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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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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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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Dealing with 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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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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