Fertility Awareness for Precision Women’s Health Care
February 27, 2019
This past weekend, the FACTS team hosted its first 2019 spring conference in Cleveland, Ohio. We are pleased to report the conference was a huge success! Attendees continue to praise our panel of experts and the transformative lectures they say will change what they do in practice. Many medical and health professionals were surprised to learn the practical medical applications of fertility awareness based methods (FABMs) beyond their effective use in family planning.
We had a packed house in Cleveland (85 attendees!) that included a diverse group of medical and health professionals. Among them were physicians, medical students, nurses, nurse midwives, fertility awareness educators, and more. 25% of attendees were either physicians (most of them) or medical students, which means this conference was central to fulfilling our mission to educate future medical professionals so they can educate, empower, and engage their patients through fertility awareness!
Here’s some of the overwhelmingly positive feedback we continue to receive from attendees:
I like the broad range of applications of FABMs as well as the apps and teen education.Famiily Physician
(Thank you for) addressing the use of FABMs for reproductive age women at all stages, including adolescents and peri-menopause, as well as the medical applications.Ob/Gyn Physician
Very dynamic speakers. I liked that it was easy to connect with everyone at the conference.Fertility awareness educator
(Thank you for) showing us the studies and evidence for why fertility awareness makes a difference in making healthier choices to treat cycle issues.Nurse midwife student
I greatly enjoyed the information presented about post-partum and peri-menopausal patients and patients with PCOS.Medical student
Networking! Well-planned, great food, wealth of information!Certified nurse midwife
I think you struck a good balance between basic vs. complex information.Fertility awareness user
Great! Enjoyed the case studies.Fertility awareness educator
From our presentation about fertility awareness, charting, and adolescents:
A popular presentation by FACTS Speaker, Alison Dreher, and our Executive Director, Dr. Marguerite Duane, discussed using FABMs to educate and empower adolescents with knowledge of their fertility. Attendees noted that knowing how the female body was designed to function gives girls agency over their bodies. Attendees were equally impressed with research showing that when adolescents learn to chart the female cycle, they are more likely to delay the onset of sexual activity. This presentation helped them see the value of more comprehensive sexual education for teens that is not based on fear but on understanding and appreciating their bodies.
(FABMs) are also good methods for health monitoring… Personally and professionally, I think that every young woman should learn to chart in adolescence.Summer Holmes-Mason, MD
Alison should talk to ALL teens!Nurse midwife student
I enjoyed the training on the apps. This needs to be out to EVERYONE!Fertility awareness user
Love the idea of teaching teens how awesome their bodies are.Fertility awareness educator
Great information regarding hormonal changes, physiology, and different FABMs. I would like a two-day course!Family Physician
Participants Want More… SO WE NEED YOUR HELP!
We would like to answer the call from participants for FACTS to continue to offer these conferences and reach every medical school, residency program, and health professional in training across the nation! But we cannot do this alone. We can only subsist as an organization and continue this important work with your dedicated support.
Please consider contributing to FACTS TODAY. Your gifts not only make our conferences possible but will also enable us to continue to offer scholarships for medical and other health professional students to attend.
Thank you for making a difference so women and couples can learn and benefit from FABMs!
Thank You Speakers and Organizers!
Successful events result from meticulous planning, an investment of time and resources, and teamwork. We want to thank everyone who played a role in this successful endeavor, including Emilee Reinholz, FACTS conference coordinator, Jessica Davidson, FACTS Speaker and volunteer coordinator, and our media team (Barri Burch, Alison Contreras and Janet Garcia).
We are especially grateful to our speakers as well as our exhibitors, sponsors and all who attended the conference. We encourage you to share what you learned with your patients, friends, families, and colleagues and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our blog If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at one of our upcoming conferences, please email us today!