What’s an NFP Guy to Do to Support Fertility Awareness?

Pain Points In the software industry, we have a saying, “Run towards the pain.” In Business, after identifying a pain point, we exercise that process more until we find out what is wrong. Then we fix it. This is a great strategy with computers, but things are a bit different with humans. In a marriage,…

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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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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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Supporting Your Daughter on her Fertility Journey

By Bernadette Jones, FSI Coach and NFP Teacher Motherhood changes over time and the relationship with our children can be one of the most fulfilling experiences we will ever have. At first, it starts with the loving snuggles and the kisses on their foreheads. We become the ones they turn to when our kids want…

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Good Charting Habits Change Everything

By Bernadette Jones, FSI Coach and NFP Teacher I was inspired when a student challenged herself with the goal of making the fertile window as short as possible. This motivated her to chart consistently and accurately and minimizing mistakes that can add unnecessary days of abstinence (in this scenario of postponing pregnancy). Pursuing this goal…

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Charting, Fertility and Infertility

By Dr. Les Ruppersberger, DO, FACOOG In general, infertility is defined as not being able to get pregnant after one year of unprotected coital activity (TTC). Because fertility in women is known to decline steadily with age (women are born with all the eggs they will ever have and that number decreases with age), some…

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Fertility Charting for Health for Young Women

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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Talking to Your Daughter about Fertility 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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Helping Our Daughters Understand Fertility

Many parents, and I was one of them, dread having to have “the talk” as their child approaches puberty. We aren’t quite sure what to say about teen fertility awareness, and we fear what questions we may get. Looking back, I see that practicing fertility awareness helped my husband and me grow comfortable talking about…

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