Our donors make a difference!
The demand for our FACTS online elective continues to grow! Our elective bridges gaps in medical education to ensure physicians in training learn reliable, up-to-date, evidence-based information about fertility awareness-based methods.
Last year, 225 medical students completed our elective, and we hope to enroll as many as 300 students this academic year. Your generous contribution enables us to educate and engage the next generation of medical professionals about FABMs, expand understanding within the medical community, and provide more options to all women.
For many years, clomiphene citrate was the recommended first-line agent for ovulation induction in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Yet, the 2019 meta-analysis study summarized in this research post provides further evidence that letrozole, or clomiphene plus metformin, can now be recommended as a first-line treatment for ovulation induction in most women with PCOS. Read more!
November is Prematurity Awareness Month, which provides an opportunity to raise awareness about conditions that may lead to prematurity, particularly preventable ones. This summarized research study demonstrates significant association between thyroid autoantibodies and both preterm birth and miscarriage. The findings should compel medical professionals to test women for this risk as a routine part of prenatal care to minimize the chances of poor pregnancy outcomes. Read more!
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition with specific criteria that can present with subtle findings early on. The significance of sporadic anovulation in eumenorrheic women remains unclear. In this study, the authors aimed to assess whether sporadic anovulation was associated with clinical evidence of hyperandrogenemia. Read more in this review of the research!
This interview with three different users of fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) brings into the discussion something too often neglected: the needs and goals of the women seeking care. Calley Gober, a fourth-year medical student, interviewed these women while on the FACTS elective. Beyond sharing their stories, she provides information about the Sympto-Thermal Method, other FABMs, and the essential role of FABM instructors.
The luteal phase is the consistent, post-ovulatory phase of a woman’s menstrual cycle. A normal luteal phase reflects proper functioning of internal hormones, which can be measured through serum and urinary testing. A study by Alliende et al published in Frontiers in Public Health in 2018 studied the luteal phase in healthy fertile women. Their research and findings were summarized by Estefan Michael Beltrán while on the FACTS elective.
At FACTS, we take every opportunity to express our gratitude for their generosity. This month, we feature a couple who has actively supported the work of FACTS from the very beginning. Santiago and Melissa Solares have used and taught the Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) through the Couple-to-Couple League (CCL) for years, and have come alongside the mission of FACTS with wholehearted dedication. We are grateful for their contributions to our elective and for their consistent support as monthly donors of FACTS.