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Fertility awareness offers a number of advantages for women’s reproductive health: it does not interfere with normal physiology; there are no physical side effects; it can be used to optimise or minimise chances of conception; and it is culturally and morally acceptable in societies where contraception may not be tolerated. This comprehensive text provides health professionals with an authoritative, reliable and balanced source of reference for updating their knowledge on this subject.
Fertility awareness methods are highly effective when motivated couples are taught by suitably-trained practitioners and they are increasingly integrated into mainstream family planning services alongside other contraceptive methods, thereby providing a full range of choice. Providing clear evidence-based guidelines which follow best practice, the text starts with an introduction to the physiology of male and female fertility, before focusing on the indicators – temperature, cervical secretions and cycle length calculations – and new technological devices that can be used to identify the fertile time in a woman's menstrual cycle. This highly-readable guide is the comprehensive and definitive source of reference for women of normal fertility, after hormonal methods, during breast-feeding and approaching the menopause. It includes self-assessment exercises and further reading throughout, along with appendices with blank charts and instructions, and pointers to international resources.
The Complete Guide to Fertility Awareness brings together the scientific background, methodology and teaching skills to support health professionals in providing these much sought after methods. It offers an ideal reference for general practitioners, practice nurses, and sexual health doctors and nurses.