I definitely did not plan my content schedule very well this summer. Here it is Friday and I realized that I did not get a post about Natural Family Planning / Fertility Awareness Methods up.
Ya’ll I’m not a doctor and there are a billion people must more educated than I on this subject, but I’m passionate about women and women’s health. The genetically female body is not the same as the genetically male body and it shouldn’t be treated the same and it definitely is NOT a problem to be fixed. Also, the effects of long term use just aren’t worth it. I mean let’s be honest after menopause a woman is at higher rick for a heart attack anyway, why increase that risk or make it potentially happen sooner in life?
Now, this doesn’t mean that I am against birth control. I firmly believe that it has its’ place in the medical world but it shouldn’t be treated as the end all be all of fertility care because it doesn’t actually fix anything. It can help treat the symptoms of hormonal imbalances, PCOS, and Endometriosis. But it can’t fix the underlying problem. If the amount of time, money, and energy that we put into making sure men can get erections was spent on actually helping women’s reproductive health than suppressing it, we’d be in a far better state than we are.
Also, if your goal is to not have a menstrual cycle or NEVER have children, these resources probably aren’t for you but don’t be afraid to check them out either.
- Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler, MPH.
- A Couple’s Guide to Fertility: Symptopro Fertility Education by Rose Fuller
- Bella Natural Womens’ Care Clinic (There are clinics like this around, you just have to search for them — the more people ask for them the more that will show up)
- APP | Lily (Highly Suggest Purchasing the Premium Version)
- PODCAST EPISODE | Truth About BC & The Marquette Method
- PODCAST EPISODE | Love, Sex, and Orgasms
- PODCAST EPISODE | Theology of the Body with Christopher West
- Managing Your Fertility
This isn’t an expansive list, and obviously it’s pretty Catholic based because that’s the circles I roll in. But it’s not just Catholics who are talking about this, we just might be the loudest about it. You don’t have to be a part of a couple or thinking about having kids right this second to be looking at this either. Your fertility is a natural way to check in with your health as well, especially if you’re using Symptom-Based methods. And after a little bit of instruction and practice, the method you choose can be as free as you want it to be. And the best part if you’re not trying to get pregnant, this can be just as effective as hormonal birth control & barrier methods. (I’m all for being open to life but I know there are circumstances that aren’t viable and people who just do not want children)