We are proud to feature a FACTS-trained speaker every month to highlight the diversity, depth of knowledge, and expertise of our talented pool of speakers. This month we feature Kimberly Vacca, MD, a pediatrician committed to educating her colleagues and patients about the benefits of charting the female cycle and learning about FABMs.
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.
The FACTS Speaker Series: In 2013, FACTS began to train speakers to provide the presentations we create specifically to share the science of fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) with medical professionals, students, and the public. Since our first training, we have equipped more than 90 speakers to share the FACTS in their universities, training programs, hospitals, clinics, and communities throughout the US and internationally.
In 2020, we will feature a FACTS-trained Speaker every month to highlight the diversity and depth of knowledge and expertise of our talented pool of speakers. Our series begins this week with Luis García, MD, a family physician who cares for the Spanish-speaking community of York, PA. Dr. García grew up learning about fertility awareness from his parents, who used it to teach “sex-ed.” Since then, he has had a passion for sharing the message of fertility awareness with friends and family as well as his patients.
This interview with a couple is part of our series focused on the reality of using fertility awareness based methods (FABMs), including benefits as well as challenges of the various methods. Dr. Rachel Engle, a family medicine resident, conducted the interview that highlights this couple’s choices in family planning and the various approaches many couples utilize as they navigate the different phases of the reproductive years.
The FACTS Advisory Council consists of a talented and diverse group of individuals whose guidance and support are essential to the success of our organization. Being a member of our Advisory Council is a voluntary position and all their work with FACTS is a generous contribution of time and expertise. Each month, we have featured an Advisory Council member to highlight their unique contributions to our mission. Our series continues this week with Theresa Hardy, PhD, RN, whose experience in research, expertise in the Marquette Method, and knowledge of the latest “Fem-Tech” (female technology) are just a few of the reasons we are thrilled to welcome her to the FACTS team.
This is a review of research published in 2010 in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology titled, “Natural Family Planning: Physicians’ Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practice.” Learning about biomarkers of fertility that tell the story of what’s occurring hormonally inside her body provides information that can impact a woman’s health—even beyond its applications for family planning. For physicians, FABMs do triple duty as practical tools in family planning that also aid in the diagnosis and treatment of common conditions affecting women while providing ways for them to monitor their reproductive and general health.