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Cycles and the Change: Fertility After 35

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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Menopause is not typically a word women like to hear. Whether it’s pre, peri, or simply just menopause.  Regardless of when the ovary releases the final egg, cycles make a major shift around the mid-thirties, leading to a large drop in fertility after age 35 (generally speaking, as every woman is different). De-regulation of cycles—and […]

Is Using Condoms with Fertility Awareness a Good Idea?

Dr. Martin Owen, MD by Dr. Martin Owen, MD

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Many women are already sexually active when they consider switching from the Pill to Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM) of family planning, and the question of using a condom or other barriers during the transition to fertility awareness comes up.  For a woman to start on the journey of learning to rely on her own body […]

The Male Birth Control You’ve Been Searching For is Here

Cassie Moriarty by Cassie Moriarty

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Every now and then, we see a headline that goes a little like this: “This highly effective form of male birth control could be only 6 months away from the market.” And then 6 months passes…and weirdly, said contraceptive never does actually quite make it to the market.  According to research, 4 in 10 men […]

Birth Control Fails More Often Than People Realize

Jessica Davidson by Jessica Davidson

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Many medical professionals tend to look with skepticism at the effectiveness rates of Fertility Awareness-Based Methods (FABM) to prevent pregnancy, despite the research to back them up. As I was told at my six-week after birth followup by my OB-GYN: “you do know you can get pregnant on that [FABM]?” After my first baby, I […]

2019: A Year in Review

Mary Rose Somarriba by Mary Rose Somarriba

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If you’ve been following our e-newsletter, you know we have a lot of exciting plans for growth in 2020. But we would be remiss if we didn’t first acknowledge the challenges we faced and gains we made in 2019.  When it comes to women’s fertility health, there have been some troubling developments: 2019 has seen […]

Could the Pill Literally Be Shrinking Your Brain?

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On December 4, 2019, a new study was published finding brain changes in women who take hormonal contraceptives.  The findings of the study, presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) found that, on average, women taking oral contraceptives had a hypothalamus that was 6 percent smaller than women who […]

What Are the Symptoms of PCOS, and How Do You Treat It?

Natural Womanhood by Natural Womanhood

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Many young women today have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, also known as PCOS. It can manifest itself with symptoms of severe cramping and pain around one’s period, as well as very long cycles between periods.  Thanks to what we know about a healthy cycle from Fertility Awareness-Based Methods of charting, we have a lot more information […]

Seed Cycling for Hormone Health

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Sometimes, it seems like balancing your hormones is like fighting an uphill battle. With possible endocrine disruptors in nearly everything from our personal care products to our food and water, it can feel like you need to live like a hermit in a remote forest to escape their hormone-disturbing influence. And while few of us […]

Male Sex Hormones Are a Big Deal, Too

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This is Your Brain on Birth Control, a new book by Dr. Sara E. Hill takes a remarkably deep dive into the myriad ways that hormonal contraception alters women’s bodies, demonstrating that our sex hormones have an enormous impact on how our brains and bodies function. As we learn more about the consequences of altering […]

The Pill vs.The Sandman: How Hormonal Contraception Messes With Your Sleep

Margaret Brady by Margaret Brady

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Are you feeling tired? You’re not alone. Roughly 25% of women have trouble sleeping at any given time. As our female bodies go through seemingly endless hormonal changes, it can be hard to fall asleep and stay asleep. But researchers have found there may be an unexpected factor contributing to the modern epidemic of exhaustion: […]