“The study found the app was beneficial to a diverse population of women and could be used to address a variety of reproductive goals.”
To mark Mental Health Awareness Month, we are featuring research that assessed the relationship between supplemental hormones and symptoms of premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). This study highlights the need for further research on ovarian hormone dynamics as they relate to symptom severity in both premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and PMDD. Wong presents a compelling case….
This study by Arévalo et al explores the introduction of the Standard Days Method (SDM) to users in Perú. Daniel Dominguez, a recent participant in the FACTS elective, summarized the research, noting patient interest in SDM in areas where other methods of contraception are widely available. Although the design was retrospective, which complicates the accurate assessment of unintended pregnancy rates, high effectiveness rates were observed among study participants. The research findings highlight the advantages of making the SDM known and available to women as an alternate option for family planning.
In honor of Valentine’s Day this week, we are highlighting a research summary of a 2021 article published by researchers Richard J. Fehring and Michael D. Manhart in The Linacre Quarterly. The study — summarized by Michelle Asuncion-Castor, a former FACTS elective participant — concluded that couples who used natural family planning (NFP) methods had improved self-esteem, stronger marriages, and lower divorce rates than those who relied on sterilization or contraception alone.
At FACTS, we recognize that fertility is a vital sign of health and studies show men’s long-term health and well-being is tied to healthy fertility.
Carley Warner, a medical student who participated in the FACTS elective, summarized a 2018 meta-analysis published in Advances in Nutrition of more than two dozen randomized clinical trials that assessed factors affecting sperm quality.