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The Garden of Fertility: A Guide to Charting Your Fertility Signals to Prevent or Achieve Pregnancy--Naturally--and to Gauge Your Reproductive Health Paperback – April 22, 2004
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In Garden of Fertility, Katie Singer dovetails step-by-step instructions, including excellent sample charts and diagrams on how to gauge fertility patterns, with fascinating testimonials. This is much more than a how-to book; it presents a model of relationships that partake in the natural rhythms of the earth and moon. In many of the book's testimonials, women describe how participation in Fertility Awareness helped them achieve an unexpected sense of femininity at once peaceful and strong. Even more moving are the remarks of men, who describe an increased sense of belonging in the reproductive process, and increased closeness to their partners when they are aware of fertility patterns in a relationship. One important benefit of joint participation in Fertility Awareness is increased communication between partners.
Singer does not ignore the influence of diet on reproductive health. Happily, her advice is based on the teachings of Weston Price. She explains the fundamental importance of fat-soluble vitamins A and D, as well as vitamin E, iodine and zinc for reproductive health. Dietary suggestions include cod liver oil, egg yolks, butter, liver, seafood and lard. She also warns against commercial vegetable oils, trans fats, sugar, white flour, soy, caffeine and foods grown with pesticides.Read more ›
So I went to the book store and bought The Garden of Fertility.
I have read it and re-read it. I've discovered that FAM is NOT the rhythm method. The rhythm method is based on average days of ovulation, which few women fit into. FAM is based on YOUR OWN CURRENT, RELIABLE SYMPTOMS TO KNOW YOUR FERTILE DAYS.
I thought at first that charting my temp would be a pain and that I'd be too squeamish to check cervical mucus. These things have turned out to be a breeze, and I have a comfort with my body that I've never know before. I LOVE to chart, it tells me so much other than when I am ovulating (the book will explain).
Not only is this book good for preventing pregnancy, but when it is time to make babies, we'll know the fertile days.
The book also has great information about improving your reproductive health (nutrition, night-lighting, etc.).
I wish I'd discovered this book earlier. It has changed my view of birth control in so many ways...
I think this book is a fantastic resource for non-Catholics wanting to learn this tool. The Catholic organizations that are the main teachers of FA/NFP couch this information (naturally) within Catholic theology on marriage and sex. "The Garden of Fertility" teaches FA in a totally secular way and shows why any woman in any situation should be interested in learning this tool. As an example, she quotes lesbians who use FA, even though they obviously aren't interested in
conceiving or preventing pregnancy.
I also enjoyed the sections about strengthening and improving your gynecological health through diet and other natural means. I think she is right on the money that poor diet and overuse of pharmaceuticals are the root of many women's problem cycles. And you will KNOW when you have problem cycles by looking at your charts!
Highly recommended! Thank you for making this information available to all women.
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excellent and complete information for women to (re)connect with themselves, understand the miraculous functioning of our female body, assist its processes, guide our body to get... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Maggie Boogaart
Very helpful to learn abt your body. Helped me to learn how to chart and know i know when I ovulate. Have had 2 pregnancies!Published 16 months ago by Robyn Flint
Clear and concise. Takes the confusion out of keeping track of cycles.Published 20 months ago by A.B.
I was a bit taken a back by all tge details to note daily. Breastfeeding makes it more so. But this book highlights how easy it is.Published on March 9, 2014 by Dig
I have read up to Chapter 2, and the information is beyond helpful! I will update my review once I have seen the results. Read morePublished on January 30, 2013 by Krystle A Lopez
This book is very enlightening. I learned so much about my body! I could not put it down and ended up reading the entire thing in one day. Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by Ellen
I am extremely happy with this book and feel like I have such an advantage from learning everything I did. Read morePublished on May 4, 2012 by Stevi B