Demystifying Perimenopause with Fertility Awareness Methods

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

A woman in her mid-twenties who begins using a Fertility Awareness-Based Method (FABM) for charting or family planning will find it pretty straightforward. Ovulation is clear, and it’s easy to see the patterns emerging through her biomarkers in her cycles that tell her what’s going on hormonally. Other periods in a woman’s life, however, such […]

Maybe You’re Not Crazy, Maybe You’re On the Pill

Krizia Liquido by Krizia Liquido

2011 was the year I first realized the conflict between eating an organic, hormone-free diet while taking synthetic hormones like the birth control pill. My fellow editors and I were discussing an article on living green and how, for a society obsessed with eating clean, we wondered how inorganic the Pill was on our sexual […]

Natural Womanhood Exclusive Interview: Abby Johnson on the Benefits of Natural Family Planning

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

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Abby Johnson, a former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic, has personal and professional experience with hormonal contraception. She is also author of Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line and founder of And Then There Were None, an organization that assists abortion-clinic workers seeking […]

Does Caffeine, Alcohol, or Smoking Affect Fertility?

by Meghan Gresk

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We’ve all heard it before: that alcohol, caffeine, and smoking are no-go’s when we’re pregnant. But what about when you’re just trying to get pregnant, or just making a game plan for trying to get pregnant? Do you need to cut these substances out of your life entirely? Well, let’s break it down. Alcohol First, […]

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

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

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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. […]

Why We Really Need Better Options for Treating Male Infertility

by Grace Stark

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Have you noticed how few options and natural treatments there are for male infertility? Early on in my husband’s and my infertility journey, we did what many couples do who are having trouble conceiving: We did a semen analysis to determine if any of our issues with conceiving had to do with male-factor infertility. While […]

How the Pill Robs Your Body of Key Nutrients

by Grace Stark

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You like to eat right. You take pride in shopping at farmers markets, where the produce is fresh and nutritious—and preferably grown without the pesticides that can wreak havoc on your endocrine system. You try to consume organic meat, eggs, and dairy, raised without synthetic hormones that make the animals freakishly bigger and more productive, […]

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

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

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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 […]

How Lack of Fertility Awareness Relates To Infertility Rates

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

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A recent study conducted by the Morning Consult for the New York Times shows that the U.S. birthrate has declined significantly due to various economic and social factors. The study focused on young adults and indicates that younger generations are having fewer children for reasons ranging from a lack of economic stability to a desire […]

Natural Womanhood Exclusive Interview: Abby Johnson on Contraception

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

Natural Womanhood Fertility Awareness Based Methods FABM FAM NFP Contraception Planned Parenthood Harms Hormonal Birth Control Side Effects Health Risks Abby Johnson

Abby Johnson, a former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic, has personal and professional experience with hormonal contraception. She is also author of Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line and founder of And Then There Were None, an organization that assists abortion-clinic workers seeking […]