Before I had children, my husband and I discussed me getting off the pill, not so we could have kids, but so I could quit taking hormones, as I had done for three years straight. I knew that taking hormones wasn’t good for my body and that oral contraceptives have been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer.
At that time, I didn’t really know any other methods of birth control except abstinence (which wasn’t going to happen), and condoms. As you might guess, this situation is what led to my being pregnant with our first baby.
I was (and am) thankful to have him, but I was not quite ready to have another right away, so I started looking at natural birth control methods that actually work. Now don’t laugh. I know we all know some family with a dozen or so children who were using the rhythm method of “birth control.” That is not my idea of birth control! There had to be something better, right??
Well there is! I was fortunate enough to read Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health by Toni Weschler.
OH MY GOODNESS! Why the heck didn’t they teach us this in sex ed all those years ago? I learned an awful lot about my own body that I had never known before. Weschler writes, in practical terms, how easy it is to prevent or achieve a pregnancy without the use of hormones or other drugs, simply by observing your body, and knowing your cycle (not the typical 28 day average, I might add). This book is incredible!
Women need this book. We need to teach it’s lessons to our daughters. Weschler teaches you in simple terms about your anatomy, your monthly cycle (which is more than just 5-7 days of bleeding) and gives you an easy system for tracking your cycle to either achieve or avoid pregnancy without the help of doctors or ovulation kits. I was totally blown away by this book, and it really helped me on my journey towards whole-person health.
Ms. Weschler takes the book one step further by providing you with her website, TCOYF.com, where you can track your cycle online, or print off charts for your use at home, as well as providing up to date fertility information and community forum. All in all, Taking Charge of Your Fertility is highly recommended.