Know your cycle

Do women’s periods really sync up?

Liz Escoffery by Liz Escoffery

Fertility awareness user Megan W. noticed something odd when she experienced bleeding every week while living in an open bay dormitory at basic training for the Air Force. She chalks it up to her body trying to synchronize itself with the other trainees living in close proximity for those eight weeks. “It was maddening!” she said. […]

Cycle mindfulness: what happens when you teach fertility awareness to teen girls

Anna Migeon by Anna Migeon

In the 1980s, Leslie Carol Botha taught basic fertility charting to 13-17 year-olds at eight different restorative care homes for at-risk girls. A typical girl in the program had been a victim of sexual assault, ran away from home, used drugs and alcohol and ended up in jail. In working with these girls, Ms. Botha made an amazing discovery: teens who […]

Charting and natural remedies for Mittelschmerz

Emily Kennedy by Emily Kennedy

Ovulation and mittleschmerz Natural Womanhood

Mittelschmerz is German for “middle pain”:  it’s a telltale sign that your body is in ovulation mode. It happens in twenty percent of women and is literally pain that results from a mature follicle pressing against the wall of one of your ovaries, trying to break through and release an egg. Ovulation is not an […]

Can I chart when I’m on the pill?

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

You just heard about charting your cycle, but you’re on hormonal birth control. You’re excited about how charting helps you to know your body and even detect health problems. At the same time you still aren’t well informed about this method’s effectiveness for avoiding pregnancy. Maybe you’re on birth control because you have endometriosis or PCOS and you’re concerned […]

What’s a normal menstrual cycle for my teenager daughter?

Emily Kennedy by Emily Kennedy

Teenage periods and cycle natural womanhood

By definition, the teen years are a time of transition from childhood to adulthood. With transitions comes change, which often leads to questions, concerns and confusion. Parents of teenage girls are often not sure what’s considered normal (healthy) when it comes to the hormone-driven reproductive development of their daughters and their menstrual cycle. With that […]

What’s the good news about cervical health?

Emily Kennedy by Emily Kennedy

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. We often hear the bad news concerning the cervix: risk of cancer, the need for Pap smears, HPV and HPV vaccinations. Cervical cancer is a reality, with an estimated 528,000 cases of cervical cancer worldwide, and 266,000 deaths, which makes it the fourth most common cause of cancer death […]

The surprising states of the uterus explained

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

I recently attended a class at the ArborVitae School of Herbalism in Manhattan on the Six States of the Uterus. It was led by Lena DeGloma, owner of Red Moon Wellness in Park Slope Brooklyn. While she is a Licensed Massage Therapist and highly experienced doula, Lena also has a rich and thorough background in […]

What fertility charting tells us about thyroid problems

Emily Kennedy by Emily Kennedy

Are you tired all the time? Feeling foggy in the brain and slow to “get up and go”? Despite the extra layers you may be wearing, do you feel cold, or tend to be sensitive to the cold? I know, it’s January, everyone is cold and little sluggish. But if these feelings linger, it may be […]

Quiz: how cycle aware are you?

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

Think you paid attention in sex ed? Maybe you did, but that was years ago. And let’s be honest, sex ed left out a few details. Test your knowledge with this quiz and see how much you really know about your cycles and human reproduction. Women who use Fertility Awareness Based Methods tend to know […]

The story of the menstrual cycle I was never told

Cycle Naturel by Cycle Naturel

For a long time, my menstrual cycle was essentially a battle fought with tampons and Midol. I didn’t retain much from my 8th grade science class. I memorized the facts about hormones, pituitary glands, follicles and ovules, but they remained obscure concepts for me. Then I forgot it all the day after the test. We probably went over it […]