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10 Reasons to Consider Switching from Birth Control to Fertility Awareness

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

Are you think about getting off birth control? As someone who took hormonal contraceptives in the past to reduce unwanted symptoms of my menstrual cycle, I now feel greater agency over my reproductive health by charting my cycle with a Fertility Awareness-Based Method (FABM). After being trained by a certified FABM instructor (who also happened […]

Guiding Young Girls Toward Fertility Appreciation

Jessica Davidson by Jessica Davidson

If you were to describe your feelings about your first period, what words would you use? Excited, honored, matter-of-fact, relieved, scared, resigned, disgusted? Were you confident in your knowledge of what was happening in your body and proud that it was beginning to function in this womanly way? Usually, that’s not the case.  For most […]

Switching to Fertility Awareness: Preparation To Smooth the Transition

Julia Hogan by Julia Hogan

If you are currently using hormonal birth control because of painful periods, PCOS, or some other reason, making the switch to a Fertility Awareness-Based Method (FABM) can seem incredibly intimidating despite the research-backed benefits. After all, it may mean having to face, at least for a time, a return of painful periods and other symptoms […]

‘Romper’ Article Recommends Birth Control Through Menopause, Fails to Mention FABM

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

“Like most people with uteruses, I’ve spent the majority of my adult life taking birth control to prevent pregnancy.” So begins Steph Montgomery’s recent article on the Bustle-affiliate mommy website Romper, “What Age Should You Stop Taking Birth Control? An Expert Explains.” The article addresses how menopause and various health problems should weigh into your […]

Supplements for PMS Symptoms that Really Work

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

Did you know there are healthy supplements for PMS symptoms? For decades, hormonal birth control has been prescribed for reasons such as the reduction of PMS symptoms. A 2011 study by the Guttmacher Institute confirmed that 14 percent of women using oral contraceptive pills used them “exclusively for noncontraceptive purposes,” with alleviating the pain of […]

Young Woman’s Viral Facebook Post Exposes the Destructive Nature of Birth Control

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

In a now-viral Facebook post from September of 2018, Breana Carlson led with a disclaimer about graphic potentially disturbing information and pictures, before exclaiming, “I genuinely feel like birth control has ruined my life.” Carlson was put on birth control in middle school in order to “regulate her menstrual cycles.” She was prescribed the hormonal […]

What Does Birth Control Have to Do with Self-Care?

Julia Hogan by Julia Hogan

When The Cut published Anna Silman’s article, “Every Girl I Knew Was On It: Why some women are questioning hormonal birth control,” it brought to light the potential side effects of hormonal birth control that are more difficult to define. These difficult-to-describe symptoms included what some women have described as “brain fog” or “not feeling […]

Why I Choose to Use a Fertility Awareness Method, Even Though I Have a Serious Reason to Avoid Pregnancy

Allison Jung, PA by Allison Jung, PA

As a physician assistant specializing in OB/GYN, I have prescribed birth control to everyone for everything . . . irregular cycles, painful periods, unusual bleeding, PMS, acne, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, perimenopause and, of course, to avoid pregnancy. It wasn’t until my own struggles with infertility that I began to research more about the […]

Let’s Talk Menstrual Cups

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

As more women look for sustainable and environmentally friendly options for healthcare and wellness, menstrual cups are coming to the fore as an alternative to disposable tampons and sanitary napkins. Though they’ve been around since the 1930s, the first manufactured menstrual cups for the United States appeared in 1987. Menstrual cups are typically made of […]

What the U.S. Soccer Team Players Discovered from Tracking their Periods

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

Natural Womanhood, Fertility Awareness Based Methods, Natural Family Planning, NFP, FABM, FAM, birth control side effects, womens health, reproductive health, fertility awareness, Fifa world cup, women's soccer, us women's soccer, usa women's soccer team, period tracking, menstruation, pms, world cup, USA world cup

How fertility-awareness methods can be a game-changer for your health and wellness too Many people are still celebrating the U.S. Women’s National Team’s victory at the World Cup this year, and now we have even more reason to do so. This week, Good Morning America reported on the “innovative period tracking” the USWNT’s coaches used […]