March 28, 2017 by Richard Fehring, PhD, RN Background Research evidence is mixed as to whether the use of oral hormonal contraceptives (OC) can cause or facilitate endometriosis. Part of the reason for the mixed results is that, in previous studies, the extent of the endometriosis was not histologically staged and reasons for use of […]
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FACTS is the Fertility Appreciation Collaborative, a group comprised of physicians, other health care professionals and educators working together to Teach the Science of natural or fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) of family planning.
Our goal is to share the best evidence available with our health care colleagues so they can educate women and men about their fertility, empower them to make more informed choices about family planning, and enable women to collaborate with their physicians to better monitor and manage their reproductive health.Google+
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“When I began charting my own cycles, the first thing I noticed was a change in my self-confidence. I feel extremely empowered, as I have greater knowledge about my fertility and sexuality.”
I had no idea these methods existed before , but now I believe that these methods should at least be presented as an option in addition to other forms of birth control.
I noticed that my menstrual cycles have been different in the last year, and so I wanted to start keeping track again. Since I am nearing menopause, this information can help me better understand what is happening.
After speaking with this newlywed couple, in addition to listening to the couples who have come into class to speak with us, I am blown away by the effectiveness of these methods in avoiding pregnancy, achieving pregnancy, and even bringing couples together.
I believe that many women would choose a Fertility Awareness Based Method of family planning over hormonal contraceptives if given accurate information about mechanism of action, efficacy, and side effects.
I believe that when a woman is having gynecologic or reproductive problems, a cause for the problem should be determined before a treatment is begun.
This interview…highlighted the importance of women being able to understand what is going on in their bodies, and being able to keep track of their cycles. Seeing and hearing how well a couple that uses NFP communicates demonstrates again the idea that using NFP is a very collaborative process between partners, requiring the utmost respect within the relationship. NFP is not just a medical concept, but also a tool that helps man and woman recognize the beauty in each other and the magnificent complexity of what it means to be able to give life, together.
After we decided to use NFP, we found it both interesting and encouraging to also learn that there is only a 4% divorce rate in couples who use natural family planning methods as compared to the extremely high divorce rate in couples who do not use these methods.
I believe that women who desire a natural child birth that allows them to use self-knowledge and control and personal decision making in the labor and delivery process would also appreciate learning about a method of family planning that involves self-knowledge and control and decision making about their fertility.
As a Certified Nurse Midwife, I have discussed options for family planning and contraception with women for the past ten years, but I never included counseling on FABMs. Recently, I began practicing NFP myself, and now that I understand my fertility and how to manage it, I feel more confident discussing these methods with my patients. It has been eye-opening to me to see that there are women out there who, like me, are interested in a natural and risk-free way of managing their fertility and family planning.
Dr. Patrick Yeung is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Endometriosis at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. New medical student graduate and FACTS Student Ambassador Brianna Wynne recently spoke with Dr. Yeung in order to better understand endometriosis, a disease that can effect many women and negatively impact both their […]
March 21, 2017 by Richard Fehring, PhD, RN Background Endometriosis is a disease with limited treatment options that often results in pelvic pain, reduced quality of life, and infertility for women of reproductive age. Although oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) are commonly used to treat endometriosis (i.e., treat the symptoms rather than the disease) there is […]
Endometriosis can be a debilitating disease affecting about 6-10% of reproductive age women and is associated with pelvic pain and infertility. Since endometriosis is a progressive disease, diagnosing and surgically treating it early is important.