Fertility awareness-based methods rely on various biomarkers of fertility, including physical signs (e.g., cervical mucus and basal body temperature) and key hormones. Specifically, the rise in estradiol and the surge in luteinizing hormone (LH) play an important role in ovulation and a woman’s cycle. Devices can be used to measure hormone levels to further delineate specific changes throughout the menstrual cycle. Kellie Wo, DO explores the use of technology and devices in this research review.
Allowing women to decide for themselves how to approach their reproductive health with all the options in front of them helps them make a more informed decision. Katherine Watson, DO interviews a patient turned FABM educator who decided to help fill the void she felt was lacking in standard women’s healthcare.
Obesity is a known risk factor for many conditions. However, one body system is often overlooked: the reproductive system. Infertility is another complication of obesity, made evident by irregular menstrual cycles, reduced pregnancy rates (spontaneous and assisted), and increased miscarriage rates. With the rising prevalence of obesity and infertility, interventions are needed to prevent and treat both conditions, and lifestyle changes are a vital component of such strategies. This blog post written by Allison Prew summarizes an article titled, “The Overlooked Role of Obesity in Infertility.”
Women deserve comprehensive reproductive care, whether it is for family planning, irregular periods, PMS or other symptoms. By using a FABM method such as the Creighton Model, women are able to chart their cycles and have a clear representation of what is happening within their bodies on a hormonal level. The recent interview by Dr. Cecilia Baradhi, DO offers perspective from one couple’s transition to the use of FABMs to grow their family naturally and treat root cause problems in the process.
The ability to accurately detect both the fertile window and the 2-day ovulation period is a key feature of many fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs). These methods utilize various clinical signs, such as cervical mucus, basal body temperature (BBT), and hormone levels, to identify times of fertility. This knowledge can help couples avoid or achieve pregnancy based on their goals for family planning. Martha Smith, DO, explores how external signs can serve as important components of effective natural family planning.
In the year of the pandemic, outstanding educators like Dr. Christine Cimo Hemphill met the increased demand for high quality online education imparting new knowledge and innovative ways to approach familiar conditions such as abnormal uterine bleeding and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This interview with Dr. Hemphill describes ways in which a fellowship in NaProTECHNOLOGY enhanced both her training and practice as a physician specialized in obstetrics and gynecology (Ob-Gyn). The interview was conducted by Dr. Karen Hayde during the FACTS elective.