Is Natural Family Planning Unnatural For Relationships?

Kathleen Taylor by Kathleen Taylor

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I love when I’m out in a social setting and the topic of birth control comes up. I jump at the opportunity to mention the lesser known, natural options of Natural Family Planning (NFP) and Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABM) because I know it may be the only time someone ever hears about them. Reactions […]

3 Simple Nutrition Tips that Will Improve Your Reproductive Health

by Grace Stark

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It seems like evidence mounts daily for the myriad effects that diet and exercise can have on our overall health and well-being. For women especially, there is evidence to suggest that the things we eat can have a big impact on our fertility. For example, a recent, very small study indicated that the Mediterranean diet […]

A New and Promising Path for Couples Facing Infertility

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

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NATURAL WOMANHOOD EXCLUSIVE How a husband and wife who experienced infertility created a breakthrough method of providing emotional support for couples—and proved that on the journey to conceive life, you can’t stop living yourself. More than 15 years ago, Marc Sherman and his wife Erin began trying to grow their family. But after four years […]

How FABMs Improve Couple Communication In An Age When We Especially Need It

Jeanette Flood by Jeanette Flood

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Did you know the use of Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABMs) is associated with an enormous statistical difference in marriage success? Couples using FABMs are perhaps as much as 50 times less likely to divorce than those who don’t. Study after study shows that around 50% of marriages in the United States (the vast majority […]

Women Tell Us How They Felt After Switching to FABMs

Krizia Liquido by Krizia Liquido

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Charting. NFP. Temping. Whichever name you’ve heard them called, these general examples of Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABMs) are a relatively new way of looking at women’s reproductive health. Scientifically-based modern FABMs are nothing like your grandmother’s rhythm method. By observing how your cervical mucus, temperature, periods, and moods fluctuate, a FABM gives you a […]

Why You Should Learn to Chart Your Cycle, Even If You Want ALL the Babies

Jessica Davidson by Jessica Davidson

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If a couple wants many children, should they bother charting their cycles? As a fertility educator of the Sympto-Thermal method for the past seven years, I have heard on several occasions of couples, usually engaged, who are hoping for lots of babies as soon as they get married. Among the wedding prep and other details, […]

Does Breastfeeding Prevent You From Getting Pregnant?

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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For many women, Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABM) are remarkable at making our bodies’ cycles much less mysterious and much more understandable. This is no less true than for the postpartum period—yes, even that period after giving birth when hormones are all over the place. Whether you’re charting or not, this can be a confusing […]

Reproductive Respect: The Missing Part of the International Women’s Day Conversation

Jeanette Flood by Jeanette Flood

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International Women’s Day was celebrated last week, on March 8, applauding women’s achievements around the world and calling for accelerated gender parity. While these are definitely worth celebrating, sadly, many who campaign for gender equality have a blind spot when it comes to contraception, championing it as foundational in the fight for equal opportunities for […]

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Charting My Cycle

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

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When I started charting my cycle with fertility awareness based methods (FABM) nearly ten years ago, it was because my husband-to-be and I wanted a means of achieving or avoiding pregnancy that didn’t involve putting anything physical between us. Largely for religious reasons, we elected to learn natural family planning (NFP), specifically the sympto-thermal method. […]

4 Ways Fertility Awareness Methods Can Improve Mental Health

by Grace Stark

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Did you hear the recent news about the link between hormonal birth control and depression? There isn’t one. At least this is the finding from a study coming from Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center led by Brett Worly, MD, OB/GYN. Worly’s team analyzed 30 years of research with an eye for quality and bias […]