Know your cycle

A Therapist’s Suggestions for Coping With Mood Swings

Julia Hogan by Julia Hogan

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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

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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 […]

How Charting Your Cycle Can Help You Understand Stress Effects

Julia Hogan by Julia Hogan

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How stressed have you been lately? Whether you are coping with relationship conflict, feeling overwhelmed at work, dealing with physical issues like an illness, or experiencing mental strain, stress can take a toll on your body. Sometimes, it’s obvious that you are feeling stressed, but other times it can sneak up on you. Observing your […]

Menstruation is Healthy, But Some Doctors are Telling Their Patients Otherwise

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

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In a recent article published at The Kit, “Are Periods Really Necessary? Why some doctors say skipping periods with birth control is NBD,” author Sydney Loney discusses how many doctors are telling their patients that the simulated period that comes as a result of the Pill isn’t necessary for women to remain healthy. Loney opened […]

Fertility Awareness Can Remove Perimenopause Dread

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

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We usually hear how the time of perimenopause (that is, the stage before full-on menopause) is confusing and unpredictable for women, but it doesn’t have to be that way. We also often think of fertility awareness and charting as a way to avoid pregnancy, but it’s much more than that. This is an article about […]

New Fertility Apps Reveal Women Desire to Understand Their Cycles

Madeleine Coyne by Madeleine Coyne

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New fertility apps and technology are starting to play a key role in teaching women about their bodies, as more women are becoming empowered to learn more about how their fertility works. As a recent article by Global News explains, tracking fertility on apps is giving women a new sense of control over their own […]

Before Switching to a Fertility App, Consider This

Jessica Davidson by Jessica Davidson

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Tired of the side-effects you’re experiencing from your hormonal birth control? Mulling over the idea of switching to a fertility app, such as Natural Cycles, which promises effective, hormone-free contraception? As a Fertility Awareness educator, I want to encourage you to consider such a move very seriously, but want to suggest you take one detour […]

Three New Technologies to Revolutionize the Postpartum Period

Madeleine Coyne by Madeleine Coyne

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When I was pregnant with my daughter, I was forewarned that the postpartum period is a challenging time for a woman to chart her cycle and to understand the changes her body is going through. Inevitably, experience confirmed this for me. Because my husband and I practice the Sympto-Thermal Fertility Awareness-Based Method (FABM), we tracked […]

Petition Fights Social Media Platforms Censoring Images of Cervical Fluid

Madeleine Coyne by Madeleine Coyne

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It has recently come to light that Facebook and Instagram have been censoring and deleting images of fertile signs that help women chart their cycles and practice Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM) for family planning or health management. In particular, Facebook and Instagram have been deleting photos of cervical fluid, even when shared in private Facebook […]

Charting Your Cycle After Miscarriage

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

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Life changes after a miscarriage. I speak from experience: nearly seven years ago, I lost my second child to miscarriage, and every part of me changed. In the time since, with care for myself and love from my family and friends, I am in many ways stronger for having been so broken. At the time […]