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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

10 Jan 2017

What your cervix is telling you – Part 1: The basics

January 10, 2017 by Sarah Murray, MD When is the last time that you thought at length about cervical fluid or mucus? In the clinical setting, family physicians and other primary care providers often see women concerned about changes in vaginal discharge. Many of these changes can be explained by bacterial vaginosis, yeast, or sexually […]

17 Nov 2016

The pill and other hormonal contraception linked to depression: A case for informed consent

November 17, 2016 by Alison Contreras, PhD, FCP Last month an article in JAMA Psychiatry caused waves when it revealed what many users of hormonal birth control have long suspected: a link between hormonal contraception use and depression [1,2]. This news has reopened the conversation about how physicians should counsel patients about their reproductive health […]

13 Jan 2016

A letter to healthcare professionals

by Amylynn Smith In the Spring of 2011, after numerous blood tests and countless doctors visits, my nurse practitioner looked at me and said, “I don’t know why you aren’t getting your period. I know you may not want to take birth control pills again but at this point I don’t have anything else to […]