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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Supporting Fertility Through Food

Sometimes fertility can feel very outside of our control – like something that happens to us, rather than for us. But our fertility is truly a gift and an invitation: an invitation to awareness of how our body responds to stress, to thoughts and emotions, as well as to the foods we eat. Fueling our…

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Period Problems

Just because a cycle seems normal doesn’t mean its healthy. There are self-help resources for problematic periods. Heavy bleeding? Try flax oil around the time of your period, 3-5 g/day starting 2-3 days before your period and continuing until it is over. This is usually enough to alleviate the problem. Painful cramps? A balanced diet…

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NFP: Backed by Solid Science

For most people learning NFP is a time of observing, recording, and trying to interpret so they can understand when they are fertile and when they are not. But NFP, or more accurately living the NFP lifestyle, is much more than observing fertility changes; it impacts our daily lives in ways that most of us…

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Infertility 201: Basic Information All Couples Should Know (Part 2)

From the Family Foundations archives. An excerpt from The Infertility Companion for Catholics: Spiritual and Practical Support for Couples, by Carmen Santamaria and Angelique Ruhi-Lopez, reprinted with permission from Ave Maria Press. Second Infertility Secondary infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant, or carry a pregnancy to term following the birth of one…

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Infertility 101: The Basic Information All Couples Should Know

From the Family Foundations archives. An excerpt from The Infertility Companion for Catholics: Spiritual and Practical Support for Couples, by Carmen Santamaria and Angelique Ruhi-Lopez, reprinted with permission from Ave Maria Press. What causes infertility? About a third of the time, infertility can be traced to a cause within the woman. In another third of…

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Self-Help for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Written by Marilyn Shannon From time to time I have been asked to offer nutritional suggestions for women who have contacted me about polycystic ovaries. Most often, their charts have displayed long to very long cycles, with less fertile mucus patches interspersed with more fertile mucus. The levels of the preovulatory and postovulatory temperatures have…

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Fatherhood and Good Habits for Fertility Health

How do we as fathers (or future fathers) set the foundation for the good health in our family? Eight years ago, I would have responded with “Eat right and exercise.” Yet, I had no idea how to do that in my day-to-day life. Before my marriage, my diet consisted mostly of microwaveable, highly processed “chicken…

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Help Talking to Your Daughter about Fertility Awareness and Cycles

We have taught natural family planning for 50 years now, and while much has changed one thing hasn’t: The most common response of the women in our classes is “Why haven’t I heard any of this before now?” They make a good point: Young women deserve to be introduced to fertility awareness! Especially with more…

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