November 17, 2016 by Alison Contreras, PhD, FCP Last month an article in JAMA Psychiatry caused waves when it revealed what many users of hormonal birth control have long suspected: a link between hormonal contraception use and depression [1,2]. This news has reopened the conversation about how physicians should counsel patients about their reproductive health […]
What is FACTS?
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+
Please see our review article in the Osteopathic Family Physician for the most current and comprehensive review of the evidence of FABMs.
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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.
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.
Even though we’ve talked about the Creighton Method’s use effectiveness in class, it was a whole different story to see it work for a couple so many times. …it was nice to see that not only can men be on board, they might actually find it to be the better method as well.
There are so many benefits to NFP that I believe are important for both physicians and patients to know about.
[The Billings Method] was very intriguing to me because it is in line with my own religious beliefs and seems like a great way to better understand my own body.
It encourages communication and conversation about topics that may be difficult for other couples to discuss, including starting a family and the inner workings of the woman’s body.
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 like to go “green” with their fertility so that they could monitor their fertility and gynecological health without the harmful effects of artificial hormones.
Using the Fertility Awareness Method these past 13 years has helped me understand my body, communicate with my partner, and enjoy my health. And now I can share this information with my daughter so she can make more informed decisions throughout her life. ~
“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.”
Why don’t more doctors teach their patients about FABMs? What are the biggest barriers for women learning to chart? A doctor answers these questions and more. by Alison Contreras, PhD. Time and time again, the same questions come up after we give our FACTS Intro to Fertility and Family Planning presentation: “Great, now that I […]
FACTS co-founder Dr. Duane was recently interviewed by Verily magazine about some of the misconceptions surrounding fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) of family planning. Verily is a woman’s lifestyle magazine that “empowers and inspires women to be the best version of themselves”, and regularly features articles answering common questions women have about their health. Over […]
For this week’s Featured Research we have a double review of “A Prospective Multicentre Trial of the Ovulation Method of Natural Family Planning II The Effectiveness Phase” and “Further Analysis of Contraceptive Failure of the Ovulation Method”. As always, click through to the articles for a complete description of the original studies. by Molly Marie […]