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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
It also explains the natural birth control method very well, so that the reader can start using it while reading the book. The charting method is very simple. By now there is already a free app available that makes charting even easier and faster (Kindara App). It's a very simple method that is effective if done correctly and responsibly. It takes time to make it a habit, but it is definitely worth it.
The book also explains why some women can't get pregnant, some appropriate solutions, and it also shows women how to determine when they are fertile to maximize success for achieving pregnancy.
Overall the information in the book is absolutely incredible. I can't believe that this has not been taught in school, therefore I think every girl and woman should read this book, just so they are given all the necessary and correct information about woman's fertility. It is very easy to read and easy to understand. There are many illustrations that help understand the concept of the natural birth control method, as well as when trying to achieve pregnancy. Different kind of conditions are explained, as well as their symptoms, and how some of them can be treated with a physician with the help of charting your cycles.
Great book and a must-read for all women!
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.
I plan to continue the fertility tracking method after the birth of my son to avoid additional pregnancies without going back on the pill, and we'll see then if her program is as effective for preventing pregnancy as it was for helping me get pregnant.
I bought my book from one of the Amazon Marketplace used sellers and had a great transaction experience.