Chinese Medicine, Natural Transition, and the Gender Binary [interview with Katrina Hanson]

CS: reflected in title, this is an article for transgender folks- Chinese Medicine, Natural Transition (using plant-medicines to alter hormones or ease hormone therapy symptoms/post-surgery symptoms), and the Gender Binary Do yin and yang make Chinese Medicine binary? Yin and yang are often associated with female and male energy respectively, which leads to the misconception…

VOICES: Maron’s sex in pregnancy and postpartum story

CS: birth trauma (details), gender identity feels, body image, mental health, sexuality, kink/BDSM, sex work Maron identifies as a white, able-bodied, middle-class, employed, occasionally depressed, parent, poly, queer, genderqueer: agender, they/them pronouns, and is married to a cis-dude in a triad and lives in a poly household. Maron and their husband are the bio-parents of…

Can acupuncture boost fertility? [interview with Michelle Kapler]

NOTE: This article begins with a cis-gendered understanding of reproduction because of the practitioners experience with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and moves into gender inclusive language for the remainder of the article. It should also be noted that you will find the services are geared toward cis-gendered women on michellekapler.com, and cis-gendered men and women…

7 complicated feelings I have about aromatherapy

I haven’t written much about my aromatherapy practice, yet friends are constantly asking me which oils to use for sleeping, staying awake, relaxing, morning sickness, calming the mind… "Is peppermint safe during pregnancy?" (answer: not really, no) "Is lavender safe to use with my children in the house?" (answer: yes!) So… why don’t I write…

5 myths about sex in pregnancy and postpartum [interview with Dr. Emily Queenan]

I think it’s time to set the record straight on 5 myths you may have heard about sex in pregnancy and postpartum! About a year ago I passed around a survey online about sex in pregnancy and postpartum. I received 42 responses from women and 2 responses from nonbinary folks. The stories were wildly varied…