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How Quarantining Makes Now a Great Time to Switch to Fertility Awareness

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With the spread of COVID-19 around the globe, countless couples are facing new decisions they never expected: how are we going to adjust to the new normal of working from home, or of having less income to go around? For many, there’s also a family-planning question: What options do I have for birth control? What […]

Tips for Fertility Awareness Users During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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Using a Fertility Awareness-Based Method (FABM) during an infectious disease outbreak has its advantages. The CDC is recommending that users of hormonal contraception, particularly the Pill, patch, or ring, stock up now on a three month’s supply to limit trips out, or to the pharmacy or clinic during the current COVID-19 pandemic.  For fertility awareness […]

Is Using Condoms with Fertility Awareness a Good Idea?

Dr. Martin Owen, MD by Dr. Martin Owen, MD

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Many women are already sexually active when they consider switching from the Pill to Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM) of family planning, and the question of using a condom or other barriers during the transition to fertility awareness comes up.  For a woman to start on the journey of learning to rely on her own body […]

The Male Birth Control You’ve Been Searching For is Here

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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Every now and then, we see a headline that goes a little like this: “This highly effective form of male birth control could be only 6 months away from the market.” And then 6 months passes…and weirdly, said contraceptive never does actually quite make it to the market.  According to research, 4 in 10 men […]

Birth Control Fails More Often Than People Realize

Jessica Davidson by Jessica Davidson

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Many medical professionals tend to look with skepticism at the effectiveness rates of Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM) to prevent pregnancy, despite the research to back them up. As I was told at my six-week after birth followup by my OB-GYN: “you do know you can get pregnant on that [FABM]?” After my first baby, I […]

2019: A Year in Review

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

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If you’ve been following our e-newsletter, you know we have a lot of exciting plans for growth in 2020. But we would be remiss if we didn’t first acknowledge the challenges we faced and gains we made in 2019.  When it comes to women’s fertility health, there have been some troubling developments: 2019 has seen […]

Could the Pill Literally Be Shrinking Your Brain?

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On December 4, 2019, a new study was published finding brain changes in women who take hormonal contraceptives.  The findings of the study, presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) found that, on average, women taking oral contraceptives had a hypothalamus that was 6 percent smaller than women who […]

The Pill and Stress: How Hormonal Contraception Might Make it Harder for You to Cope

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Did you know that the Pill affects how we process stress? Sometimes this is viewed as a positive, since research shows women on hormonal contraception do not exhibit the body’s classic response to stress (i.e., elevated levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, courtesy of HPA-axis signaling) in stressful situations. But this aspect of the Pill […]

Male Sex Hormones Are a Big Deal, Too

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This is Your Brain on Birth Control, a new book by Dr. Sara E. Hill takes a remarkably deep dive into the myriad ways that hormonal contraception alters women’s bodies, demonstrating that our sex hormones have an enormous impact on how our brains and bodies function. As we learn more about the consequences of altering […]

Surviving a Toxic Reaction to the Copper IUD

Cheyenne Walters by Cheyenne Walters

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Editor’s note: More than once at Natural Womanhood, we have received emails from parents whose daughters have tragically died as a result of her birth control. A few months ago, we received a different kind of note—one from a woman who had a close call and was able to share her story with us. Cheyenne, […]