Taking Charge of Your Fertility, 10th Anniversary Edition: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health

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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

Celebrating 10 years of helping hundreds of thousands of women achieve pregnancy, avoid pregnancy naturally, and gain better control of their health and lives, the 10th Anniversary Edition of the classic bestseller will include:

•New 'Preface to the 10th Anniversary Edition"

•Updates on new fertility technologies

•Natural approaches to conception

•Updated Resources and Books

For any woman unhappy with her current method of birth control; demoralized by her quest to have a baby; or experiencing confusing symptoms in her cycle, this book provides answers to all these questions, plus amazing insights into a woman's body. Weschler thoroughly explains the empowering Fertility Awareness Method, which in only a couple minutes a day allows a woman to:

•Enjoy highly effective, scientifically proven birth control without chemicals or devices

•Maximize her chances of conception or expedite fertility treatment by identifying impediments to conception

•Increase the likelihood of choosing the gender of her baby

•Gain control of her sexual and gynecological health

Customer Reviews:

  • A must read for ALL women
    This is one of the most informative books I have ever read. I wish I would have read it when I was thirteen. I think every girl should get a copy of this. I finally understand my body!...more info
  • Empowers women to better understand themselves
    Easy to understand, very informative and much more detailed than any other book on the subject that I've come across. We used this method as our form of birth control for 2 years effectively. When we were ready to conceive, the information in this book as well as in Choosing the Sex of Your Baby helped us conceive in a matter of a few months and we now have a 10 month old son, thanks in part to this book :)....more info
  • Extremely Helpful!
    There are not words to describe how great this book is. It is not only for women (or men) trying to concieve, but it also points out how to use natural birth control. I used this book to conceive my second child and it worked like a charm. I did not have fertility issues, but I found that I was not getting pregnant as quickly as I wanted to, and I got pregant the month that I read the book and implemented some of the suggestions. I cannot recommend this book enough!!...more info
  • Can't live with out it!
    This is my Bible for my body and what to do. It covers hormones, nutrition, weird cycles... you name it, it's got it. My husband and I waited to have sex till after we were married. I started reading this pretty close to when we got engaged. I started charting, and love the power it gives me to understand what is going on. My husband and I really enjoy this as a contraceptive method and have been doing it for a year with 100% success (aka no unplanned pregnancies). It's good for people who just want to understand their bodies, who are coming off the pill, who want to get pregnant, and those who DON'T want to get pregnant. Worth owning cause you'll come back to it over and over again for particular information. Great reference book....more info
  • Got pregnant the first month!
    This book is amazing. My husband and I had decided to start trying for a baby in October. A friend at work had recommended the book "How to Choose the Sex of your Baby." When I looked it up on Amazon this book was also recommended. I decided to buy it instead. The book goes into detail about how to chart your basal temperature and cervical fluid and how to notice the changes in your body throughout your monthly cycle. I had talked to many women who told me that I needed to start trying around day 14 of my cycle. However my cycle is 44 days long instead of 28. Because I was charting I knew that my body wasn't ovulating around day 14. In fact, I didn't ovulate until around day 28! Once again, because of charting I knew when I was ovulating and was able to plan accordingly. Eighteen days later (18 high temps) I found out I was having a baby! This book gives you the tools you need to help you succeed in getting pregnant. I'm convinced that had I not read this book I would not be pregnant yet because I would be ignorant as to what my body's signs were. What a blessing to not have to worry and wonder about what I was doing wrong or having to wait month after month to get pregnant. This book was the key....more info
  • taking charge
    This book has empowered me so much. The monitoring process for ovulation is simple. This is a book that every woman should own, starting with teenage girls. They should have it not to make babies, but, so that they may know what is going on with their bodies. Because of this book I have decided to forgo birth control pills and become a member of one who uses natural birth control in the future.My husband and I are waiting for a positive pregnancy test any day now. Thank you.

    Camille...more info
  • VERY Enlightening
    I purchased this book shortly after getting married b/c we wanted to start a family. I bought this book in August, and was prego by mid-Sept. I only completed 1 full cycle of charting b/c I was pregnant my next cycle! Her methods work.
    This book contains amazing information about a womens body (unless you are a biology major) and alot of it was new to me. I always felt I was very in tune with my body, but now everything relating to my cycle is explained and makes sense! This book truly lets you take charge of when/if you want to get pregnant. Full of great information - a must have for all women!!...more info
  • Very good information
    I bought this book recently, try to get pregnant not right away but would like to have the knowledge when the time comes. This book is perfect in terms of getting to know your own body. It is true (and sad) that our sex education is very minimal, at least in my era. So I did learn quite a bit of new info from this book, and I am charting now just to see how my cycles are.

    But I do agree with other users: the author do repeat a lot, and I don't think the FAM is a very good birth control method either. I think reader should consider the pros and cons for themselves and decide based on their own situation....more info
  • excellent
    I have this book only for a day I was already charting my basal temperature but something was off about my charts thanks to the book I figured out that im not actually ovulating, I am getting an ultrasound since I might have a cyst, and this book has been invaluable in explaining all the details that website lack, and the book is wonderful...more info
  • Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control and Pregnancy Achievement
    Fantastic book for both side of the fence! Whether you're attempting to conceive or trying to prevent it, this book has it all. The language is easy to understand and very readable. A great read for all women!!...more info
  • Great book
    Book is great, very helpful and easy to understand. I just hope it will work for me....more info
  • The Bible of Fertility Awareness
    Considered the "Bible" of Fertility Awareness (FAM), this book is a real eye-opener for women and girls of all ages. The information about our bodies that is contained in this book is invaluable, and should really be taught to every girl approaching puberty (or sooner!). You will wonder why you weren't taught/didn't know the secrets that your body shares with you every month or so during different steps in your fertility cycles. Do you realize that the "due dates" doctors project for their pregnant patients can be completely inaccurate, depending on the length of your cycle and when you ovulated the month you conceived? Really awesome information. (FYI, This is not your mother's "Rhythm Method" of the past.)

    To complete the journey from preconception health, to pregnancy, to birth and beyond, look to Healing Our Children: Because Your New Baby Matters! Sacred Wisdom for Preconception, Pregnancy, Birth and Parenting (ages 0-6) by Ramiel Nagel. The Fertility Awareness Method or Natural Family Planning is recommended by Ramiel as the only method of contraception safe enough to ensure the healthiest pregnancy and child possible.
    ...more info
  • Success after infertility with first pregnancy
    I started to use this book and chart my cycles when my husband and I were first trying to conceive. I found I was ovulating too late and after 6 cycles brought it to my OB and he was able to see right away that I needed to have some ovulatory stimulation (clomid). Long story short, after 5 mos of Clomid, I saw an RE and had 2 IUI cycles with injectibles (DH was also part of the fertility probelm). We conceived twins and after an eventful pregnancy, had our babies.
    Fast forward a year and after being pregnant before my body was now in the rhythm it is supposed to be in. I noticed more fertile signs and we surprisingly concieved on our own, but unfortunately, lost that pregnancy. 6 months later we conceived again and are expecting in May 09. So this book not only helped me to know what my problem was in the beginning, it helped me get pregnant later on when I already knew the fertility signs. It can serve through more than you would think! ...more info
  • Mujer informada vale por dos. Woman informmed !!
    Este libro deberia ser la guia de cada mujer en el planeta. Explica detalladamente como funciona el cuerpo femenino en el ciclo mensual y como cada una ovulamos en dias diferentes al 14 "como la sabiduria popular dice". o recomiendo muchisimo si quieres conocer mas de tu ciclo, si tienes problemas de fertilidad, si quieres comunicarte mejor con tu hija o simplemente por cultura general. Viene ademas con una muestra de software para llevar tus datos en tu computadora. Toca eso si comprar el software aparte.

    This is a book that must be requiered for every woman in the planet. It explains in detail how the body works in the menstrual cycle and how women ovulate in different days during the cycle not only on day 14th, "as the old tales said". ...more info
    A must read for ALL women. This is the "bible" for a woman's body. In easy to understand descriptions and broken down into well thought out chapters for easy reference later this book describes: monthly cycles and how yours may be different and why, how to chart your cycles easily and effectively, a natural birth control method that works, and how to get pregnant. Recommended highly from the women on theknot/nest/bump website and from several of my women friends....more info
  • Why didn't I know this before?
    About a year ago I heard someone say natural birth control was not that hard. I took that as a personal challenge and found this book as a guide. I loved learning so much about my body, and was frustrated that I knew so little before! I found it fascinating to learn my body's patterns and to be able to tell what was going on when. I also learned, from a different source, I believe, that we are more out-going, likable, and apt to take risks when fertile (pre-ovulation), which makes natural birth control rather risky. If you are serious about avoiding pregnancy, you need to remind yourself of why every time you are nearing sexual relations and be prepared to use an alternate BC or find alternative means of sexual release if you are or might be fertile at the time. I was going to start "trying" to achieve pregnancy within a few months and took a risk one evening and am now (happily) 20 weeks pregnant. I do know my exact date of ovulation thanks to my charting and all the sonograms have confirmed my estimated due date, which is wonderful. I also knew without a doubt that I was pregnant without taking a test due to my temp changes per my chart. I also found it helpful to know my patterns at work as I am naturally very shy, but was surprisingly successful at running meetings with clients during my estrogen phase (relatively out-going, confident time of the month). I found I struggled to run meetings during my progesterone phase (when we are more withdrawn and introverted) and that I did an okay job during my period (hormonally neutral time). All that to say, it's very interesting. Happy reading and learning to you all!...more info
  • Highly recommend TCOYF
    I have several infertility sites and have helped couples overcome fertility since 1998. I have also recommended this product since then to every woman joining my support group. I honestly sell more of this book than all others combined. THAT is how good it is. [...]...more info
  • Excellent and informative book
    This book is great. I used this to get pregnant and it worked in less than two months! If you are seeking pregnancy achievement read this book....more info
  • Very Helpful in My Situation...
    I'm twenty-six, still in college, and soon to be married. A few months ago, I had a pulmonary embolism (blood clot), and I can no longer use any form of hormonal birth control. This was devastating for my fiance and I. I talked to a couple of doctors, and they had very little to offer me as a solution. Then, I ran into an old friend who has been married for four years, using this (FAM) as her only birth control method. She recommended this book to me. It is a lot of reading (the book is very thick, but don't be intimidated!), but it's worthwhile for the information it provides. It's also well written--the author has a great sense of humor, so it makes for an enjoyable read. This book has been so helpful to me!...more info
  • I wished every woman would read this book!
    I can't say enough great things about this book. I purchased this book when I starting trying to conceive, and since reading it, I feel empowered in regards to understanding my body and reading its signs and signals. I conceived after two months of charting my BBT and checking cervical fluid following the book's methods.
    My only criticism of the book is that it gets a little cheesy at times in some of the case studies (i.e. Sally checked her cervical fluid and knew she was fertile. She and her husband had intercourse that night and 9 months later little Henry was born.) I'm not sure if the techniques lead to magical results with one instance of well-timed intercourse, but it certainly does help and for me I found this to be a more useful product for TTC than the Clear Blue Easy Fertility Monitor.
    I wish my sister, girlfriends and mom would all read this book. I grew up in a household where these types of things were not discussed, and as a well-educated woman I was embarrassed at how little I knew about my own body. Check out this book. It's a wonderful resource!...more info
  • You only THOUGHT you knew everything...
    When my husband and I decided we were ready to have children I thought all I would have to do was stop my birth control and wa-la! I'd get pregnant. Since it seemed that the women my life had gotten pregnant at the drop of a hat, I didn't think I would have any trouble. However, after a few months with no luck, I just happened upon this book on Amazon. After reading some of the reviews I was cautiously excited and decided to see what all the fuss was about. It was the best decision I could have made in regards to my fertility. I realized there was a lot I didn't know; firstly, that a woman at my age, 32, only has a couple days a month to become pregnant. After reading the book and following the instructions regarding temps and charting, I became pregnant in two months! I was so suprised. If you have had any problems becoming pregnant, or you no longer want to take a prescription for birth control, you have to read this book. If nothing else it will inform you enough to know what further questions to ask your doctor. ...more info
  • Awesome!
    This book changed my life, making me a happier and more empowered womyn. And my sex life was much better when I stopped fearing my fertility as much....more info
  • Great purchase!!
    It's amazing how much I've learned about my body from this book! It answers so many questions about the changes our bodies go through every month. I would recommend this book to any woman! We all should know and understand how our bodies work regardless of what "stage" in our life we're in. Take charge, become educated, and you'll be amazed!...more info
  • Very informative
    This is a must read for every woman.I have learn't alot about my body this past 30 days.Very detailed and specific.Overall a well written book. ...more info
    This is an excellent VERY clear and well organized book on fertility planning. It is an absolute MUST for anyone hoping to conceive. The charts in the back are a but difficult to blow up. She recommends 125% which I couldn't get to fit on the page. I say stick with 100-110%. Apparently you can also get charts from the CD that is included. This CD is inly compatible with Windows, and that includes the websites affiliated with the CD. As a mac person, I was disappointed that the software wasn't more accessible, but I was able to cpoy the charts none the less. Also, if you're serious about charting do yourself a favor and order a basal thermometer now....more info
  • What should be taught in health clases, at least in college!
    This is quite simply an amazing book. Look how many women (over 1000) have given it 5 stars. It is a book that lets you know what't going on with your body. One quick personal note, I have a rare blood disorder and my only means of contracptives for my husband and I are condoms, IUD's even have too much stuff for me. I plan to get a tubal, but I will be keeping this book forever. I have learned so much, I donated a copy to the library, hoping more women will be able to learn, even if they can't afford to buy the book for themselves....more info
  • an education
    I am learing so much from this book and would reccomend any woman to read it just so they understand their cycle. Some chapters I find myself re reading as it is heavy going.Have not used it to get pregnant or as birth control yet, still reading....more info
  • What every woman should know...
    I am really glad that I chose to purchase TCOYF. I thought I knew most everything about my body, but reading this book has helped me understand it even better. Additionally, my husband and I want to naturally avoid conception for a while and eventually try to conceive. With the things I've learned about my temps and how my body works, I can do all of this easily, stress-free, and without medication. If for any reason we have trouble with conception, I will be armed with the knowledge I've gained through charting so I can have a leg-up on any fertility issues, such as a short luteal phase. I am appreciative of this book and would recommend it to any woman trying to avoid or achieve pregnancy....more info
  • Beautiful, enlightening book.
    I got this book after becoming interested in women's health, fertility, and the idea of natural birth control as an alternative to hormonal methods. The information is authoritative, informative, and easy to grasp, and seems to cover many, many possible situations that women may be in when it comes to charting and interpreting their bodies. I found TCOYF to be very inspiring and of course, empowering!...more info
  • Awesome
    This book is great. It will answer all of your questions...even the weird ones. :) I suggest this book to all women...trying to conceive or not becuase it really helps you to understand your body....more info
  • don't be overwhelmed by the number of pages
    when I first saw this book was like 500 pages I was a little overwhelmed, but soon realized if you use the book for birth control only the first 125 pages apply. If using it for pregnancy achievement there's about another 30 pages. But it's an easy read, very informative and even humourous at times. Most of the back third if the book is worksheets and appendix. Get the book, use it-it works! Understanding all the mysteries of our crazy cycles is wonderfully freeing and interesting!...more info
  • Great reference
    This book is a great educational tool. Even if you do not want to practice FAM, it educates a woman on her body beyond what you will get in any biology class. Definitely a must have....more info


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