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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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.
“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.”
There are so many benefits to NFP that I believe are important for both physicians and patients to know about.
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.
Before beginning the interview, I had the mindset that I would be talking to a woman and her partner who were using a method to avoid and/or achieve pregnancy. Coming out of the interview I was inspired, empowered, and even more interested in OB/GYN. I have been increasingly interested in learning about my own body and I truly believe that NFP might be something that will help me figure these issues out.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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), […]