Fertility awareness-based methods are another resource of empowerment, education, and understanding that women can utilize to align their life goals with healthy, self-aware mindsets. This creatively written interview describes the many benefits of discovering fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) for a young couple. This discovery led to a woman empowered with education, a growing family, and a new career in fertility awareness. Read more!
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) in adolescence poses diagnostic and treatment challenges. This research review offers important perspectives for the evaluation and treatment of this condition while emphasizing the central role of ovulation as a marker of health in adolescence and beyond. After reviewing the salient aspects of the article, Dr. Emily Allen discusses the role of FABMs in the management of PCOS.
This is a fascinating interview with Dr. Lynn Keenan, a board-certified internal medicine and sleep medicine physician in Fresno, California. She is the director of the UCSF Fresno Sleep Medicine Fellowship Training Program and a leader within the growing field of fertility awareness. Dr. Keenan has found multiple ways to apply FABMs to her practice, and describes surprising links between PCOS and sleep disorders. Read more in this PCOS Awareness Month feature.
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.