Lindsay Schlegel

Lindsay Schlegel

Lindsay Schlegel writes frequently about fertility-awareness based methods, among other lifestyle topics. She writes for a variety of online publications, and her first book, "Don’t Forget to Say Thank You: And Other Parenting Lessons That Brought Me Closer to God" will be published in the fall by Ave Maria Press. You can find out more about her at

How to Solve Period Issues without the Pill 

It’s no secret that hormonal contraceptives like the Pill, patch, ring, IUD, or implant are prescribed for myriad reasons beyond birth control. They’re also highly prescribed by doctors who hear their patients have acne, migraines, cramps, regulating mood, regulating periods, and even cold sores. According to Dr. John T. Littell, “Physicians in training during the […]

Charting Your Cycle After Miscarriage

Life changes after a miscarriage. I speak from experience: nearly seven years ago, I lost my second child to miscarriage, and every part of me changed. In the time since, with care for myself and love from my family and friends, I am in many ways stronger for having been so broken. At the time […]

Deciphering the Postpartum Period with FABMs

There’s a lot people don’t tell you about what happens after you have a baby. In the movies, a woman cries gentle tears, overcome with joy as she gazes down at her newborn (who looks to be at least three months old). Her hair looks great, and we are led to believe she and her […]

How FABMs Can Help a Couple with Male Infertility to Conceive

There’s a lot to say about how beneficial fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) can be for a couple trying to conceive: they’re inexpensive to learn, cause no harmful side effects, and allow the couple to work with—rather than against—the natural functions of a woman’s reproductive system. But a couple struggling with infertility may not only be […]

Discerning the Efficacy of Fertility Awareness Apps

More and more women are turning to fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) for both family planning and a read on their overall health. As research has become more available, there has been a demonstrated interest in natural methods of observing the body’s biomarkers to identify the root causes of various conditions and create plans to manage […]

Blood Clots and Hormonal Birth Control

Among the side effects of hormonal birth control that have made news in recent years is the increased risk of blood clots, which are painful, dangerous, and at times fatal. How serious is this concern? Everyone’s got an opinion. Bad News for Anyone The fact of the matter is that blood clots are bad news, […]

The Ultimate Guide to the Effectiveness of Evidence-Based FABMs

When it comes to selecting a fertility based-awareness method (FABM) of natural family planning, there’s one question that’s of utmost importance: does it work? With the evidence-based FABMs being used today, the answer is a resounding yes, despite what popular opinion and perhaps even your doctor would have you think. There are two things to […]

La guía definitiva acerca de la efectividad de los MBCF basados en evidencia

Cuando se trata de elegir un método de planificación natural, basado en el conocimiento de la fertilidad (MBCF), surge una pregunta de suma importancia: ¿De verdad funciona? Con los MBCF usados actualmente y que tienen evidencia científica, la respuesta es un rotundo sí, a pesar de la opinión popular y, quizás inclusive, de lo que […]

When Getting Off the Pill Isn’t So Simple

Dr. Jolene Brighten was on the Pill for 10 years before she realized the damage it was doing to her system. Her gastrointestinal issues and mood swings were creating real challenges in her everyday life, but her doctor told her they were all in her head. When she finally went off the Pill, she had […]

The Road Ahead for Fertility Awareness, Charting Apps, and Women’s Health Technology

Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABMs) have come a long way from your grandmother’s rhythm or calendar method. In the second half of the twentieth century, researchers made tremendous strides in understanding how daily observations of a woman’s cervical mucus, basal body temperature, and urine samples can help women understand their fertility and gain insights into their […]