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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What is Fertility Awareness, and how is it different from (and superior to) the Rhythm Method? How is FA different from Natural Family Planning?

What is the primary form of birth control in this country?

In brief, how can a woman tell when she is fertile and infertile?

What's the basic difference between male and female fertility?

When its rules are followed, Fertility Awareness is virtually as effective as the Pill. Why would a woman choose FA over the Pill or other methods of birth control? How does being on the Pill make women more like men?

How are heterosexual relationships affected when Fertility Awareness is practiced? Why does this method, more than other forms of birth control, heighten awareness of the relationship between sexuality and fertility?

Could you explain the difference between ovulating and being fertile? Could you explain how it's possible for a woman to become pregnant as a result of intercourse during her period?

Can a woman become pregnant while breastfeeding? How do Western nursing styles differ from those of some indigenous cultures? What can Westerners learn from indigenous women about preventing pregnancy while nursing?

By charting her fertility signals, a woman can confirm that she's ovulating; and you quote several doctors who say that ovulation is a key indicator of a woman's overall health. What does not ovulating--or ovulating infrequently--indicate about a woman's health?

How can a fertility chart help a woman to know if she's at risk for thyroid problems, ovarian cysts, or miscarriage?

If a woman's not ovulating or if her cycles are otherwise irregular, what can she do to strengthen her cycles?

Fertility treatments are so popular now. What's your stance on them?

Women who chart their fertility signals know the basics of how their bodies work, and they can notice trends in their menstrual cycles before serious problems develop. This is the kind of stuff that makes for better, more informed health care. Yet most doctors aren't trained to read fertility charts. How is FA changing attitudes about health care?

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