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10 Reasons to Consider Switching from Birth Control to Fertility Awareness

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

Are you think about getting off birth control? As someone who took hormonal contraceptives in the past to reduce unwanted symptoms of my menstrual cycle, I now feel greater agency over my reproductive health by charting my cycle with a Fertility Awareness-Based Method (FABM). After being trained by a certified FABM instructor (who also happened […]

Switching to Fertility Awareness: Preparation To Smooth the Transition

Julia Hogan by Julia Hogan

If you are currently using hormonal birth control because of painful periods, PCOS, or some other reason, making the switch to a Fertility Awareness-Based Method (FABM) can seem incredibly intimidating despite the research-backed benefits. After all, it may mean having to face, at least for a time, a return of painful periods and other symptoms […]

Young Woman’s Viral Facebook Post Exposes the Destructive Nature of Birth Control

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

In a now-viral Facebook post from September of 2018, Breana Carlson led with a disclaimer about graphic potentially disturbing information and pictures, before exclaiming, “I genuinely feel like birth control has ruined my life.” Carlson was put on birth control in middle school in order to “regulate her menstrual cycles.” She was prescribed the hormonal […]

What Does Birth Control Have to Do with Self-Care?

Julia Hogan by Julia Hogan

When The Cut published Anna Silman’s article, “Every Girl I Knew Was On It: Why some women are questioning hormonal birth control,” it brought to light the potential side effects of hormonal birth control that are more difficult to define. These difficult-to-describe symptoms included what some women have described as “brain fog” or “not feeling […]

Why I Choose to Use a Fertility Awareness Method, Even Though I Have a Serious Reason to Avoid Pregnancy

Allison Jung, PA by Allison Jung, PA

As a physician assistant specializing in OB/GYN, I have prescribed birth control to everyone for everything . . . irregular cycles, painful periods, unusual bleeding, PMS, acne, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, perimenopause and, of course, to avoid pregnancy. It wasn’t until my own struggles with infertility that I began to research more about the […]

New Research Claims Birth Control Should Be Prescribed in Bulk, Despite Health Risks

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

According to new research from the University of Pittsburgh and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and published in USA Today, distributing 12-months of birth control pills at a time will reduce unintended pregnancies. The study’s lead author has stated that the distribution of more birth control at one time will reduce the healthcare costs […]

Gallbladder Disease in Women: The Hormonal Birth Control Connection

Avatar by Grace Stark

An estimated 25 million Americans are affected by gallstones, and the vast majority of them are women. Gallstones, which form when too much cholesterol or bilirubin builds up within the gallbladder, and then crystallizes, are the most common cause of gallbladder disease—a group of medical conditions affecting the gallbladder. Cholesterol gallstones are more common than […]

If We’re Concerned about BPA, We Should Be Concerned about Hormonal Birth Control

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

Natural Womanhood, Fertility Awareness Based Methods, Natural Family Planning, NFP, FABM, FAM, birth control side effects, womens health, reproductive health, fertility awareness, natural birth control, hormonal birth control, oral contraception, oral contraceptive, the Pill, BPA

You’ve definitely seen it on the packaging of plastic products, especially food storage containers and water bottles: “BPA-free.” What you may not know is what exactly BPA is, why it’s a problem, and other substances that produce similarly problematic effects on our health and environment. Decoding BPA “BPA” stands for “bisphenol A,” and it’s an […]

A Breakdown of the Recent FDA Citizen’s Petition Concerning Hormonal Contraceptives

Madeleine Coyne by Madeleine Coyne

Natural Womanhood, Fertility Awareness Based Methods, Natural Family Planning, NFP, FABM, FAM, birth control side effects, womens health, reproductive health, fertility awareness, lack of information about birth control, transparency about birth control, FDA, Citizen's petition about birth control, citizen's petition, food and drug administration

You may already know that a Citizen’s Petition was recently filed to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) requesting more transparency and patient warnings regarding potential side effects for different forms of hormonal contraceptives. We have been talking about it for a few weeks now, and, as Natural Womanhood CEO Gerard Migeon invited readers weeks […]

A Recent Essay on ‘The Cut’ Dares to Address Why Many Women are Rejecting the Pill

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

This past week, The Cut, a website run by New York Magazine, published a personal essay by Anna Silman, titled, “Every Girl I Knew Was On It: Why some women are questioning hormonal birth control.” The author reflects on her own decision to abandon the Pill as she also explores why so many young women are […]