This summary of research by Dr. Katelyn Myers offers thoughtful review and new insights into the utility of charting with fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs), as well as warnings about potential pitfalls if relying on applications (apps) to predict ovulation. Read more on the blog!
As technology becomes simpler and more accessible to women who wish to monitor their reproductive health, previous assumptions and long-held facts about the menstrual cycle continue to be challenged and, at times, debunked. As more women learn how to chart their cycles and new research is conducted with the daily data made possible through charting, the sky is the limit as to what can be learned about the female cycle. Read more in this review of the research!
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!
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.
Fertility awareness applications (apps) are a hot topic and will continue to grow in popularity, making it essential to assess their effectiveness, accuracy, and ease of use. This is a review of research published in 2018 in the International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics titled, “Acceptability of a text message-based fertility awareness application for family planning in Lucknow, India.”
During National Endometriosis Awareness Month, we write about two patients whose diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis was expedited by the use of charting and fertility awareness based methods (FABMs). Kylie Knoles-Barnett, a second year medical student, conducted this interview which illustrates the roadblocks some women encounter as they seek help. Medical professionals with expertise in FABMs have an expanded toolbox to support these women.