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The Complete Guide to Fertility Awareness

  • Author: Jane Knight
  • ISBN: 9781138790100
  • Publisher: Routledge Publishing
  • Edition: 1st
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2016
  • Format: Paperback – 446 pages
  • Language: English


Fertility Awareness is key to understanding sexual and reproductive health at all life stages. It can be used to either plan or avoid pregnancy. Fertility Awareness Methods (FAMs) are highly effective when motivated couples are taught by trained practitioners. These methods are in demand for ecological, medical, cultural, religious and moral reasons. The ability to control fertility naturally is a lifestyle choice.

The Complete Guide to Fertility Awareness provides the science and methodology suitable for health professionals and a general audience. It covers reproductive physiology and the fertility indicators: temperature, cervical secretions and cycle length calculations. It explores ways to optimise conception and to manage conception delays. Case studies and self-assessment exercises are included throughout. The book addresses the scientific credibility of new technologies including fertility apps, home test kits, monitors and devices.

The Complete Guide to Fertility Awareness offers:

  • Evidence-based information for general practitioners, practice nurses, school nurses, midwives, sexual health doctors and nurses
  • A unique perspective on subfertility for gynaecologists and fertility nurses
  • An authoritative source of reference for medical, nursing and midwifery students
  • A straightforward and practical reference for new and experienced FAM users
  • The core text for the FertilityUK Advanced Skills Course in Fertility Awareness
Table of Contents
  1. Preface
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Abbreviations
  4. List of figures
  5. List of tables
  6. Images and permissions
  7. Overview of fertility awareness
  8. Male fertility
  9. Female fertility
  10. Temperature: first indicator
  11. Cervical secretions: second indicator
  12. Cervix: third indicator
  13. Calendar calculations: fourth indicator
  14. Minor indicators of fertility
  15. Home test kits and monitors
  16. Combining indicators
  17. Simplified methods
  18. Factors affecting the menstrual cycle
  19. FAMs for women of normal fertility
  20. Contraception and returning fertility
  21. FAMs after hormonal contraception
  22. Breastfeeding, LAM and returning fertility
  23. FAMs during the peri-menopause
  24. Planning pregnancy
  25. Conception delays and assisted fertility
  26. Teaching fertility awareness
  27. Appendix A. Normal fertility chart
  28. Appendix B. Instructions for use
  29. Appendix C. Planning pregnancy chart
  30. Appendix D. Chart summary sheet
  31. Appendix E. Autonomy checklist
  32. Appendix F. Body mass index chart
  33. Appendix G. Drugs which affect the menstrual cycle
  34. Appendix H. Further reading
  35. Bibliography
  36. Index
Author Biography

Jane Knight is a fertility nurse specialist with over 30 years’ experience teaching fertility awareness in both NHS and private practice. She was the UK Principal Investigator for the European multi-centre study on the probability of conception on different days of the menstrual cycle. She trains health professionals in the UK and internationally.

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