Natural Family Planning (NFP): Users Speak Out

NFP Strengthened Our Marriage “Contraception had been distorting their view of each other.” Matt and Shannon met in college and quickly became serious. A non-practicing Catholic, Matt left the responsibility of managing their fertility to Shannon and the pill. When they became pregnant less than a year later, there were feelings of failure and blame. They married and after their daughter was born they turned to condoms. Intimacy became artificial and an act of duty. When they became pregnant again, their marriage was struggling. Then Matt and Shannon read a book that mentioned NFP, and Matt began to look into it seriously. Shannon resisted, believing all NFP families had 10 children and that it wouldn’t work with her irregular cycles. But when Shannon read … predictions that marital and societal problems would occur if contraception became the norm, this struck a chord and they took a CCL (Couple to Couple League) class. Shannon learned how to improve her cycles through nutrition and stress management. They became a team when it came to their fertility. Communication improved in all aspects of their marriage, strengthening it. During the next six years, they successfully postponed pregnancy while Shannon finished her degree… Three months after discerning that they no longer had just reasons to avoid pregnancy, their third child was conceived.     NFP Helped Us Postpone Pregnancy, Even With Serious Health Issues When Angela was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) the doctors told her the best treatment was the pill. After she and Jason became engaged, they learned NFP as part of their marriage preparation. They worked with a NaproTechnology physician...

Birth Control in Drinking Water: A Fertility Catastrophe in the Making?

Fish struggle to fertilize eggs three generations after exposure to contraceptive hormone, raising questions about the effects on humans. A recent report from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found that birth-control hormones excreted by women, flushed into waterways and eventually into drinking water can also impact fish fertility up to three generations after exposure — raising questions about their effects on humans, who are consuming the drugs without even knowing it in each glass of water they drink. The survey, published in March in the journal Scientific Reports, looked at the impact of the synthetic hormone 17a-ethinylestradiol (EE2), an ingredient of most contraceptive pills, in the water of Japanese medaka fish during the first week of their development. While the exposed fish and their immediate offspring appeared unaffected, the second generation of fish struggled to fertilize eggs — with a 30% reduction in fertilization rates — and their embryos were less likely to survive. Even the third generation of fish had 20% impaired fertility and survival rates, though they were never directly exposed to the hormone. “This study shows that even though endocrine disruptors may not affect the life of the exposed fish, it may negatively affect future generations,” said lead author of the study Ramji Bhandari, a USGS visiting scientist and University of Missouri assistant research professor. “If similar trends were observed in subsequent generations, a severe decline in overall population numbers might be expected by the F4 generation.” Conducted by scientists at the USGS and the University of Missouri, the research also examined the effect of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in plastics that has been...

2014 – 2012: Pregnancy / Nutrition / Miscarriage / Age & Fertility

 Find More Information Regarding Pregnancy, Human Development, and Breastfeeding, visit "PREGNANCY" in Left Menu…   NEW! What Science Tells Us About the Unborn Why Do Babies Laugh? New Research Sets Out Find the Cute and Adorable Answers New Smart-Phone "Appcessory" Allows Moms to Hear Unborn Child's Heartbeat Birth Rates for Females Aged 15–19 Years, by Race/Ethnicity — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2007 and 2012 Facinating Video Shows Conception to Birth Visualized Breathtaking Pictures Capture the Miracle of Birth, First Moments Outside Womb 3-D Plastic Models Let You See Face of Unborn Baby Before Birth The Developmental Milestones Reached by the Unborn Child at 20 Weeks Open-Womb Surgery Treats Unborn Baby’s Hydrocephalus The Fetal Brain and Fetal Pain: Congressional Testimony 3 Minute, 24 Seconds Video “Voyage” Depicts Amazing Development of Unborn Children Research: Unborn Babies Recognize, Process Speech at 29 Weeks Study: Babies Can Read Each Others’ Moods by Five Months of Age Unborn Babies Learn Amazing Things Like Taste and Scent in the Womb Babies In Womb Make Faces & Complex Expressions, Study Shows Fascinating Discovery Shows Unborn Baby’s Cells Go to Mom’s Brain Stunning New Process Creates 3-D Model of Your Unborn Child Amazing 4-D Ultrasound Captures Baby Yawning in the Womb What’s Behind the U.S. Fertility Drop? “Pretty Spectacular” Images of Fetal Development Available as iBook Infant Mortality Rate in Alabama Falls to an All-Time Low in 2011 Healthy Teeth Help Moms Get Pregnant, Fight Low Birth-Weight Deliveries Links to Zinc: Nutrition Expert Finds Tie Between Trace Mineral, Birth Weights Amazing BBC Video Shows Development of Human Face in the Womb Babies in Womb Pick...

Moving Forward in Women's Health

Over the past 28 years a new women's health science called NaPro Technology has been evolving which has and continues to revolutionize the health care of our families. Developed by Dr. Thomas Hilgers [dir, Inst for the Study of Human Reproduction, Omaha, NE], his detailed research now confirms what those of us involved in this approach to health care have known for a long time. The 23rd annual meeting of the American Academy of Fertility Care Professionals listed many of the breakthroughs all meticulously described in Dr. Hilgers' 1,300 page medical textbook, which is filled with extensive research and data. Much of this research has been gathered over the past few decades from women who have learned to chart their fertility cycle utilizing the Creighton Model Fertility Care System. It is this systematic way of charting which unleashes the power of the cycle, helping physicians determine, for example, the most opportune times to target reproductive hormone levels. Eliminating any guesswork, appropriate treatment and interventions can then be instituted at the best time. Consider the following regarding NaPro Technology: ** It is 2 to 3 times more successful than in vitro fertility at healping infertile couples have children — at a fraction of the cost. ** It is 79 percent effective at helping women have a successful pregnancy after they have suffered repetitive miscarriages. ** Remarkably, it can help women learn they are at risk for a miscarriage even before it has occurred. ** NaPro Technology is 95 percent effective at treating post-partum depression, which afflicts as many as 1 in 5 new mothers, often getting positive results within hours....

IVF Alternatives, Naturally

Couples Ask: What's Wrong with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)? CA attorneys Anthony and Stephanie Epolite found out the hard way that in vitro fertilization (IVF) wasn't all it's cracked up to be. After years of marriage, and facing her 39th birthday still without a baby, Stephanie turned to a fertility clinic. Two years and  $25,000 later, the couple had nothing but frustration and embarrassment to show for the time spent on IVF. "We were emotionally, financially and spiritually spent," Stephanie said. "The clinic did no diagnostic tests. They loaded me up with fertility medication and determined the right time for retrieval of my eggs." But, after the retrieval and the mixing of the eggs with Anthony's sperm in the lab, still no embryo developed. "In the end, they told me I just had old eggs," she said… According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, infertility affects more than 6 million American women and their spouses, or about 10 percent of the reproductive aged population. About 5 percent of infertile couples use IVF…. Studies suggest that children made through IVF have an elevated risk of birth defects. "Studies have shown a six-fold elevated risk for in vitro fertilization children contracting an eye disease called retinal blastoma versus normally conceived babies", noted Tad Pacholczyk [dir, NCBC, Philadelphia]. "In vitro fertilization is very unnatural. You're extracting ova from the woman, culturing them and inspecting the developing embryo in a laboratory setting. They are in a completely unnatural environment for a very long time before they are put back into the womb"… Dr. Thomas Hilgers has devoted his life to the study...