The hidden costs of IVF: heartbreak, health risks, and helplessness

Naomi Whittaker by Naomi Whittaker

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In medical school, I was taught to first ask patients about the symptoms that brought them in (i.e. chief complaint and review of systems). Instead, the approach of the infertility industry (also called Assisted Reproductive Technology or ART) often focuses on which cash-pay procedure the patient can afford. Here are the words many couples hear […]

What “sex-ed” looks like in an NFP family

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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When parents openly use fertility awareness, children get a unique perspective on the body. My daughter sees fertility awareness in daily practice lived out. This means she sees me take my temperature every morning. She sees my menstrual products. It means by the time her hormones venture into puberty, the information (hopefully) will not be […]

14 health concerns that fertility awareness charting can reveal: Part 2

Kathleen Taylor by Kathleen Taylor

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In last week’s post, we described ways fertility awareness charting enabled women to identify reproductive health problems like ovarian cysts, PCOS, endometriosis, infections/bacterial vaginosis. This week, we are going to give you the other 10 issues that women told us about. Through daily observations and recordings of their cycles, they were able to see patterns […]

14 health concerns that fertility awareness charting can reveal: Part 1

Kathleen Taylor by Kathleen Taylor

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Fertility awareness charting is so much more than just knowing when you are fertile!  When you are consistent with your chosen method of charting, you can discover valuable information about your body, and possibly see signs of disorders that call for treatment. Through daily observations and recordings, you can begin to see patterns and abnormalities […]

Five unexpected reasons Fertility Awareness is urgently needed, Part 5

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

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Reason # 5: Fertility Awareness may be the last line of defense for wholesome sex I grew up reading Asterix and Obelix comic books, which depicted the humorous adventures of a small village in Gaulle (France in the Roman times) that offered the last standing resistance against the Roman occupation. Their independence and freedom came […]

Five unexpected reasons Fertility Awareness is urgently needed, Part 4

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

Reason # 4: Fertility Awareness is a remedy to women and children’s poverty When I think of poverty, I think of the tall, middle-aged African-American lady at the counter of a convenience store who I talked with briefly last week. She was eating bits of lunch while running the cashier in the middle of a […]

Five unexpected reasons Fertility Awareness is urgently needed, Part 3

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

Reason #3: Fertility Awareness prepares you for better parenting Of all five, this reason to prefer fertility awareness methods may come as the strangest. When we think of family planning, we may think about sex, about a woman’s body and fertility, and then about barriers, pills or other technologies. How can any of that affect […]

Five Unexpected Reasons Why Fertility Awareness is Urgently Needed, Part 2

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

Reason#2: Families the size of your heart’s desire Once upon a time, there was a man and a woman who loved each other very much. Their first child had come as a little surprise. Since he was a boy, they decided to wait a couple of years and try for a girl, and they succeeded! […]

Five Unexpected Reasons Why Fertility Awareness is Urgently Needed, Part 1

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

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In the next 5 weeks, we’re going to publish a series of short essays that present rarely discussed reasons why fertility awareness based methods (FABM) and natural family planning (NFP) are so important to women, families, and the world. We’re not doing so just to pique your curiosity, but to encourage you to support our […]

“It’s very human”: the untold story of Natural Womanhood

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

Last week I asked a young woman who I had just visited the Natural Womanhood website for the first time what she thought, and I loved her response: “It’s very human.” At another time a Facebook fan wrote this comment on our page: “I do deeply appreciate this group for helping women coming to know […]