These last few weeks, we have celebrated the first decade of sharing the FACTS about the science supporting fertility awareness and its many applications for women’s health and family planning! With sincere gratitude, we thank every person whose passion for the work of FACTS continues to inspire YOU to support our mission. We mean it when we say we would not be able to fulfill our mission without YOUR generosity. THANK YOU!
This week’s post features an interview with a physician who uses fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) to enhance her health while also offering FABMs to women and couples in her medical practice. Julie Sawyer conducted this interview as a fourth-year medical student during the FACTS fertility awareness elective, which now consists of two parts – one focused on modern, evidence-based fertility awareness-based methods of family planning and the second on the medical applications of FABMs to diagnose and treat common medical conditions in women’s reproductive health.
This week’s post interviews a woman who has used multiple fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs) of family planning. It highlights the importance of learning these methods from trained instructors. The interview was conducted by Robert Ring, a fourth-year medical student, as part of the FACTS fertility awareness online elective offered through Georgetown University School of Medicine.
This week, our focus on the role of breastfeeding in breast cancer reduction as well as its many benefits for mother and child continues as we review research that highlights evidence suggesting breastfeeding is safe in the setting of COVID-19 as long as proper infection control measures are in place. The article reviewed this week is titled, “Breastfeeding mothers with COVID-19 infection: a case series.” It was published in August 2020 by Pereira et al in the International Breastfeeding Journal. Jenny Chen, a fourth-year medical student, summarized the article while completing the fertility awareness elective offered by FACTS through Georgetown University School of Medicine.
*Please note that new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) addressing neonates potentially at risk for COVID-19 infection were published five days ago. The updated document refers to the growing body of research indicating that spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 appears to be primarily via respiratory droplets.
During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we celebrate the role of breastfeeding in breast cancer reduction as well as its many other benefits for mother and child. To raise awareness about breastfeeding, we will publish two timely reviews on the importance of assessing the evidence about risks and benefits of breastfeeding during pandemics. This post is a review of an article published this summer in the “International Breastfeeding Journal”. It was written by Sara Peterson, a fourth-year medical student enrolled in the FACTS elective at Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Throughout 2020 we are featuring a FACTS-trained speaker each month to highlight the depth of knowledge and expertise of our talented pool of presenters. Our series continues this week with Dr. Angela Kristan, a family physician in Rochester, NY with expertise and interest in women’s health as well as geriatrics. She is passionate about making evidence-based information available to medical professionals beginning in medical school.