25 Oct 2017

Newsweek’s uninformed freak-out over possible Trump administration policy on birth control

Reprinted below is part of the article FACTS co-founder Dr. Marguerite Duane authored in response to the recent Newsweek article perpetuating misinformation about fertility awareness based methods (FABMs). You can find the complete article over at the Washington Examiner. October 24, 2017 by Marguerite Duane, MD Newsweek is sounding the alarm that “The Trump administration […]

22 Sep 2017

Not planning a baby anytime soon? 5 reasons monitoring your fertility now is still worthwhile.

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 […]

25 Aug 2017

Assessing Medical Student Knowledge of Fertility Awareness-Based Methods – A Review

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 […]

07 Jul 2017

Diagnosing Endometriosis – A Patient Experience

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 […]

17 May 2017

Addressing Criticisms: A Call for Clarity about the Effectiveness Rates for Individual FABMs

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), […]

03 May 2017

Petition the CDC: Women and medical professionals need accurate information on family planning

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 […]

29 Apr 2017

The Role of Generalists in Infertility Management

April 28th, 2017 by Brienne Poole Over one million women in the United States have reported issues with infertility [1]. 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 […]

28 Mar 2017

Past Use of Oral Contraceptives Associated with Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis

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 […]

24 Mar 2017

Charting with Endometriosis: An Interview with Specialist Dr. Yeung

Dr. Patrick Yeung is an Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Endometriosis at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine. New medical student graduate and FACTS Student Ambassador Brianna Wynne recently spoke with Dr. Yeung in order to better understand endometriosis, a disease that can effect many women and negatively impact both their […]

21 Mar 2017

Prior Contraceptive Use Increases Risk of Endometriosis among Women without Children

March 21, 2017 by Richard Fehring, PhD, RN Background Endometriosis is a disease with limited treatment options that often results in pelvic pain, reduced quality of life, and infertility for women of reproductive age. Although oral contraceptive pills (OCPs) are commonly used to treat endometriosis (i.e., treat the symptoms rather than the disease) there is […]