What’s a Guy to Do? Postpartum

I tell all new fathers to take credit for the first nine months of being a dad, because, after birth, things get a lot harder. The actual birth was a great dad-highlight. I got to help our midwife catch our firstborn. We had taken Bradley Childbirth classes. We had read books. We were informed. We…

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Expecting the Unexpected: Perimenopause

Originally published in Family Foundations. Gini was 35 when she began experiencing cycle irregularity and spent the next several years hunting for clarity. Finally, at age 39, a blood test came back with the answer. Menopause. “Suddenly a lot of my other symptoms made sense!” she says. Perimenopause simply hadn’t been on her radar, in…

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Fertility Awareness and Finding Peace

Written by Grace Emily Stark From using everything possible to postpone pregnancy, to desperately trying anything to overcome infertility, our culture deeply misunderstands human fertility—and is addicted to the fight against it. As anyone who knows me will tell you, I am a planner, and I like to feel like I’m in control. Within days…

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Male Fertility and Estrogenics

Originally written by Marilyn Shannon For far too long, male fertility has been overlooked. Yet when it comes to fertility, the man’s reproductive function is equally as important as the woman’s. While estimates vary, recent data suggest that about 40 percent of infertility is due to male factors. The spinoff of this new research not…

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Making Sense of PCOS

Originally written by Marilyn Shannon Defined classically, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a reproductive dysfunction in which a woman ovulates infrequently or not at all because her ovarian follicles become arrested in their growth. The small follicles accumulate on her ovaries; hence the name. Besides the menstrual cycle disruption due to the arrested follicles, obesity…

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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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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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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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