Charting in the First Year

Charting in the first year of marriage as a couple can be tricky. On top of combining two lives into one, you now also get to start using NFP and charting ‘for real’ together. It’s a great time for the husband to take over inputting the data onto the chart or app each day. The…

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Difficulties Diagnosing Hypothyroidism

The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of the neck, just below the Adam’s apple. The thyroid gland makes two main hormones: thyroxine (T-4) and triiodothyronine (T-3). Hypothyroidism happens when the thyroid gland doesn’t make enough hormones.   In Marilyn Shannon’s book Fertility, Cycles and Nutrition, she lists signs of low thyroid…

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Natural Relief for Premenopausal Bleeding

Many NFP users call the fertility coaches at Fertility Science Institute (FSI) with special problems and circumstances that even their doctors may not be familiar with in the context of NFP and the fertility experts we have on the coaching staff at FSI are always happy to help. One such consulting call came from a…

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Dads, Daughters and Fertility Awareness

My dad has two sons, so I always had first-hand experience being a father to boys. When my first daughter was born, I wasn’t sure I knew what to do. I was still figuring out women at the time, having only been married 3 years, but I quickly learned that figuring out women would be…

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You Can Have Better Charts & Cycles!

Natural Family Planning and Responsible Parenthood go hand and hand.  However, the virtuous practice of Responsible Parenthood, or discerning whether to abstain or achieve a pregnancy, can be more ambiguous if you are having difficulty charting your cycles.  Here are 3 ways that Fertility Science Institute coaches can help you with your use of NFP…

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Tips for Energizing Your Busy Lifestyle

Feeling sluggish? Need an energy boost? The foods you consume have a huge impact on how alert you feel, how much focus you have, and how energetic you are throughout the day.  One of the biggest factors in how foods affect your body is their glycemic index. The higher the glycemic index (GI) of a…

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Morning Sickness: Common Sense Self-Care

Author Marilyn Shannon offers pregnant women common sense self-care strategies that can help reduce morning sickness. In her booklet, Managing Morning Sickness, Marilyn, along with her daughter, Rosemary Shannon Imrick, who ‘field-tested’ of some of the suggestions, draws from medical research, her counseling experience, and her understanding of human physiology and shows that taking vitamins…

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The Lowdown on Caffeine and Fertility

Taken from Fertility Cycles and Nutrition by Marilyn Shannon Caffeine is a good slave but a bad master. When you use it only occasionally or in moderation, it provides a lift that many people enjoy. However, it affects the nervous system, and can cause anxiety and irritability. It can deprive you of a good night’s…

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Study Shows Connection of NFP and Odds of Divorce

By Jim Volpe. Originally published in Family Foundations. One of the many important endeavors that CCL has been working on throughout its history has been to establish NFP in the scientific community as a respectable option for family planning. Mike Manhart, Ph.D. and co-author, Richard Fehring, Ph.D, RN, FAAN from Marquette University took a big…

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Spring Foods to Fuel Your Cycle

By Amanda Rohwedder. Adapted from the original Family Foundations article. The weather is getting warmer, flowers are starting to bloom, seeds are being planted, and farmer’s markets are opening – spring is here and summer is on the way! What grows seasonally in spring that we can take advantage of to fuel our bodies? Each…

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