Earlier this month, we posted a synopsis of a systematic review published in 2016 analyzing the literature on the effectiveness of interventions to increase exclusive breastfeeding. The research article by by Pérez-Escamilla et al in 2012 involves a systematic review that became the foundation to create a framework for scaling up breastfeeding promotion programs in low- and middle-income countries. Dr. Natasha Scaria summarizes the full review in this National Breastfeeding Month spotlight.
Since its inception in 2010, FACTS has relied on the generous support of our benefactors who recognize the importance of fertility awareness and value the work of FACTS. In the coming months, we will feature some of our regular donors to thank them for their financial contributions as well as the encouragement they provide through their kindness and generosity. This month we introduce Dr. Donna Chacko, a retired physician and author who donates consistently to the work of FACTS.
Breastfeeding has numerous benefits for both mother and baby, and most medical organizations recommend breastfeeding for at least six months. Yet, CDC data from 2002-2012 reveal that although 80% of infants in the U.S. have been breastfed, only about 21.9% are breastfed exclusively until at least the 6-month mark. In this research review, Dr. Nikita Satapathy summarizes evidence analyzed by Patnode et al that supported the update in the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations for breastfeeding.
It is important to educate young girls and their parents or primary caregivers about what constitutes a normal menstrual cycle and normal bleeding patterns, as abnormalities in the menstrual cycle could point to underlying medical issues with potential for long-term health consequences. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggests that by considering the menstrual cycle as a vital sign that can be measured and evaluated, clinicians reinforce its importance in assessing overall health status. Learn more in this blog about the applications for charting and teen health during NFP Awareness Week.
Fertility awareness is a science that allows a woman to use signs from her body to monitor health and predict fertile days. With appropriate guidance, anyone can learn to observe these signs and gain a better understanding of their fertility. Sadly, those aspects of fertility awareness are frequently not part of the medical school or residency curriculum. Learn more about the gap in fertility education among medical professionals in this review of the latest research.
Fertility awareness-based methods rely on various biomarkers of fertility, including physical signs (e.g., cervical mucus and basal body temperature) and key hormones. Specifically, the rise in estradiol and the surge in luteinizing hormone (LH) play an important role in ovulation and a woman’s cycle. Devices can be used to measure hormone levels to further delineate specific changes throughout the menstrual cycle. Kellie Wo, DO explores the use of technology and devices in this research review.