As we revealed last week, FACTS has been working on a project reviewing smartphone fertility apps on the market. Due to user demand, there are over 100 fertility apps on the market claiming to help women avoid pregnancy. While most apps are glorified calendar calculations, many of these apps claim incorporate fertility awareness based methods […]
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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. ~
I noticed that my menstrual cycles have been different in the last year, and so I wanted to start keeping track again. Since I am nearing menopause, this information can help me better understand what is happening.
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.
…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.
One of the most common questions FACTS receives from doctors, women, and couples interested in charting their fertility using a fertility awareness based method is “Which fertility app is the best?” A quick iTunes or Google play search for “fertility awareness” reveals nearly 100 apps women can use to chart their fertility. This makes the […]
One year ago, FACTS members came together and identified students as an emerging audience for our work. We set a goal to actively engage students in our effort to educate our colleagues about fertility awareness based methods (FABMs). Since then, we launched the FACTS Student Ambassador Program to identify student leaders and support their efforts to […]
This post is a synopsis of the research presented in the article published in the Journal of Nursing Scholarship. It is a post in a series entitled Featured Research where we go back and break down some of the foundational research about different fertility awareness based methods (FABMs). We hope after reading this post you […]