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“Why do I get pre-period bloat?” and other PMS questions, answered: A Natural Womanhood PMS FAQ

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Premenstrual syndrome, better known as PMS, has long been accepted as a fact of life by many women. After all, if you’re a woman of reproductive age, chances are good that at some point you’ve experienced an uncomfortable combination of telltale symptoms warning you about “Aunt Flo’s” upcoming visit–from symptoms like headaches, to mood swings, […]

Libido in the Time of COVID-19

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

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With all the other concerns people have during the COVID-19 pandemic, it would seem that libido would be the last thing on their minds. It isn’t. According to data published in a recent analysis from TermLife2Go, an independent agency that researches life insurance companies, the most-Googled mental health conditions in certain states over the past […]

How using FABMs can lead to a large family—but not by accident!

Jeanette Flood by Jeanette Flood

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Using a Fertility Awareness-Based Method (FABM) for family planning often leads to more people coming into the world. Contrary to popular belief, however, this is not because these methods are too hard and thus more prone to error. Rather, people who use FABMs often find that they are more open to life for a variety […]

Dealing with the emotional challenges of infertility: Interview with Marc Sherman of Organic Conceptions

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Anyone who has dealt with infertility knows that it is nothing short of an emotional roller coaster ride. For Marc Sherman and his wife, it was a ride that took up the better part of a decade as they dealt first with primary infertility, then later on, secondary infertility as well. Throughout their journey, the […]

Trying to Conceive During COVID-19: Natural Infertility Solutions to Explore

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Last week, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) issued guidance urging the temporary halt of all non-urgent fertility care for the foreseeable future. The announcement and guidance document comes as the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic causes nationwide concerns about scarce medical resources, and as hospitals and clinics implement measures to limit unnecessary exposure […]

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 […]

How Mindfulness Can Help Improve Communication and Charting Habits for Couples

Julia Hogan by Julia Hogan

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One popular benefit of using a Fertility Awareness-Based Method (FABM) for couples is that it improves communication between partners which, in turn, improves the quality of the relationship. Still, talking about cervical mucus and other signs of fertility can feel a little awkward, especially at first. In addition, talking about how to interpret those signs […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]