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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 […]

Switching to Fertility Awareness: Preparation To Smooth the Transition

Julia Hogan by Julia Hogan

If you are currently using hormonal birth control because of painful periods, PCOS, or some other reason, making the switch to a Fertility Awareness-Based Method (FABM) can seem incredibly intimidating despite the research-backed benefits. After all, it may mean having to face, at least for a time, a return of painful periods and other symptoms […]

Supplements for PMS Symptoms that Really Work

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

Did you know there are healthy supplements for PMS symptoms? For decades, hormonal birth control has been prescribed for reasons such as the reduction of PMS symptoms. A 2011 study by the Guttmacher Institute confirmed that 14 percent of women using oral contraceptive pills used them “exclusively for noncontraceptive purposes,” with alleviating the pain of […]

Let’s Talk Menstrual Cups

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

As more women look for sustainable and environmentally friendly options for healthcare and wellness, menstrual cups are coming to the fore as an alternative to disposable tampons and sanitary napkins. Though they’ve been around since the 1930s, the first manufactured menstrual cups for the United States appeared in 1987. Menstrual cups are typically made of […]

What the U.S. Soccer Team Players Discovered from Tracking their Periods

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

Natural Womanhood, Fertility Awareness Based Methods, Natural Family Planning, NFP, FABM, FAM, birth control side effects, womens health, reproductive health, fertility awareness, Fifa world cup, women's soccer, us women's soccer, usa women's soccer team, period tracking, menstruation, pms, world cup, USA world cup

How fertility-awareness methods can be a game-changer for your health and wellness too Many people are still celebrating the U.S. Women’s National Team’s victory at the World Cup this year, and now we have even more reason to do so. This week, Good Morning America reported on the “innovative period tracking” the USWNT’s coaches used […]

What Kind of Exercise Works Best to Mitigate PMS?

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

One of the first things my mom told me when she gave me the scoop on feminine cycles is that taking a walk can help ease menstrual cramps. She didn’t explain why, but I quickly learned she was right. A few years later, I was traveling to a family vacation and sat in a car […]

When it Comes to Irregular Periods, Fertility Charting Works Better Than Birth Control

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, irregular periods, regular periods, regulating periods, menstruation, irregular menstrual cycle, menstrual cycle, natural birth control, the Pill, hormonal birth control, birth control, contraceptives, contraception, estrogen levels, progesterone levels,

“Fertility Awareness-Based Methods only work if you have regular periods.” I hear it all the time. This perception about irregular periods is one among the many myths purported by doctors, the media, and random strangers when it comes to natural methods for family planning. This commonly held perception is all wrong. Not only do Fertility […]

Scientific American Addresses the Problem of Birth Control Suppressing Periods

Madeleine Coyne by Madeleine Coyne

There is no more unifying experience among women around the globe than menstruation. All women understand what it feels like to have their period—even if they don’t exactly understand what it is. And yet, the topic of menstruation continues to hold significant stigmas, and embarrassment or hesitation to discuss this vital function of the female […]

A Therapist’s Suggestions for Coping With Mood Swings

Julia Hogan by Julia Hogan

Natural Womanhood, Fertility Awareness Based Methods, Natural Family Planning, NFP, FABM, FAM, birth control side effects, womens health, reproductive health, fertility awareness, mood swings, PMS, managing mood swings, advice from a therapist, know your body, know your cycle

Have you ever found yourself sobbing over a seemingly heart-wrenching commercial only to see it a few weeks later and feel significantly less moved? Why isn’t it as dramatic as you remembered, you ask yourself. And then you realize it was probably because the first time you saw the commercial it was a few days […]

How to Talk About Cycles with Your Kids

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

Natural Womanhood, Fertility Awareness Based Methods, Natural Family Planning, NFP, FABM, FAM, healthy cycle, talk about cycle with kids, health education for kids, know your body, fertility education

As a fertility awareness educator, I often hear how women are surprised they never heard answers to simple questions about their menstrual cycles before. They often ask me how they can pass on greater clarity to their children in age-appropriate ways. Let me count the ways. While in some parts of the world, a woman’s […]