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10 Reasons to Consider Switching from Birth Control to Fertility Awareness

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

Are you think about getting off birth control? As someone who took hormonal contraceptives in the past to reduce unwanted symptoms of my menstrual cycle, I now feel greater agency over my reproductive health by charting my cycle with a Fertility Awareness-Based Method (FABM). After being trained by a certified FABM instructor (who also happened […]

Supplements for PMS Symptoms that Really Work

Lindsay Schlegel by Lindsay Schlegel

Did you know there are healthy supplements for PMS symptoms? For decades, hormonal birth control has been prescribed for reasons such as the reduction of PMS symptoms. A 2011 study by the Guttmacher Institute confirmed that 14 percent of women using oral contraceptive pills used them “exclusively for noncontraceptive purposes,” with alleviating the pain of […]

What Does Birth Control Have to Do with Self-Care?

Julia Hogan by Julia Hogan

When The Cut published Anna Silman’s article, “Every Girl I Knew Was On It: Why some women are questioning hormonal birth control,” it brought to light the potential side effects of hormonal birth control that are more difficult to define. These difficult-to-describe symptoms included what some women have described as “brain fog” or “not feeling […]

New Research Claims Birth Control Should Be Prescribed in Bulk, Despite Health Risks

Gabriella Patti by Gabriella Patti

According to new research from the University of Pittsburgh and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and published in USA Today, distributing 12-months of birth control pills at a time will reduce unintended pregnancies. The study’s lead author has stated that the distribution of more birth control at one time will reduce the healthcare costs […]

Gallbladder Disease in Women: The Hormonal Birth Control Connection

Avatar by Grace Stark

An estimated 25 million Americans are affected by gallstones, and the vast majority of them are women. Gallstones, which form when too much cholesterol or bilirubin builds up within the gallbladder, and then crystallizes, are the most common cause of gallbladder disease—a group of medical conditions affecting the gallbladder. Cholesterol gallstones are more common than […]

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 […]