‘Women deserve better’: Why this medical resident pursued FABM certification
FACTS Ambassadors are medical or health professional students and residents from across the country (and the world!) who desire to learn more about fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) and choose to share this information with colleagues to educate them about FABMs. This month, we are featuring Dr. Erin Kay, a first-year family medicine resident who plans to focus her future practice on restorative reproductive medicine.
The Surprising Dynamics of Luteal Phase Hormones in Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
To mark Mental Health Awareness Month, we are featuring research that assessed the relationship between supplemental hormones and symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). This study highlights the need for further research on ovarian hormone dynamics as they relate to symptom severity in both premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and PMDD. Wong presents a compelling case….
Imperfectly Perfect: An FABM for Every Season
esearch conducted among fertility awareness-based method (FABM) users often makes a distinction between “perfect use” and “typical use.” This story highlights the importance of motivation with the use of these methods and the way that “typical use” can be “perfect” for a woman and her family. This week we share an interview written by Abby Koski, a former FACTS elective student. She spoke with Carol,* who was first introduced to FABMs in middle school but did not put them into practice until her 20s.
Ovarian Stimulation in the Treatment of Infertility: A Review
During National Infertility Awareness Week, we are featuring an article comparing various options available for ovulation induction, including clomiphene citrate, aromatase inhibitors, metformin, and gonadotropins. Ioana Pencea, a former FACTS elective participant, summarized information published in the Textbook of Assisted Reproductive Techniques.
Estradiol effects on pregnancy rates in IVF cycles: A review of research
As research on the role of progesterone supplementation in pregnancy continues to emerge, physicians and other clinicians trained in restorative reproductive medicine may wonder whether supplementing estrogen during the luteal phase in women trying to conceive would increase pregnancy and implantation rates. In this review, FACTS elective student Daniela Valle summarizes research on the role of estradiol in the luteal phase within the context of IVF outcomes.
The Benefits, Burdens, and Beauty of FABMs
Sandra Spychalska shares a thoughtful interview that explores one woman’s journey with fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) and the learning curve across three different methods. It highlights the versatility of the methods and the importance of identifying the method that best meets the needs of the individual woman or couple, as well as the unexpected benefits that couples experience when using FABMs.