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Here you'll find a selection of articles, blog posts, videos, and brochures that may be of interest. Keep in mind that information on external sites and links may not reflect the beliefs of Northwest Family Services.

 

Health

 

The health information below is not intended to substitute for your health care provider's advice.

The Cause of Ovarian Cysts

Explains the cause of ovarian cysts and discusses issues related to PCOS

Premenstrual Syndrome
A brief list of therapies and supplements to help alleviate the symptoms of PMS.

9 Tips to Help Balance Hormones
Offers general information for helping to support the delicate balace of hormones.

Self Care for Maintaining a Normal Healthy Menstrual Cycle
A brochure that offers self-care tips for balancing the hormones that affect endometriosis.


Birth Control Info

28 Days on the Pill
A 7 minute video explaining the abortifacient potential of the pill, and why your doctor may not have informed you of this. There is a longer 45 minute documentary available for viewing on the same site.

The Pill and Breast Cancer
An analysis on the link between oral contraceptives and breast cancer.

FDA announces review of birth control pills over serious blood clot risks
Health update for those taking the oral contraceptives Yaz, Yasmine, Safyral, Beyaz, and their generics.

 

Practical Thoughts on NFP

An Educated Artsy Fartsy Protestant's Thoughts on Natural Family Planning
Why one woman has become interested in NFP.

Natural Parenting Can Start before Conception
How NFP can fit into efforts to live naturally and help the environment.

How Does Natural Family Planning Benefit Marriage?
5 Benefits of NFP for a Marriage

For Men Only
A husband's perspective on living with NFP and what it has brought to his married life.

 

Understanding Catholic Church Teaching

Married Love and Gift of Life
Offers a comprehensive explanation on Church teaching regarding NFP

Love and Responsibility
A beautiful 6 minute video that summarizes the depth of Church teaching on "Love and Responsibility"

An Introduction to the Theology of the Body: "The Playboy and the Pope"
A 9 minute video by Christopher West that offers a comparison between the worldviews of Pope John Paul II and Hugh Hefner.

Contraception vs. Natural Family Planning
Explains the difference between using NFP to avoid a pregnancy and using contraception to avoid a pregnancy.

 

NFP Community

Living the Sacrament
A Catholic NFP forum for women

I Use NFP
A website designed to provide information about using NFP, including real life stories.

1Flesh
A website aimed at showing the positive benefits of natural family planning, as well as the detrimental effects of contraception. Testimonials also included.

Christian Family Planning
A Christian NFP/FAM community for women

National Fellowship of Catholic Men
A Catholic forum for men

 

Studies

Effectiveness and Acceptability of the Sympto-Thermal Method of Naural Family Planning in Germany
Study that showed 7 unplanned pregnancies out of 3,208 cycles.

Natural Family Planning Method as Effective as Contraceptive Pill, New Research Finds
Pregnancy rate was .4%

Improved Relationships
Majority of couples experience improved relationships with use of NFP.

Oral Contraceptive Use as Risk Factor for Premenopausal Breast Cancer: A Meta-Analysis
A meta-analysis which revealed taht 21 of 23 studies that followed women who took the pill prior to having ther first child showed an increased risk of breast cancer.

The Reasons Hormonal Contraceptives and Induced Abortion Increase Breast-Cancer Risk
Offers detailed physiology and data to explain the ways that abortion and hormonal contraceptives increase breast cancer risk.