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.
This week’s post features a review of research published in 2016 about the effectiveness of cycle computers to indicate the fertile and infertile phases of the menstrual cycle. The study joins the expanding body of research assessing devices, apps, and other female technology (fem-tech) growing in popularity as women seek non-hormonal ways to plan their families and monitor their health. The summary was written by Dr. Matthew Thigpen as part of a two-week online elective taught by FACTS executive director, Dr. Marguerite Duane, at Georgetown University College of Medicine.
For years, fertility was measured by how “regular” the woman was (i.e., the length and frequency of her menstrual cycles). With the onset of hormonal testing, scientists developed ways to more easily and objectively track a woman’s invisible hormonal physiology. This post, written by Dr. Rachel Engle, is a review of research published in 2013 which examines the characteristics and variability of individual normal menstrual cycle profiles using at-home monitors to test urine and serum and measure hormone metabolites. Click to read more.
This interview is part of our series highlighting the reality, benefits, and challenges of using fertility awareness based methods (FABMs). Makenzie Hamilton, DO conducted the interview which brings to light the struggle of infertility experienced by one couple and how fertility awareness empowered and impacted their journey.
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.
It’s Men’s Health Week! In this week’s post, 3rd year family medicine resident, Jason Faucheux, DO, summarizes a just published important study titled “Metabolic Syndrome and Male Fertility.” Published last month in The World Journal of Men’s Health, the study notes a global decrease in birth rates alongside a rising prevalence of metabolic syndrome worldwide, and assesses the relationship between metabolic syndrome and male reproductive health.