Natural Family Planning Method As Effective As Contraceptive Pill According to New Research

Bioethics, Marriage and Family Health, Woman's Health
Since the birth control pill has a potential post-fertilization effect (at times causing the unborn child to NOT implant in the uterus or womb and die), men and women who believe that human life begins at conception or fertilization are highly interested in methods of birth control that are NOT abortifacient. In past posts I've told you that modern, scientific natural family planning has the advantages of (1) not being abortifacient and (2) being highly effective. But, how does it compare to the birth control pill? Now, researchers are reporting a form of natural family planning that uses two indicators to identify the fertile phase in a woman's menstrual cycle is as effective as the contraceptive pill for avoiding unplanned pregnancies if used correctly, according to a report published online in Europe's…
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Keep Health in Mind When Planning School Day Menus For Your Kids

Children's Health, Nutritional Health, Parenting
As a parent preparing for your child's school day, it may be helpful to remember that healthy meals and snacks are essential for learning. Here are some helpful tips from the experts at HealthDay News: "Parents can make the school day easier for their children by providing nutritious and yummy breakfasts, lunches and snacks that promote optimal learning. Everyone is in a rush in the morning, but it only takes a few minutes on Sunday to plan healthy meals to fuel your child's week," Karin Richards, director of the Exercise Science and Wellness Management program, and director of Health Sciences at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, said in a university news release. Richards offered the following advice for parents as they plan breakfast, lunch and snacks for their…
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Study finds later abortions linked to mental health risks, women pressured

Bioethics, Mental Health, Woman's Health
A new study finds the later a woman has an abortion the more likely it is that she faces mental health risks and is under pressure from a partner or others to have an abortion she may not otherwise want. Women getting later abortions also are more likely to be ambivalent about having an abortion. Here are the details from The results came from an online survey of 374 women who answered a detailed questionnaire about the circumstances leading to their abortions, their previous mental health history, history of physical or sexual abuse and emotional state following abortion. Although small, the study, published in the Journal of Pregnancy by Dr. Priscilla Coleman of Bowling Green State University, is the first to compare the experiences of women having early abortions…
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