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When Nexplanon moves: How “the birth control that goes in your arm” can migrate and wreak havoc on your body

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“We’re all on Nexplanon,” says a recent ad for “the birth control that goes in your arm,” featuring actress Vanessa Hudgens. Seconds later, the ad warns that “if at any time you can’t feel the implant, contact your doctor right away… removal of the implant may be very difficult or impossible if the implant is not where it should be.”   Perhaps you remember […]

When condoms could actually increase the likelihood of pregnancy: Wait, what?!

Molly Daley by Molly Daley

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Among those who promote body literacy, fertility awareness methods, and natural family planning, opinion is split on the topic of condoms. Some people advocate for the use of condoms in conjunction with fertility awareness, while others believe condoms could make your fertility awareness method less effective, thereby making pregnancy more likely. If that sounds like it just […]

How antidepressants affect women’s fertility

Virginia Schoenfeld by Virginia Schoenfeld

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Roughly one in ten Americans age 12 and older takes an antidepressant medication, according to the CDC. Notably, adult women are 2.5 times more likely to take antidepressant drugs than adult men. While well-intentioned doctors prescribe these medications to help patients, little attention is paid to how antidepressants can affect a woman’s fertility and overall health.  It is crucial to informed consent that women understand the impact psychiatric […]

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

Anna Migeon by Anna Migeon

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In the 1980s, Leslie Carol Botha taught basic fertility awareness charting to teen girls (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, […]

Menstrual Migraines and Hormonal Headaches: How understanding your cycle can help

Liz Escoffery by Liz Escoffery

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Jessica, who asked that her name be changed, suffered from menstrual migraines.  Jessica’s migraine always came at very inconvenient times—right before a busy day of dentist appointments for her children, during a date night with her husband, or in the middle of a trip to the park (really, though, is there EVER a convenient time to get a migraine?). […]

Three Simple Tips to Limit Endocrine Disruptors and Balance Hormones Naturally

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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“How can I balance my hormones?” is about the same thing as asking, “How many stars are in the night sky?” Yet it’s one of the most common questions I get asked as a fertility awareness instructor. In particular, women are often concerned with achieving an ideal balance between the hormones estrogen and progesterone (the […]

Can birth control cause infertility? Yes… and no

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

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Some women who have struggled with getting pregnant wonder if their past use of birth control might have caused their infertility. While there are assurances all over the internet that the birth control pill does not cause infertility, the answer is a bit more nuanced than that.  Let’s say you are 33 years old and […]

Empowering Teenage Girls to Know Their Bodies: A conversation with Emily Sederstrand

Natural Womanhood by Natural Womanhood

On Thursday, September 24, Natural Womanhood hosted Emily Sederstrand in a virtual conversation about empowering teenage girls to know and understand their bodies.  “I love foreign languages,” said Emily, “and so it was a great revelation to me to learn that fertility is like a language. But if you haven’t been taught, you don’t know […]

Painful sex before your period? How tracking your cycle could help stop sex from hurting

Liz Escoffery by Liz Escoffery

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Have you ever heard a man complain of painful sex? Me neither. But, among women, 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, and many women report painful sex, in particular before their periods […]

What is a Fertility Awareness Method, and how do you start charting with FAMs?

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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It’s a big enough step to decide to switch to a Fertility Awareness Method. The second biggest step is deciding on which method to use. A quick google search will send you in a tizzy and even though we have a handy quiz for just this issue, all the talk of charting and cervical mucus […]