As the end of 2021 draws near, we are grateful for every gift that makes possible the work of FACTS to educate medical professionals about fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) and their applications in family planning and women’s health. This month, we feature someone who felt so strongly about the mission of FACTS that she became a monthly donor as a student. Learn more about Bailey Limyansky in this blog feature!
For many years, clomiphene citrate was the recommended first-line agent for ovulation induction in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Yet, the 2019 meta-analysis study summarized in this research post provides further evidence that letrozole, or clomiphene plus metformin, can now be recommended as a first-line treatment for ovulation induction in most women with PCOS. Read more!
November is Prematurity Awareness Month, which provides an opportunity to raise awareness about conditions that may lead to prematurity, particularly preventable ones. This summarized research study demonstrates significant association between thyroid autoantibodies and both preterm birth and miscarriage. The findings should compel medical professionals to test women for this risk as a routine part of prenatal care to minimize the chances of poor pregnancy outcomes. Read more!
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a common condition with specific criteria that can present with subtle findings early on. The significance of sporadic anovulation in eumenorrheic women remains unclear. In this study, the authors aimed to assess whether sporadic anovulation was associated with clinical evidence of hyperandrogenemia. Read more in this review of the research!
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.
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.