Why Fertility Awareness Methods?

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 […]

How the Documentary Period. End of Sentence. Highlights the Importance of Fertility and Menstrual Health Education

Madeleine Coyne by Madeleine Coyne

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If it seems surprising that a documentary on menstruation won the 2019 Oscar for Best Documentary Short, it’s because, well, it is. As exhibited by Period. End of Sentence., there is definitely still a strong stigma surrounding a woman’s period, particularly in developing countries like India. The 25-minute-long film was the initiative of the nonprofit […]

Why We Need Fertility Education in Schools

Madeleine Coyne by Madeleine Coyne

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“There has never been more information about fertility available, and yet it has never been harder to get clear, evidence-based answers to questions on the subject . . . It is this confusion that led to calls for better fertility education for young people, and last month it was announced that it was set to […]

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 […]

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 […]

3 Myths About Teaching Teens About Fertility Awareness

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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Is it possible to teach teens how to chart their menstrual cycles? As a teacher of the Teen FEMM program, I’ve learned that not only is it possible, it’s way easier than people think. I teach Fertility Awareness-Based Methods to young girls in the transition of puberty. Sometimes girls are working out hormonal transitions during […]

A Case for Organic Birth Control

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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There are any number of reasons why women switch from hormonal contraception to a Fertility Awareness-Based Method, but the whole “not putting synthetic hormones in my body” bit is often the most popular. By regularly ovulating, women protect their future bone and heart health, often find better intimacy, improve their gut health, lower their risk […]

Natural Womanhood Exclusive Interview: Abby Johnson on the Benefits of Natural Family Planning

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

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Abby Johnson, a former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic, has personal and professional experience with hormonal contraception. She is also author of Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader’s Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line and founder of And Then There Were None, an organization that assists abortion-clinic workers seeking […]

Recent FDA News That’s Great For Fertility Awareness (Even If There’s Still A Long Way To Go)

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

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Did you hear the recent triumph for Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM) to be taken more seriously in mainstream American medicine? As Time Magazine reported, “fertility awareness gained more legitimacy in the U.S. when a popular fertility-tracking app, Natural Cycles, was cleared for marketing as a contraceptive by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Considering how […]

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 […]