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Letrozole vs. Clomiphene for Infertility in PCOS: A Research Review

Letrozole vs. Clomiphene for Infertility in PCOS: A Research Review

The research article[i] reviewed in this week’s post was published in 2014 in the New England Journal of Medicine and is titled, “Letrozole versus Clomiphene for Infertility in the Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.” It is the last article in our four-week series during PCOS Awareness Month and provides a more in-depth look at two options for medical management. The research was summarized by a fourth-year medical student who participated in the FACTS fertility awareness elective offered at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Medical and Surgical Treatment Options for PCOS: A Research Review

Medical and Surgical Treatment Options for PCOS: A Research Review

This is a review of research published earlier this year in the International Journal of Fertility and Sterility titled, “Medical and Surgical Treatment of Reproductive Outcomes in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: An Overview of Systematic Reviews.” It was written by Dr. Kaitlin VanderKolk as part of the fertility awareness elective taught through Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Way Beyond Family Planning: FABM Helps Diagnose PCOS

Way Beyond Family Planning: FABM Helps Diagnose PCOS

During Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Month, we tell the story of how using a fertility awareness-based method (FABM) helped diagnose a luteal phase defect and PCOS in a woman we will call Gina to protect her privacy. Using the Creighton Model along with the science of NaProTechnology was such a positive experience that this patient decided to train as a Creighton Model practitioner to teach women and couples how to use this method. This interview with a patient is part of our series that highlights the reality of using FABMs. Anna Goodwin was a second-year medical student when she conducted this interview as part of a two-week online elective at Georgetown University.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Review of Diagnosis and Treatment

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Review of Diagnosis and Treatment

This is a brief summary of a 2018 Practice Bulletin published by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Although the ACOG document acknowledges that much of the treatment for PCOS remains empirical and based on symptoms, fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) and the practical applications of charting in the diagnosis and management of PCOS were not mentioned. A resident physician wrote this synopsis during the FACTS online elective at Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Working Women and the Lactational Amenorrhea Method: A Review of Research

Working Women and the Lactational Amenorrhea Method: A Review of Research

National Breastfeeding Month is the perfect time to recall the many benefits of breastfeeding for both mother and child. One of these benefits is built directly into a woman’s normal physiology and can provide safe, effective natural family planning for six months postpartum. A fourth-year medical student who is now pursuing residency in obstetrics and gynecology wrote this review during the FACTS online elective offered through Georgetown University School of Medicine.

An Online NFP Program for Breastfeeding Women: A Research Review

An Online NFP Program for Breastfeeding Women: A Research Review

This week we celebrate National Breastfeeding Month. Jessica Roberts, a 4th year medical student reviews research published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing in 2017 titled, “Effectiveness of an Online Natural Family Planning Program for Breastfeeding Women.” The study highlights the versatility of a fertility awareness-based method (FABM), the Marquette Model, for breastfeeding women who wish to prevent or delay pregnancy during the postpartum period.

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