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

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 […]

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 […]

Do Women’s Menstrual Cycles Really Sync? A Scientific Update

Sophomore year of college, I moved into a suite with six other young women. Before we’d finished unpacking, one of my roommates announced that her cycle was dominant and before we knew it, we’d all be in sync with her menstrual cycle. In other words, we’d all get our period on the same day of the […]

Let’s Hear It From the Husbands

It’s fair to say that using Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABMs) to achieve or avoid a pregnancy will change your sex life. A couple effectively using a FABM (such as the Sympto-thermal Method, Creighton, Billings Ovulation Method, or Marquette) needs to be in constant communication with each other about their plans for a family and to have […]

Tips for When Your Husband’s Not On Board With NFP

They say it takes two to tango . . . and it also takes two to practice natural family planning, or NFP. When using Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABMs) to achieve or avoid a pregnancy, making observations about basal body temperature, cervical mucus, or hormones detected in urine must fall to the woman in the relationship. […]

What Every Woman Getting Off the Pill Needs to Know Before Trying to Have a Baby

It can seem so simple: take a pill each day to suppress ovulation as long as you don’t want to get pregnant. When you’re ready to start a family, stop taking the pill and your cycles will come back. You’ll ovulate, conceive, and have a baby. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the way things always play […]

Getting to Know Synthetic Estrogens and Progestins: What Do They Do to Our Bodies?

Our society is increasingly interested in natural versus synthetic everything. Marketers push organic food, cleaning products, and beauty lines. There is a growing wariness about synthetic foods and medicines, especially as we learn more about the unsavory side effects that often come with them. When it comes to hormones as well, natural is, generally speaking, […]

Tips for Coming off the Pill from 5 Women Who Have Been There

If it seems like just about everyone’s been on the Pill at some point, that’s because the great majority of women indeed have. According to the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), a recent study completed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), 82% of women of reproductive […]