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.
In this week’s post, a medical student summarizes her experience with fertility awareness based methods (FABMs). Her insights as a medical student, well versed in fertility awareness from personal use, offer a unique perspective on the benefits and challenges of FABMs and the need to incorporate this important topic into the medical school curriculum.
Our year-long series highlighting our Advisory Council members continues this month as we feature Dr. Kathleen Raviele and her contributions to our mission. Dr. Raviele, has trained in multiple fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) and has been uniquely equipped to assist women and couples throughout her career as an OB/Gyn physician. Read more of her story here.
This reflection and summary of a research article was written by a future physician as part of a Georgetown University elective on fertility awareness. It highlights practical applications of charting the female cycle, a powerful tool underused by physicians and patients alike.
Our interview series continues as a second year Georgetown medical student catches up with a practicing OB/Gyn physician who not only offers patients the option of using FABMs but is also herself a user of FABMs for family planning. Her personal and professional experience with FABMs provides a unique perspective for medical professionals in training and in practice as well as patients.