Achieving Thyroid and Hormone Health: An Interview with Laurie Christine King

Kathleen Taylor by Kathleen Taylor

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Like many young girls, Laurie Christine King was treated for severe acne and crippling periods with the birth-control Pill at age 16. Two years later she was diagnosed with an underachieving thyroid, and eventually Hashimoto’s disease. Thyroid medication had no effect, and it led to an eating disorder, a way for her to cope with […]

3 Myths About Teaching Teens About Fertility Awareness

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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Is it possible to teach teens how to chart their menstrual cycles? As a teacher of the Teen FEMM program, I’ve learned that not only is it possible, it’s way easier than people think. I teach Fertility Awareness-Based Methods to young girls in the transition of puberty. Sometimes girls are working out hormonal transitions during […]

When Your Birth Control Implant Doesn’t Stay In Your Arm: The Truth about Nexplanon

by Grace Stark

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If you’re a young woman, chances are you’ve seen the Nexplanon ad. You know the one, with all of the stylishly dressed young women killing it in the workplace, telling you that they’ve “armored up” against an unplanned pregnancy? It’s clever enough, as the Nexplanon implant goes into one’s arm. Unfortunately, Merck (the makers of […]

A Promising New Treatment for Postpartum Depression

Katherine Melville by Katherine Melville

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It’s likely that you or someone you love has suffered from postpartum depression (PPD). PPD affects 1 in 7 women, although the actual prevalence is probably higher. Current treatment options are not meeting the needs of women. Antidepressants, though life-saving for some, only work about half the time for the treatment of depression, they carry […]

How Fertility Awareness Can Help Doctors Treating Premature Ovarian Failure

Margaret Brady by Margaret Brady

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I’ll never forget the look on the doctor’s face as he pulled my test results off the fax machine. He made me and my husband sit down in his office. Time slowed to a crawl as the doctor drew a diagram of my body and gently explained that the reproductive part of it was dying. […]

10 of the Most Common Birth Control Side Effects

by Grace Stark

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Maybe you’ve just started on birth control, and have started noticing some unsavory side effects. Maybe you’ve been on it for years and have suspected that it could be the culprit behind a cadre of symptoms you (or your doctor) can’t seem to get to the bottom of. Or maybe you need a method of […]

Interview: How the Holidays Are Particularly Hard for Couples Struggling with Infertility

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

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Marc Sherman and his wife Erin know the pain. Perhaps you have been trying to have a baby for a while now. As the year comes to a close, the sense of grief can feel like a heavy chain, pulling you down and stifling your joy for the season. It’s one thing that babies seem […]

Tips for Charting While Traveling

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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It’s the time of year for making cookies, wrapping presents, lots of parties, and you guessed it—traveling. Traveling (and the stress often associated with it) can not only affect your cycles, but it can provide obstacles for charting. Here are some practical tips for charting while traveling this holiday season. Don’t forget to pack the […]

Canada’s Latest Investigation of Essure Reveals the Lasting Harms of Quickly Prescribed Birth-Control Implants

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

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We’ve known for a while that the birth-control implant Essure is responsible for causing severe side effects and health problems for women including sterilization, extreme sweating, bleeding, blood clots and chronic pain. This past week, this information was affirmed by an investigative report from the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC). According to the CBC, “as of […]

How to Practice Self-Care Throughout Your Cycle

Julia Hogan by Julia Hogan

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Have you ever noticed you feel different physically and emotionally at different points in your menstrual cycle? For example, you might feel full of energy and optimistic at one point in your cycle while you might feel lethargic and low at another point. If you chart your cycle with Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM), you can […]