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Taking Charge of Your Fertility: Natural Pregnancy, by Toni Weschler

Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control and Pregnancy Achievement

by Toni Weschler

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Format: Paperback, 1st ed., 382pp. 
ISBN: 0060950536
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers, Incorporated 
Pub. Date: June 1995 
Edition Desc: 1st ed

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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

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

Book Description 

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.


Detailing a groundbreaking technique, the Fertility Awareness Method, an illustrated guide for couples facing infertility offers a natural alternative to ineffective procedures and a biologically proven method of fertility control for avoiding or achieving pregnancy. $25,000 ad/promo. Tour.


Are you unhappy with your current method of birth control? Or are you demoralized by the fertility treadmill you've embarked upon in your quest to have a baby? Do you experience confusing signs and symptoms at various times in your cycle but are unable to get simple explanations? This invaluable resource may finally have the answers to your questions.

Fully illustrated with eight pages of color graphics and filled with helpful examples and charts, Taking Charge of Your Fertility provides a complete and fascinating window into your reproductive system. The book thoroughly explains the empowering Fertility Awareness Method, which in only a couple of minutes a day allows you to: enjoy highly effective and scientifically proven birth control without chemicals or devices; maximize your odds of conception before you see a doctor, or expedite your infertility treatment by quickly identifying impediments to your pregnancy; increase your chances of choosing the gender of your baby; and gain control of your sexual and gynecological health.

This groundbreaking work is the next step in the women's health revolution, providing all the information women need to monitor their menstrual cycles--whether to achieve pregnancy, avoid pregnancy, or just get better control of their moods, health, and lives.

About the Author

Toni Weschler is a nationally respected women's health educator and speaker with a master's degree in public health. She founded Fertility Awareness Counseling and Training Seminars and has lectured at hospitals, clinics, and universities since 1982. A frequent guest on television and radio shows, she lives in Seattle, Washington.

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This is an invaluable book, both for couples struggling with the frustrations of infertility and those who seek a natural way to avoid becoming pregnant. Weschler debunks the myth that every woman has a 28-day menstrual cycle and discredits the ineffective Rhythm Method that results from this erroneous assumption. The book goes on to explain the Fertility Awareness Method, a far more reliable alternative that allows women to exert control over their fertility.


Maximize odds of conception/increase chances of choosing baby's gender/gain control of gynecological health/etc.

Description from The Reader's Catalog

Written by a women's health educator, it presents the Fertility Awareness Method of birth control as an alternative to chemical, barrier, and surgical methods

From the Publisher

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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