Personal stories

How I got help with endometriosis without the Pill

Libby Leonard by Libby Leonard

I took the Pill on and off for years to relieve my debilitation symptoms of endometriosis. When I was on it for the last time, awaiting surgery for my endometriosis, which had caused infertility, the Pill caused me more pain than endometriosis ever had, almost killing me with blood clots in both lungs, as I […]

Athlete drops the Pill and stops anemia

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

It wasn’t like Athena to fall apart in the middle of Walgreens. This young woman who at 39 runs 30 to 40 miles a week, owns a club called Get Fit SATX, qualified three times for the Boston marathon and ran it in 2014, is not a wimpy chick. Yet, that day six years ago, […]

From bliss to the edge of death: how the Pill almost killed me

Libby Leonard by Libby Leonard

I will never forget the night my life changed forever. That night, I woke up with a deep stabbing pain in my chest. Each breath felt like a thin knife in my lungs. Even today, I cannot understand how a completely healthy 25-year-old woman could suffer the blow I discovered that night. This is my […]

Unexplained infertility is not always unexplainable

Amy Beckley by Amy Beckley

In my first blog I explained the stages of grief I went through when dealing with my infertility. But it didn’t end there. Here is the rest of the story. My husband and I were told we had to be actively trying to conceive for one year before we could seek medical help for infertility, […]

14 health concerns that fertility awareness charting can reveal: Part 1

Kathleen Taylor by Kathleen Taylor

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Fertility awareness charting is so much more than just knowing when you are fertile!  When you are consistent with your chosen method of charting, you can discover valuable information about your body, and possibly see signs of disorders that call for treatment. Through daily observations and recordings, you can begin to see patterns and abnormalities […]

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 […]

My journey through the grief of infertility to motherhood

Amy Beckley by Amy Beckley

Hands down, the greatest grief I have ever experienced was when I wanted to become a mom, but couldn’t. Infertility sucked the life out of my husband and me for three LONG years! If you’ve experienced grief, you may know there are five stages: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. I progressed through them all. First came the denial. […]

A New and Promising Path for Couples Facing Infertility

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

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NATURAL WOMANHOOD EXCLUSIVE How a husband and wife who experienced infertility created a breakthrough method of providing emotional support for couples—and proved that on the journey to conceive life, you can’t stop living yourself. More than 15 years ago, Marc Sherman and his wife Erin began trying to grow their family. But after four years […]

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. […]

Mistaken Conception (Or The Time I Thought NFP Let Me Down)

Jeanne Marie by Jeanne Marie

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The most accurate results are obtained in the morning, the instructions pointed out. I clutched the unopened pregnancy test that night and sank to the floor. The suspense just added to the angst I was already feeling. This was just about the worst possible time for me to get pregnant, I reflected. My husband, with […]