Book: Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health by Toni Weschler, MPH
Length: 354 pages + Appendices
Cost: ~$17.00 on Amazon
Wow. I am upset that I didn’t read this book sooner! To say that it was helpful would be an understatement! I must admit… Public schools (and my parents) failed me in terms of teaching me about my reproductive health. However, at the age of 24, this book helped me to get my life!
Everyone who has female reproductive organs should read this book, as well as everyone who does not have female reproductive organs, but cares about someone who does. So basically, everyone should read this book. It is educational. It is entertaining. And it is critical to women’s health. So why exactly am I obsessed with this book….?
1. It’s packed with charts, pictures, graphs, and graphics that help us to understand the female reproductive system.
The only pictures I was exposed to during “sex education” (intentional air quotes) in public schools was that of various sexually transmitted infections. That’s right — I can spot gonorrhea and chlamydia from a mile away, but no one ever taught me how my body works, what it was capable of (in depth and detail), nor about how I should properly care for it. Thus, I was painfully ignorant to this topic that I should know all the deets on! Sure, I went to the doctor for regular check-ups… But did I really know what was going on “down there” or “in there”? Before reading this book, I thought the answer was “yes”, when it was actually “no”. Even if you think you’re pretty knowledgeable about this stuff, I guarantee that you will learn a new thing or two by reading this book. The detailed images definitely helped me in my education process. I’m a visual kinda gal.
2. It explores alternative birth control and pregnancy achievement options.
The author spends a good chunk of the book discussing both birth control and pregnancy achievement, but without the use of medications, intrusive procedures, and hormonal additives. This was honestly the reason I purchased the book — I was at my wit’s end with different forms of hormonal birth control and I wanted to learn more about the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM). In short, FAM is a way of tracking the menstrual period, cervical fluid, and basal body temperatures in order to become aware of when the body is most fertile, thus knowing when to either crank up or abstain from sexual intercourse. FAM is a very personal method that adheres to the individual who is tracking, making it an effective method of birth control or pregnancy achievement when executed properly.
Yes, I read through the entire book, including the pregnancy achievement section. Although I am not yet at that point in my life, it was extremely helpful in learning what not to do. (I highly suggest following suit.)
I have begun my journey in FAM and plan to write more about it as I gain more experience with it. Stay tuned!
3. There is an online community of TCOYF readers and FAM users who have read, related to, and learned from this here book.
It’s simply the book to read for all things female reproductive health! Since reading the book, I have explored Toni Weschler’s website, www.tcoyf.com, which serves as an extended online community dedicated to topics from the book and also contains FREE downloadables. I totally suggest checking it out, in addition to reading this book!
To all my humans with female reproductive organs, have you read or heard of this book? Have you found any other books or resources that helped you in learning about your body and all the amazing things that it does? I’d love to hear from you below!