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Coming off the pill into fertility awareness: prepare for these symptoms

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

“I’ve been off the pill for almost six months but still haven’t had a period. What’s going on?” I’ve heard this so many times. What are your ovaries doing if they’re not pumping out healthy, regular cycles?? The key word for understanding  what’s going on when coming off the pill is called cycle regulation, a […]

Quiz: how to choose your fertility awareness method

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

Have you made the big decision: to learn a fertility awareness method? The next step, choosing which method to chart your fertility can be a bit overwhelming. Women may have different needs during different times in their reproductive life. In the past three months, I have been working with the Natural Womanhood team to create […]

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 […]

A letter to my pre-charting self

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

I’ve been charting my fertility for 5 years now. A lot has changed in those 5 years. I’ve changed methods, changed instructors, I’ve gotten married, moved across the country, had a baby, and started a career. My cycles have witnessed it all. What would I tell myself 5 years ago when I first stepped out […]

Women Tell Us How They Felt After Switching to FABMs

Krizia Liquido by Krizia Liquido

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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

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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. […]

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 […]

Quick Responses to NFP Doubters

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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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 […]

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 […]

What does it cost to learn natural birth control, FAM or NFP?

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

In France, my homeland, the law requires you to spend about $1,500 to take drivers’ ed before you can even take the test. Then if you fail, which is the case for 40% of applicants, you usually have to wait three months, spending another $800 to maintain your level of learning before you can retake […]