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), […]
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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.
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“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 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.
When we first started using the method years ago, we used paper charts with a clipboard. However, now that we have come back to it in the past few months, there is a very convenient Smartphone App that makes it much easier than paper!
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.
We both agreed that contraception seemed to be a barrier to their relationship and overall communication and decided NFP was the best plan for us.
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 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 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 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.
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.
May 3rd, 2017 When Noelle and her husband, parents of three, decided that they wanted to delay another pregnancy, she was put on “the shot,” at her doctor’s suggestion. Quickly, she gained weight and became depressed, moody and angry. Was there no other solution for Noelle? There was, there is: highly effective family planning options […]
April 28th, 2017 by Brienne Poole Over one million women in the United States have reported issues with infertility . Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after >12 consecutive months of unprotected sexual intercourse, and it can cause major distress for couples attempting to achieve pregnancy. Many women present to their primary care […]
March 28, 2017 by Richard Fehring, PhD, RN Background Research evidence is mixed as to whether the use of oral hormonal contraceptives (OC) can cause or facilitate endometriosis. Part of the reason for the mixed results is that, in previous studies, the extent of the endometriosis was not histologically staged and reasons for use of […]