Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health (Revised Edition) - Toni Weschler

(recommended by good buddy Elizabeth Wirth)
I approached the world of Natural Family Planning (NFP) and the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM) with great trepidation almost two years ago. After all, I'm not Catholic, and with my being in medical school there is much at stake in reproductive occurrences. However, I was getting tired of going to doctors and pharmacies and swallowing pills (okay, maybe it was mainly because I'm cheap). When I read Liz's article in RQ, things started to come together, and I started making timid little noises to my husband about giving NFP a shot. He demonstrated his support by giving me this book for Valentine's Day. It is now a near-constant presence on my bedside table. Even though I'm nearly an MD, I still learned some things I didn't know about how my body works. NFP, used properly by a motivated couple, is just as effective as those pills! Weschler doesn't offer value judgments - she simply presents factual information that any woman can use whether she wants to get pregnant or not. (And yes, even though I have yet to get pregnant despite trying for a few months, I still believe wholeheartedly in these methods.) Oh, and in case you're curious: the only thing that makes FAM different from NFP is the use of barrier methods during those fertile times.

Fed to robyn's brain | October 02, 2002