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Commonly Asked Questions About Infertility: A Natural Womanhood Infertility FAQ

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Infertility is a devastating reality for many couples today. Too many have unanswered questions about their options going forward. Here we’ve compiled answers and reading material regarding some of the most commonly asked questions on infertility. What causes infertility? On a population basis, there is no single cause of infertility. For individual couples, there may […]

Removing My IUD Removed My Depression

Szilvia by Szilvia

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My name is Szilvia. I am a 40-year-old quality manager and mother of two little children, living in Germany. Not long ago, I found the Natural Womanhood site when searching birth control side effects while on the copper IUD. I found so much important information on the copper IUD and copper toxicity in an article […]

Who’s Afraid of Fertility Awareness? How to Tackle Your Fears about Using a FABM

Julia Hogan by Julia Hogan

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Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABMs) are often described as an empowering way to track your fertility and reproductive health. But, for some, learning to use your chosen method and learning to chart your observations can feel overwhelming and can bring up fears about making a life-changing mistake. While it’s quite normal to have fears related […]

Understanding and Recognizing Postpartum Depression

Julia Hogan by Julia Hogan

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Having a baby is a life-changing event, and, for some, it can feel like your life has been turned upside down. You’ve gone from anticipating the birth of your child to facing the prospect of caring for a tiny, new human being who is completely dependent on you for its survival. It’s understandable that new […]

When You Really Shouldn’t Get Pregnant: 4 ways to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Fertility Awareness Method

Jessica Davidson by Jessica Davidson

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In previous articles, we have shown that many Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM) are an effective alternative to contraceptives on the market for postponing pregnancy. However, as with other forms of birth control, sometimes couples using a FABM to avoid a pregnancy do end up pregnant. For many of those couples, this new pregnancy may be […]

Progesterone Deficiency: How Too Little Progesterone Can Mean Big Problems

Allison Jung, PA by Allison Jung, PA

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Typically, in the United States, Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is considered to be a normal side effect of being a woman. If problematic enough, the common treatment is the birth control pill or anti-depressants. But, what if I told you that PMS is not a diagnosis, but actually a symptom of an underlying disorder that could […]

Four Things Everyone Needs to Know About Miscarriage

Julia Hogan by Julia Hogan

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(This article discusses pregnancy loss and may not be appropriate for some readers because of the sensitive content. If you are struggling with a pregnancy loss, this article may be difficult to read.) It’s the unspoken grief that so many women carry in their hearts: the pain of losing a child due to miscarriage. While […]

Is There a Link Between Gluten Consumption and Infertility?

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There is perhaps nothing quite like the struggle of unexplained infertility. It is baffling, it is exhausting, it is all-encompassing, and above all it is so, so hard. It is also confusing. For couples struggling with unexplained infertility, anything and everything can seem like the culprit behind the thwarted desire to have a baby. You […]

New Year, New (Good) Habits: Practical Strategies for Making Fertility Awareness Routine

Julia Hogan by Julia Hogan

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It’s one thing to decide to try fertility awareness charting, and quite another thing to jump in and make charting a habit. Say you’ve decided to embrace using Fertility Awareness-Based Method (FABM), such as the Sympto-thermal method or Creighton FertilityCare, and you’re excited to start charting. You might also be somewhat nervous about remembering to […]

Cycles and the Change: Fertility After 35

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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Menopause is not typically a word women like to hear. Whether it’s pre, peri, or simply just menopause.  Regardless of when the ovary releases the final egg, cycles make a major shift around the mid-thirties, leading to a large drop in fertility after age 35 (generally speaking, as every woman is different). De-regulation of cycles—and […]