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 […]

16 Mar 2017

Premenstrual Spotting Found to be Predictive of Endometriosis among Women with Infertility

Endometriosis can be a debilitating disease affecting about 6-10% of reproductive age women and is associated with pelvic pain and infertility. Since endometriosis is a progressive disease, diagnosing and surgically treating it early is important.

10 Mar 2017

Filling the Knowledge Gap with FACTS – How One Medical Student Learned about FABMs

by Ana-Maria Dumitru March 10th, 2017 I vividly remember the first time I heard anything about natural methods of family planning. I was a pre-teen who largely had no idea what was going on at any given point in time. I had been completely surprised by puberty and the onset of menstruation. My mom, bless […]

01 Feb 2017

Intensive Brief Weight Loss Intervention Found to Improve Reproductive Outcomes

February 1, 2017 by Richard Fehring, PhD, RN   Obesity is a risk factor for infertility and is associated with polycystic ovarian syndrome, anovulatory cycles, and other ovarian dysfunctions. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends weight loss for women with a basal body index (BMI) of > 30kg/m2 and the American College […]

27 Jan 2017

What your cervix is telling you – Part 3: Team Fertility

Women and men of the world unite: #CervicalHealthMonth continues, and so does our series on cervical health! This is the final post, so please catch up on Part 1 and Part 2 if you’re just tuning in. Considering how male-dominated the world can sometimes seem, perhaps it’s no wonder that sperm often get so much […]