Thursday, 3 February 2011

Fertility Awareness.

Last year I talked about my non-existent menstrual cycle and I wish this was a post announcing there has been a shift. It isn't...but my friend recommended this book and I could not help but do a blog video praising it. If you choose to watch it I apologise already for the state of my bed in the background and for the amount of times I say the word 'brilliant.'

  • In sex education one thing we were not told is that there is only 3-4 days a month where we can fall pregnant. I always used to think that once we ovulated we could fall pregnant any time up until the period comes. How wrong was I to think that? And now I have a better understanding of why some people find it so frustrating to fall pregnant.
  • It illustrates how to chart your cycles brilliantly.
  • The fertility awareness method (FAM) teaches you that you are fertile when your cervical fluid is clear, there has been an increase in your body temperature for so many days and a change in feeling your cervix. The last part you do not have to do. The book explains you can be aware of your fertility by just your cervical fluid and basal temperature. If you do not present these fertile signs then you cannot fall pregnant.
  • You do not need to ingest any medication to do this. I think it is my favourite part about the FAM. 
  • The only disadvantage is to not 'swear by it' until you have practised for a couple of months. You need to be aware of your fertility and gain a better understanding of your cycle whether or not your trying for a baby. 
  • I love that this can be a way of life and that you can become so in tune with how your reproductive cycle works. From experience I know the most annoying thing about my cycle (or lack of!) is not knowing what is happening! This book has cleared up SO many questions and even though yes I have a fertility problem. I am not defined by it in any way, shape or form.
If you have any other questions email me or buy the book. It is designed for every woman of the reproductive age. It is around £12.00 or around about $16.00 in the US.


Eva said...

Isn't that an amazing book! I bought that a number of years ago when I was trying to get pregnant with Mackenzie. It put it all into perspective for me. I also had the lack there of cycles and it took 3 years for me to conceive Mackenzie. The book was a God send.

Laura Anne said...

Go Rebecca for talking about fertility! My colleague and I have looked into this kind of stuff, and I've been aware of it for a long time, but I wish it was taught more in schools, instead of what you say.

Steph{anie} said...

Yay for talking about fertility! As a felllow PCOS-er, I'm so nervous about the possibility of having difficulty conceiving someday, so I will have to grab this book and be prepared, just in case :)

Alex(andra) said...

You've convinced me. :) I've had way more problems since starting the pill than I had before, and there are many days I've just been completely fed up and wanting to stop taking it. So I'm definitely going to buy this and read it. Learn some good stuff. Maybe stop taking that stupid pill.

Callie Nicole said...

It is a great book! FAM is how I knew something was wrong with my cycles, and it helped me and Derek know when to try so we could get pregnant! I think all girls should be aware of their cycles, like the book talks about.

Holly said...

Hmm, I might have to read that too, actually! I remember your post about not having your period, and it resonated with me, because neither do I most of the time. :/

Kristen said...

Kudos to you Rebecca for talking about a subject that is so taboo!

I have this book and it helped me conceive my two bubbas. I have endometriosis and this really really helped!

*~Christine~* said...

Thanks for checking out my blog! I wanted to return the favor and check out yours. You seem like a really nice person with a lot of good things to say, and I'm glad you came across my blog!
This book looks interesting. I've never really liked the idea of putting pills into my body to help things, so I may check this out.

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