September 22, 2017 by Briana Baxter When it comes to Fertility Awareness Based Methods (FABM) and Natural Family Planning (NFP), its easy to think of the advantages, notably – preventing or achieving pregnancy. But what about those of us who are still figuring things out, especially those girls who are just getting started with their […]
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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.
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When we first started using the method years ago, we used paper charts with a clipboard. However, now that we have come back to it in the past few months, there is a very convenient Smartphone App that makes it much easier than paper!
“As a couple, we have seen benefits in our open conversation about intimacy and expressing love for one another in different ways. Marquette allows us to respect our fertility and be confident in how to avoid or achieve a pregnancy.”
I believe that a woman should not be forced into choosing hormonal contraceptives because of judgments made by the health care provider about her motivation and educational abilities to learn a Fertility Awareness Based Method of family planning.
…the interview demonstrated to me how necessary it is for a physician to have a strong grasp of NFP and its benefits to be able to speak with patients about their fertility and family planning goals.
We both agreed that contraception seemed to be a barrier to their relationship and overall communication and decided NFP was the best plan for us.
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.
When we heard different couples talk about their experiences using NFP, we were immediately drawn to the idea of natural family planning. I liked the idea of not putting any hormones in my body, and being able to keep track of my own cycles, to really get to know my body in a different way. We both liked the fact that it was a method that involved the both of us working together.
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.
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 learned to listen to my patients about the birth control method that they choose and to be open to all different methods.
August 25, 2017 By Rachel Burch Testing Medical Student Knowledge A recent study published in the Journal of Frontiers in Medicine highlights how medical students and physicians lack adequate knowledge when it comes to fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) for family planning. Because most medical schools don’t include a specified curriculum and/or advanced discussion about […]
July 6th, 2017 by Erin Cain I still remember sitting in that doctor’s office, looking downward at the linoleum floor. I had described my symptoms: weeks of constant bleeding, cramps that left me writhing in pain—pain so severe it induced vomiting, month after month. The doctor told me confidently, “You don’t have endometriosis.” I know […]
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), […]