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Why I Choose to Use a Fertility Awareness Method, Even Though I Have a Serious Reason to Avoid Pregnancy

Allison Jung, PA by Allison Jung, PA

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As a physician assistant specializing in OB/GYN, I have prescribed birth control to everyone for everything . . . irregular cycles, painful periods, unusual bleeding, PMS, acne, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, perimenopause and, of course, to avoid pregnancy. It wasn’t until my own struggles with infertility that I began to research more about the […]

How My Fertility Charts Help Me Customize My Type 1 Diabetes Treatment

Ginie Kay by Ginie Kay

All women experience metabolic changes during their menstrual cycle that a healthy body manages unnoticed. These changes include shifts in insulin sensitivity. As a Type 1 Diabetic, I operate my glucose metabolism exogenously and must respond to these changes consciously. Insulin needs are often misunderstood as being simply relative to carbohydrate consumption. In reality, insulin […]

Do You Know Someone Who Has Suffered Birth-Control Side Effects?

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

If, like us, you have any concerns about the lack of transparency and patient warning on birth-control side effects, including blood clots, breast cancer, depression, and many other issues, you have a chance to make your voice heard today. Maybe you’re someone who used birth control and stopped because of the side-effects, or you know […]

How I Came to View Fertility As a Delicate Gift

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

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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 […]

How Observing Birth Control Side Effects Drove One OBGYN to Offer Fertility Awareness in Her Practice

Margaret Brady by Margaret Brady

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Frustrated. Immobilized. That’s how Dr. Summer Holmes Mason felt a few years into her practice. As a board-certified OBGYN, she was dedicated to helping women manage their health. And often, that involved offering her patients contraception, like the Pill. “Prescribing contraception was bread and butter gynecology for me,” she says. “It was probably one of […]

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 […]

How My Awful Experience with the Copper IUD Led Me to Truly Natural Birth Control

Kelsey Weber by Kelsey Weber

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I was doing what thousands of women do daily—perhaps even what you’re doing right now: late at night, Googling another symptom that I was sure was tied to the new form of birth control I was on. I was looking for answers. Medical sites led me down one path and chat forums down another, until […]

How FABMs Can Help Women with Type 1 Diabetes

Ginie Kay by Ginie Kay

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Most people familiar with fertility awareness know how charting one’s cycle can help monitor and improve health issues such as PCOS, endometriosis, or infertility. But I learned that Fertility Awareness-Based Methods can help with another health issue altogether—one that isn’t often associated with fertility: Type 1 Diabetes. It was a long journey with some very […]

How It Went When I Discussed FABMs With My Doctor

Jeanette Flood by Jeanette Flood

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Practically every time a girl or woman walks into a gynecologist’s office (at least before menopause), she’ll be offered pharmaceutical birth control. Starting when I was only fourteen, my doctors repeatedly tried to get me on the Pill—even though I came in for something else, said no, and wasn’t even sexually active. Several doctors told […]

How I Broke Free From PMS Pain

Krizia Liquido by Krizia Liquido

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In high school, I’d often lie on a bench curled up in pain from debilitating cramps. I knew something was up, but every doctor I saw said they couldn’t find anything wrong with me. They assured me that my severe cramps, irregular cycles, cystic acne, chronic fatigue, anxiety, and depression were just normal parts of being […]