This inspiring interview provides insight into the applications of fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) in women’s health. Dr. Keisha Pierre-Lys interviewed a woman whose use of FABMs transformed her health, life, and family. Through this story, learn how physicians were able to diagnose and treat several root causes of subfertility, helping Sharlene* become healthier and even start a family.
This review of research conducted in India emphasizes the need for fertility awareness education and organizations like FACTS. Dr. Madeline Bartram summarized the study published in 2018 by Mahey et al in BMC Women’s Health titled, “Fertility awareness and knowledge among Indian women attending an infertility clinic: a cross-sectional study.” The aim of the study was to assess the knowledge about fertility among patients at an infertility clinic.
Earlier this month, we posted a synopsis of a systematic review published in 2016 analyzing the literature on the effectiveness of interventions to increase exclusive breastfeeding. The research article by by Pérez-Escamilla et al in 2012 involves a systematic review that became the foundation to create a framework for scaling up breastfeeding promotion programs in low- and middle-income countries. Dr. Natasha Scaria summarizes the full review in this National Breastfeeding Month spotlight.
Since its inception in 2010, FACTS has relied on the generous support of our benefactors who recognize the importance of fertility awareness and value the work of FACTS. In the coming months, we will feature some of our regular donors to thank them for their financial contributions as well as the encouragement they provide through their kindness and generosity. This month we introduce Dr. Donna Chacko, a retired physician and author who donates consistently to the work of FACTS.
Breastfeeding has numerous benefits for both mother and baby, and most medical organizations recommend breastfeeding for at least six months. Yet, CDC data from 2002-2012 reveal that although 80% of infants in the U.S. have been breastfed, only about 21.9% are breastfed exclusively until at least the 6-month mark. In this research review, Dr. Nikita Satapathy summarizes evidence analyzed by Patnode et al that supported the update in the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations for breastfeeding.
Allowing women to decide for themselves how to approach their reproductive health with all the options in front of them helps them make a more informed decision. Katherine Watson, DO interviews a patient turned FABM educator who decided to help fill the void she felt was lacking in standard women’s healthcare.