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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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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.
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Due to this edition having come out in 2006, some of the information is outdated.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.