Breast Cancer Subtypes and Breastfeeding: A Review of Research

Breast Cancer Subtypes and Breastfeeding: A Review of Research

This is a summary of research published in 2015 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute about breast cancer subtypes and breastfeeding. Dr. Elaine Cha reviewed and summarized the study while on the FACTS elective in fertility awareness. The first-of-its-kind study speaks to potential ways a history of breastfeeding may impact both prognosis and survival from breast cancer.

Venous Thrombotic Events, Hormonal Contraception, and FABMs:  A Review of Research

Venous Thrombotic Events, Hormonal Contraception, and FABMs: A Review of Research

October 13th is World Thrombosis Day, which provides an opportunity to raise awareness about this potentially life-threatening medical condition or complication. A research study published by Keenan et al in 2018 reviewed the literature assessing the risk of venous thrombotic events in women who choose hormonal
contraception. Dr. Natalie Gould’s summary of this important study discusses fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) as a reasonable, safe, and effective option for women who need or prefer a different approach for pregnancy prevention, health monitoring, and/or to diagnose and manage a variety of women’s health conditions.

FACTS Benefactor: Jeanine Murphy Morelli, MD

FACTS Benefactor: Jeanine Murphy Morelli, MD

Since its launch over a decade ago, FACTS has relied on the generous support of our benefactors, who recognize the importance of fertility awareness and value the work of FACTS. This month, we are pleased to feature Jeanine Murphy Morelli, MD, a family physician in Stony Brook, NY. We are grateful for her contributions as an integral part of the FACTS Speaker program and for her ongoing support as a monthly donor of FACTS.

A Modern Dilemma: Biomarkers of Ovarian Reserve and Infertility

A Modern Dilemma: Biomarkers of Ovarian Reserve and Infertility

Most women understand that with increasing age, their ability to have children decreases. Nevertheless, women are electing to begin their childbearing years later in life. The surprising results of a 2017 cohort study, summarized by Dr. Tarah Kuhn, warrants further research while providing valuable insight for clinical practice in the use of contemporary biomarkers to assess ovarian reserve and predict fecundability. Read more!

Options for Ovarian Induction in PCOS: A Review

Options for Ovarian Induction in PCOS: A Review

The importance of normalizing ovulation for women with PCOS has been recognized, and this review of research describes the various options to achieve regular ovulation while minimizing side effects. Notably, charting the menstrual cycle alongside the use of fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) is a safe, effective approach to not only recognize anovulation early on but also aid in restoring ovulation and normal cycles in women with PCOS. Read more!

Fertility Awareness Methods: Such Powerful Tools, Such Need to Learn More

Fertility Awareness Methods: Such Powerful Tools, Such Need to Learn More

Patient stories provide powerful testimony to the medical applications of FABMs and how they can be used in diagnosing common reproductive issues women face. Karla Marie García Ortiz conducted this interview during the FACTS elective for medical professional students, Fertility Awareness for Family Planning. Hear from one patient in this inspiring story how FABMs helped Sarah discover PCOS and how restorative reproductive medicine is helping her overcome infertility challenges.

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