August is National Breastfeeding Month! In this week’s post, Leanna Mantella, a 4th year medical student, shares her interview with a couple that was thrilled to learn about the lactational amenorrhea method (LAM) when other options for family planning did not meet their needs. Read more here.
While in medical school and as part of the FACTS online elective, Dr. Ana Maria Dumitru conducted this interview with a couple that used several different fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) over more than thirty years, including the Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM) while breastfeeding. The interview is part of our series highlighting the benefits and challenges of FABMs through the experiences of diverse users.
National Infertility Awareness Week is upon us and we are devoting the last two weeks of April to this common source of anguish and frustration for women and couples. Read here a synopsis of the article, “Achieving Pregnancy Using Primary Care Interventions to Identify the Fertile Window,” published originally in “Frontiers in Medicine” in 2018.
In this latest installment of our interview series with users of FABMs, we examine and highlight both benefits and challenges of the various methods of family planning, including how it can effect diagnoses, fertility, and couple intimacy. The 2nd year medical student who conducted the interview plans to pursue residency training in surgery or Obstetrics & Gynecology.
In this interview we highlight the benefits of FABMs for family planning as seen through the experiences of one couple and the physician who worked with them to learn and apply the methods. Although FABMs may not be for everyone, studies show that most women who hear about these modern, safe, evidence-based methods are curious and want to learn more. Once educated, many women choose to try one of the methods, appreciate learning about their bodies and fertility, and feel empowered and healthier.