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Taking Charge Of Your Fertility 10th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health Paperback – Oct 12 2006


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  • Paperback: 534 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; 1 edition (Oct. 12 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060881909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060881900
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 3.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 726 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Toni Weschler, MPH, is a nationally respected women's health educator and speaker and the author of Cycle Savvy, a book for teenage girls about their bodies. A frequent guest on television, Internet, and radio shows, she lives in Seattle, Washington.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Aug. 4 2009
Format: Paperback
I went through and read some of the bad reviews this book got before adding my own, and I can't agree with any of them! Some say that it's only written for people who are really fertile, and not for people struggling with infertility....I disagree! I've been trying for a year now to get pregnant, I've been charting for about four months of that, and I've read all kinds of information online about infertility, but I was still amazed at the amount of information I didn't have. No, she can't tell you what's wrong with you, but she teaches you how to chart and be aware of what's going on with your body so that when you DO go in to see a fertility specialist you can speak intelligently with them rather than going in without a clue.
There were other reviews that made it sound like all the information she gave was basic, and only good for people who have the 28-day cycle. Wrong again! She emphasizes time and again that no two women are alike, everyone's cycle is different, even sometimes from month to month, but she teaches you how to properly chart it so that you can figure out what's going on. Maybe a stressful situation delayed your ovulation one month, or maybe you're not ovulating at all, but you can learn to figure these things out for yourself by charting.
One other review talked about it being full of "feminist rhetoric". I don't even know what she's talking about! I'm very conservative myself, and pretty old-fashioned in my viewpoints, but all Ms. Weschler talks about is taking charge of your own body and knowing how it works. It was amazing to me to read and realize how much I didn't know. I even went to my family doctor to tell him I was having trouble concieving and when I tried showing him my fertility charts all he said was, "Wow!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Natalia Toronchuk on Dec 19 2011
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This book is a must-read for every woman, whether or not you're trying to conceive or prevent pregnancy using these methods. The author is incredibly knowledgable, highlighting all sorts of things about your gynecological health that everyone woman should know. The methods the author describes to start charting yourself are fascinating pieces of information that illuminate you about your own cycle. Since reading this book I feel more at peace with my body.

I picked this book up to use the Fertility Awareness Method as a back up method of birth control. I was delighted to discover how effective the method is, and that it's not only based on basal temperature, but also on checking (and charting) differences in cervical fluid and cervical position. Before reading this book, those things seemed like a mystery to me, but it is amazingly simpler than I imagined. The whole process of charting also daunted me at first, but it literally takes a minute each day, and has sort of become a little extra bonding moment with my husband. The author recommends your partner getting involved in charting, and it really is a wise move :o)

She answers a ton of questions about irregular charts and problems you might be coming across in the very extensive appendixes, so this book is literally a tome of knowledge. However the writing is very clear and even entertaining sometimes, so it is not a difficult read.

I am so thankful for this book, and I recommend it to every woman of reproductive age. Pick it up ASAP!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Cameron on Sept. 11 2009
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I know not all womens bodies are the same and thanks to this book I was able to understand MY biology so much better. My husband and I had just started trying to have a baby and I was already feeling frustrated about how little control I had on the whole concept of conception. I had no idea about ovulation timing, even some basics I thought I knew were wrong. A friend had recommended this book and I bought it within the week. I started charting as I was reading the book and before the month was done I was pregnant. Now like I said not all women are the same but I do feel this book enlightened me to know that. The book discusses many problems women have with getting pregnant and I felt that if I hadn't have gotten pregnant the tools of charting would have helped me and my GP find out the problem and possibly treating it. I got an education that I will never forget and intend on recommending this book to as many women as I possibly can.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Lammers on March 5 2008
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I have premature ovarian failure (POF) and I have found the FAM method extremely helpful in predicting periods (I get a few days notice), and ovulation even though I have very irregular or infrequent periods. If my period is several weeks late, I can tell if i am actually pregnant or if its just my POF. I save a ton of money on pee tests because the other physical symptoms are so reliable in telling me why my period is late: I dont have to worry about the possibility of being pregnant everytime my period is over 28 days (which happens most of the time). The chart tells me exactly whats going on. Its a bit of work, but well worth it I think for women having infertility problems.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Eagles on Jan. 27 2010
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I bought this book when I was approaching marriage and seeking a natural method of birth control. 11 cycles later, it is working perfectly, I know my body, LOVE the fact that I know what is going on inside me, love the fact that when we want children, I'll know exactly how to time it, would recommend it to EVERYONE who asks me, and have bought it for others I know who are approaching marriage.
Toni explains SO much of the woman's body, and I learned a ton from this book that I, a woman, had never known about myself before!
I cannot say enough in praise of this book. GET IT!
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