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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Bell, Ruth and members of the Teen Book Project, Changing Bodies, Changing Lives, 3rd Edition. Times Books, 1998. Co-authored by members of the Boston Women's Health Book Collective, this outstanding book (for young women and men) includes chapters called Changing Bodies, Changing Relationships, Changing Sexuality, Emotional Health Care, Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse, Living With Violence, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Protecting Yourself: Safer Sex and Birth Control, So You Think You Might Be Pregnant, and Changing Things.

Harris, Robie, and Michael Emberley, It's So Amazing: A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families, Candlewick Press, 2002. In a reassuring and age-appropriate tone, this book provides clear, accurate answers to nearly every conceivable question, while giving children a healthy understanding of their bodies. This author and illustrator also teamed up for It's Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex and Sexual Health, for ages 10 and up.

Hill, Julia Butterfly, The Legacy of Luna, Harper San Francisco, 2001. To prevent loggers from cutting down a 1000 year-old redwood, Julia Butterfly Hill was moved to climb the tree she named Luna; she lived in it for two years. Hill speaks eloquently about her love for the Earth, and consumers' roles in environmental degradation. The Legacy of Luna is inspiring for anyone 12 or older. Hill's new book, One Makes the Difference, encourages each of us to respect, rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle.

Schlosser, Eric, Fast Food Nation, Perennial, 2001. Schlosser outlines the economic structure of the fast food business, then describes what really goes into those famous cheeseburgers and tacos. I recently met a teenager who was reading this book for a course requirement, and he was riveted.

Tierra, Lesley, A Kid's Herb Book, Robert Reed Publishers, 2000. Connecting with the earth (i.e. through herbs) is a great way for children of all ages to begin learning the principles of Fertility Awareness! This outstanding book explains differences between herbs and weeds; gives recipes for making flower vinegar, compost, and simple medicinal teas; lists novels for kids who love herbs, and more. Tierra and her husband, Michael, are well known herbalists who've written numerous books for adults as well. Lesley is also an acupuncturist.

  • For Kids & Teenagers