Are FABMs effective?

How do you pick a fertility app that REALLY works to prevent pregnancy?

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

If you are considering using a fertility app to avoid pregnancy you may find it difficult to select one that meets your needs. There is an ever-growing number of options, but how do you know their effectiveness? How much evidence supports these apps’ claims? A new study published in the Journal of the American Board […]

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

Molly Daley by Molly Daley

February is National Condom Health month. Some people are going to use this opportunity to passionately advocate for condoms, while others may actually use it to vehemently oppose them. Among those who promote fertility awareness based methods (FABM) of family planning and the body literacy that comes with them, opinion is split on the topic of condoms. I am simply […]

Who tells the truth about the effectiveness of fertility awareness methods?

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

It’s been interesting to see articles popping up more and more frequently with accounts of the problems with contraceptives, from Vanity Fair making public the scandal of the Nuvaring to Cosmopolitan discussing how the Pill affects women’s libido. At the same time, the mainstream media is attempting to correct all these “misperceptions” about contraceptives and […]

On breastfeeding, fertility awareness, and not getting pregnant

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

Natural Womanhood on breatsfeeding

If you are pregnant, there is a great chance that your OB/GYN or a nurse will ask you what form of contraceptives you’re going to use after you deliver. I heard mothers tell me how hospital staff would push the Pill on them little before or after they had delivered. I personally find it quite […]

The Natural Cycles App, Business Insider and fake news.

Anna Migeon by Anna Migeon

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Last week the Swedish app Natural Cycles made international news coverage with their breakthrough European certification. Among others, the online magazine Business Insider reported the event in a fairly extensive article on the topic. However, the magazine, which is read by over 70 million individual readers every month, tainted the announcement with partial and uninformed […]

Is fertility awareness a long-term solution for preventing pregnancy?

Kathleen Taylor by Kathleen Taylor

Couple by the sea

I do not want 12 kids.  I have nothing against families with 12 kids, but it is not what I envision for my family (if you want to see a cool trick, say the words “twelve kids” to my husband and watch all the color drain from his face).  And I don’t mean to be […]

What’s the good news about cervical health?

Emily Kennedy by Emily Kennedy

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. We often hear the bad news concerning the cervix: risk of cancer, the need for Pap smears, HPV and HPV vaccinations. Cervical cancer is a reality, with an estimated 528,000 cases of cervical cancer worldwide, and 266,000 deaths, which makes it the fourth most common cause of cancer death […]

Family Planning: women and medical professionals need accurate information

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

CDC FABM effectiveness petition

Ask the CDC to report accurate data on side-effect free and effective Family Planning Method When Noelle* and her husband, parents of three, decided that they wanted to delay another pregnancy, she was put on “the shot,” at her doctor’s suggestion. Quickly, she gained weight and became depressed, moody and angry. Was there no other […]

Fertility Awareness Based Methods under fire following a leaked memo from HHS

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

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A memo that was leaked from the Department of Health and Human Services (one wonders how that happens) signaled that the department was considering cuts in contraceptives funding and an increase of funding for Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABMs). Immediately several media outlets responded with attacks and misinformation against FABMs. Regardless of our political preferences […]

Making the most of your natural cycle

Emily Kennedy by Emily Kennedy

Birth Control Methods

Have you ever stood in awe at the beauty of your own female body? Not in a sexualized way, but more appreciative, like, “Hey, Body, you did a good job today. Thank you for helping me create something fabulous.” The female body is AMAZING. Not only is it beautiful, but it is also ever changing – […]