Nourishing Your Postpartum Body

By Amanda Rohwedder. Original version published in Family Foundations. Edith Stein said that a woman “naturally seeks…to cherish, guard, protect, nourish and advance growth…” and referred to this as a maternal yearning within every woman. The postpartum woman has a particular instinct to cherish, guard, protect, and nourish her child, but she would do well…

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Living with PCOS

By Kara Storey. Original version published in Family Foundations. When Jamie and Nicole tied the knot in 2013, they were excited, yet apprehensive, to start a family. Since her teens Nicole had experienced painful, irregular periods and had difficulty maintaining a healthy weight. In high school, a doctor took stock of her symptoms and diagnosed…

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What’s a Guy to Do? Postpartum

I tell all new fathers to take credit for the first nine months of being a dad, because, after birth, things get a lot harder. The actual birth was a great dad-highlight. I got to help our midwife catch our firstborn. We had taken Bradley Childbirth classes. We had read books. We were informed. We…

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Expecting the Unexpected: Perimenopause

Originally published in Family Foundations. Gini was 35 when she began experiencing cycle irregularity and spent the next several years hunting for clarity. Finally, at age 39, a blood test came back with the answer. Menopause. “Suddenly a lot of my other symptoms made sense!” she says. Perimenopause simply hadn’t been on her radar, in…

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Fertility Awareness and Finding Peace

Written by Grace Emily Stark From using everything possible to postpone pregnancy, to desperately trying anything to overcome infertility, our culture deeply misunderstands human fertility—and is addicted to the fight against it. As anyone who knows me will tell you, I am a planner, and I like to feel like I’m in control. Within days…

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Building the FSI Directory

Originally written by Annie Roettker and published in Family Foundations in January 2022. Couple to Couple League (CCL) has taken its experience teaching a scientifically based, all-natural fertility awareness method and combined it with other professionals’ gifts and talents centered around the same mission and created the Fertility Science Institute (FSI) and FSI Directory. FSI…

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Male Fertility and Estrogenics

Originally written by Marilyn Shannon For far too long, male fertility has been overlooked. Yet when it comes to fertility, the man’s reproductive function is equally as important as the woman’s. While estimates vary, recent data suggest that about 40 percent of infertility is due to male factors. The spinoff of this new research not…

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Making Sense of PCOS

Originally written by Marilyn Shannon Defined classically, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a reproductive dysfunction in which a woman ovulates infrequently or not at all because her ovarian follicles become arrested in their growth. The small follicles accumulate on her ovaries; hence the name. Besides the menstrual cycle disruption due to the arrested follicles, obesity…

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3 Reasons We All Need Our Own NFP Tribe & How To Find Yours

Living the natural family planning lifestyle can sometimes feel like a solo hike up a steep mountain. We start off excited, convicted (by the science and Church teaching), and as prepared as we can be for this beautiful endeavor. A few miles in, we are facing an unexpected obstacle, nursing an old bum knee, and…

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Hormonal Contraceptives

ovulation | ov u la tion: the discharge of a mature ovum (egg cell) from the ovary, into the fallopian tube for possible fertilization. It’s such a simple definition for a complex and beautiful process that could also be considered a monthly miracle of female biology, since it requires healthy anatomy, physiology, and hormone levels…

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