Taking Charge of Your Fertility goes way beyond health class to teach women exactly what is occurring in their bodies during every phase of menstruation. With humor and understanding, Weschler strikes just the right tone, making her subject matter immensely interesting and never too dull or complicated. If you’ve ever wondered exactly when in your cycle you could get pregnant, when you were going to get your period, or what certain health symptoms indicated, this book demystifies it all.
This book should be required reading for every woman. Whether you’re trying to get pregnant, dissatisfied with your current form of birth control, or just want to understand your body better, Taking Charge of Your Fertility explains how to chart your cycle so that you can identify when you ovulate, when you’re fertile, and when to expect your period. Not only does this information empower women to take control of their fertility, it allows women to identify any unusual symptoms that could indicate health problems.
Weschler teaches women how to use the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM), or Natural Family Planning, to achieve or avoid pregnancy. It’s important to note that FAM is not the same thing as the “rhythm method.” The rhythm method is ineffective due to its assumption that all women have a 28-day cycle, which is simply not the case. FAM teaches you how to read symptoms naturally produced by your own body — symptoms that reveal a wealth of information about your individual cycle and gynecological health.
This book changed my life. Uncomfortable with the idea of continuing to take birth control pills indefinitely, I needed a new form of birth control that didn’t involve synthetic hormones or risky surgery. I’ve been using FAM for more than two years now. Practiced correctly and diligently, it works. It’s a shame that topics such as menstruation continue to be largely taboo in our society, and that many women don’t fully understand how their own bodies work. This book is empowering, and I recommend it every chance I get.
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