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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To increase the effectiveness of condoms, know how to use them properly:

  • Before making love, have several condoms available.

  • Make sure their expiration date has not expired.

  • While applying the condom, keep the tip pinched to prevent an air bubble. Roll it down to the base of the penis.

  • Apply a water-based lubricant such as K-Y jelly on the outside of the condom (after it's on the penis) to prevent friction from breaking it. (Hand lotion and baby oil can encourage breakage, because they are oil-based.) For added pleasure and to prevent friction, you can continue to add K-Y jelly as needed throughout lovemaking.

  • If you have sex for more than 30 minutes, or if your partner ejaculates and you continue having genital contact, remove the old condom and apply a new one.

  • To remove a condom, do so soon after ejaculation. Hold the condom's rim against the base of the penis while withdrawing from the vagina. When removing the condom from the penis, keep the penis turned away from the vagina.

  • Wash hands and the penis before cuddling.

  • If a man has difficulty maintaining an erection while using a condom, he can learn to use one by masturbating with one on.