To educate physicians and healthcare professionals using medical evidence so they may empower women and engage men to appreciate and care for their fertility.
To change the culture of medicine so fertility is recognized as normal and healthy.
1. Educate physicians and health professionals in the basic principles of fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) and the supporting science behind their medical applications.
2. Promote FABMs and their use in effective, relationship-centered care for women and couples.
3. Provide a forum for clinicians, educators and researchers to share and expand the evolving body of evidence about FABMs.
4. Foster respect and support for clinicians and students as collaborators in patient-centered reproductive health care.
Statement of Principles
1. Fertility is a normal aspect of reproductive physiology that does not require treatment.
2. Our educational approach to fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) is grounded on solid scientific evidence and ongoing research.
3. Fertility awareness based methods are used effectively to achieve or avoid pregnancy and to monitor reproductive health. They empower women to make more informed decisions about their care.
4. Fertility awareness based methods enable women to invite men to share responsibility for family planning, as they each contribute equally to the formation of a unique human being.
5. Physicians and health care professionals trained in FABMs can work with patients to care for their reproductive health and address gynecologic disorders, including infertility, with the goal of not suppressing or destroying fertility.
Over the past 40 years, significant innovations have been made in women’s health care, particularly within the realm of reproductive science. Parallel to these advances, natural methods for monitoring fertility have been standardized and refined. This has led to more effective tracking of a women’s cycle and the times of fertility. These can be used to achieve or postpone pregnancy, and in some cases to address underlying gynecological problems.
The last 20 years has seen the development of newer applications for women who have cycle related problems in ways that cooperate with or restore the normal physiology and anatomy of the human reproductive system. These treatments do not use approaches that are inherently suppressive, circumventive or destructive. They respect the integrity of the human person and the right of women and men to have access to reproductive health care that respects their right to understand and cooperatively manage their own fertility, with appropriate medical assistance.
In response to this, a group of family physicians and experts in the field of fertility appreciation founded the FACTS Collaborative under the Family Medicine Education Consortium in 2010.