NaturallyBorn Book Review: Taking Charge of Your Fertility

One of the most common questions we get at NaturallyBorn revolves around whether or not a woman is pregnant, could be pregnant, or how to increase her chances of getting pregnant.

Whenever I answer these mothers I always suggest the same book. Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health. This is a book that every woman whould have on her bookshelf and refer to often.

Taking Charge of Your Fertility  is 512 pages of reproductive health information. Author Toni Weshler details in easy to understand terms how to really understand your reproductive cycle at every stage in life. She details how to chart your cycles and then use that data to acheive or prevent pregnancy. For those (like myslef) who are nearing the end of their reproductive years, she details the progression of menopause, what is normal and what is not.

This is truly the book that your mother should have bought you as a teen, but didn't. This is the book that you should purchase for your daughters.

From the publisher: 
Celebrating 10 years of helping hundreds of thousands of women achieve pregnancy, avoid pregnancy naturally, and gain better control of their health and lives, the 10th Anniversary Edition of the classic bestseller will include:
• New 'Preface to the 10th Anniversary Edition"
• Updates on new fertility technologies
• Natural approaches to conception
• Updated Resources and Books

For any woman unhappy with her current method of birth control; demoralized by her quest to have a baby; or experiencing confusing symptoms in her cycle, this book provides answers to all these questions, plus amazing insights into a woman's body. Weschler thoroughly explains the empowering Fertility Awareness Method, which in only a couple minutes a day allows a woman to:

• Enjoy highly effective, scientifically proven birth control without chemicals or devices
• Maximize her chances of conception or expedite fertility treatment by identifying impediments to conception
• Increase the likelihood of choosing the gender of her baby
• Gain control of her sexual and gynecological health

This book can be truly life-changing for many women who prefer to avoid hormonal birth control, and for those who are unsure about their cycles (fast fact: the 28 day cycle is an average, not the norm).

Taking Charge of Your Fertility  can help you answer the tricky questions about why your post-partum periods are irregular and help you determine whether or not you are fertile while breastfeeding.

This is a NaturallyBorn top pick! 

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Pam is a mom of six (including twins) and is a self described "birth junkie". Over the past 17 years she has spent 3 years pregnant, 7 years breastfeeding (including 17 months nursing twins), and has been changing diapers for 13 years and counting. She blogs at Pam graduated in 1993 from Hope College in Holland, Michigan with a B.A. in English Literature.