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Guiding Young Girls Toward Fertility Appreciation

Jessica Davidson by Jessica Davidson

If you were to describe your feelings about your first period, what words would you use? Excited, honored, matter-of-fact, relieved, scared, resigned, disgusted? Were you confident in your knowledge of what was happening in your body and proud that it was beginning to function in this womanly way? Usually, that’s not the case.  For most […]

Surviving the Charting Learning Curve—With Support

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

Natural Womanhood, Fertility Awareness Based Methods, Natural Family Planning, NFP, FABM, FAM, birth control side effects, womens health, reproductive health, fertility awareness,

“I just started charting my cycle…and I’m so confused! How am I supposed to use this for family planning when I can’t even figure up from down??” Sound familiar? As a Fertility Awareness Educator, I often hear people say they want to learn to chart but it feels too daunting and difficult. For some, there […]

How I Came to View Fertility As a Delicate Gift

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

Natural Womanhood, Fertility Awareness Based Methods, Natural Family Planning, NFP, FABM, FAM, birth control side effects, womens health, reproductive health, fertility awareness, reproductive respect, respecting fertility, gift of fertility, infertility, infertility story, infertility mental health, respecting life, the gift of pregnancy

I’ve been thinking a lot about new life this springtime. After a long winter, this week in Cleveland, we saw our first daffodils and hyacinths. They’re always the first to show up, and they may not last more than a couple weeks, but the sight of them represents something larger—the promise of spring and warmer […]

Real Women Dispel the Myth That Fertility Awareness Charting Is Too Complicated

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, charting your period, fertility charting, charting, charting is hard, difficulties charting, charting your cycle, charting myths, natural family planning myths, NFP myths

Learning how to chart is too hard. It’s too time-consuming for women to chart every day. Women are too lazy to chart their cycles. These are a few of the perceptions concerning charting that all boil down to one common myth: charting a woman’s cycle is too complicated for most people to learn. This myth […]

How Lack of Fertility Awareness Relates To Infertility Rates

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

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A recent study conducted by the Morning Consult for the New York Times shows that the U.S. birthrate has declined significantly due to various economic and social factors. The study focused on young adults and indicates that younger generations are having fewer children for reasons ranging from a lack of economic stability to a desire […]

3 Healthy Signs of Fertility That Are Often Treated As Bad

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

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A woman’s body is a beautifully—and let’s be honest, sometimes frustratingly—complicated thing. Those who practice fertility awareness know that when it comes to our cycles, little is static: a woman’s hormones are always in motion, causing pain, mid-cycle spotting, and breast tenderness, among other symptoms. It can all be overwhelming if she doesn’t understand why […]

Quick Responses to NFP Doubters

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

Natural Womanhood Natural Family Planning NFP Fertility Awareness Based Methods FAM FABM

Anyone who’s even dabbled into the idea of using a Fertility Awareness-Based Method (FABM) knows there’s a lot of conflicting advice (read: opinions) out there. We’re hoping that if you’ve made the decision, you’ve done your research, and have made the informed choice to learn about your cycles and hormones. Huzzah! But what about the […]

Women Tell Us How They Felt After Switching to FABMs

Krizia Liquido by Krizia Liquido

Natural Womanhood Fertility Awareness Based Methods FABM FAM NFP Natural Family Planning

Charting. NFP. Temping. Whichever name you’ve heard them called, these general examples of Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABMs) are a relatively new way of looking at women’s reproductive health. Scientifically-based modern FABMs are nothing like your grandmother’s rhythm method. By observing how your cervical mucus, temperature, periods, and moods fluctuate, a FABM gives you a […]

5 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Charting My Cycle

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

Natural Womanhood, NFP Natural Family Planning Fertility Awareness Based Methods FAM FABM, miscarriage, progesterone

When I started charting my cycle with fertility awareness based methods (FABM) nearly ten years ago, it was because my husband-to-be and I wanted a means of achieving or avoiding pregnancy that didn’t involve putting anything physical between us. Largely for religious reasons, we elected to learn natural family planning (NFP), specifically the sympto-thermal method. […]

Quick Takes on 4 Common FABMs To Help You Choose Your Best Fit

Kathleen Taylor by Kathleen Taylor

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So you have made the decision to use Fertility Awareness Based Methods. What now? Which fertility awareness method is best for you? Whether your goal is greater health awareness or natural family planning, choosing the right method for you can at first feel overwhelming. But with a little refresher on the four most common evidence-based methods of […]