Become Your Own Contraception and Fertility Expert
Jane Bennett is a powerhouse in the menstrual education world. Having been working to support women and children with understanding their fertility and contraception naturally for many decades, she has empowered multiple generations to take back their bodies, and be well educated and informed to make informed choices for both understanding and supporting fertility, and contraception that doesn’t need to involve taking hormonal birth control.
I loved meeting Jane for the first time – its such a perk of doing this podcast, I get to have conversations with people I admire, respect and have learned from such as Jane. We spoke about Jane’s mission and journey to creating her legacy that she’s built, what the different types of contraception are and how they work, why you might want to consider not taking hormonal birth control, how to come off birth control and what that might be like, and how we can share information with teens so they can make informed choices for themselves.
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Jane Bennett Menstrual educator and author With a background in social work and clinical hypnotherapy Jane has worked with Natural Fertility Management since 1990. In 2000 Jane created Celebration Day for Girls, a program for 10-12 year-old girls with their mothers, and later Fathers Celebrating Daughters for dads. In 2012 she began to train facilitators to run these popular programs in their own communities, which are now available in over 25 countries. Jane is the author of A Blessing Not a Curse and Girltopia: A World of Real Conversations for Real Girls, and the co-author of About Bloody Time: The Menstrual Revolution We Have to Have, The Pill: Are You Sure It’s For You?, The Complete Guide to Optimum Conception, The Natural Fertility Management Contraception Kit, The Rite Journey Program and Guidebooks and Woman Wise Conversation Cards. In 2017 Jane founded the Chalice Foundation, a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to menstrual wellbeing, education and positive menstrual culture, through which she works closely with the Victorian Women’s Trust. Jane relishes life in the granite wilds of Central Victoria with her family.
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You’ve been learning about your menstrual cycle and how to attune to its changing daily strengths, vulnerabilities, and self-care needs – and it’s been life changing to finally learn what you should have learnt as a child. So imagine how powerful it would be for our children to learn this knowledge and wisdom now – rather than having to figure it all out after many years of being disconnected to their body, their cycle and therefore, themselves. If you’d love to share what you now know with your child or any other child for that matter but aren’t sure of when or how to start, I’d love to give you some ideas to help you do that confidently in a way that feels gentle, age-appropriate, and empowering for you and your child.
Many mothers have traditionally thought that children aren’t ready to learn about their body, how it changes, what menstruation is, or anything else associated with puberty until they have their first period but when we leave “the talk” until this time, children already have a lot of feelings, thoughts and confusion about what’s been happening to their body and sense of selves for a while, and they question what these changes mean about them if they are left in the dark.
Children in the playground talk and share information that’s usually incomplete or inaccurate, leaving children to piece the story together themselves. Schools deliver education that’s most often squashed down in one or two hours total to combine information on what periods are and how to manage blood, anatomy and how reproduction works which sends children the message that having periods means that falling pregnant is something to fear, and that when they begin their periods, they’re ready to have sex, which is not the case at all from a developmental point of view.
When talking about periods is so uncomfortable, it continues the menstrual taboo that we have been victims of for millennia. So how do we cultivate a period positive culture?