June 2015 (17)
Margaret Sanger's mother went through 18 pregnancies, giving birth to 11 live children. She died exhausted, turbeculitic, and suffering with cervical cancer, at the age of 49. Margaret grew up to become a nurse working in the slums of the East Side of Manhattan, where she witnessed woman after woman forced into the same frequent childbirth that had wrecked her mother's health.
Spring is finally warming up, promising luxuriously long summer days and bountiful gardens. This is my favorite time of year—farmers market season is beginning, it's not too, too hot, and the variety and diversity of fresh produce increases greatly.
—by Alison Einerson
When sexologist Alfred Kinsey published the first Kinsey Reports in 1947 and 1953, 6% of the women questioned had had sex by age 16, compared to 21% of 16-year-old males. It was before the Pill; before the Summer of Love (1967, for all you youngsters); and on TV, couples (married, of course) slept in separate beds. Sixty years later, evaluations show that 37% of 16-year-old males have already had sex—and 40% of 16-year-old females.
Fertility awareness (often referred to as the Fertility Awareness Method or FAM) is a practice of making real-time observations of a variety of fertility signs made by the female body, to determine one's likelihood of fertility on any given day of the cycle. Is it effective? Rates are often cited as low as 75%* for typical use, in fact, the US Department of Health & Human Services cautions that "if preventing pregnancy is a high priority, more effective methods of birth control should be chosen."
Throughout the ages, some plants have been counted on as the best hope for prevention of pregnancy and have been used as either a spermicide or as an abortifacient. In researching the topic, I learn that the phytochemicals provided by the herbs work along different pathways in the body to interrupt the natural cycle of conception. All the methods require well timed applications.