Stress, Energy, and Fertility

Small Changes Make a Big Difference By Melissa Gorley, FSI Coach and Staff Writer. Stress. It saps energy and interferes with sleep, causing even more fatigue. Both stress and fatigue affect our fertility cycles because sexual hormone production decreases under stress and the influence of its hormone, cortisol. Without healthy hormones, ovulation can be delayed,…

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What to Know about Male Fertility and Vasectomies

By Fr Christopher Kubat Fr. Christopher Kubat is a priest of the diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska. He is pastor of St. Andrew Parish and St. Mary Parish. He received a BS in 1979 and a MD in 1983 at Creighton University. He later graduated from Mount Saint Mary Seminary in 1999 where he received a…

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Worrisome Trend: What to Know about Female Sterilization

By Dr Les Ruppersberger, M.D It is always good, when writing on a topic to define terms.  One such definition from a medical website is “Female sterilization is an operation to permanently prevent pregnancy. The fallopian tubes are blocked or sealed to prevent the eggs reaching the sperm and becoming fertilized.” (1) Note the words ‘permanently…

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Reducing Sugar for Better Energy and Less Painful Periods

Small Changes Make a Big Difference An occasional series on small but helpful changes for a healthier fertility awareness lifestyle.   By Melissa Gorley, FSI Coach and Staff Writer. Small changes made consistently make a real difference. Why is this?   One small change is doable. And sustainable. One small change often leads to another. Together, multiple…

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Fertility Charting for Health

By Anne Marie Williams. Adapted from the original Family Foundations article. Brian and Johanna’s Story While the average NFP or FABM user is a woman who, with her husband, is actively seeking to avoid or achieve pregnancy, one Ohio couple is capitalizing on the relevance of fertility awareness-based methods of natural family planning beyond pregnancy…

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Cooking Up Love at Mealtime

By Amanda Rohwedder. Adapted from the original Family Foundations article by Melissa Gorley. The most important ingredient in any recipe is love. When food is prepared with loving hands, it seems to taste better somehow. In my own life, cooking and sharing a meal with others has created friendships, nur­tured relationships, and cultivated deep conversations.…

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Infertility: A Physical and Emotional Health Matter

Written by Melissa Gorley. Adapted from Family Foundations article from Adam Storey. When Alex and Carmen Santamaria of Miami, Fla., were married in 2001, they discerned to postpone starting their family. After all, shortly after walking down the aisle Carmen enrolled in law school and the newlyweds knew Carmen would need to put her time…

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Living with PCOS (Part 2)

By Kara Storey. Original version published in Family Foundations. The first part of the article was posted on this blog post. Jackie, 32, of New Jersey describes the emotional and spiritual toll of PCOS as a “roller coaster.” It took years for the high school teacher to be diagnosed with the PCOS disorder. Noticing she…

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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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