A Case for FABM Instructors
This interview with three different users of fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) brings into the discussion something too often neglected: the needs and goals of the women seeking care. Calley Gober, a fourth-year medical student, interviewed these women while on the FACTS elective. Beyond sharing their stories, she provides information about the Sympto-Thermal Method, other FABMs, and the essential role of FABM instructors.
Hormone Profiles and the Luteal Phase: A Review of Research
The luteal phase is the consistent, post-ovulatory phase of a woman’s menstrual cycle. A normal luteal phase reflects proper functioning of internal hormones, which can be measured through serum and urinary testing. A study by Alliende et al published in Frontiers in Public Health in 2018 studied the luteal phase in healthy fertile women. Their research and findings were summarized by Estefan Michael Beltrán while on the FACTS elective.
FACTS Benefactors: Santiago and Melissa Solares
At FACTS, we take every opportunity to express our gratitude for their generosity. This month, we feature a couple who has actively supported the work of FACTS from the very beginning. Santiago and Melissa Solares have used and taught the Sympto-Thermal Method (STM) through the Couple-to-Couple League (CCL) for years, and have come alongside the mission of FACTS with wholehearted dedication. We are grateful for their contributions to our elective and for their consistent support as monthly donors of FACTS.
How Stopping Oral Contraceptives Can Affect Menstrual Cycle Biomarkers: A Review of Research
According to the CDC website, approximately 14% of women ages 15 to 49 were using the pill between 2017 and 2019. It is important to know what biomarkers will be affected after stopping oral contraceptives, and for how long these changes will affect menstrual cycle charting. Dr. Grace Strella summarized the research from the study study by Nassaralla et al is titled, “Characteristics of the menstrual cycle after discontinuation of oral contraceptives.” Before this research was published in 2011, no studies had assessed cervical mucus quality upon discontinuation of oral contraceptives (OCPs). Read more!
Caring for the Whole Person in Miscarriage Management
As with so much in medicine, the management of miscarriage must go beyond meeting medical needs to caring for the human being who experiences this significant loss. Dr. Abigail Finder was in her last year of medical school when she interviewed Maria, a woman who has experienced miscarriage more than once. The interview highlights the advantages of such a compassionate, medically sound, and holistic approach in the care of these families.
Supplemental Progesterone for Vaginal Bleeding in Early Pregnancy: A Review of Research
This summary of research by Dr. Emily Endres offers hope for women, couples, and families who have suffered through recurrent miscarriages. Read more about the largest study to date to assess the role of progesterone in the early stages of pregnancy.