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Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health Paperback – October 31, 2006
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About the Author
Toni Weschler, MPH, has a master's degree in public health and is a nationally respected women's health educator and speaker. She is also the author of Cycle Savvy, a book for teenage girls about their bodies. A frequent guest on television and radio shows, she lives in Seattle, Washington.
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While we were waiting for the adoption to go through, I came across this book on Amazon. I figured, what the hell, it's worth a try. I bought the book and read it in three days! I found a couple of excel charts online, and then altered them for our use. I highlighted the most important parts of the book for my wife to read. She said several times, "I never even heard of this stuff!" Even our long time family doctor didn't know most of this info.
We were pregnant after the third month! Yes, after trying for SEVEN years!!! Our beautiful baby boy is now seven months old and the joy of our lives.
GET THIS BOOK! There is HUGE money in keeping us ignorant on fertility.
A happy and proud Dad and Husband!
UPDATE - 6 Years Later: Having found this book changed the course of my childbearing life. I now have 3 children and have been able to confidently turn down health professionals when they want me to start taking hormonal birth control postpartum. We now practice Natural Family Planning, of which I've become an instructor; it is essentially using the methods in this book, just abstaining during the fertile period.
Note: Sperm really can live 5 days, and if there is some cervical mucous present (even characteristically non-fertile tacky/sticky), one can conceive from being together w/out a barrier 5 days out from ovulation.
This book is an enclopedia of the female reproductive system, but it's easy reading. With this method, it doesn't matter how unusual your cycles are - mine range from 30 to 120 days.
Other methods of natural planning are very narrow-minded: The "rhythm" method relies on counting days only. The Billings method relies only on cervical fluid. Typical NFP relies only on waking "basal" body temperatures. This book teaches you about all three, and how they work together to help you predict ovulation and understand your unique body and cycles.
If you don't think you're organized enough for natural family planning, because of the temperature and charting, DON'T LET THAT STOP YOU! (You still have to be organized enough to know where your pills are and take them every day!). The benefits are SO worth it.
The book does not set out to slam any un-natural type of birth control, it just helps you understand your body. However, the potential side effects of un-natural birth control are SO much more than the medical field will tell you (birth-defects, miscarriages, irritability, depression, emotional instability, and even unplanned pregnancies!) - I have sisters and friends that can attest to EACH of the above.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received this book as a gift when I got married in 2009 at the age of 38. My husband and I wanted to have children, but it was not the right time for us to start yet. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Major Mom
The best book on fertility, PERIOD. Several chapters are devoted to just understanding the timing of everything and how to get pregnant or avoid pregnant (natural family planning). Read morePublished 2 days ago by K.T.T.
Amazing book. Should be a required read for all youth to learn more about the female body. Takes some of the guesswork and stress out of fertility and really empowers you with... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Jessica N.
This book is super hyped on all the fertility and conception boards out there and I can see why. It is EXTREMELY thorough about all things fertility, which is great if you really,... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Tatino
Very informative. My mother tried to explain this to me when I was a teen but it's a good thing I bought this book because I didn't get all the details. Read morePublished 17 days ago by ashley demers
Great book! I've learned a lot and have been off the pill for 4 years now and love it!!! No crazy mood swings, no freaking out about being pregnant or missing a period, no acne, no... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Yulia Belysheva