How It Went When I Discussed FABMs With My Doctor

Jeanette Flood by Jeanette Flood

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Practically every time a girl or woman walks into a gynecologist’s office (at least before menopause), she’ll be offered pharmaceutical birth control. Starting when I was only fourteen, my doctors repeatedly tried to get me on the Pill—even though I came in for something else, said no, and wasn’t even sexually active. Several doctors told […]

Why the Copper IUD Is Not the Natural Birth Control You’ve Been Looking For

Kathleen Taylor by Kathleen Taylor

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The copper IUD is among the only birth-control options that is hormone free, and therefore is sometimes classified as natural. It boasts of extreme effectiveness, with minimal side effects. Because it is non-hormonal, a woman could hypothetically get pregnant the very day it is removed. Once inserted, the device can work for up to 12 […]

Ways to Get Rid of Acne Without the Pill

by Grace Stark

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If you somehow managed to get through your whole adolescence without being offered birth control to “regulate” your period, chances are good you were probably offered the Pill to control your teenage acne—after all, many physicians can be strangely pushy when it comes to contraception for a whole host of reasons. We’ve already covered why […]

Tips for Coming off the Pill from 5 Women Who Have Been There

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

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If it seems like just about everyone’s been on the Pill at some point, that’s because the great majority of women indeed have. According to the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), a recent study completed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), 82% of women of reproductive […]

Essure Is Pulled From the Market, As New Netflix Documentary Is Released

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

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On Friday July 20, the medical technology company Bayer announced that they will be removing the form of birth control, Essure, from the U.S. market as of December 31 of this year. Essure is a sterilization device in the form of a flexible, 4 centimeter metallic coil. It’s inserted into the fallopian tubes through the […]

How to Build Intimacy When Abstaining

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

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I love when I hear couples exclaim how much Natural Family Planning (NFP) has increased the intimacy of their relationship. It might seem counterintuitive to some that a family-planning method requiring periods of sexual abstinence could add intimacy to a relationship, but you’d be surprised what some couples who use NFP would say. How do […]

When Men Resent Natural Family Planning

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

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“I hate NFP. I hate it!” My friend, a 36-year-old man, sitting across from me at a popular Mexican eatery for a beer, is a tall, kind, and rather quiet type. A scientist, he is also a Catholic who wants to live the teachings of his faith about sexuality, which, if a couple would like […]

What an Irregular Period Means, and How the Pill Doesn’t Help

by Grace Stark

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In middle school and high school, I remember multiple friends told me that their doctors had just put them on the Pill to “regulate” their periods. So many of them used that exact language—and all quoting their doctors—that it almost seemed like it was the norm to have an irregular period in need of regulating—by […]

How to Properly Get Diagnosed with PCOS

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

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How much do you know about PCOS? First identified by an Italian physician nearly three centuries ago, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) affects an estimated 10 to 27 percent of women of childbearing age. Presently, it’s one of the most common causes of female infertility. Yet very often it goes undiagnosed, in part because the medical […]

4 Supplements to Consider When You’re Trying to Conceive

by Grace Stark

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When my husband and I were first trying to conceive a child, it seemed like the Internet was chock-full of suggestions for ways we could change our diet and lifestyle in order to maximize our chances of conceiving. We ultimately conceived with the help of Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM), also known as Natural Family Planning […]