February 1, 2017 by Richard Fehring, PhD, RN Obesity is a risk factor for infertility and is associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome, anovulatory cycles, and other ovarian dysfunctions. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends weight loss for women with a basal body index (BMI) of > 30kg/m2 and the American College […]
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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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.
…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.
“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.”
[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.
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.
“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 feel so much more in tune with my body and the changes that happen with it every month. I have a better understanding as to how my symptoms are related to my fertility.”
There are so many benefits to NFP that I believe are important for both physicians and patients to know about.
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.
Women and men of the world unite: #CervicalHealthMonth continues, and so does our series on cervical health! This is the final post, so please catch up on Part 1 and Part 2 if you’re just tuning in. Considering how male-dominated the world can sometimes seem, perhaps it’s no wonder that sperm often get so much […]
Happy #CervicalHealthMonth! In celebration and solidarity with those promoting women’s health worldwide, we continue our series on cervical health. Read on to learn more about all that a healthy cervix can do every day and why labeling its work a mere “cervical discharge” doesn’t do it justice. January 19th, 2017 by Sarah Murray, MD In […]
January 10, 2017 by Sarah Murray, MD When is the last time that you thought at length about cervical fluid or mucus? In the clinical setting, family physicians and other primary care providers often see women concerned about changes in vaginal discharge. Many of these changes can be explained by bacterial vaginosis, yeast, or sexually […]