Susan Fekety, RN, MSN, CNM is an author, consultant, speaker, health care practitioner, and certified nurse midwife with a special interest in Women's Health.

 

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Premenstrual Syndrome: Restoring Balance without Drugs
(1-2 hours)

Premenstrual Syndrome (or PMS) is an extremely common and vexing women's health problem. Metabolically, PMS reflects an imbalance in hormone metabolism that responds beautifully to simple lifestyle treatments you can do yourself. If you're weeping, bloated, irritable, or feel like your life is a hopeless wreck, please come to this class. You'll notice a difference in your first cycle!

Nutrition for Menopause and Pre-Menopause
(2 hours)

Sick of weight gain, sleep disruption, hot flashes, moodiness, and/or fatigue? Grab a girlfriend—and let's talk! Around midlife and menopause, many women feel like they're suddenly navigating by the stars when they were used to having a GPS gadget on the dashboard. None of the old rules seem to apply. Mass media and the conventional medical wisdom would have women believe that there's not much that works besides drugs, hormones, and surgery. But here's a secret: there are two major hormone systems in every woman's body which, when treated well, are designed to provide a strong foundation of estrogen balance during this time of change. It's totally possible to address some common peri-menopausal symptoms with some very simple measures.

Bountiful Women: Health beyond The Scale (1-2 hours)

Despite a multi-billion dollar diet industry, 97 million Americans are obese. The medical care system has few (if any) real resources for addressing the obesity "epidemic" and prejudices about overweight abound. Increasingly, practitioners who work with women of size find that the emphasis on weight/body size alone is far too limited to serve the goal of true health: mind, body, and spirit. In this program we'll talk about the path to claiming our bountiful nature, identifying what large women need most from their health providers, and ways to craft an approach to health and wellbeing that starts with loving the bountiful woman just as she is.

Healthy Vaginal Ecology (1-2 hours)

It used to be that vaginal health was not much thought of by women, let alone discussed, for heaven's sake! But in the 21st century, women are inundated with products and "hype" directed at this most misunderstood of body parts. You hear one thing on television, another on the internet, read one thing in a magazine, and hear another from your girlfriend. In this class, we'll talk about simple steps you can take to create vaginal health and keep this delicate ecology in balance for a lifetime. This discussion will necessarily be frank and anatomically explicit.

Get Friendly with Your Fertility Signals (2 hours)

Whether you're wanting to become pregnant, to avoid pregnancy, or simply desire to know your body better, becoming familiar with the signs your body makes at the fertile and less-fertile times of your menstrual cycle can be your ally. We will review the basics of calendars, temperatures, cervical mucus, and other signals you can use to explore the amazing symphony inside your body. Includes information sheets and materials for record-keeping to get you started. This discussion will necessarily be frank and anatomically explicit.

Gynecologic Care for Your Daughter? (1-2 hours)

Okay, so your daughter started her period a few years ago and maybe she's begun to experiment with sexual activity (but you're not sure); or maybe she has really tough or irregular menstrual periods and you don't know if that's okay (maybe she'll just grow out of it). In this informal conversation, we'll talk about some of the landmarks in the journey to womanhood, how to decide if it's time to consider a first gynecologic exam, how to best handle issues around independence and confidentiality while still staying "in the loop," and how to support your daughter to protect and care well for herself given the health risks in her world. We'll also talk about what's "normal" for a teen and what should get professional attention. This discussion will necessarily be frank and anatomically explicit.

Vulvar Pain Syndromes: No Longer a Secret (And Not All in Your Head) (1-2 hours)

Chronic vulvar pain is estimated to affect almost 10 percent of women in the United States, yet it's one of the least-discussed topics in health care. Just what is vulvar pain? What may trigger it, or relieve it? Where can a woman go for help? In this presentation, we look at common vulvar pain syndromes (vulvodynia, vestibulitis, vestibulodynia, vulvitis, etc.), how they are diagnosed, and the variety of ways women learn to cope with them. We'll talk about medical/pharmaceutical and self-care or complementary approaches to chronic vulvar pain. This discussion will necessarily be frank and anatomically explicit.

Endocrine Disruptors And Women's Health (2-4 hours)

Most people are only minimally aware (or really would prefer not to know) that many foods, common household products, and environmental pollutants have the potential to disturb the endocrine (hormone) system in the human body. These substances are being increasingly implicated in a variety of women's health problems, including endometriosis, some cancers, reduced fertility, birth defects, and thyroid disorders. Come learn about what's known, what's suspected, and some steps you can take to minimize your exposure to these chemical toxins. This program can be adapted to meet the needs of lay or health professional audiences.

Postpartum Depression (1-2 hours)

Suddenly postpartum depression, postpartum blues, and postpartum psychosis are all over the news. Many women have experienced these conditions, often without realizing it. We'll talk about risk factors, prevention, self-assessment, and self-help techniques for postpartum depression—and what to do when you think your girlfriend has it.

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Nutrition and Lifestyle
»Women's Health

Working with Susan Fekety as a Speaker, Presenter, and Program Facilitator

Contact Susan Fekety by email at susan@susanfekety.com or by traditional mail at PO Box 1721, Portland, Maine 04104-1721 to discuss her upcoming programs, inquire about a previous engagement, invite her to speak to your organization, or engage her to develop a custom program just for you.

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Susan is the author of numerous health and wellness articles, features, newsletters, and has authored and co-authored two books. also a practicing health care provider at Healthy Living Health Care located in Falmouth, Maine (just north of Portland).  There, she provides a range of services for women and men, including lifestyle and nutrition counseling as well as women's health services.

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