I believe that many women would like to go “green” with their fertility so that they could monitor their fertility and gynecological health without the harmful effects of artificial hormones.
As a Certified Nurse Midwife, I have discussed options for family planning and contraception with women for the past ten years, but I never included counseling on FABMs. Recently, I began practicing NFP myself, and now that I understand my fertility and how to manage it, I feel more confident discussing these methods with my patients. It has been eye-opening to me to see that there are women out there who, like me, are interested in a natural and risk-free way of managing their fertility and 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 believe that when a woman is having gynecologic or reproductive problems, a cause for the problem should be determined before a treatment is begun.
I believe that women who desire a natural child birth that allows them to use self-knowledge and control and personal decision making in the labor and delivery process would also appreciate learning about a method of family planning that involves self-knowledge and control and decision making about their fertility.
Using the Fertility Awareness Method these past 13 years has helped me understand my body, communicate with my partner, and enjoy my health. And now I can share this information with my daughter so she can make more informed decisions throughout her life. ~
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.
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.
Learning NFP for me was also transformative for my career as a nurse practitioner, especially because I am very passionate about women’s health. I wanted to learn more about NFP in order to inform my patients about these alternative options to birth control.