Books about reproductive health, Fertility Awareness, and Natural Family Planning

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Garden of Fertility Book CoverHonoring Our CyclesIn her books, The Garden of Fertility (2004) and Honoring Our Cycles (2006), Katie Singerintroduces Fertility Awareness (also called Natural Family Planning).With these methods, a woman who charts her temperature and cervical mucus can know when she is fertile and infertile. A woman who charts her fertility signs can also know whether she is ovulating or miscarrying. You can learn remedies for problems like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and fertility.

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Billings, Evelyn and Ann Westmore, The Billings Method, Penguin Books-Australia, 2000. Australian physicians, Drs. John & Evelyn Billings began developing the Billings Ovulation Method in 1953. Ongoing research has continued since then, and currently the Billings Method is taught and used in 120 countries. Average method-effectiveness is 99.15% for avoiding pregnancy when couples are taught by a certified teacher, understand the method and follow the guidelines correctly. A mucus-only method of Natural Family Planning, their teachers tend to be practicing Catholics; classes and annual conferences are open to people of all faiths. (The book can be ordered in the US through the St. Paul address.) BOMA-USA, PO Box 16206, St. Paul, MN 55116; 651.699.8139.

Ehling, Dagmar and Katie Singer, "Gauging a Woman's Gynecological Health By Her Fertility Signals: An Introductory Integration of Western and Traditional Chinese Medical Perspectives." In Alternative Therapies, a peer-reviewed medical journal, November 1999. The Fertility Awareness Network (FAN) is a coalition of teachers in North America who offer classes and private consultations. Most teach the Sympto-Thermal Method, which combines observations of cervical mucus and waking temperature to prevent or achieve pregnancy. FAN members tend to be pro-choice, and several are also herbalists or naturopaths. Some members are available to speak with the media; some provide seminars for medical professionals. For a listing of FAN members, send a check for $5 to the Fertility Awareness Network, PO Box 1190, New York, NY 10009; 212.475.4490. Email: is a wonderful, British-based site about Fertility Awareness.

Glenville, Marilyn, PH.D., Natural Solutions to Infertility: How to Increase Your Chances of Conceiving and Preventing Miscarriage, M. Evans & Co., 2000. A British nutritionist presents nutritional information and environmental hazards that can affect male and female fertility. Health and Medicine Website Directory. Lists international organizations and sites that provide information about Fertility Awareness and Natural Family Planning; links to numerous other health-related sites are also provided. Founded in 1986 by Geraldine Matus, Justisse provides classes, private sessions and teacher-training in the Ovulation and Sympto-Thermal Methods from a non-sectarian perspective. Fertility Awareness is considered key to holistic health care. The website includes info about teacher-training, including the program's curriculum. Based in Edmonton, Alberta in Canada.

Kass-Annese, R.N., C.N.P., Barbara and Hal Danzer, M.D., The Fertility Awareness Handbook: The Natural Guide to Avoiding or Achieving Pregnancy, Hunter House, 1992. An excellent, concise guide to Fertility Awareness.

Kippley, John and Sheila, The Art of Natural Family Planning, 4th Edition. The Couple to Couple League, 1996. This guide presents thorough information about how to observe fertility signals to avoid or achieve pregnancy. It's available in Spanish. Please note that strong Catholic morals are woven throughout this text. Also, the CCL can refer you to a teacher in your area: 513.471.2000 and They publish a bimonthly journal, Family Foundations, which includes excellent medical information, stories from observant Catholic couples who use the method, and several pages translated into Spanish in each issue.

Lacey, Louise, Lunaception: A Feminine Odyssey into Fertility and Contraception, Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1975. After realizing that the Pill took her body out of balance, Lacey went off it, and learned how light affects a woman's cycles. By sleeping in complete darkness Days 1-13; with a 40 watt bulb on (throughout the night, mimmicking full moon light) Days 14-16; and then complete darkness again until her new cycle began, she was able to help her body restore its balance. Her fascinating story is no longer in print, but can be ordered for $11 (including postage) with a check to Louise Lacey, POB 489, Berkeley, CA 94701. The Museum of Menstruation documents the history of menstruation and the devices used to catch menstrual flow. Take the tour of this fascinating site!

Shannon, Marilyn, Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition: Can What You Eat Affect Your Menstrual Cycles and Your Fertility? 3rd Edition. Couple to Couple League International, 2001. Shannon provides easy-to-follow nutritional guides for dealing with PMS, infertility, pre-menopause, repeated miscarriages, male infertility, and more. This study about breastfeeding and return to fertility was conducted by two Couple to Couple League teachers.

Weschler, Toni, Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control and Pregnancy Achievement, revised. Quill, 2001. This book describes what happens during the menstrual cycle, how to observe and chart fertility signals, how to use charts for birth control or to maximize your chances of getting pregnant, and the practical benefits of charting. Weschler's book has brought Fertility Awareness into the mainstream more than any other.

Wilson, Mercedes Arzu, Love and Fertility, Familiy of the Americas Foundation, 1986. Wilson's book presents how charting cervical fluid (without the waking temperature) can be used to avoid or achieve pregnancy. Along with the other materials her organization offers (slide shows, charts with stickers), the book is excellent for teaching the method to women and couples who are not literate. Her materials are available in numerous languages. 800.443.3395.

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