Fertility Awareness / Natural Family Planning Directory
Fertility awareness or natural family planning is the preferred choice of many couples that do not want to use birth control to avoid pregnancy or medicine and other assistive reproductive technologies to get pregnant. It requires an awareness of the changes that take place during the menstrual cycle in order to time intercourse to avoid or try for a pregnancy. For fertility awareness to be effective, women should use several methods of determining when they ovulate. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about Fertility Awareness and Natural Family Planning, how fertility awareness can assist fertility, methods of determining ovulation, and much more.
How to Chart Your Menstrual Cycle
Your menstrual cycle can give you clues about when the time is right for making a baby. Learn the signs you should look for.
WebMD's guide to treatments for infertility.
Charting Your Fertility Cycle
Charting your fertility cycle by taking your temperature, using ovulation detector kits, or checking your cervical mucus, will help you pinpoint when you are at your most fertile. WebMD provides the details of various do-it-yourself techniques.
How Do Exercise, Weight, and Age Affect Fertility?
Exercise, weight, and age are factors that can affect fertility. Find out how from WebMD.
Natural Family Planning
How does natural family planning work? Is it right for you?
It's not the way grandma practiced birth control. But does it work?
Stress and Infertility
Doctors are once more looking to the idea that stress -- and sometimes "trying too hard" -- may actually play a role in up to 30% of all infertility problems.
Overcoming Stress and Infertility
While it may be a while before the pathway between stress and infertility is clear, what is known right now is that reducing stress levels seems to help.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Your Birth Control Options
See the mechanics, side effects, and failure rates for common birth control methods in this illustrated slideshow. Withdrawal, hormones, the IUD, and many more are explained with pictures.
Slideshow: Fertility & Ovulation: Facts to Help You Get Pregnant
Trying to get pregnant? See how ovulation and fertility work so you can boost your chances of conception.