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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Study Shows Connection of NFP and Odds of Divorce

By Jim Volpe. Originally published in Family Foundations. One of the many important endeavors that CCL has been working on throughout its history has been to establish NFP in the scientific community as a respectable option for family planning. Mike Manhart, Ph.D. and co-author, Richard Fehring, Ph.D, RN, FAAN from Marquette University took a big…

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Natural Fertility Tracking is Easy with PeakDay

By Melissa Gorely CCL ‘s trusted CycleProGo app has received a timely upgrade. From a graphic-based, more colorful design to new helpful features, the PeakDay app makes CCL’s scientifically based sympto-thermal method easier to use than ever. PeakDay’s customizable features meet the needs of all users – new students, teachers, and medical professionals – who…

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Choosing the Right NFP Method During Postpartum

By Elizabeth Timpe, Fertility Coach and CCL teacher. Congratulations you are a new mom! Sore, tired, and overjoyed you wonder if you are really allowed to leave the hospital with this new little human being. At delivery, you undergo the biggest drop of progesterone and estrogen your body has ever experienced. This drop stimulates the…

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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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Personalized Coaching for Couples in Postpartum

By Anne Marie Stroud, originally published in Family Foundations Magazine With all of the changes surrounding new life, a woman’s postpartum cycle can often be overlooked and misunderstood, leading to confusion and frustration. Rose MacKenzie shares with us why she’s passionate about helping postpartum couples regain confidence on their Natural Family Planning journey. Anne Marie:…

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12 Tips for Better Nutrition & Healthier Cycles

Small Changes for Better Fertility By Melissa Gorley, FSI Coach and Staff Writer with excerpts from Marilyn Shannon and Recipe from Amanda Rohwedder of Temple and Table. 1.Make protein the foundation of your meals. A diet rich in protein foods, vegetables, fruits, and grains, without sugary junk food, will naturally tend to stabilize blood sugar.…

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Protein and the Impact on Fertility

Small Changes for Better Fertility By Melissa Gorley, FSI Coach and Staff Writer with excerpts from Marilyn Shannon. What kinds of food choices contribute to regular cycles, better fertility, as well as postmenopausal health and even men’s health? The answer is very positive: The same choices that support high energy, a feeling of well-being, mental…

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Savor the Seasons for Fertility

By Amanda Rohwedder. Adapted from the original Family Foundations article. …yet, in bestowing his goodness, he did not leave himself without witness, for he gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, and filled you with nourishment and gladness for your hearts. Acts 14:17 I recently finished reading The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry and it…

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