Phone-Based Apps: A 21st Century Facelift for FABMs

I’ll never forget their conversation on that car ride home. I was driving back from a nationally recognized nursing research conference with graduate nursing students in my research group. I was horribly intimidated by their knowledge of research methods and how they could tear apart a study in minutes. They knew so much more about…

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An Open Letter to Melinda Gates

The timing of your recent article, “Keeping Our Promise to 120 Million Women and Girls,” and the Global Family Planning Summit in London could not be better in light of the upcoming Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week. We are in agreement that, “the conversation around contraceptives is one of the most important conversations the…

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A Tale of Two Marches

In just a few days thousands (possibly hundreds of thousands!) of women will converge on Washington D.C. to commemorate the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump with a protest. This “Women’s March” started out sounding like such a great idea! After the election, so many of us wanted a place for women to come together in…

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Ricki Lake: New Feminist?

I learned recently that former talk show hostess Rick Lake has begun work on another documentary concerning women’s health. This one, called Sweetening the Pill, has me really excited because it supposedly is going to be focused on shedding light on the facts about how dangerous hormonal contraceptives are to women’s bodies and will explore…

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Why Are We So Afraid?

Before I even begin this article, let me warn you that there will be more questions than answers here.  Even so, the questions need to be asked; the conversations need to begin. Why are women so fearful of childbirth?  So much so that for many the thought of natural childbirth these days (without pain medication…

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What Else Have We Lost?

Posts   I think it’s fair to say that this culture has issues when it comes to women’s bodies. For example, babies who are breastfed have lower risk of allergies, diarrhea, constipation, ear infections, upper respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, reflux, obesity, asthma, SIDS, multiple sclerosis, leukemia, and heart disease. The reaction that lots…

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They Call It The Curse

They call it, “The Curse.”  It’s a subject that makes us squirm in our seats or feel embarrassed in the grocery check-out line.  Most of us are not comfortable with the subject of menstruation.  We certainly don’t have positive associations with the event.  It’s gross.  Embarrassing.  Something we don’t want anyone to know about.  Uncomfortable…

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My Breast Effort

I love breastfeeding. It might be one of my favorite wonders of the female body.  Being able to nourish my baby, with my body, even though she is on the outside, is awesome.  I love the bonding that I get to have with her.  And I’m sure you’ve heard all the arguments on how breastfeeding…

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Natural Family Planning…It’s a party?!

The topic of Natural Family Planning is a complex one that is as unique as the couples who choose to use it.  For some it’s very simple, straightforward, and easy.  For others it’s a challenge, needing detailed counseling from a trained professional. Regardless, we support and value those who put the time in to educate…

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How to find an NFP friendly Doc…

Last year the following NFP doctor “how to” was published by our friend Jess over at NFPworksblog. Since then I have received numerous requests on our NFP forum from young women needing further assistance finding a doctor in their area. As a result our tips have been updated! If you are searching for an NFP…

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We have a say too.

I am sorry we haven’t been posting here in response to the chaos and insanity taking place all around us with the HHS Birth Control Mandate.  It has been a month of trying to catch our breath and figure out what exactly many women’s groups are asking and demanding the American people support in the…

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AAFCP, here we come!

The Guiding Star Project is excited to officially kick off our vision casting and networking campaign at the national convention for the American Academy of FertilityCare Professionals, taking place this week in Duluth, MN. More information about the convention can be found here. We are so excited to make our debut at a convention focused…

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Menstrual Suppression

 “Although a woman taking a menstrual suppression pill will take a few dozen more active hormone pills over the course of a year than a woman taking the 21-day version of the pill, there’s probably [emphasis added]no meaningful increased health risk. The small risks of stroke and blood clots associated with traditional oral contraceptives –…

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