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Taking Charge of Your Fertility Summary – Toni Weschler

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Taking Charge of Your Fertility (1995)
The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health

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Taking Charge of Your Fertility is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand female fertility, maximise conception or learn about chemical and device free methods of contraception - by women's health educator and author, Toni Weschler. (536 pages)

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Taking Charge of Your Fertility Summary

This Publisher’s blurb comes from the 2015 paperback edition of Taking Charge of Your Fertility

“This new edition for the twentieth anniversary of the groundbreaking national bestseller provides all the information you need to monitor your menstrual cycle—along with updated information on the latest reproductive technologies

Are you unhappy with your current method of birth control? Or demoralized by your quest to have a baby? Do you experience confusing signs and symptoms at various times in your cycle? This invaluable resource provides the answers to your questions while giving you amazing insights into your body.

Taking Charge of Your Fertility has helped literally hundreds of thousands of women avoid pregnancy naturally, maximize their chances of getting pregnant, or simply gain better control of their gynecological and sexual health. Toni Weschler thoroughly explains the empowering Fertility Awareness Method (FAM), which in only a couple of minutes a day allows you to:

  • Enjoy highly effective and scientifically proven birth control without chemicals or devices
  • Maximize your chances of conception before you see a doctor or resort to invasive high-tech options
  • Expedite your fertility treatment by quickly identifying impediments to pregnancy achievement
  • Gain control and a true understanding of your gynecological and sexual health

This new edition includes:

  • A fully revised and intuitive charting system
  • A selection of personalized master charts for birth control, pregnancy achievement, breastfeeding, and menopause
  • An expanded sixteen-page color insert that reflects the book’s most important concepts
  • Six brand-new chapters on topics including balancing hormones naturally, preserving your future fertility, and three medical conditions all women should be aware of

Taking Charge of Your Fertility Contents

There are six main parts with 25 main chapters (including the introduction and epilogue) and 3 main appendices in Taking Charge of Your Fertility

– MAIN CHAPTERS –

Introduction

Part One – Breaking Fertile Ground: Toward a New Way of Thinking

1. Fertility Awareness: What You Should Know and Why You Probably Don’t 2. Taking Control of Your Reproductive Health

Part Two – Rediscovering Your Cycle and Your Body

3. There’s More to Your Reproductive Anatomy Than Your Vagina
4. Finally Making Sense of Your Menstrual Cycle
5. The Three Primary Fertility Signs
6. How to Observe and Chart Your Fertility Signs

Part Three – Being Proactive With Your Health

7. Anovulation and Irregular Cycles
8. Three Prevalent Conditions All Women Should Be Aware Of: Ovarian Cysts, Endometriosis, and PCOS
9. Natural Ways to Balance Your Hormones
10. Now That You Know: Preserving Your Future Fertility

Part Four – Natural Birth Control

11. Natural Birth Control Without Chemicals or Devices
12. Shortcuts: Minimum Charting with Maximum Reliability

Part Five – Pregnancy Achievement

13. Maximizing Your Chances of Getting Pregnant
14. Practical Tips Beyond Fertility Awareness
15. What Next? Tests and Treatments That May Be Necessary to Get Pregnant
16. Dealing with Miscarriages
17. Idiopathic Infertility: Some Possible Causes When They’re Not Sure Why

Part Six – Beyond Fertility: Practical Benefits of Charting Your Cycle

18. Maintaining Your Gynecological Health
19. Causes of Unusual Bleeding
20. Appreciating Your Sexuality and Nurturing Your Relationship
21. Premenstrual Syndrome: You Mean It’s Not All in My Head?
22. Demystifying Menopause
23. Enriching Your Self-Esteem Through Knowledge About Your Body

Epilogue — A History of Progress: Women’s Health and the Missing Piece of the Puzzle

– APPENDICES –

I. Basic Information for All Readers

A. Troubleshooting Your Cycle: Expecting the Unexpected
B. Frequently Asked Questions
C. The Menstrual Cycle: A Summary of Events Through the Use of the Proverbial 28-Day Model

II. Natural Birth Control

D. The Contraceptive Effectiveness of Natural Birth Control
E. The Difference Between Natural Methods of Birth Control
F. Birth Control Rules When You Can Only Chart One Fertility Sign
G. Checking Cervical Fluid Internally Before Ovulation
H. Tricky Coverlines
I. Using FAM While Breastfeeding
J. Using FAM During Long Cycles and Phases of Anovulation

III. Pregnancy Achievement

K. A Brief Look at Gender Selection
L. How to Research Fertility Clinics

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