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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I found this method really liberating. We were using condoms and broke a few, and that's when my girlfriend started learning Fertility Awareness. It was nice not to have to wear a condom. I also liked it that she wasn't on The Pill. Because if you're spending a lot of time in the same bed and making love with someone, whether you consciously feel it or not, you're affected by what's happening in the other person's body. The Pill affects a woman's whole body, and makes her rhythm erratic. And if she's on The Pill, that affects me, and the chemical bonding that goes on between us. I haven't been in a relationship with a woman who uses Fertility Awareness for almost ten years. I try to bring up the method if I'm getting close with someone. I bring it up very casually, because most women don't want to be told about it by a man. It's me talking about something I appreciated about a very intimate part of a previous relationship. So it's hard for me to squeeze it in tactfully. It's the only relationship I've been in where the woman used it; and I still prefer it to anything I've experienced. I still remember the method made us more imaginative during fertile times, and that made our sex life better.