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Taking Charge of Your Fertility

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Updated October 24, 2010

Taking Charge of Your Fertility
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There is something in this classic for everyone. Whether you're actively trying to conceive a baby or would rather not plan a family yet, you can learn how to accurately interpret your body's signals. By using the body awareness techniques you can cut the amount of time it takes to conceive a child. Watching your body’s signals will allow you to ensure that the time is “ripe” for a child. You can even see how you ovulate by using the charting rather than the guessing.
The instructions are very simple and easy to follow. There are great pictures provided, even in the cervical mucous category, showing you the different types of mucous. There are handy sample charts to allow you to read for practice and blanks that you can use to help you chart your own cycles.

Discussion of what can influence the fertility signals is also addressed. Everything from sleep/wake cycles to chemicals discussed at length so that you can add this data into your charts and appropriately account for them.

There are stories interspersed throughout the book for the couples and how they were able to achieve their goals with these instructions.

Knowing your body can also help you use this method to avoid pregnancy. More than 98% accurate when the rules are followed. This even works while breastfeeding and without the harmful chemicals that are sometimes used.

This is a great book for the beginner or the advanced practitioner of natural family planning.

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 5 out of 5
THE Book for NFP/TTC, Member maelli3

This book is like the NFP bible, in my opinion. When my husband and I decided that chemical birth control wasn't for us, someone recommended this book to us. It was in-depth and described exactly how to use the symptothermal technique of family planning. It gives illustrations that help identify different types of cycles and addresses issues such as irregular cycles and breastfeeding and charting. When we decided we were ready to TTC, we knew exactly what we were looking for, thanks to this book.

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