Are FABMs more effective than the Pill?

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

A few weeks ago a reader wrote me to challenge a statement I made in my December 2014 article titled: Who tells the truth about the effectiveness of fertility awareness methods? Here is what I wrote: “It may take a few weeks for women to be 100% confident with their ability to accurately read the signs […]

Quiz: how cycle aware are you?

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

Think you paid attention in sex ed? Maybe you did, but that was years ago. And let’s be honest, sex ed left out a few details. Test your knowledge with this quiz and see how much you really know about your cycles and human reproduction. Women who use Fertility Awareness Based Methods tend to know […]

Painful sex: how tracking your cycle could fix it

Liz Escoffery by Liz Escoffery

Have you ever heard a man complain of painful sex? Me neither. But, among woman, it is a common problem. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), says nearly three out of four women experience painful sex at some point in their lives. This experience triggers a great deal of frustration, dissatisfaction, and even […]

Spotting between your periods could be a sign of endometriosis

Emily Kennedy by Emily Kennedy

Spotting between periods might not seem like too bothersome of a problem to have in and of itself. But a certain kind of spotting can be a sign of a very serious disease: endometriosis. What happens when you complain about spotting to your doctor? If you are dismissed, you may need to look further. Yes, a lot […]

Cycle mindfulness: what happens when you teach fertility awareness to teen girls

Anna Migeon by Anna Migeon

In the 1980s, Leslie Carol Botha taught basic fertility charting to 13-17 year-olds at eight different restorative care homes for at-risk girls. A typical girl in the program had been a victim of sexual assault, ran away from home, used drugs and alcohol and ended up in jail. In working with these girls, Ms. Botha made an amazing discovery: teens who […]

Does the pill cause infertility? Yes and No

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

Let’s say you are 33 years old and got married a year ago. In the past ten years, you have been using a variety of hormonal birth control methods. Now you and your husband are looking forward to starting a family. You get off the pill, hopeful and a bit anxious as you know time […]

Reconnecting women with their cycles

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

It may be hard for a man to know exactly what it’s like for a woman to be disconnected from her natural cycle when she’s on the pill. The only comparison I can think of would be how I have felt being on certain medical drugs that affected my mental alertness, and came with side effects such as low libido, nausea, weight […]

The Natural Cycles App, Business Insider and fake news.

Anna Migeon by Anna Migeon

Natural Cycles app fertility awareness birth control Natural Womanhood

Last week the Swedish app Natural Cycles made international news coverage with their breakthrough European certification. Among others, the online magazine Business Insider reported the event in a fairly extensive article on the topic. However, the magazine, which is read by over 70 million individual readers every month, tainted the announcement with partial and uninformed […]

An open letter to Melinda Gates

Liz Escoffery by Liz Escoffery

Melinda Gates Natural Womanhood

Dear Melinda Gates, Today I read your recent commentary in Forbes about how “(You) wouldn’t be where (you are) today without contraceptives.” You said, “It’s no accident that my three kids were born three years apart—or that I didn’t have my first child until I’d finished graduate school and devoted a decade to my career […]

PMDD: are women’s periods making them mentally ill?

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

My day job is managing the marketing for a children’s psychiatric hospital; I take mental illness seriously. Depression, for example, is not a fleeting feeling of sadness, it’s a dark hole that can take every bit of someone’s ability and will to live normally.  The last version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, the DSM-5, lists […]