What the IVF?

Artificial Reproductive Technologies (ART) encompass a sensitive subject area, but are (strangely) one of my favorite things to talk about. It’s a multifaceted topic with many aspects that are often left unconsidered by the average infertile couple – and especially by the average person recommending it. As someone who feels incredibly fulfilled despite living infertility … More What the IVF?

Taking Family Planning to the Bank, Part 2: Counterfeit NFP

Expectations When I was a kid, I wanted a kitten very badly. I would often see those four-legged cuties on TV or at a friend’s house and long for a little guy or gal of my own to love and smother with unwanted attention. My parents were not really any kind of animal people, much … More Taking Family Planning to the Bank, Part 2: Counterfeit NFP

Taking Family Planning to the Bank, Part 1: Perceived Control

Family and planning are two pretty innocent words on their own, but when you put them together, sparks tend to fly – and not necessarily the good kind. People tend to be pretty opinionated about this topic that affects all of our lives in one way or another at some point. Neither young adults nor … More Taking Family Planning to the Bank, Part 1: Perceived Control

Uncharted Territory

For NFP week 2020, I teamed up with two extraordinary women to deliver a 6-part series articulating fertility awareness/NFP as it compares to birth control, providentialism, and artificial reproductive technologies in light of Church teaching and our personal experiences. This gave us a unique approach, considering that we come from three very different backgrounds – … More Uncharted Territory

NFP & the Church Part 3: Men, Access to Info, Financial Concerns, and Social Media

I think I have saved the most unusual and unexpected aspects of “NFP” worth improving for last. So many view it on a shallow level, but you will see that fertility awareness is multi-faceted and dynamic when you begin to unpack it. If we approach it as such, I think we can have quite the … More NFP & the Church Part 3: Men, Access to Info, Financial Concerns, and Social Media

NFP & the Church Part 2: Birth Control, IVF, Expectations, Early Education

It’s hard to have a compelling conversation about birth control and IVF when you don’t have a clue where to start – or fear that you may offend someone. That is understandable. Having a handful of facts and practical knowledge on these two difficult topics will come in handy, hopefully improving comfort and confidence in … More NFP & the Church Part 2: Birth Control, IVF, Expectations, Early Education

NFP & the Church Part 1: Redefining “NFP,” Health Benefits, and Effectiveness

Natural Family Planning of “NFP” is often associated with the Catholic Church, even though, as fertility awareness, it is becoming increasingly more accepted by non-Catholic and secular women as a mechanism of holistic health. Under the limiting banner of “NFP”, many don’t bother to consider it as a valid option for family planning, health maintenance, … More NFP & the Church Part 1: Redefining “NFP,” Health Benefits, and Effectiveness

Birth Control vs. Fertility Awareness

When it comes to preventing pregnancy – there will always be something to give up, regardless of which method you choose. The popular options are hormonal birth control/implanted device, barrier methods, or a fertility awareness based method. NONE are 100% effective. Hormonal birth control  The Upside:  -Although there is a routine that must be remembered … More Birth Control vs. Fertility Awareness