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How to Build Intimacy When Abstaining

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

I love when I hear couples exclaim how much Natural Family Planning (NFP) has increased the intimacy of their relationship. It might seem counterintuitive to some that a family-planning method requiring periods of sexual abstinence could add intimacy to a relationship, but you’d be surprised what some couples who use NFP would say. How do […]

When Men Resent Natural Family Planning

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

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“I hate NFP. I hate it!” My friend, a 36-year-old man, sitting across from me at a popular Mexican eatery for a beer, is a tall, kind, and rather quiet type. A scientist, he is also a Catholic who wants to live the teachings of his faith about sexuality, which, if a couple would like […]

One More Reason FABMs are Different From (And So Much Better Than) Birth Control

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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When I first got into charting my cycles with Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM), I considered it a (fabulous and exciting) alternative to my birth-control pill. I may have even referred to charting as hormone-free birth control. Eight years later, I now cringe at that saying. I’ll admit, phrases like natural birth control do get the […]

Is Natural Family Planning Unnatural For Relationships?

Kathleen Taylor by Kathleen Taylor

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I love when I’m out in a social setting and the topic of birth control comes up. I jump at the opportunity to mention the lesser known, natural options of Natural Family Planning (NFP) and Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABM) because I know it may be the only time someone ever hears about them. Reactions […]

How FABMs Improve Couple Communication In An Age When We Especially Need It

Jeanette Flood by Jeanette Flood

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Did you know the use of Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABMs) is associated with an enormous statistical difference in marriage success? Couples using FABMs are perhaps as much as 50 times less likely to divorce than those who don’t. Study after study shows that around 50% of marriages in the United States (the vast majority […]

Reproductive Respect: The Missing Part of the International Women’s Day Conversation

Jeanette Flood by Jeanette Flood

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International Women’s Day was celebrated on March 8, applauding women’s achievements around the world and calling for accelerated gender parity. While these are definitely worth celebrating, sadly, many who campaign for gender equality have a blind spot when it comes to contraception, championing it as foundational in the fight for equal opportunities for women. Few […]

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

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]