FABMs and relationships

How the birth control pill messes up mutual attraction

Kathleen Taylor by Kathleen Taylor

I’m going to tell you a joke; stop me if you’ve heard it. What did the boy monkey say to his three favorite girl monkeys? Nothing; because his three favorite girl monkeys were injected with Depo-Provera. Okay, not much of a joke…I suppose it’s more of a cautionary tale.  Keep reading for the true story. […]

What “sex-ed” looks like in an NFP family

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

fertility awareness natural family planning natural womanhood sex ed

When parents openly use fertility awareness, children get a unique perspective on the body. My daughter sees fertility awareness in daily practice lived out. This means she sees me take my temperature every morning. She sees my menstrual products. It means by the time her hormones venture into puberty, the information (hopefully) will not be […]

10 ways fertility awareness improves your love life

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

When I first tell young couples that Fertility Awareness Based Methods improve sex and relationships, I sense a subtle skepticism in the room. “Wait, you’re saying that we have to abstain from sex 8 days a month? How is that going to make our relationship better?” But at the end of the talk, they say […]

How the Pill can cause divorce

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

The Pill and Divorce

I want to tell you the story of three couples. Each of them experienced a serious stress early in their marriage relationship because of contraceptives: Couple number 1: shortly after her first child, Mayra got on Depo-Provera, an injectable hormonal contraceptive. She began to have major mood changes. Any little annoyance would make her very […]

12 reasons men should choose natural birth control

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

Some children in the inner city context grow up never knowing anything else. So when they’re exposed to a country setting, the mountains, the beach, it may be exciting, but it can also be uncomfortable and even scary for them. They’d rather retreat back to the confined, polluted and unsafe environment they’re used to. But […]

Five unexpected reasons Fertility Awareness is urgently needed, Part 3

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

Reason #3: Fertility Awareness prepares you for better parenting Of all five, this reason to prefer fertility awareness methods may come as the strangest. When we think of family planning, we may think about sex, about a woman’s body and fertility, and then about barriers, pills or other technologies. How can any of that affect […]

The manly men behind fertility awareness

Emily Kennedy by Emily Kennedy

A few weeks ago I was inspired, truly inspired, by a young couple in my fertility awareness class. In fact, they taught me. She was 30, and he was a mere 26. Attractive, professional young couple, set to be married in 5 months, with a bright future ahead of them. It wasn’t always the case. She […]

Waiting for sex with a purpose: how fertility awareness methods can change your life

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

“My wife and I, we did a 90 sex fast. 90 days. No sex,” says Terry Crews in the video below. Until last week, I had never heard of Terry Crews. This short video showed up on my Facebook feed and I couldn’t help but take the 60 seconds to watch it, like 4 million […]

Of the fluidity of motherhood

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

Motherhood comes in all shapes and sizes. There’s the mom who sat through hours of blood tests, chart analyses, and waiting rooms. The one who saw countless negative pregnancy tests and was crestfallen every time. There’s the mom who only saw one positive pregnancy test, you know the one I’m talking about. The unexpected one. The test […]

Fertility Charting: What’s a Guy to Do?

Valerie Pokorny by Valerie Pokorny

Guys can help with charting

The first time I saw his chart—yes, his—I giggled. My husband and I had a long-distance engagement; he lived in Washington, D.C., and I lived in Austin, Texas. We were learning how to chart my fertility via Skype with an instructor in Ohio. I had the official chart, stickers and all, and he had a […]