During Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) Awareness Month, we tell the story of how using a fertility awareness-based method (FABM) helped diagnose a luteal phase defect and PCOS in a woman we will call Gina to protect her privacy. Using the Creighton Model along with the science of NaProTechnology was such a positive experience that this patient decided to train as a Creighton Model practitioner to teach women and couples how to use this method. This interview with a patient is part of our series that highlights the reality of using FABMs. Anna Goodwin was a second-year medical student when she conducted this interview as part of a two-week online elective at Georgetown University.
This is a brief summary of a 2018 Practice Bulletin published by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). Although the ACOG document acknowledges that much of the treatment for PCOS remains empirical and based on symptoms, fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) and the practical applications of charting in the diagnosis and management of PCOS were not mentioned. A resident physician wrote this synopsis during the FACTS online elective at Georgetown University School of Medicine.
This week we celebrate National Breastfeeding Month. Jessica Roberts, a 4th year medical student reviews research published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing in 2017 titled, “Effectiveness of an Online Natural Family Planning Program for Breastfeeding Women.” The study highlights the versatility of a fertility awareness-based method (FABM), the Marquette Model, for breastfeeding women who wish to prevent or delay pregnancy during the postpartum period.
This post features an interview with a patient who has used several fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) for family planning and health monitoring. As with many women who choose to use FABMs, this patient has taken advantage of the strengths of different methods to meet her changing needs over time. Dr. Jackeline Chaparro Lorenzo conducted this interview as a medical student during a two-week online FACTS elective titled “Fertility Awareness and Family Planning.”
This post is reviews research published in 2014 in Fertility and Sterility titled, “Racial differences in fertility knowledge and awareness amongst reproductive age women in the U.S.” Dr. Danielle Wilkin wrote it during a two-week online elective through Georgetown University School of Medicine. The research points to the need for continued widespread education about reproductive health.
Meet Kayla Iuliano, the newest FACTS Team Member! Kayla has joined the FACTS team as Conferences and Events Coordinator. An epidemiologist by trade, Kayla appreciates the scientific foundations behind fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs), and also believes learning about fertility awareness and using FABMs can be an empowering experience for all women. Welcome to the team, Kayla – we are lucky to have you!