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.
The ability to accurately detect both the fertile window and the 2-day ovulation period is a key feature of many fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs). These methods utilize various clinical signs, such as cervical mucus, basal body temperature (BBT), and hormone levels, to identify times of fertility. This knowledge can help couples avoid or achieve pregnancy based on their goals for family planning. Martha Smith, DO, explores how external signs can serve as important components of effective natural family planning.
In the year of the pandemic, outstanding educators like Dr. Christine Cimo Hemphill met the increased demand for high quality online education imparting new knowledge and innovative ways to approach familiar conditions such as abnormal uterine bleeding and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). This interview with Dr. Hemphill describes ways in which a fellowship in NaProTECHNOLOGY enhanced both her training and practice as a physician specialized in obstetrics and gynecology (Ob-Gyn). The interview was conducted by Dr. Karen Hayde during the FACTS elective.
To close this month’s series on male fertility, Dr. Emily Woodard reviewed a 2019 article published in Global Reproductive Health titled, “Male infertility and environmental factors.” The data reported over the years about the potential impact of environmental factors on fertility is compelling. Still, more research is needed to not only identify factors that negatively impact fertility but also to protect fertility in men and women through proven preventive strategies.
During Men’s Health Month, we are excited to feature this interview with a patient who has experienced the value of having a male partner fully invested in using fertility-awareness-based methods (FABMs) for family planning. This interview is part of our series that highlights the reality of using FABMs, including benefits as well as challenges of the various methods. Hannah Sinks, a second-year medical student, conducted this interview as part of a two-week online selective.
This week’s research review continues our series on male fertility and summarizes a fascinating piece published in 2015 titled, “The Association between Dietary Patterns and Semen Quality in a General Asian Population of 7282 Males.” The synopsis was written by Dr. Taylor Keen while on the FACTS online elective in fertility awareness.