- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Perennial; 1st edition (July 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060950536
- ISBN-13: 978-0060950538
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
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Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control and Pregnancy Achievement Paperback – July, 1995
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This comprehensive book explains in lucid, assured terms how to practice the fertility awareness method (FAM), a natural, scientifically proven but little-known form of birth control (which is not to be confused with the woefully ineffective "rhythm" method). Author Toni Weschler has been teaching fertility awareness for almost 20 years, and it's only just now gaining in popularity. As the book explains, by using simple fertility signs including peaks in morning body temperature and changes in cervical position and cervical mucus, it's possible to determine when ovulation is taking place. Fertility awareness is therefore useful for not only couples who are trying to conceive, but for those who are aiming to avoid pregnancy without the use of chemical contraceptives. It will be of special interest to those women who have suffered from infertility; many FAM practitioners have told the author that by filling in the detailed charts in the book, they've realized that they were chronically miscarrying, even when their doctors told them they weren't conceiving at all. As the book explains, by charting body temperature, it's simple to tell when pregnancy has occurred--and when there's danger of miscarriage. Taking Charge of Your Fertility also explains how to choose the sex of your baby by timing intercourse according to certain fertility signs. It also features thorough, easy-to-understand explanations of hormones, the menstrual cycle, and menopause, along with fertility tests and treatments and their long- and short-term side effects, plus a topnotch resource section. Recommended for any woman who wants to better understand her body. --Erica Jorgensen
This beautifully written guide to a woman's fertility signs....packed with knowledge, wisdom, humor a must for the bookshelf. -- Co-authors of The New Our Bodies, Ourselves
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No more messing with your hormones or devices or irritants.
You know exactly what's going on with your fertility.
You can see if you have a thyroid problem (temps in the 96's or lower range).
You will be able to time things for a girl or boy with a good degree of accuracy.
You can tell if you in fact did get pregnant.
You'll have less opportunities for intimacy, especially if you follow the rules very conservatively.
Intimacy during the safest times will be the times you are least interested (interest is highest during peak fertility).
It will take some getting used to.
I think the best part about it is honestly just understanding my body and feeling totally in control of the pregnancy risk. Cannot recommend this book enough for any person with ovaries who is or may be in a relationship with a person with testes.
So, a year later, when we were planning to try, I bought this book and read it like it was biology homework. I found it really interesting and started charting my cycles. I was surprised to discover that I had normal symptoms of ovulation, despite my cycles being extra-long since I was a teenager. That alone was encouraging.
Well, we tried, and I was pregnant on the first cycle of trying. I realize that this is not the case for everyone, but I really feel that the information in this book helped me. I'm also glad to know more about my personal reproductive cycle beyond just knowing when my last period was. There is so much good information for women to know about their bodies, whether we're trying to get pregnant or not. For example, the information about traditional due date tables vs. calculating due date by last ovulation was empowering. My ultrasounds have confirmed the date I conceived, which was 20 days into my cycle (this matched my chart), not the traditional 14 they normally go by.
Due to this edition having come out in 2006, some of the information is outdated. There was a recent study that the methods described for determining the sex of your baby (which the author points out herself only improve your chances for conceiving a child of the sex you want by a very small percentage) don't bear out statistically at all. Also, the charting software (disc) included with the book is outdated and likely won't run on your computer. I also think the author could have gone farther in emphasizing the importance of starting pre-natal vitamins before trying to to conceive. She does mention it, but this is a pretty important step to take and it's mentioned on only briefly in passing.
Anyway, this book is well worth a read, and overall I found it very encouraging. I plan on recommending it to any of my friends who are thinking of having babies.
Yes, at first it can be overwhelming, but once you understand it and you chart for a month or two, you realize, the author is right, there are so many shortcuts...and it all becomes so easy!
It's all a matter of: taking your morning temperature several days a month and also analyzing your vaginal discharge. You can also check your cervix but I don't bother with that. Analyzing your discharge has never been so interesting and fun! It never occured me to me that there are different types of discharge, I didn't realize that it actually had a meaning! I just went to the bathroom and had all this slippery, stretchy discharge coming out. It was so much that even the toilet paper was soaked. From analyzing my discharge the past few days, I KNOW that today I am ovulating and that tomorrow my temperature will go up. It's really great to KNOW YOUR BODY, what it's doing and WHY.
I feel a new sense of confidence because I finally understand my body! I am so thrilled that I no longer have to take cancer causing birth control just to prevent pregnancy. Also, I'm so glad I can enjoy sex again!! Birth control completely killed my libido. My only criticism of the book is--it suggests you do Kegel exercises AS you urinate. But stopping the flow of urine can cause urinary tract infections.
I SO look forward to passing this onto my daughter.