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Taking Charge Of Your Fertility [Paperback]

Toni Weschler
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June 23 1995
An invaluable aid to couples facing infertility, this is the first book to fully detail the techniques of the groundbreaking Fertility Awareness Method--the exciting natural alternative to present methods of birth control.

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This comprehensive book explains in lucid, assured terms how to practice the fertility awareness method (FAM), a natural, scientifically proven but little-known form of birth control (which is not to be confused with the woefully ineffective "rhythm" method). Author Toni Weschler has been teaching fertility awareness for almost 20 years, and it's only just now gaining in popularity. As the book explains, by using simple fertility signs including peaks in morning body temperature and changes in cervical position and cervical mucus, it's possible to determine when ovulation is taking place. Fertility awareness is therefore useful for not only couples who are trying to conceive, but for those who are aiming to avoid pregnancy without the use of chemical contraceptives. It will be of special interest to those women who have suffered from infertility; many FAM practitioners have told the author that by filling in the detailed charts in the book, they've realized that they were chronically miscarrying, even when their doctors told them they weren't conceiving at all. As the book explains, by charting body temperature, it's simple to tell when pregnancy has occurred--and when there's danger of miscarriage. Taking Charge of Your Fertility also explains how to choose the sex of your baby by timing intercourse according to certain fertility signs. It also features thorough, easy-to-understand explanations of hormones, the menstrual cycle, and menopause, along with fertility tests and treatments and their long- and short-term side effects, plus a topnotch resource section. Recommended for any woman who wants to better understand her body. --Erica Jorgensen


This beautifully written guide to a woman's fertility signs....packed with knowledge, wisdom, humor –a must for the bookshelf. -- Co-authors of The New Our Bodies, Ourselves

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By Elena
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Helped me conceive 2 healthy children at the exact time frame I planned (my job only allows certain windows)....Really helps you understand and read your body better. I also believe that it also allowed us to plan the gender of our children too (happened exactly as planned twice!!!!!!!). We have a 4.5 year old boy and an almost 2 year old girl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should own this. April 12 2013
By Ju
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This book was a revelation. I can't believe I was so ignorant about my own reproductive organs. Now I'm a mom and this book helped me to be more in touch with my fertility. I will definitely be giving it to my daughter and I recommended it to all of my friends.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Taking Charge of Your Fertility April 15 2005
I had to read this book in school. I was taking human biology on my way to being a lactation consultant.
At the time I read only what I needed to read in order to compile the info I needed for my papers, tests and exams. I have just read it again cover to cover, and my thoughts of it have not changed it.
I didn't learn anything I didn't already know about my body.
For the young lady or woman who wants to learn about her own body, and find an effective form of birth control, then this is the book for you!
However, it has not helped us to become pregnant. Though it's through no fault of the author. It's just my body that doesn't work the 'right' way.
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I highly recommend this book and method for getting pregnant. I am 39 and had been trying to get pregnant for six months using an ovulation predictor kit. We already have a 2 year old daughter that was conceived the first month we tried, so I was very discouraged that we were not pregnant yet. A friend of mine recommended this book, and I thought it was worth a shot! I found the book a very easy read. I read the sections relevant to getting pregnant in one night (there are also sections on birth control, menopause, etc). I began charting immediately. I did not go crazy with charting-I just recorded my temp each day and checked the other 2 signs (cervical mucus and cervical position) starting about a week before I knew I was going to ovulate. I got pregnant the second month!! The book is super informative about all aspects of a woman's reproductive body. A great read even if you just want to get to know what's going on with your body every month. Hope this review helps!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars FULL of Information Oct. 29 2002
I got this book because I wanted to learn how to avoid a pregnancy because I felt the birth control pill were poison to my system. If you didn't know much about yout body or even if you THOUGHT (key word here) you did will after reading this book. I loaned it to my sister who wanted to conceive and she's pregnant!
It's an easy read and it has PICTURES! You'll feel more in control of your body.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, excellent, excellent Oct. 8 2002
I consider myself to be a reasonably intelligent, college-educated woman with a pretty darn firm grasp on How Babies Are Made, so when my husband and I decided to start a family, I thought it would be as easy as tossing the birth control pills aside and Let The Fun Begin! After almost a year with NO baby, followed by a miscarriage, I was starting to question my fertility. (After all, how hard can this be?) I went to the OBGYN, who immediately recommended Clomid and sex on the 14th day of my "cycle." I wasn't comfortable with the fertility pill concept, and saw a recommendation for this book instead. So, I picked it up.
WOW! Why don't they teach THIS in Sex Ed?? I wish I'd known this stuff when I was 13! I sure knew the mechanics of sex, alright, but not the mechanics of my own body. I was amazed at what I didn't know; while I had observed the various signs that are talked about, I didn't have the slightest clue what they meant. They never worried me, but they never gave me any insight, either. I started charting, figured out what day of the cycle I REALLY ovulated, and on the third try -SURPRISE!- we were pregnant! While the OB said to try on day 14, we REALLY needed to try on day 19. Sperm only live for 5 days max, so we would have missed our window of opportunity every time. :(
I have recommended this book to complete strangers whose friends were "trying to get pregnant," and lent it to my best friend when she mentioned going off the pill. She's due in December!
Now that my cycle is back, I've reclaimed the book back again to avoid another baby until we're ready. We're still breastfeeding, and using this as a birth control method doesn't come with the risk of drying up my milk supply. (I know, Micronor (mini-pill) is breastfeeding-friendly, but I don't think I'm ready for that yet.)
I am SO pleased with this book and the knowledge I gained from it; I can't believe I didn't know all this before my mid-twenties!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One terrific book! May 7 1999
By A Customer
I give Toni Weschler full credit for helping me to conceive my last baby. This is an incredibly helpful and informative book. I've never seen anything else like it. It's no wonder that it's a bestseller. I think so highly of this book that I recommended it my pregnancy book, The Unofficial Guide to Having A Baby, and I've included it on book lists that I've prepared for prenatal health fairs and other similar events.
Thanks for giving the women of the world this book, Toni. It's terrific.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good information, but author is very biased April 27 2004
By A Customer
I have such mixed feelings about the book that I have difficulty writing a balanced review. On one hand, this book contains far more information about the menstrual cycle, ovulation, and BBT charting than any other source I've found. My OB/GYN suggested that I start charting after several months of trying to conceive, but his overview of how to chart and interpret those charts was so brief as to be almost useless. This detailed, thorough book helped fill in many of those gaps.
On the other hand, I was so upset with the tone of the book that I would hesitate to recommend it to anyone. The author assumes that all of her female readers are ignorant victims of the "male-dominated medical establishment," and criticizes women again and again for not knowing every minute detail of their menstrual cycle, which I found silly. After all, I don't know every detail of the inner workings of my digestive tract either--does that make me a victim too?
My more serious objection is the fear tactics that the author uses to scare women away from seeking out medical help with a fertilty problem. I approached my fertility problem this way: I want a baby, and whether it's conceived through medical means or "natural" means does not matter. I agree that charting and lifestyle modifications should be your first step on the road to treatment, but if those methods don't work (which they probably won't if you have a serious fertility problem), you shouldn't be afraid to move on to medical help. After reading this book, I came away thinking that every doctor is arrogant, close-minded, ignorant about basic biology, and out to prescribe unnecessary fertility treatments just to make money.
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Published on Dec 5 2005 by Debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars possibly the best book in the world
Every woman should pass this book on to everyone they know of childbearing age!
Published on Oct. 14 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
I have never felt better about my body since I started reading this book! I've been avoiding pregnancy using the rules of this book and feel so great. Read more
Published on July 11 2005 by Becky
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but has its LIMITS!!!
I found the book very useful for learning about my body and changes that occur during menstration. However, I charted diligently for almost a year with no success. Read more
Published on June 19 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing resource!
This book is amazing! It taught me so much about my own body. I wish someone had given it to me during adolescence, so much more would have made sense. Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK
Wow!! First of all - I was quite ignorant about my own body until I read this book. I will share this book with my children. Read more
Published on July 13 2004
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