, but nor do we succeed in achieving what it is we want. Learn how to break the cycle of self-sabotage for good. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist 
  12. Practice visualisation: Visualisation is where you observe yourself as if you were in a movie. Images that flicker through your mind provide you with feelings, which can affect your emotions and physiology. Learn how to use visualisation to help you relax, to tune into what’s happening inside your body during your monthly cycle and should you be undergoing medical treatment, to prepare you for what to expect. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  13. Have an attitude of gratitude: Research supports an association between feelings of gratitude and your overall sense of wellbeing. It can help you regain a sense of perspective, especially when your focus is on what you want and don’t have. Learn how to develop an attitude of gratitude. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  14. Practice mental rehearsal: Mental rehearsal involves seeing through your own eyes. Learn how mental rehearsal can walk you through having a healthy, strong, vibrant body that is able to conceive and carry to term. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  15. Men: Emotional rollercoaster: Following a 10 year infertility journey, Russell Davis describes how the most probable catalyst to him and his wife conceiving naturally against all odds, was a change in the relationship he had to his emotions. By Russell Davis, Fertility Cognitive Hypnotherapist
  16. Gay parenting: Lisa provides an account of her personal experience of becoming a gay mum, whose partner carried. She describes how she "felt useless, detached from the process, and without a place, due to not being acknowledged as a parent" and how she sought help. By Lisa-Charlwood-Green, Founder and Director of The WOW Network
  17. Managing trauma of failed IVF: Experiencing failed IVF is often traumatising, leaving people feeling helpless and hopeless. Understand what trauma is, the signs and symptoms, as well as how you can manage trauma and recover. Find out about Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR). By Helena Tubridy, Fertility Therapist and Coach
  18. Key to feeling loved & connected: Russell shares a communication strategy called the Imago Dialogue, which can help couples feel more connected, united and ultimately more loved. By Russell Davis, Fertility Cognitive Hypnotherapist
  19. Survive the two-week wait: The two-week wait can be an exciting, but also anxious time as you wait to see if you’re pregnant. Learn how to put a survival plan in place to keep you sane during this time. A plan that incorporates a nutrient dense diet, moderate movement, breathing techniques, personal nourishment, rest and distractions. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  20. Create your 'period plan': When you’re trying for a baby, getting your period can be really upsetting: disappointment and heartache that you’re not pregnant; worry and despair about why you’re not conceiving; and the agonising thought that another month’s gone by. Learn how to put a ‘period plan’ in place; a list of all the things that make you feel good. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  21. How to form new healthy habits: According to researchers at Duke University, habits account for approximately 45% of our everyday behaviours. This means a huge proportion of our life is made up of the habits we’ve formed. Discover how you form habits and how you can build new healthy ones. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  22. Mind your fertility: Russell explains how important it is to factor in care of the mind and emotions into fertility treatment. He describes studies that show how mind-body programmes, which help us let go of habitual thinking and re-tune us to our innate well-being, can improve the success of IVF treatments. By Russell Davis, Fertility Cognitive Hypnotherapist
  23. How to cultivate resilience: When you get knocked down in life, you can’t necessarily bounce back to who you were before, but you can choose how you respond to what happened and move through it. Learn how to build-up, develop and nurture resilience. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
  24. Psychosexual Therapy: A look at the most common sexual issues associated with fertility, guidance on what to do if you or your partner suffers from a sexual issue and how psychosexual therapy can help. By Violeta Jawdokimova, Psychosexual Therapy

    Medical

    1. Acronyms: When you first enter the world of fertility you’ll come across loads of different acronyms in books, on the web and on social media, which can not only be confusing, but fairly overwhelming too. Rest assured you’ll soon get to grips with them. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
    2. Pre-pregnancy immunisations: Immunisation is the process in which you’re made immune or resistant to an infectious disease, usually by administering a vaccine. Find out which immunisations are important to have pre-pregnancy. Dr George Kassianos, General Practitioner, Immunisation spokesperson for the Royal College of GPs & President of the British Global & Travel Health Association
    3. Travel: Zika virus: ZIKA virus is spread by mosquitoes. A small number of cases of sexual transmission of ZIKA virus have been reported and there is increasing evidence of transmission from mother to foetus via the placenta. Find out which countries to avoid visiting if you're trying to conceive. Dr George Kassianos, General Practitioner, Immunisation spokesperson for the Royal College of GPs & President of the British Global & Travel Health Association
    4. Why women have periods: How one of the greatest medical breakthroughs has impacted women from both a personal and societal stand-point. The impact this has had on their reproductive capabilities compared to previous generations. Professor Charles Kingsland, Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine
    5. Signs of ovulation: If you have a 28 day cycle, you’re most likely to be fertile 10-14 days after the start of your period and there are certain signs you can look out for including charting your cervical mucus and basal body temperature. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
    6. Sperm & Eggs: Whilst boys are sperm factories, girls are egg warehouses. Find out everything you need to know about the production of sperm and eggs, as well as what they are affected by. Professor Charles Kingsland, Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine 
    7. It's all about sex: Stripping sex back to basics by looking at human development through evolution. Answering questions such as should you have sex quickly or slowly, lying down or standing up etc. Professor Charles Kingsland, Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine
    8. Pregnancy test: When to take a pregnancy test; the time of the month, the time of the day and method. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
    9. Early pregnancy: When to take a pregnancy test and the early signs you can look out for that you’re pregnant. The basic nutritional and lifestyle do’s and don’ts of early pregnancy. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
    10. Female reproductive system: What the female reproductive system looks like and how it works, including hormone production. Professor Charles Kingsland, Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine
    11. Having & losing babies: An explanation of an often misunderstood event – miscarriage – what it is and why it happens. Also, a look into what makes us so successful at reproducing. Professor Charles Kingsland, Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine
    12. Coping with miscarriage: Miscarriage can be extremely draining, both physically and mentally. It affects both men and women in their own way. Here are some suggested ways to heal emotionally, including actions that may help. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
    13. Ectopic pregnancy: An ectopic pregnancy is one which grows in a part of the body where it shouldn’t. A look at how it is diagnosed, symptoms to look out for and how it is treated. Professor Charles Kingsland, Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine
    14. Why men and women think differently: An explanation of how fathers tend to take longer to bond with a newborn baby than mothers who tend to bond straight away. Professor Charles Kingsland, Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine
    15. Assisted Reproductive Technology: A term used to describe a number of different fertility treatments performed to help achieve pregnancy. Understand what the following fertility treatments entail: IVF, ICI, IUI, ICSI, PGD, egg and sperm donation, FET and surrogacy. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
    16. Role of your Dr & how to choose one: Understand the role of your doctor; what they are trained to do and what to expect from them. Learn how to go about choosing the right fertility doctor for you. Professor Charles Kingsland, Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine
    17. First consultation questions: The questions you may be asked during your first consultation with either your doctor or natural fertility practioner to give them a good picture of your situation. By Juliana Kassianos, Natural Fertility Therapist
    18. Role of a Clinical Embryologist: Understand the different roles and responsibilities of an embryologist in fertility investigation and treatment. By Rachel Cutting MBE, Principal Embryologist
    19. Egg quality: Egg quality and its significance on the outcome of assisted reproduction treatments e.g. In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF). By H. Nadir Ciray, Senior Clinical Embryologist
    20. The birth of IVF: Understand how IVF came about, grew up in the private sector and has a strong commercial aspect associated with it. By Professor Charles Kingsland, Consultant Gynaecologist and Specialist in Reproductive Medicine
    21. Gamete Donation: Many individuals may require the assistance of a gamete (sex cells) donor in order to create their family. This e-book focuses on egg donation, sperm donation, embryo donation and recipients. By Francesca Steyn RGN, Head of Nursing at the Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health (CRGH)
    22. MTHFR Mutation: Understanding MTHFR (an enzyme critical for folate metabolism) has become more and more important for those interested in knowing how to improve their fertility. Carolyn Ledowsky provides you with a basic understanding of what MTHFR is, what role MTHFR plays in the grand scheme of your health, and if you have an MTHFR mutation that is affecting you, what to do about it. By Carolyn Ledowsky, Founder of MTHFR Support Australia

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