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 […]
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.
SIGN OUR PETITION TO THE CDC
Join us in asking the CDC to update their information to provide women and medical professionals with up to date, accurate information about fertility awareness based methods (FABMs).
Become a Member of FACTS
FACTS relies on a diverse group of members to accomplish our educational, scientific, and community-based goals.
Share Your Experience with Us . . .
Please share a little bit about your experiences with FABMs.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
This interview…highlighted the importance of women being able to understand what is going on in their bodies, and being able to keep track of their cycles. Seeing and hearing how well a couple that uses NFP communicates demonstrates again the idea that using NFP is a very collaborative process between partners, requiring the utmost respect within the relationship. NFP is not just a medical concept, but also a tool that helps man and woman recognize the beauty in each other and the magnificent complexity of what it means to be able to give life, together.
[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.
“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.”
…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.
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.
I believe that a physician who understands Fertility Awareness Based Methods of family planning can use the patient’s observations and charting to effectively diagnose and treat a variety of problems working with the patient instead of suppressing, manipulating, or destroying her body and hormonal systems … and in a manner that is more successful than traditional diagnosis and treatment protocols.
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), […]