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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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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.
You will be intimated by the size of the book, but don't be, it just has a large appendix. It really is an easy read. So far I've read the first 10 chapters. The most useful chapters relating to BC are 5, 6, 9, but I would recommend reading chapters 1-4 (or all of them).
The book references charts in the appendix that you can tear out and copy, however these are also available on their website if you don't want to tear anything out of the book.
Lastly, for some in their 20s, I find the book a little corny at times, but I'm not reading it for pleasure, just for the facts and instructions on how to avoid pregnancy. So don't let this deter you either.
ETA: I have now been married for a year and have been using the method taught in this book, plus a diaphragm or condoms during potentially fertile times, to avoid pregnancy (successfully.) When I got engaged and started charting more seriously, I downloaded an app called Sympto Plus developed by the non-profit SymptoTherm which is based in Switzerland. The app gives additional guidance in charting and applies the rules of the Symptothermal Method of Fertility Awareness to indicate when you are fertile and infertile. They also produce a PDF manual for it, which gives a lot of the same information as TCOYF. I think it might be more up-to-date than this version, though I don't have a copy of the recently published 20th Anniversary edition of TCOYF. They also have counselors who can help you with questions about charting-for a monthly fee.
I just want to let anyone reading this know that it's possible to avoid pregnancy without taking toxic hormones, and there are lots of resources available to help you get started. This book is a great place to start, but if you're confused or want more information, keep searching.
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.