May 17th, 2017 The FACTS/ Natural Womanhood petition asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to change its approach to reporting effectiveness rates of FABMs is getting noticed. One response in a May 4, 2017 blog post by Chelsea Polis, a reproductive health epidemiologist with particular interest in fertility awareness based methods (FABMs), […]
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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.
There are so many benefits to NFP that I believe are important for both physicians and patients to know about.
We originally had some anxiety about learning to use Creighton, but it was actually very easy to learn and we did not have any real difficulties during this learning process.
I believe that many women would like to go “green” with their fertility so that they could monitor their fertility and gynecological health without the harmful effects of artificial hormones.
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.
Using NFP was a great way to start a marriage; the method helped create a solid foundation for our relationship via open and intimate communication.
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.
“My husband was the one who actually initiated the discussion about using Natural Family Planning as opposed to contraception due to the side effects of artificial birth control. It was nice to see that not only can men be on board, but they might actually find it to be the better method as well.”
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.
“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.”
May 3rd, 2017 When Noelle and her husband, parents of three, decided that they wanted to delay another pregnancy, she was put on “the shot,” at her doctor’s suggestion. Quickly, she gained weight and became depressed, moody and angry. Was there no other solution for Noelle? There was, there is: highly effective family planning options […]
April 28th, 2017 by Brienne Poole Over one million women in the United States have reported issues with infertility . Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after >12 consecutive months of unprotected sexual intercourse, and it can cause major distress for couples attempting to achieve pregnancy. Many women present to their primary care […]
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 […]