Taking Charge Of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement and Reproductive Health by Toni Weschler

Taking Charge Of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement and Reproductive Health

Book title : Taking Charge Of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement and Reproductive Health
By : Toni Weschler
Category : Books,Textbooks & Study Guides,Medicine & Health Sciences
Wordcount : 152
Rating : 4.7
Publisher : Vermilion; Revised edition (8 May 2003)
Language : English
Paperback : 560 pages
isbn13 : 978-0091887582
Dimensions : 19 x 3.5 x 24.5 cm
Best seller rank : 820,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) 114 in Reproductive Medicine & Technology (Books) 1,921 in Pregnancy & Maternity (Books) 5,626 in Pregnancy & Childbirth (Books)
Salesrank : 820394

Are you unhappy with your current method of birth control? Or are you demoralized by your quest to have a baby? Do you also experience confusing signs and symptoms at various times in your menstrual cycle, but are frustrated by a lack of simple explanations? This invaluable resource will provide the answers to the questions while giving amazing insights into your own body. Taking Charge of Your Fertility has helped hundreds of thousands of women to get pregnant, avoid pregnancy naturally, or simply gain better control of their health and their lives. This book thoroughly explains the empowering Fertility Awareness Method, which in only a couple of minutes a day allows you to:-Maximise your chances of conception before you see a doctor, or expedite your fertility treatment by quickly identifying impediments to pregnancy achievement-Enjoy highly effective and scientifically proven birth control without chemicals or devices-Gain control of your sexual and gynaecological health

This is not just a guide to getting pregnant. It is about knowing your body without being embarassed. It is quite liberating to read this book and then be able to recognize exactly where you are in your fertility cycle. Too often, women are made to feel guilty or shamed about even looking at our bodies. It’s beyond imagination for some women to examine themselves or to ask questions about what exactly their bodies do. Weschler helps break this barrier and shows us why it’s critical to overcome the societal embarassment or reluctance.She makes a very good point: why is it that men are fertile all of the time, that women are fertile for just 5 days a month, yet the majority of birth control involves a woman taking a drug 30 days a month, or inserting a contraceptive device before every sexual encounter? Forget about the burden being placed on women (as long as we bear the children we will be ultimately responsible). Think about the ridiculousness of taking powerful hormonal drugs every day or having to use contraception when you’re not even fertile! The drug and contraceptive industries are having a field day!This book has three very distinct values:1. An essential part of every adolescent girl’s education about her changing body. This book will do more than almost anything else in preparing her for responsible sexual encounters, and will help her self esteem by getting rid of her trepidation about her body.2. Tool for avoiding pregnancy.3. Tool for achieving pregnancy.It boils down to three basic fertility signs: basal temperature, cervical fluid, and height of cervix. Once you read the book and become accomplished at tracking each of the three signs, you can put away the thermometer. Weschler urges you to track the basal temperature faithfully for several months. But, especially if you’re using the method as birth control, you can judge by the other two signs and safely avoid pregnancy. And it takes absolutely no extra effort or monitoring.Most of us have heard the jokes about natural family planning. Weschler discusses those criticisms and shows why this book is different and reliable.”Taking Charge of Your Fertility” will ease your mind and give you the confidence of being certain when you are fertile or not fertile.

As an engineer , I NEED To know how things work! Last time I got pregnant was a huge mystery, as I was convinced I couldn’t get pregnant that month (I was trying) since I was in scotland during my fertile time, and my hubby was at home. (No gutter thoughts please! 🙂 ). I ended up having what I thought was a delayed period, that only lasted 3 days and was very light. 3 weeks later I wasi n the throes of the worst sickness (which happened to coincide with an evening of drinking guinness – which I rarely do (drink, that is) these days). So after realizing this wasn’t beer induced, I thought – wow, I must have gotten pregnant a week early (as I thought that was my fertile period due to calendar counting). Turns out the fetus was 3 weeks older, so she was conceived at a time when I thought I wasn’t fertile. I dismissed this, and thought that maybe I just make fast-growing fetuses!Toni’s book helped me realize that I had delayed ovulation due to travel stress, and that I had conceived her a week before I saw what really was the implantation spotting. I was able to calc her due date, and it was on target with her EDD (though she was a month early and sized such that it was believable that she was pre-term).So here it is again – trying to conceive, and I use toni’s advice, and voila! I had delayed ov again due to the flu, and sure enough, a week after I had my temp shift, I had 2 days of light bleeding – and then 3 days past that, my aimstick is registering 2 pink lines!Thank you Toni for teaching me how I work!

This book is truly a one-of-a-kind resource. I highly recommend it to the parents who sign up for my parenting workshops. Like The Unofficial Guide to Having A Baby (the other fertility/pregnancy book I recommend a lot), it assumes that couples want to be armed with as many facts as possible so that they can make the best possible decisions during this momentous time in their lives. I think it was brilliant of Weschler’s publishers to include photos in the book. How else would we know what cervical mucus is supposed to look like! 🙂 I only wish I’d found these two books in the late 1980s when I was trying to conceive my first child and experiencing some fertility problems. I could have saved myself a lot of grief if I’d known then what I now know after reading these two books.

I bought Taking Charge of Your Fertility to help my attempts to get pregnant following a tentative diagnosis of endometriosis (I conceived my beautiful little son in the second month of trying!). I was amazed by the wealth of information not only on getting pregnant (or not) but also on all those mysterious changes that happen during the cycle. Whether pregnancy is an issue for you or not, every woman can benefit from a better understanding of her reproductive health.Everything is explained clearly, with very helpful illustrations including colour photographs of the different kinds of cervical fluids, and detailed discussions of “atypical” fertility cycles and what they mean.Although Weschler discusses using FAM to avoid pregnancy, she doesn’t lay on the guilt for couples who choose artificial methods. Rather, she gives you the information you need about to make a truly informed choice among the different options.

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