During National Endometriosis Awareness Month, we will publish several reviews of research and topical articles about this common condition. Today we begin with a post on Endometriosis in Adolescence. We are also excited to share two interviews with patients for whom using a fertility awareness-based method (FABM) supported an earlier diagnosis of endometriosis as well as effective treatment of the root cause of their symptoms. Stay tuned to FACTS throughout March for more insights!
Dr. Miranda Bacon, a fourth-year medical student, recently had the opportunity to meet Katie, a young woman who learned at a young age to know and trust her physiology and use charting as a tool to monitor her health. Dr. Bacon is now a pediatric resident eager to teach her patients about the lifelong benefits of fertility awareness. Learn more!
In this week’s research post we share an outstanding summary of an article that addresses the possible long-term consequences of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in adolescents, which makes the prompt diagnosis and treatment of PCOS a priority in this age group.
Regardless of the various reasons why women choose to use fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs), FACTS exists to educate medical professionals about the science behind FABMs. Since the inception of FACTS, our goal has been to share the evidence behind these versatile methods with practical applications not only in family planning but also in women’s health. This foundation and purpose are built into our very name: FACTS is the Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Science.
: In this conversation with a woman who began charting her cycles during the postpartum period, we see some of the shortcomings as well as strengths of fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs). Dr. Daniel Ortiz spoke to a woman who has used an FABM successfully for several years and learned the importance of having expert support along the way.
Our research series continues with this review of a study published in 2020 in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine titled, “Low Bone Mineral Density in Elite Female Athletes with a History of Secondary Amenorrhea in their Teens.” Secondary amenorrhea in teenage girls can have long term implications. Teaching young girls, including elite athletes, how to chart their cycle could lead to earlier evaluation and diagnosis of possible etiologies at the root of this important symptom. Learn more.