Disclaimer: Men, you can be completely exempt from reading this post.

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

First, let me start by saying I think this book should be mandatory reading for all female adolescents. As a 32 year old I am almost embarrassed of what I did not know about the female body and all of its reproductive functions before reading this book.

I was never one of those girls who was excited about starting her period. In fact, I clearly remember sobbing and telling my mom, “But I don’t want my period” when I first got it. Mostly because I thought it was dirty and disgusting, but also because it meant that I was no longer a young girl. And honestly for a good 15 years I spent a lot of time and effort trying to chase it away. The more I exercised and underfed myself, the longer it would stay away. It was very convenient and I thought it was completely “normal” to be that way. {It’s no surprise then that 3 years ago my hormone levels reflected those of a post menopausal woman.} Thus, I knew that becoming pregnant would have to be strategic and would take educated effort.

This book was first recommended to me by one of my CrossFit friends when I told her Rick and I were thinking about starting a family. I didn’t immediately go out and buy it until my sister-in-law told me she had started reading it as well. Whether or not you are trying to get pregnant, I can’t stress how informative and empowering this book really is. “It serves as a wonderful window into all facets of a woman’s gynecological well-being, and that it is basic knowledge that every woman should possess, no matter what she ultimately chooses to do with it.”

 Contrary to what most people think, there really is only a short window when women are fertile and can become pregnant. How so many teenagers are having multiple babies and women in their thirties are struggling to have just one is beyond me. Nevertheless, the information in this book and regularly tracking your cycle takes the guess work out of when you are most fertile, when you’re the least fertile, and when you’ve actually achieved pregnancy.

Sure, it takes work but it’s really not that difficult especially if you have a smart phone and a digital thermometer. I used the Ovia app to track my cycle, fertility, and temperatures for about 60 days before becoming pregnant. BUT, this method can be used as a form of natural birth control as well.

I could bore you with all of the details but I’ll let the book do the explaining for you. Plus, I’m saving all the first trimester details for another post. Stay tuned and in the meantime, grab yourself (or your daughters) a copy of this book.

Have you read this book? Was it helpful for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Share them with me here or drop a note on my Facebook Tell Me Mel page.