Why Fertility Awareness Methods?

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 […]

Can the birth control pill cause birth defects?

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

Birth control pill and birth defects natural womanhood

As January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, you may have seen articles like this one in Time Magazine claiming that birth control pills are not linked to birth defects. It’s because a recent large scale study from Denmark just came out with these conclusions. But this study is not telling the whole story and […]

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 […]

New research on birth control and blood clots reveals real risk factors

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

Through our work at Natural Womanhood, we have come to know numerous families who have been tragically affected by a blood clot caused by hormonal birth control. The statistics of the risks threatening the health and lives of women are no longer abstract numbers for us. When we speak of these dangers, we speak of […]

When condoms actually increase the likelihood of pregnancy: Wait, what?!

Molly Daley by Molly Daley

February is National Condom Health month. Some people are going to use this opportunity to passionately advocate for condoms, while others may actually use it to vehemently oppose them. Among those who promote fertility awareness based methods (FABM) of family planning and the body literacy that comes with them, opinion is split on the topic of condoms. I am simply […]

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 […]

A letter from a father to his daughter

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

Letter to my daughter natural womanhood

Probably because I do this work, and because I’m a father too, a friend of mine confided the following letter he wrote some time ago to his own daughter. With his permission, I am sharing it because I was touched by the kindness of his sentiments and the depth of his concerns for his daughter, […]

Why I would never let my daughter get an IUD

Gerard Migeon by Gerard Migeon

Me: “I’m never letting Erika get an IUD.” My wife: “I’ve got a news flash for you. She’s 21 and doesn’t have to ask your permission.” Me: “Not if can do anything about it…” My wife is right, I don’t have the final say, but retain huge influence over my daughter because I love her […]

Four natural ways to help regulate ovulation

Emily Kennedy by Emily Kennedy

Ovulation is a sign of health. The regular monthly release of an egg is a sign that your hormones are at optimal levels and, for the most part, balanced. Not ovulating–though you still might menstruate–often means that something is awry.  Most commonly that “something” is stress, but don’t ignore signs of anovulation just because “it’s […]

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 […]