The month of October provides an opportunity to raise awareness about several important issues impacting women’s health, and FACTS will address each of these topics throughout the month. National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day will take place later this month, and we begin by raising awareness about disparities that affect Black women and their children disproportionately. Dr. Sarah Gebrezghi reviewed a 2013 study titled, “Risk of miscarriage among black women and white women in a U.S. Prospective Cohort Study.” Her summary of this important research includes a timely call to action.
Fertility awareness-based methods are another resource of empowerment, education, and understanding that women can utilize to align their life goals with healthy, self-aware mindsets. This creatively written interview describes the many benefits of discovering fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) for a young couple. This discovery led to a woman empowered with education, a growing family, and a new career in fertility awareness. Read more!
Most women understand that with increasing age, their ability to have children decreases. Nevertheless, women are electing to begin their childbearing years later in life. The surprising results of a 2017 cohort study, summarized by Dr. Tarah Kuhn, warrants further research while providing valuable insight for clinical practice in the use of contemporary biomarkers to assess ovarian reserve and predict fecundability. Read more!
The importance of normalizing ovulation for women with PCOS has been recognized, and this review of research describes the various options to achieve regular ovulation while minimizing side effects. Notably, charting the menstrual cycle alongside the use of fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) is a safe, effective approach to not only recognize anovulation early on but also aid in restoring ovulation and normal cycles in women with PCOS. Read more!
Patient stories provide powerful testimony to the medical applications of FABMs and how they can be used in diagnosing common reproductive issues women face. Karla Marie García Ortiz conducted this interview during the FACTS elective for medical professional students, Fertility Awareness for Family Planning. Hear from one patient in this inspiring story how FABMs helped Sarah discover PCOS and how restorative reproductive medicine is helping her overcome infertility challenges.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in adolescence poses diagnostic and treatment challenges. This research review offers important perspectives for the evaluation and treatment of this condition while emphasizing the central role of ovulation as a marker of health in adolescence and beyond. After reviewing the salient aspects of the article, Dr. Emily Allen discusses the role of FABMs in the management of PCOS.